Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Try-it Tuesday: Meal Planning Confessions & Trader Joe's Frozen Turkey Meatballs

Okay, this week's Try It Tuesday is going to be a bit different, but bear with us here! Most of our readers are busy moms just like us, and in the spirit of keeping it real, instead of a new, cool recipe, we're bringing you a slice of everyday life today...

So, confession time: More often than not, I have no idea what we're having for dinner that day (and I'm talking like, it's 6 p.m. and I haven't an F'ing clue what we're eating). I try to plan ahead, but between raising a toddler, working full-time, getting ready to launch my first book (and write new ones), attempting to have some sort of social life ... well, meal planning isn't at the top of my priority list, to be honest. And once the weather gets nice, we're often busy all weekend, and sometimes we don't have time to get to the grocery store. Then Monday rolls around and I realize I didn't write out a meal plan (again) or defrost any meat (we buy in bulk from Costco) AGAIN and then I end up having to throw something together at the last second. We almost never eat out/get takeout during the week, so this means concocting a meal out of what I have at home (crapshoot), running out to the store to buy something and dragging said toddler with me, or calling my husband to grab stuff on the way home. In any case, it makes my evenings more stressful than they need to be.

This is something I need to work on, since we're having our kitchen renovated this year and I'm going to have to really plan ahead for meals since we won't have an oven or sink *freaking out* for a few weeks. Let's just say I'll be giving the Crock Pot a workout.

Meal planning is probably one of the things that stresses me out the most because A) I'm just not a fan of cooking B) My kid is a crazy person, which makes preparing any meal a challenge and C) While I love organizing and planning in theory, I don't always follow through in practice.

Well, yesterday was one of those Mondays. We were out and about all day Saturday and Sunday, and by Sunday evening, we were way too tired to go food shopping and got California Pizza Kitchen takeout for dinner. Of course, I didn't give any thought to what we'd eat during the week, because I was too busy writing/chasing the kid/trying not to pass out on the sofa at 8 p.m. because I had way too much work to do. Note: drinking mimosas at brunch is not the best idea when you need to be productive later in the day.

Monday morning, I met Lori at the Please Touch Museum, and me being naive thought that after hours of running around like a maniac, my kid would go down for a long nap when we got home. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Not only did he not nap, he was 10x crazier than usual, jumping off furniture, throwing everything in sight, screaming so loudly I thought glass was going to break ... keep in mind I still had tons of work to do, calls to make, some family issues to deal with ... in short, it was not the best afternoon for him to go insane.

Enter Trader Joe's.

If those flowers look familiar, you'll remember them from my Friday Finds weeks ago.
Yes, the flowers we bought for EASTER. Way to go, Costco!

I'd forgotten about the turkey meatballs in our freezer, and by some stroke of luck, we actually had rolls in the house since we ate pulled chicken sandwiches on Friday (Costco shout out!) All you've got to do is pop these babies in the microwave for 4 minutes, and dinner is served. You can heat them in the oven as well, but ain't nobody got 20 minutes for that. We put them on rolls with BBQ sauce and they turned out to be a pretty decent, quick and cheap dinner. I'll definitely be keeping these on hand from now on in case of emergency.

So thank you TJ's for saving my Monday night. Today? That's another question.


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