I put strong value in family dinners. It is a time that our whole family can connect, sit down together, have conversation and share a meal.
I do not want to portray the illusion that every family dinner in our household is calm and blissful. Nor do I want to brush aside the effort it takes to plan, prepare, and time everything so that it works with a busy family's schedule.
I do want to emphasize that, however, that this habit, has paved the way for daily family connection in our family. As much as it is a chore, the benefits make it all worth it.
I know too, the opportunity to spend this time with my four children around our family table is fleeting. My children are growing up quickly. I want to share this experience with them.
To make this happen I take some time each week for meal planning, which I am choosing to share with you as well!
I hope you get some inspiration by what I post. Regardless, this practice is beneficial for me, as it is creating a database of dinner ideas (all you have to do is click on the meal planning category tag on the sidebar to see all my posts on this topic).
I also value your feedback and appreciate your ideas and inspiration as well!
I am planning four meals this week. We'll be on break for Easter Friday through Monday so I am giving my planning brain a break.
------Our weeknight family meal plan - April 15-18------
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas with Spanish Rice
need: shrimp, tortillas, spices, peppers, cilantro, limes, spanish rice mix
Spaghetti and Meatballs with garlic bread and caesar salad
need: pasta, pasta sauce, meatballs, french bread, parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce, croutons, caesar dressing
Taco Crescent Ring a variation of this recipe.
need: homemade crescent dough, ground beef, taco seasoning, tomatoes, lettuce, black olives, green onions, lettuce, sour cream
*I have a great recipe for homemade crescent dough from Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should (and Shouldn't) Cook from Scratch to Save Time and Money that I will use for the dough.
Homemade Hawaiian Pizza
need: pizza crust (my go-to recipe HERE), pizza sauce, cheeses, pineapple, canadian bacon
Have great week friends!