There are lots of times when I just don't have the energy to fix even a simple meal even though it might be "scheduled" - and that is when I depend upon freezer meals. I often make a big entree and freeze it into single portions for later. This week I used a crock pot frozen entree - frozen bar-b-que pulled pork. A big pork roast is way too big for my small family, but I won't pass by a sale. So, I cook it all at once and portion it out into smaller containers and freeze. I quickly made some rice, frozen green beans and buttered rolls - instant dinner. Figure out what works for you when it is frozen. I often pre-bake lots of chicken breast, cube it and freeze it in 1 cup increments. Great for making soup and other things. Soup freezes well too as long as you haven't added the potato or rice - I often freeze portions before adding those things. If I don't get to a scheduled meal - I usually put it back on my meal plan for the next week - sooner or later it will get its turn! If you click on downloads on Organizing Junkie sidebar you will see a menu planner that you can print out - with a little grocery shopping list on the side - that is what I use. Because I have a Mommy Brain and if it isn't written out - there is no way I am going to remember!
Look at your calendar and see what your week looks like. If you have to carpool to sports practice or something like that - then fixing an all-day roast might not be the best idea on that particular day. But, if you made that roast on a slow day - had your roast dinenr and saved the left-overs... a hot roast beef sandwich might be just the thing for game night! Roasts, hams, turkeys - all favorites in my households for the left-over meals you can make!
And yes - there are nights that my son gets a hot dog, frozen corn and instant mashed potato for dinner. Hey, I grew up on pancakes when Mom was tired. It is my responsibility to feed my child, but every dinner doesn't have to be a magazine spread!
Monday is right around the corner. Won't you give Meal Plan Monday a try? Monday is the perfect day to write your meal plan because the grocery store flyers come out on Sunday!