• Pointers for Weekly Food Prepping

    This has become somewhat a series, going through weekly meal planning, meal planning on a budget, budgeting for groceries, and today some tips/tricks for meal prepping that can help you stay on track to at-home cooking instead of eating out or opting for convenience foods at the store (which also helps staying on track with the grocery budget). Meal prepping has become essential for our smooth(ish) functioning during the week. Let’s get real: the time of day that you are most depleted of energy (and maybe motivation) is the time of day you really have to rally because it’s just so darn busy. Getting dinner on the table, eating, baths,…

  • Simple Chicken Noodle Casserole

    In anticipation of J leaving town for a week on business a couple weeks ago, I got to work food prepping so I could more easily manage the single mom scene during his absence. I’ve mentioned that I’m crazy about casseroles right now. Mostly because of the simplicity, but also because cold weather just lends itself to these ‘stick to your ribs’ recipes. Another of my favorites, and part of my food prep prior to J’s departure, was this simple chicken noodle casserole. A short list of ingredients come together to create this creamy and delicious dish. The cheesy/crunchy topping give it that little something extra that will have you…

  • Bowtie Pasta Salad

    It’s summertime which means grilling out and having cold salads as a side is a way of life. There are so many things I love about summer, but for the purpose of this particular post, I want to specifically call out the way summertime eating is just easier on life. Minimal prep, minimal effort and minimal clean-up. There we go, now I have your attention! As you are aware, I try to spend time each weekend prepping for the weeknight meals ahead. Regardless of how busy with tasks I am during the week, it’s a rare occasion that I get home from work and have energy for much more than finding my…