We aim for a pattern in meal planning: big meal extravaganza on Sunday evening when we’re both home to wrangle our child while chopping veggies and washing dishes. Usually I make Sunday evening dinner and Keith puts together a crockpot o’ something to cook all day Monday. Voila! Two hot meals with leftovers for lunches for the next few days.
Then we plan a quick-and-easy meal for Tuesday. Wednesday is my day off (I work four tens), so I usually plan something a little more involved (again with leftovers for the next day or two of lunches). Then on Thursdays, we often have smoothies (use up all that leftover fruit, yogurt, etc.). It doesn’t sound very hearty, but kids LOVE that dinner and then you can pair it with cheese toast or crackers and cheese for quick additional oomph.
And then…sometimes nothing goes according to plan (such as tonight when we both forgot to make the crockpot). No worries. You just switch around as needed. No need to stress. As long as you have all your ingredients, it’s no big deal to move things around.