Breaking the Cycle of Ordering Out!

I have a serious problem…. I order out, at least 4 nights a week….

Every Sunday I sit down to plan a grocery list. After a weekend full of chips and salsa, pizza and Thai food, all I want is to plan healthy meals to cook for my entire family, Sunday through Thursday. Simple enough, right?

I work hard at planning my meals. I always go to Thedefineddish.com for great healthy filling, delicious recipes, then I scour through cookbooks to search for healthy meals. Once I have my list complete, I feel on top of the world!

Sunday night: a healthy meal is on the table.. there is always whining from the kids, but it’s only Sunday and I am soooo motivated that I can take it!

Monday night: After a full day of running around, taking kids to school, checking off the to-do list, picking kids up from school, enforcing homework, playing nerf guns with Kace… I don’t totally feel like cooking, but I will. There will be a LOT of whining, but I can get through it because it’s only Monday, I have to suck it up!

Then Tuesday comes… same routine.. rushing around, after school play dates, running Livia to musical theater. Kids are whining from the second they walk in the door about Kace being too loud, or wanting to watch youtube, or Kace taking all of clothes off and trying to pee on the couch. The idea of cooking gets more and more daunting…. I can feel my heart rate speed up just thinking of trying to cook while Kace is climbing on top of the counter tops trying to smack me in the face with a spatula and Livia and Violet are whining because they don’t want to eat whatever it is I’m making… thats when I give in. Favor to the rescue!

Wednesday night: I think about cooking for a brief moment, but after guitar lessons and soccer games, all while toting my two-year old mini monster around, Favor or UberEats is sounding pretty good.

Thursday night: Its almost the weekend so… why not just order out?

Friday and Saturday: HAH! Def not cooking.

Then Sunday repeats!

I have created a vicious cycle of not only spending too much money ordering out, but wasting perfectly good groceries! It has to stop! I need help-lol! Hold me accountable! This week I am going to stick to my meal plan! I WILL cook one meal that the whole family will (be forced to) eat Sunday through Thursday.

Here is what I’m making:

Sunday- Skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, and grilled corn on the cobb.

Monday- Grilled Chicken with arugula and warm chick peas. This is going to be a tough one to get the kids to eat it, but it will be Monday and I will be motivated enough to stick it out!

Tuesday- Tacos! I know its not the healthiest thing ever, but the kids will eat it, and I can make it into a Taco salad for Kevin and myself.

Wednesday- I’m going to go with “Southwest Soup”, a family recipe that is super easy, and I can get all 3 kids to eat it. Livia will whine about it, but she’ll eat it! You basically dump chicken breasts, chicken broth, 2 cans of black beans, 2 cans of corn, 4 cans of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilis, chili powder cumin, and salt in a pot and cook it! Shred the chicken and serve with a little sour cream. Easy peasy!

Thursday- Turkey meatballs with marinara sauce, and a salad. I mayyyy give in and let the kids have peas for a side, because the griping over salad may drive me up the wall!

WISH ME LUCK!!! Tune in on instagram stories (@stephikruse) every night to see how it goes down :).

Love,

Stephi

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