Crock Pot Meal Planning for Your Manic May

I’ve already established that next week is going to be total chaos. Of course, prepped with my new book, I know I will handle it all wonderfully, be present, and won’t be frantic at all. That’s a lie, but in an effort to manage the chaos I planned a weeks worth of crock pot meals so at 4 pm I’m not panicked about what we are going to eat as we dash from one activity to the other. This isn’t the week to try out a new recipe so most of these I have posted before.

Monday: Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf from the Skinnytaste Fast & Slow Cookbook
I’ve said it before and here I am saying it again – this is my go-to cookbook during the week. I want to eat healthy-ish. I want to have a warm dinner for my family to gather around. I don’t want it to take forever. The recipes from this book check all those categories. Trust me, you need this cookbook in your life.

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Creole
My absolute favorite crock pot recipes are the ones you dump all the ingredients in the pot and turn the switch to on. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve scrolled past a crock pot recipe because the first instruction is “heat a skillet over medium heat.” Nope. Eight times out of ten that totally defeats the purpose of a crock pot recipe for me. This recipe is filling, has a little kick and yes, you just dump it all in there!

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
So to be honest, this will probably just be for J and H. L and I have to be at the theater at 5:15 for her dress rehearsal so, my guess is I’ll pack us a salad and sandwich for us to eat there. Or, I may just drive thru Chick Fil A. Either way, I’ll have the leftovers for lunch the next day over zucchini noodles. The boys will eat this over good ol’ regular processed pasta.

Thursday: Mediterranean Bean Salad
The kids have a practice swim meet on Thursday evening. I’m hoping the Gator Grill will be fired up and J and the kids will eat something from there. I plan to make and bring this Mediterranean Bean Salad. This salad is good for outdoor events like this because it doesn’t contain any meat. Sometimes I worry about whether or not a dish will “hold up” in the heat. This one should and it’s very filling.

Friday: Out!
My Mother in Law is coming in to town on Friday for L’s recital the next day. After swim practice, we plan to go to Alicia’s (we haven’t been yet!) and I plan to have a margarita celebrating we made it through our crazy week!

Do you have any tips for meal planning for crazy weeks?

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