Yesterday, The Pants came home a couple hours early from work. My first reaction should be: “Yay! He’s home!” I was, as always, very happy to see him, but my first thought was more like, “Oh no! I didn’t have time to fold the mountain of laundry on our bed before he got home, and now he’s going to see what a slacker I am!”
It’s not that I didn’t get anything done. I helped at two different school events, revamped my header graphics (again), cleaned the kitchen, worked on this menu, looked for a new car (ugh), read and commented on other people’s awesome blogs (maybe that’s not exactly being productive…), went grocery shopping, fed and ferried two kids, and answered a few pressing PTA emails. Still, both kids were at school today, and I should have managed to fold some laundry by 5:30 pm. Luckily, my extremely kind and helpful husband was perfectly happy to come home and help with the laundry, which was much appreciated, but it didn’t take away the guilt.
Other stay-at-home parents, do you ever feel less than productive?
Our house might not be perfectly clean and organized, but I DID take care of meal planning! Here’s this week’s menu of easy dinners ready for you! Remember: You can create a grocery list from any of my recipes just by clicking on the “List” icon in the right sidebar thanks to Feastie!
- Japanese (Inspired) Noodles with Shrimp – I don’t want to call these Japanese noodles because I’m sure they aren’t authentic, but they boast Asian flavors and are a downright delicious 30-minute dinner.
- Mediterranean Pita Pizzas – We liked this dinner because it was a change of pace. It’s also nice because the pizzas are good warm or at room temperature, so that makes it easy if everyone can’t eat at the same time for some reason.
- Buttermilk Chicken with Cheesy Vegetable Bake – This chicken is so cheap, easy, and tasty! You have to try it! We used drumsticks, but you can use any bone-in chicken pieces. I tried this veggie dish with brussels sprouts instead of asparagus this time. It turned out good, but I think asparagus is still my favorite.
- Lemon Chicken Pasta – This pasta dish is an easy, healthy dinner. The sauce is creamy but light, and lemon flavor is bright.
- Skinny Creamy Beef Enchiladas – These enchiladas are low in fat and have a slightly tangy sauce thanks to Greek yogurt.
- Irish Whiskey Steak with Roasted Vegetables – I usually use Dale’s Seasoning or something basic like olive oil and seasoned salt on steak, but this week I wanted to change it up. This marinade turned out to be really good. I saved the olive oil and seasoned salt for the butternut squash, asparagus, and mushrooms. I tossed them together, then roasted at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Simple Jambalaya – This dish makes for an easy, Cajun dinner. Serve with a green salad and enjoy!
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