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Drive-thru just this once?

I try and make Sundays as calm and unscheduled as possible.

We routinely go to church and afterwards my boys play on the church playground while we adults catch up on the week. We really look forward to this family time together and do our best not to overschedule ourselves on this day of "rest."

Kids playing

But this past Sunday it felt like the absolute opposite of rest. We got home hungry and the kids were insisting on painting. After they had made a complete mess of themselves and our kitchen table, we ate our lunch. Then it was time to clean up not just lunch, but what was left over from breakfast and the aftermath of two toddlers painting.

Ok, once that was done, both my husband and I sat on the couch to read our books while the boys lay down to take their naps. They apparently had a different plan because neither one of them was interested in winding down. As a matter of fact, they were both wild lunatics (and no, there was no sugar in their lunch).

Finally, after about an hour of failed attempts at napping, my husband Stewart said, "Isabel let’s get in the car and just drive and they’ll sleep. I feel like I’m losing patience and I just need to get out."

I was feeling the same way. What was supposed to be our very laid back Sunday was feeling like an exhausting day.

Burger King Drive Thru

As we were on our drive, my husband said in his joking voice, "Let’s just go through the Burger King drive-thru for dinner and call it a day."

He was definitely kidding as this is never an option for our family. We have never been in a situation where fast food was even on the choices list or ever needed.

I said (to his surprise),

"You know, some days I wish that was an option. I’m exhausted and I just cleaned up after 2 meals and here I still have dinner to get on the table. I have complete compassion for people and families that fall prey to fast food. It just feels like the only option sometimes."

I think Stewart was shocked because for a long time before we had kids we were a bit judgmental of those folks who just drove up to the local McDonald’s to grab their dinner. Yes, yes, I’m telling on myself here. I have been judgmental of people’s choices in the past, especially where their children were involved.

But not anymore! Having children seems to bring on a whole new level of compassion that I did not have when I was a single gal.

My husband and I did not surrender to the very easy solution to just pick up some fast food, but many families do.

So what are some solutions for meals when your day is not quite going your way? Or better yet, how could I have prevented the madness of this particular Sunday in the first place?

Isabel’s Super Simple Sunday Solution

1. Only crockpot meals on Sundays. I’ve never labeled a day with a specific cooking method, but I am definitely going to start "Crockpot Sundays" from now on. I have decided that since I do have more time on my hands on Saturdays, I can prep and plan whatever Sunday’s crockpot meal will be. Chances are it will be something that is super easy to prepare like a whole chicken, meatballs, chili or meatloaf. These meals are staples in our house and I know I can prep every ingredient in just a few minutes on Saturday night to just dump in the crockpot on Sunday morning.

2. Clean out the refrigerator meals. Plan B will be to make sure that there are always leftovers available for Sundays. On this particular weekend we had eaten most of our leftovers on Saturday so there really wasn’t anything we could just heat up. But not anymore! If you’ve never had a clean-out-the-refrigerator meal, it’s where everyone puts together the random items leftover in the fridge and makes a meal out of it. My kids love this as they really enjoy making their plate look as weird as possible, combining breakfast items with dinner items and even including fruits and desserts.

Applegate Farms Turkey Breast

3. Supermarket take out. If you absolutely need to purchase something outside your own home, run into your local grocery store instead of your local fast food joint. Almost every grocery store has a salad bar of some sort, and healthy prepared food items like grilled chicken and vegetables. In the past I’ve grabbed Applegate Farms Turkey Breast, rice crackers and a bowl of fresh cut fruit and called it dinner. Make the whole trip fun and maybe even have a picnic in the parking lot if the weather permits.

So how did our Sunday turn out? Well, both boys slept in the car, we got back home and quickly put some Applegate Farms hot dogs on the grill with some veggies and enjoyed the rest of our night. It all worked out and next Sunday I will be more prepared!

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       9 posts
  1. Balance   
       4 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       3 posts
  1. Parenting   
       2 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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