July 23, 2024


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Weekly Meal Plan when Postapetum with Newborn and Toddler

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Weekly Meal Plan when Postapetum with Newborn and Toddler

Now with two little individuals in the blend, I wanted to alter how I food approach right now.

Near the conclusion of pregnancy I was worn out and lacked inspiration and so meal preparing looked like this:

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Sunday = cook dinner

Monday = take in Sunday leftovers

Tuesday = cook dinner

Wednesday = try to eat Tuesday leftovers

Thursday = clear out fridge or eggs + toast for supper


sandwiches + chips + fruit/veg for like 6 months straight lol

Now with a newborn and toddler, I never have time (and really do not want to acquire time) to make a sandwich for the duration of nap time since commonly, I’m not baby no cost in the course of Cal’s naps. At times I get Teddy to nap laying down and not on me through Cal’s nap, but that isn’t typically. So, this is my new meal organizing strategy that is working so far.

We have local community team (a smaller group that meets from our church) on Sundays from 5-7pm so we decide up Roots for evening meal on that night. My go-to bowl is the El Jefe – delicious and filling because the portions are significant. I definitely like not cooking on Sundays.

Mondays for lunch we take in leftovers from the weekend or eggs + toast.

Then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I cook dinner supper and the subsequent day we take in the leftovers for lunch. Tuesday evening meal becomes Wednesday lunch and so on.

To set it simply, it seems to be like this:

Sunday meal = eat out

Monday lunch = leftovers or eggs + toast

Monday via Thursday evening meal = prepare dinner

Tuesday by means of Friday lunch = leftovers 

And then most Fridays we grill pizza and either have a quieter evening in with just us or we invite pals more than – it just relies upon on how busy the 7 days has been and what we have going on the rest of the weekend. Making an attempt to ideal our grilled pizza has been seriously enjoyment and been some thing “new” to do all through the weirdness of COVID when life can really feel truly mundane and unexciting. Whilst, we really don’t make our pizza dough. We live about a five minute wander from Albemarle Baking Corporation which helps make amazing breads, baked merchandise and pizza dough – and so as very long as we dwell this shut to an amazing bakery, I have zero inspiration to expend my time studying to use yeast. Maybe a single day…maybe.

We do make our possess sauce nevertheless! Utilizing this recipe. And most months we are purist and best the pizza with cheese + pepperoni. If other folks are becoming a member of us we department out and make the second pizza with spicy sausage + pepper + onion. It is taken some trial and mistake to get the grilling element down but dang, you guys, now that we have I think I can confidently say our handmade grilled pizza is my beloved in all of Charlottesville – and there is some genuinely great pizza right here!

Back again to how I food program ideal now. Cooking meal each and every weeknight and then acquiring leftovers for lunch the future working day is functioning perfectly in this year of lifestyle for two explanations.

1) All I have to do is heat and consume

2) I have a hearty meal prepared to go which performs very well to tame breastfeeding starvation. That doesn’t indicate you cannot/shouldn’t take in supper leftovers if you aren’t breastfeeding (that goes with out expressing) but relatively, a snack plate lunch or salad or anything like that just isn’t going to minimize it these days

I commonly have 2-3 rapid foods planned and 1-2 foods that are new recipes or some thing that usually takes longer than 20-30 minutes to get on the desk. Ahead of Teddy was born, when it was just Cal, Nick would commonly go managing with Cal in the jogging stroller even though I cooked evening meal (it was so great for me to prepare dinner solo with a podcast)…but now with a new child, sometimes they even now go jogging and Teddy sleeps on me in the wrap or if the little humans are a lot more requirements, it’s a staff exertion to get dinner cooked and everyone fed.

Fortunately (severely, it was so valuable!) I did not have to prepare dinner for the to start with time until finally Teddy was nearly 6 weeks outdated because we had a amazing meal train, my momma was in city for two weeks feedings us effectively and Nick’s moms and dads had been here for a week right after that and did some cooking. Now that I’m receiving back in the swing, I’m back to accomplishing the food plan and grocery ordering + supply on Fridays. That works nicely for us.

Previous week’s food system lineup was:

Monday – salmon burgers (making use of this recipe) with garlic aioli + roasted yukon gold potatoes + roasted broccoli **this day was…A Day. So at 6pm when meal was nowhere in sight and we had two upset young children in our fingers we called an audible and built cheesy eggs + baked potatoes and roasted broccoli. Everyday living with two less than two (and children in common) means usually staying well prepared to pivot. 

Tuesday – spaghetti with meat sauce + salad + garlic bread

Wednesday – grilled bbq chicken with corn on the cob, roasted potatoes and inexperienced beans

Thursday – hawaiin chicken tacos from POY (this is a new recipe) + chips and salsa

The salmon burgers and rooster tacos could possibly take more time than 20-30 minutes for this 7 days. Spaghetti and anything at all on the grill is generally super rapid and simple. Other very simple speedy meals I may possibly make from 7 days to week are tacos, quesadillas, baked ziti and when it receives cooler curries are normally very fast.

For treats, we typically have a superior stock of bars, granola, and so forth (I put in our everyday living cost savings at Costco just before Teddy was born and we are nevertheless operating our way as a result of that stock) and then during the 7 days Cal and I bake one thing one or two afternoons – normally some rendition of banana bread or a snack sort cookie or bar. We produced these past week and they are fab.

I am always fascinated in rhythms that are beneficial for other people – as I am transitioning to a new season of daily life, I’m in the method of shifting our rhythms with food organizing, cleansing, arranging and so on so they operate well for us as a family of 4. So, share yours in the opinions!

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