Our days have been pretty full so far this summer. We haven’t done anything extravagant yet, just some relaxed fun like playing with friends at the park, doing art projects for the fair, seeing dollar movies at the theater, swimming in the creek, working in the garden, and sleeping under the stars.
Oh the lazy days of summer!
Those lazy days turn into crazy days when the dinner hour hits. I get so caught up in summer life that I forget that I’m supposed to be the grown up around here. Planning a menu has completely gotten away from me. In fact, lately it’s been after five o’clock when I first start thinking about dinner.
The kids don’t mind so much because they are still out climbing trees and building forts, but not knowing what I’ll be making for dinner has been hectic for me.
Time for a Change
I’ve decided to change things this week. Our week is looking pretty busy, so I’m planning a week-long crock pot extravaganza. Well, maybe that’s making it sound a little too fancy. I will just be thrilled have dinner planned out and prepared before the dinner hour strikes.
Grocery shopping is not something I have planned for this week, so I’ve carefully chosen recipes with ingredients I have (or mostly have) on hand. I’m sure I’ll be making some substitutions and tweaking here or there.
Here is what I have planned for this week so far. Of course all plans are subject to change according to my mood and preferences.
Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over Rice— This one is tried and true. I found Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over Rice on Pinterest recently and it was a success!
Crock Pot Potato Soup— We love potato soup, but I usually don’t make it in the crock pot. I’m planning to try this Crock Pot Potato Soup recipe, which also happens to be gluten-free.
Bean Burritos— My kids love bean burritos. I’ll be making my own refried beans in the crock pot. I’ll have a tutorial on this coming up soon. Refried beans from a can gross me out a little bit (but my kids will still eat them).
Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup— My husband is a big fan of black beans, so I’m excited to give Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup a try. I love that it has dry beans in it rather than canned beans.
Slow Cooker Chicken Curry— We’re going to a pot luck movie night with friends on Friday night. I’ll bring my slow cooker chicken curry to serve over rice. I’ll share on here in the future.
I’m sure we’ll have leftovers, so five meals should last seven days. We’ll probably have salad (with the lettuce we have growing) and bread with some of these too.
Wow! I feel better about my week already!
How about you?
- Are you good at sticking to a menu when the normal routine is exchanged for a summer schedule?
- What are your favorite crock pot dishes to make? If the recipe is available online feel free to link to it!