So far, my first week alone with Baby O is going pretty well! Let's talk about the food aspect of my life-with-newborn: eating is pretty important when you're taking care of a little one. I'm hungry. All. The. Time. So, you can imagine, food is even more important than it was before baby was born. And that's saying alot. Because, you know, I loooooove food.
Unfortunately, the challenge lies in finding time to cook when you (1) are exhausted all the time; (2) have your hands full most of the day, preventing you from making meals.
My family was in town for a week to help out with Baby O. Before my brother, sister, and mother left, the last favor I asked from them was to help with food prep on Sunday night so that we would have a refrigerator full of food that was peeled, sliced, and diced. It looks like I might need to work a little bit on my meal planning, because all that I asked them to prep was some butternut squash, brussel sprouts, and carrots. Not bad, but I think there's room for improvement.
One other area I could work on is snacks...that's because I've been turning to this for my snacking:
So I went and restocked the fruit bowl:
Here's what I ate on
Cooking dinner is proving to be a challenge. On Monday, I was able to prep dinner while Baby O was sleeping, even if it was three hours before dinnertime. Prepping early helped because all I had to do was throw everything together just before we ate.
Tuesday dinner wasn't so easy...I wasn't able to get Baby O to sleep for very long in the afternoon -- at six weeks, you can't expect much in terms of a predictable sleep schedule -- but we had the brussel sprouts and butternut squash already prepped, so when hubby got home (early!) he ended up cooking dinner, which was great, as I was exhausted from trying to soothe Baby O for most of the day. But dinner was fantastic: chicken marsala with roasted brussel sprouts and butternut squash:
I put together a very loose meal plan for this week (see here), but my husband is all for getting involved in planning dinners for next week, so hopefully we'll have a better meal prep come next Sunday. I'll let you know at next week's WIAW!
Thanks to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for hosting one of my favorite link-ups of the week!
Do you prep for meals on Sundays before the week starts? What's your approach to cooking for the week? Do you prep meals to take to work or just meals for home?