Being a working or stay at home parent is hard work, either way. As a working mom and wife, dinner time is a serious mission for me. The timing is just so tight, I get home at 5.30, spend the first 30 minutes with my 3yo bonding whilst prepping my meals and cooking for an hour after that. I usually plan dinner in the day and this requires a trip to the shops on the way home. Clearly I am a poor planner and 2017 was spent fumbling and scrambling around trying to hold this meal situation together. As pathetic I was with dinner, I did have my breakfast on lock last year, check out my smoothie recipe that might just transform your mornings.
I am expecting baby number two in a few weeks and this year, I just need order in my life. This year things HAVE to change. Below is my first 5 day meal plan that I will be implementing, it has fairly easy meals that I already make, that do not take too much time and effort. I have just made the decision to put them all together into a meal plan.
Without further-ado, here it is:
Monday – Chicken wraps
- 6 x Deboned chicken pieces
- Wholewheat wraps
- ¼ Cucumber – chopped
- Plain yogurt
- Additional options – Red kidney beans, fresh diced peppers, fresh diced onion, fresh diced tomato, chopped avocado or guacamole, humus.
Note: You can replace the chicken with mince meat, fish, pork or whatever you prefer to keep things fresh and exciting for the family.
- Spice deboned chicken and pan fry until brown and cooked through
- Chop up cucumber and mix with plain yogurt
- Slice the peppadews and chop up the feta, mix together
- Heat up wraps in a pan – following the heating instructions.
- Serve wraps as you go to avoid them getting soggy (means mommy/or daddy is the last one to eat).
- For tips on how to wrap it all together visit here
Tuesday – Chicken salad
- Chicken leftovers from Monday’s wraps
- 1 x Avo
- ¼ chopped cucumber
- ½ a can of chickpeas
- 8 chopped cherry tomatoes
- ¼ sliced red onion
- Additional options – Nut and seed mix, peppers, fruit of choice, dressing of choice, leaves of lettuce
- Chop and mix it all up! Lol
Wednesday – Grilled Chicken salad
- 750g chicken pieces
- Knorr Cook In a Bag – flavor of your choice
- Copy and paste salad from Tuesday to make sure you deplete all veggies and avoid them going to waste.
- Follow extremely easy instructions on the Knorr packet.
- Chop and mix up your salad to your preference
Thursday – Lamb Chops, butternut and a stir-fry
- 400g Lamb chops
- Salt, ground peppercorns, crushed garlic
- Butternut cubes
- Prepackaged stirfry mix
- Soy sauce
- Boil the butternut until cooked, drain, add a teaspoon of butter and sprinkle cinnamon, mix whilst avoiding mashing
- Preheat the grill to medium-high
- In a bowl mix together the lamb chops, salt to taste, ground pepper corns, olive oil, crushed garlic
- Place the cutlets under the grill for 5-6 minutes on each side or until cooked to your preference
- Lightly fry the vegetables in olive oil, salt pepper and garlic. (I add a bit of soy sauce and very little salt for flavor)
Friday – Tuna fish cakes, chips and salad
- 3 x cans of tuna
- 6 x potatoes
- 3 spring onions
- 60 ml sour cream
- Salt and pepper to tase
- 125ml flour
- Sunflower oil
- Salad of your choice
- Boil 3 peeled potatoes with salt and mash.
- Add 3 cans of tuna to mashed potatoes, spring onions and half the tub of sour cream, with salt and pepper to taste.
- Shape into cakes of your preferred size and place in the fridge to cool. Once cool, shake some flour onto the cakes and dust off the excess.
- Fry until golden
- Make the fried chips with the other 3 potatoes and salad to serve on the side.
For more meal ideas, visit What’s For Dinner by Knorr. I feed my toddler each of these meals and throw in a hashbrown on days where there isn’t a starch option. Pick n Pay has frozen hash browns that take 3 minutes to prepare. Please share your thoughts and any questions you have in the comment section 🙂