My family and I were away on vacation for two weeks. It was wonderful! We visited family who live out of state, where (incidentally) July and August temperatures do not reach triple digits! 🙂 It was all simply delightful. The time with family. The beauty of the natural surroundings. The cooler temperatures. And, we even got to go horseback riding for the first time! But, I’m sure you can relate to the dread associated with traveling (especially with younger children) after a lovely vacation. Dread. Then, once the endurance contest is over, you head home to an essentially empty refrigerator and no leftovers. What do you do?
Do you get all your luggage in the house and then get out to the grocery store to then begin to prepare a meal? Do you stop at a drive through for fast food that is likely to make the already sleep-deprived and exhausted now feel greasy and gross? Or, do you have a plan before you go on the trip to begin with?
Honestly, I have answered “yes” to each of those questions at some point after a long trip. And, because I have, I wanted to make sure I had a plan this time. In the past, I have prepared a meal or two in advance (usually by just doubling up meals from before the trip) to freeze so that all that would be necessary would be a little thawing and heating. I highly recommend doing this if you can manage to make extra before you head off on your trip.
This time I did something just a little different. I made sure that I had a very simple meal that wouldn’t require much preparation once we got back. So, I made sure we had some of my family’s favorite ravioli and spaghetti sauce in the pantry. I also knew we had some ground beef in the freezer. So, before we left, I had planned the meal for the day of our return. It was a super easy pasta with meat sauce and some steamed frozen broccoli. It doesn’t register as the healthiest meal that I prepare; however, it suits its purpose after a long day of travel and is better than fast food that we could have picked up to make things easy. This gave us easy, quick and no yucky post-fast food feeling in our tummies. Success.
What do you do to make your post-vacation meal preparation easier?
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