Meal Planning For The Busy Mom

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FrozenRewards #CollectiveBiasMeal PLanning For The Busy MomEveryday, at least Monday through Friday, seems like a broken record: Wake up, get dressed, take the kids to school, go to work, work all day, pick the kids up, make dinner, do homework, go to bed. Despite knowing the “dinner” part of the day is coming every single day, it still vexes me. I’ve decided to try meal planning, but a more realistic version than I hear most people talking about.  Usually, you hear about people planning these 7 wonderful meals, all cooked from scratch.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook amazing meals from scratch too – but it’s usually on the weekend.

Chicken CarbonaraI’ve often talked about how I like to take help in the kitchen where I can get it, and I definitely need it throughout the week. I like to make dishes that allow me to multitask instead of being stuck in front of the stove for 30 minutes. If I can cook dinner and help the kids knock out homework at the same time, that’s a win!  Bonus points when everyone eats what I cook!  (Moms, you know what I mean.)  Conagra and Publix have partnered to help you save time on dinner without sacrificing flavor by offering an amazing deal on some great brands like Healthy Choice, PF Changs, Marie Callender’s and Bertolli.

Chicken Pot PieOn our menu last week?  We had Pot Pies, Honey Chicken with Rice and Broccoli, Chicken Carbonara, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Pizza, Creamy Wild Rice & Chicken Soup and one “free-for-all” night (that’s basically one night where I play short order cook and make everybody happy).  I even made a printable meal planning sheet to organize my shopping list and you can download it and use it too.

Weekly Meal Plan

1 – Get over the idea that you have to plan 7 made-from-scratch dinners.

2 – Print out a meal planning sheet

3 – Organize your meals for the week (yes, PB&J counts as a meal!)

4 – Write out your grocery list one meal at a time.  Using a meal planning printable helps to keep you organized through the week and when you shop.

5 – Head to Publix and grab everything you need for the week.

Chicken Pot PiesWith the purchase of $30 of participating brands, you will receive a $10 Publix gift card (up to 5 times per household). You could spend $150 on items and receive $50 back through the Frozen Rewards Club.  That’s a 33% savings and an amazing deal!  All you have to do is register and shop!  Do you use frozen entrees or meal starters, or other short cuts, to help you along in the kitchen?  Which ones are your favorites?

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2 Responses to Meal Planning For The Busy Mom

  1. Pamela List says:

    Love the planning sheet and I really love Chicken Pot Pie. lol

  2. rosemary jenkins says:

    We eat the chicken pot pies at least once a week !!!

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