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Except I’m a day late, so it’s really Thursday….sorry.

I’ve been cooking a lot the last two weeks, and I’m getting back in the groove of getting dinner done early so I’m not as rushed to get the kids in bed. It also gives me a chance to get the hubby’s lunch packed the night before so I’m not rushed in the morning, which makes life a lot easier.

Breakfast has basically looked like some version of this for the last week or two. We have a bunch of zucchini, and it goes really well with eggs and sausage. šŸ™‚

Lettuce wrapped burgers have also been a staple lately, because they’re so quick and it’s easy to load them up with veggies. I’ve been making a lot of homemade fries for the kids too, and those always go well with burgers. I haven’t been buying typical toddler food lately and the boys have been pretty good about at least trying real meat (even if they turn their nose up at it, which is about half the time), so the fries are my way of helping them forget that their plate isn’t full of pizza or chicken nuggets.

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This has been one of my favorite lunch staples — tuna with romaine, cucumber, carrots, onion, and avocado wrapped up in sushi nori like a burrito. With me not working our budget doesn’t generally include sushi anymore, but this helps me forget that. šŸ™‚

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Honey glazing has been a bit of an obsession for me lately, and this is another one of my staple lunches. I found a stash of frozen salmon and mahi mahi, so I’ve been defrosting it and marinating in honey and spices, and then throwing it in the oven for a few minutes while I feed the kids lunch. The canned green beans aren’t the best, but with a little grass-fed butter or chicken broth and some spices they’re not bad at all. Super fast and super simple!

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We’re still hitting the zoo once a week, and this is our go-to lunch for that. Sliced veggies, fruit, and Cheerios for snacks, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids, and a salad and tuna fish for me. And yes, I reuse cottage cheese and sour cream containers for Tupperware, mostly because my entire family kinda stinks at bringing the expensive stuff home. I don’t mind when these disappear or I find them so choked with mold I have to toss them.

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Dinners have been pretty varied based on how much time I have and how well the boys are behaving. These beef tips and veggies were something I could leave simmering on the stove for a long time, so it was perfect for a night where the boys needed a little more attention.

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This was probably the simplest dinner the last two weeks — basically a taco salad. I cooked some black beans with onions and tomatoes and blended it up, then mixed it with ground beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a tiny bit of sour cream. The kids ate bean and cheese burritos, so I call it a win all around. šŸ™‚

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This was fun and simple — shredded beef and black bean fajitas turned into a salad for me. I recently learned my Walmart is still price matching, so I was able to get peppers for $.25 and avocados for $.20!! Somehow that makes it taste even better…

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This honey glazed pork roast was one of my favorite things, I swear I could eat it every day…

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but I made it a lot better the second time. I made it in the crockpot over a bed of onions, and then re-glazed and broiled it for 5 minutes to make the glaze crispy. It was a lot juicier this way, plus the onions made the mashed potatoes amazing!

Now I just have to figure out what’s for dinner tonight! It’s going to be a bit of a crazy day, so I’ll probably toss something in the crockpot and cross my fingers.

What are your go-to meals for busy days?

Have you tried any new recipes this week that you loved?Ā