I find cooking for the week much less of chore if I have a plan. For me, this means sketching out (I don't plan out every carrot stick or apple slice!) individual meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including any of the ingredients to be added to my grocery list. I can plan crockpot meals for evenings busy with soccer practice, or a nicer menu if we are having company. Meals are always subject to change, but I find it reassuring that something is ready to slap together when mealtime approaches. One caveat ... weekends tend to be a free-for-all.
M: Eggs & Toast, Indoor 'Picnic' (crackers, veggies, & leftovers as finger-foods), Sweet & Sour Pork w/ Rice & Veggies
Tu: Raisin & Orange Sweet Rolls, Leftover Soup, Taco Salad
W: Oatmeal w/ Applesauce, Quesadillas, Mustard Chicken w/ Wilted Spinach & Wild Rice
Th: Yogurt & Granola, Turkey Dogs, Tuna & Caper Pasta w/ Green Salad
F: Fruit Smoothies, Noodle Soup, Baked Potato Bar w/ Broccoli
Actually, the planning is really the easy part. The challenge? Grocery shopping with 3 tots in tow.