Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.


Meal Planning: A Challenge

Finding new dinner ideas can be a challenge!

How many parents find it somewhat difficult to put together a dinner menu for the week?

Sometimes it is a difficult task and it’s not easy! My biggest challenge is finding new and easy ideas to cook for dinner. I work a full day and when I get home, my son is starving, so I want quick, easy, and affordable meals to make.

Some of the meals we like that seem to fit this bill are tacos, cheeseburgers, and chicken tenders. We seem to eat these three meals quite often. If only we could find some more options! My son likes to eat frozen pizzas from time to time and that makes for an easy dinner night. However, I want to make hot homemade meals.

I like to have a veggie, protein, and a starch. I’ve tried to make a few things in the crock pot, to save time, but it just does not seem to make tasty dishes. Maybe it’s me and I’m not very good at cooking with the crock pot. If anyone out there has had success with the crock pot, let me know!

So, moms and dads, please help: I would love for you to share some quick easy recipes for a dinnertime menu. I’m also curious how many of you plan your meals for the week? Do a lot of you figure out what to eat the day of or the night before? Personally, I find it easier to plan the night before. This works for me because if I need to defrost meat, I can defrost it the night before. Usually I season the meat the night before so it’s tasty and ready to be cooked. Easy, but we get tired of the same meals all the time.

Let me know if you have any ideas for us!


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One Comment on “Meal Planning: A Challenge”

  • Karen September 29th, 2011 11:49 am

    For quick and easy and tasty, you can’t beat quesadillas. I make them with grilled chicken (freeze the leftovers from another meal). Just toss a tortilla in a skillet with a little butter (smart balance), top with cheese, chicken, and your choice of tomato, onion, jalapeno, spinach, or whatever. Put another tortilla on top and flip so you brown both sides. Add some rice as a side dish and you’re all set.

    I agree it’s hard to get dinner together. I tend to plan on the fly. Sometimes I’m not sure what’s for dinner until it’s time to start cooking. That’s a weak point on my part!

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