Holiday parties are on our horizon and there is always a big New Year’s Bash that our family goes to at the grandparents. So to make parties easier for my daughter, Elizabeth, who has food sensitivities to rice, corn, eggs & wheat the plan is to take her own food and party on as normal.
Changing your diet is HARD. We have a multitude of food sensitivities in the house right now.
Makes me want to pull my hair out a lot of the time. We are learning how to do this. SLOWLY.
It is really important for my daughter so she can heal from the pain and fatigue that she is experiencing.
Life is on fast forward here. But being busy is not an excuse to stop eating healthy meals & snacks!
That makes this busy life doable.
Juggling school, blogging, errands, activities, cleaning, hobbies, gardening, & classes can make this momma feel overwhelmed!
The to-dos truly NEVER end.
Food Decision Fatigue
At the end of crazy, busy days, okay every day, I do NOT want to cook, make decisions, or clean up. I just want to sit and stare at the wall for a few hours. I realized that if I wanted to keep my sanity, then I needed to put some food in the freezer for those days when I can’t face another decision.
I have made a list of 10 meals for THOSE days. You know those days when you are standing at the freezer at 5 p.m. wishing someone would just decide what to make for supper? Some one besides you? A few weeks ago I made a list of 10 go-to meals to battle Food Decision Fatigue. Check it out!
Smart make ahead foods
Getting foods prepared for the freezer has been my priority each week of September and I'm continuing in October. If I do a few each week then I'm not overwhelmed.
I keep it smart and simple.
- Making French Toast? Do a triple batch and freeze what isn't eaten.
- Make a meatloaf? It doesn't take much extra time to make 3 or 4.
- Making muffins? Scoop batter into tins. Frozen then pop out easily to be baked another day.
It doesn't have to be complicated.
The following prepared frozen foods have kept me from loosing my mind. The meat, that is either precooked or prepped for easy meals, makes getting a wide variety of meals on the table a little easier. When I bring the meat home I process it up and get it in the freezer so its ready for another day.
Freezer foods for busy days
- raw diced or cut into tenderloins
- Lemon Chicken--one of our favorite freezer to crockpot meals
- chicken breasts cooked, diced or shredded
- cooked ahead with spices for tacos or spaghetti
- sloppy joe’s
- meat loaf
Part of changing my morning's to be AWESOME has been turning breakfast over to my kids to fix on their own. Having some premade options makes this a breeze.
4. Egg cups--sausage, cheese & eggs baked in muffin cups for 15-20 minutes on 350 degrees
These are my favorite sweet ending to a meal! Gotta have them on hand.
8. Homemade peanut butter cups
9. Luscious Lemon Pudding actually it's yogurt but I eat it like pudding!
10. No bake cookies
All of the linked recipes are on my Food Decision Fatigue board on Pinterest.
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Most days I have a menu planned. If I I check the list ever morning then I know what needs to be defrosted or be thrown in the crock pot. But some days just don't go according to plan. Emergencies, Headaches, KIDS, Interruptions. They happen. So I stand at the freezer or refrigerator stuck in what I call food decision fatigue. It's a horrible feeling and it helps so much to have a list of go to meals when this happens!
We are finally seeing some sun here in Missouri in between the rain showers. That means I do NOT want to turn on the oven if I can avoid it.
So how do we keep it SIMPLE and COOL?
The solution? My favorite kitchen servant--the crockpot!