Monday, April 14, 2014

It Has Begun and Meun plan for the week of April 14

It has begun.

Spring sports season.  For the first time ever, all three of my children are participating in sports at the same time.

Cue sinister music.

All three of them are playing soccer.  Bubby and MC play and practice just one evening a week.  Different nights, but still, just one night each.  No biggie.

 But AKD is playing travel soccer.  We were just informed that practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays and games are Mondays and Wednesdays.  Every week.  That's four nights a week. 

Now you might be wondering to yourself, why would they sign him up for that if they didn't want to do all that running?  Here's the deal.  We did not sign him up for 4-nights-a-week soccer.  We signed him up for Monday-Wednesday-maybe-the-occasional-Saturday-or-Sunday-practice soccer.  Unfortunately, the coach doesn't agree that that's what we signed up for. *Sigh* 

{I should note that it would be a different story if this was a school team and the practices were immediately after school.  That would mean I would only have to run him one way and most likely the practices would be done before supper time.}

Anyway, it is what it is, and we'll figure it out.  As a consequence, we're going to be eating on the go a lot for the next couple of months, which means we'll be eating portable meals. 

Portable meals should be nutritionally balanced meals that include whole grains, healthy carbs, and protein, and aren't particularly messy.  Oh, and it helps if they can be made ahead of time and eaten cold.  Sandwiches and wraps lend themselves perfectly to this model.  Up first--Turkey Ranch Club Wraps: a whole wheat tortilla spread with light ranch dressing, and layered with turkey, bacon, cheese, and spinach or romaine.  You could even add grated carrots and match-stick bell peppers to boost the nutrition.

What are your favorite portable meals?

On the menu this week:

--Spaghetti, green beans, garlic bread
--Turkey Ranch Club Wraps
--Lasagna Soup, salad, carrots
--Chicken Taco Casserole, broccoli, mandarin oranges
--Hamburgers with homemade Hawaiian rolls, grilled asparagus, green stuff
--Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs, broccoli/cauliflower/carrot medley
--Ham, two cheese squash casserole, green beans with shallots & hazelnuts, applesauce

Breakfast/other:

Homemade Hawaiian Bread
Challah Bread
Vanilla Challah French Toast
Bean & Egg Breakfast Burritos
Spring S'mores Bars

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