Back to School Meal Planning

Happy Tuesday friends!

First things first--thank you!!!  It took courage for me to open up to y'all about my challenges on Friday and I couldn't be more grateful for the support and love I received from the blogging community.  I've received comments, emails, texts, and even snail mail from blog friends since opening up and it means a lot.  One of my goals over the last several months has been to do a better job of responding to reader comments via email.  I have done a pretty good job with this, however, right now is one of my busiest times of year as a teacher, so I have not yet gotten to share a personal thank you with many of you.  In the meantime I hope this public thank you here will suffice!

With the start of teacher work week yesterday and the first day of school for students just one week away, I thought it would be a good time to do some meal planning.  I've mentioned on here before, that Bryce and I have a hard time with meal planning.  Our schedules are both hectic, and Bryce also often works late, meaning that trying to get dinner on the table with regularity can be tough.  Over the summer we have gotten into better meal planning habits, though, and I am hoping they will continue into the school year.  It's going to be tough, but I thought the perfect inspiration would be some exciting new recipes to try....and...why not share them with y'all?

In the coming weeks, I am hoping to get a chance to meal plan and cook these dishes:

I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet and have a feeling this grilled corn on the cob combined with quinoa will give me a taste of summer even after the start of school!

Bryce and I eat a lot of chicken and both love cashews...even better, these are baked and not fried (aka: guilt free)!

Natalie's recipes never disappoint, so I'd love to try her spin on this Southern classic.
(ps: Check out my favorite recipe of Natalie's I've tried thus far here)

Let's face it--Mondays suck!  That's why I love the idea of a casserole you can prep ahead of time and just pop in the oven Monday night while you pour yourself a stiff cocktail!

I have been craving a low country boil the last few weeks and am thinking these kabobs might have to make an appearance for Labor Day this weekend!

And finally, for once the weather cools down...

There are few things I enjoy more than a warm soup on a cool fall night!

So there you have it!  Here's to hoping these recipes will inspire me to stick to meal planning!

How do you meal plan?

What are your go-to recipes?

If you have a good one, I'd love to feature it!

Have a great day!


  1. Most nights I only cook for myself since my boyfriend doesn't get home until very late. So, I try to make one pan or one pot dishes like soups, pasta, or grilled chicken or salmon with veggies.

  2. Prep ahead meals are the greatest -- freeze them, put them in the fridge the night before, pop them in the oven the day of and voila! (The hardest part is remembering to thaw them!) Also, Real Simple's 20 minute meals are a cinch! Good luck with planning!
    - Catherine, cgspringer.blogspot.com

  3. Those all sound delicious and I was just looking at Natalies shrimp and grits recipe this week too! I need to make that soon!

  4. This back to school thing is hard!! We have activities three nights out of the week which can make meal prep hard. Yesterday I tried doing as much before pick up as possible. My husband gets home after 7:30 most nights so his gets left in the microwave. We try to plan weekly but it doesn't always work out.
    I hope this week goes smoothly!

  5. They all looks so good, now I'm hungry!
    xo Jessica

  6. yum! they all sound delish! that shrimp & grits looks amazing!

  7. There is something about back to school that makes me think about meal planning! I'm really awful about it, but I do try. I think the key thing for me is figuring out what to make and then having those ingredients on hand. My husband works late too, so often times, I have a difficult time just knowing if I will have to make him dinner or not! I love all of your ideas, and I'm always on the look out for a winning recipe. :)

  8. MMM the Chicken Stew with Kale looks AMAZING! Let me know how it turns out!

  9. mmm I've got to get back on the meal planning track!!

  10. Yum they all look delicious! With 2 littles in tow in everyday, I have to subscribe to the once a week grocery shopping trip so I stock up on what I'll need for Sun-Thurs and bring my recipes to the store with me. I cook in the mornings while little #1 is in preschool so I only have little #2 under my feet playing with tupperware and mixing bowls :-) I cook enough for 2 meals, then start again in 2 days! Fri and Sat is always takeout, usually couch date nights or we go out for a date night! Sat or Sun is grocery day, then is starts back up again Sun night.

  11. The food looks delicious! I will try some of them for sure.
    Would u mind to have a look on my blog? Would be great xx


  12. So glad you're feeling the love and support from your readers- we love you! I must confess, one of my favorite things about cooler weather is warm food! Stews and soups are just SO much easier for hectic weeks! Maybe your meal planning will inspire me to be better this year!


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