One of the hardest parts of being a homeschool mom is keeping it all together. Some days it will be 3 o’clock before I realize that I have no dinner plans.

Thank goodness for Domino’s!

I have learned a few tricks here or there, now that I am a somewhat experienced homeschool mom. One of the best tricks I picked up is planning my lessons and my meals, ahead of time. I’d like to share my planning method with you.

To start, I pick one or possibly two meats for the week and create a menu around that. I can brown ground beef on a Sunday, premix any cookie dough and freeze it for the week. Sunday is a day dedicated to prep. I love being in the kitchen. That’s why I get a little upset when homeschooling tends to keep me away from the kitchen. It’s one the first things that falls to the wayside when we get behind.

In our home, we plan to hold our lessons Monday through Friday, with one day dedicated to field trips. I also plan for Monday through Friday to be easy to prepare dinners- dump dinners! I love my crockpot. So much in fact I have 3 of them. If your a homeschool momma, you should really invest in a good crockpot.

So without babbling on too much here is our dinner menu for the week:

Monday:

Lazy Sunday Pot Roast

Ingredients
3 pounds chuck roast
2  garlic cloves, minced
1 16oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 package of onion soup mix
2 tablespoons oil
ground pepper, to taste
salt, to taste
8 ounces beef broth

Coat the Roast in oil then dredge the roast in onion soup mix. Transfer the roast to the slow cooker, add the crushed tomatoes, broth, and minced garlic. Cook on setting 4 (of 5) for about 5 hours.

Tuesday:

Tex-Mex Crockpot Chicken

Ingredients
3 cups of shredded chicken
2 cans of Ro-Tel or store brand version of product
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can of corn
1 green pepper
1 1/2 cups of Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese

Rinse and then drain black beans. Add the black beans, Rotel and the corn then stir the ingredients together so they are all combined. Chop a green pepper and place on top of the ingredients. Add chicken breasts on top of the chopped green pepper. Cook on low for 6-8 hours in the slow cooker. When finished top with shredded cheese and sour cream.

*I cook a whole chicken in the crock pot on sunday while I prep and shred it when it is finished cooking. Then I bag it up for my meals later in the week.

Wednesday:

Dump and Go Chicken Casserole

3 cups of shredded chicken
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup of broth
1 bag of frozen hash browns
8 oz of sour cream
3/4 a cup of bread crumbs
2 Tbsp butter, melted
2 cups of cheddar cheese

Combine the first five ingredients in the slow cooker. Mix together until well combined. Top with bread crumbs. Pour butter over bread crumbs. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. During the last hour of cooking spread the cheese over the bread crumbs.

Thursday:

Cheesy Pasta and chicken Dump and Go
*This recipe requires minimal prep.

1 tbsp oil
1 pound shredded chicken
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp each of dry mustard/pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt
16 oz tomato sauce
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp basil
1 pound pre-cooked penne pasta*
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Add shredded chicken to crock pot, stir in chopped onion, dry mustard, garlic salt, pepper, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and pre-cooked pasta*. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. 1/2 before serving stir in cheese.

Friday:

Cheesy crock pot chili pasta
*requires moderate prep

1 pound ground beef
1 jar of mild or medium salsa
1 16 oz can of tomato sauce
2 cups of macaroni
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 8 oz can of black beans

Brown beef on stove top until no longer pink. Drain grease from ground beef and transfer to your crock pot. Cook macaroni on stove top until al dente, drain off the water and stir into beef in the crock pot. Add in tomato sauce, salsa, black beans and stir in the crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours.  Add in cheddar cheese and cook on low for 1 extra hour.

Two things to note about this one:

1. I actually brown a few pounds all at once, divide into 1 pound portions and keep them in my freezer- which makes prepping this one that much easier.
2. I top it with sour cream- super yummy!

 

Don’t forget to check out Week 2! or Grab the entire monthly meal plan packet! 

5 Day Meal Plan of easy to prepare dump dinners to make your homeschool week just a little simpler. These are so easy to throw together. I was able to set a time for when it went in and keep on working with the kids on math while I was "cooking" dinner!

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