“Survival Mode” Meal Plan, January 26-February 1

Breakfast for dinner... Mmm...

Breakfast for dinner… Mmm…

I’m going to be solo parenting this week, so here is my loose plan for some very easy meals that I can either pull out of the freezer, prep ahead or make quickly while entertaining a 3 yr old and holding a baby.  (Note to self: move the Ergo carrier into the kitchen for easy access!)

  • Tacos! So easy, especially if I chop the veggies ahead of time. Plus, Dragons Love Tacos, dontcha know?
  • dragonsBreakfast for dinner — scrambled eggs w/ veggies and pancakes (although after reading this excellent article, What I Make for Dinner When I Don’t Feel Like Making Dinner, maybe I’ll make french toast instead?)
  • Italian chicken (freezer meal), garlic rice, and roasted vegetables
  • Order pizza… the easiest dinner of all!

I’m also following the old “It Takes a Village” adage and letting friends invite us over for dinner a couple of times.  I get a break from cooking, our kids have fun playing together and we get to visit!  Wins all around.  (I loved this article that talks about how the “village” advice applies just as much to taking care of yourself as it does to taking care of kids.  I struggle to ask for help, but I’m never sorry when I do!)

What are your go-to meals when you’re in survival mode?

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29 thoughts on ““Survival Mode” Meal Plan, January 26-February 1

  1. I literally eat pretty much the same thing every night – spaghetti squash and fish, typically salmon – with roasted green beans, spinach and nori! That’s my survival mode meal for sure! I throw it ALL in the broiler and I am good to go in about 20/30 minutes. I also know it will ALWAYS be tasty! 😉
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  2. That sounds very much like our survival mode meals! My husband travels a fair amount for work and it took me a long time to learn to say yes when help was offered. It’s a lesson I wish I had learned sooner! I also use the trick of making one big casserole or pot of soup at the beginning of the week and then having it as an easy option to reheat for the next few days. And don’t forget to cut yourself a lot of slack-take the easy road every chance you get 🙂 Hope everything goes smoothly!
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    • Yes, I probably should have planned a big pan of enchiladas or something, but it just sounded too complicated. We’ll muddle through one way or another! Thank you for the encouragement.

    • Yes, I’m actually really looking forward to a big breakfast for dinner since our weekend was so rushed trying to get my husband ready to head out of town.

  3. Oh, wow. That top photo. I just ate a big BBQ dinner and dessert, and I want it so.
    Cassidy went away for ten days when I was pregnant with Scarlet, and then again for ten days when I had Scarlet and Des as a newborn. Some of my friends invited us over. I went! Other friends brought over dinner. I happily accepted it!
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  4. I need to be better about inviting friends over for dinner … especially when they could really use a home-cooked meal that they didn’t have to cook themselves.

    Those pancakes. Yum.

    Good luck this week, Sarah.
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    • Having dinner at a friend’s is a nice way to get out of the house without all the hassle of a restaurant (especially with little kids)! Thanks for the encouragement… after the epic meltdown tonight, I’m hoping I can make it til Friday!
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  5. That breakfast for dinner looks awesome! I can’t imagine being solo with a 3yr and 6mo old. I’ll thank my husband for not giving me that pleasure as of yet ;). Though I’ve already left him once for work :O! Anywho, our survival mode meals are takeout, fried rice, and spaghetti with meat sauce. Your meals sound much more interesting. I should steal breakfast for dinner since I love waffles, eggs, and some meat.
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