I decided to start this blog after my son was diagnosed with food allergies. For the first seven months of his life he suffered with terrible eczema and after a trip to the ER we found out he is allergic to milk, soy, eggs, sesame and peanuts. As a parent of a child with food allergies it is a constant emotional rollercoaster. I have cried at grocery stores, at birthday parties and at night. He has had the Epi injection twice and spent too much time in the ER.

Current allergies: Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree nuts
Outgrew: Sesame, Soy

Friday, March 8, 2013

Planning ahead

I finally learned how to plan ahead with dinners.  This has saved me so much stress and time and now I actually have time to play with the kids because I no longer pace around the kitchen trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

I created a spreadsheet with a list of all dinners I have made which have worked out for the family. On a separate tab I have a list like the one below..  (Green is a meat option for my husband and blue is a no-meat option for myself. Both options are safe for Aiden and Dylan)

Every Friday I go through the list of dinners and write down what we will eat the following week. Below the list I write down a shopping list of the things that I need and over the weekend I go shopping. Many times I have most of these things in the fridge already.

Of course things don't always go as planned. Thursday my husband ended up eating left overs so I will make Risotto tonight. 

My next step is trying to figure out the meals that are good as leftovers and making extra on Mondays and Wednesdays so that we can have left overs on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This works great for my family and it saves us money too!

1 comment:

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