Returning to normal… Menu Plan

Ah, yes. Back to “normal.” Back to post-conference, post-Spring Break, post-Passover, post-Easter life.

That also means back to an empty refrigerator, stale bread and week-old eggs. The grocery store is calling my name. So is, of course. Baseball. And grilling.

And chances of rain. Which means maybe baseball and maybe rain? Making this a not-so-easy menu plan to create… because I’d really love to grill.

As I looked at the week ahead, I was perplexed. We only have one “normal” night this week. One night where we’ll gather around the table for a real dinner. The rest of the week we’re running from the karate studio to the baseball field to Kids Night Out and back again. I asked my twitter friends:

Most of the responses were people agreeing in frustration. Good to know I’m not alone. Some shared that they feed dinner at 4. Which is early for our family that eats at 7:15. (btw, I realized later that our schedule actually keeps us out until 8 3 nights this week, I mistweeted.) So, I’m following other suggestions with sandwiches or snacks at 4, then more healthy snacks again before bed. Not ideal. At all. Thanks to @MollyinMinn, @penny_riordan, @hchybinski and @WomenontheFence for the great discussion.

I’m beginning to learn how the convenience of McDonald’s can be so irresistible.

Monday:  raw veggies and Rotisserie chicken

Tuesday:  shrimp pasta salad (make Monday night)

Wednesday:  Spicy, Crunchy Chicken Wraps

Thursday: Steak with Artichoke and Cherry Pepper saute

Weekend: Hamburgers, Grilled Vegetables, Sweet Potato Fries

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

© 2011, Julie Meyers Pron. All rights reserved.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge