This week is full of parties and events, marking the start of the holiday season in our household. When I think about meal planning this time of year, there are a few considerations that are top of mind:
- What can I bring with me to parties to share?
- What healthy alternatives to frozen pizza can I prepare for the kids and babysitter?
- During party-filled weeks when we tend to eat richer food, what can I put on the table that is both light and satisfying?
- What plans are realistic given the time I have available?
This week I have incorporated realistic planning and lighter meals in the menu. The preparation time on the chosen meals is not overwhelming and there are a few veggie-heavy dinners planned for nights when the family is eating dinner together.
During the first week of a busy 2 months ahead, I welcome the celebrations and know that with a little bit of work I will also enjoy balance where our family’s relationship with food is concerned.
Saturday – Tex Mex Quinoa to take to Halloween Party
Sunday – Salad Rolls and Peanut Sauce
Monday – Roast Chicken, Mashed Potato and Roasted Broccoli
Tuesday – Homemade Fish Cakes and Veggie Tray (for kids) – We are at the Top 40 Under 40 Gala for Paul
Wednesday – Turkey Pot Pie Stew and Salad
Thursday – Baked Mac & Cheese and Veggie Tray (for kids) – We are at the Bob Edwards Gala, the Library Foundation’s signature event
Friday – Dragon Bowl