Guava bread pudding french toast

Now that you are off on your amazing journey, have you given any thought to what happens when you get home? No? I didn’t think so. I rarely do. Too often I get home to a fridge full of molding food, bad milk and nothing edible to feed my family. Now that we have a toddler in tow and a newborn on the way I have had to stick post-trip planning on my radar even before we leave town.

Shop ahead of time

  • Check expiration dates- If I’m going on a 1-2 week trip, I will often head to the grocery store the day before and buy milk that expires just after we get back. This way I know everyone can have a bowl of cereal upon arrival, a cup of milk before bread and some breakfast in the morning.
  • Grab a loaf of bread, a jar of your favorite peanut butter and jelly. If you will be gone longer than your bread will last, stick it in the freezer and defrost it when you get home or one slice at a time. Instant meal for everyone. If you have nut allergies, look into the No Nut butter or an alternative spread.
  • Pasta noodles and sauce, instant macaroni and cheese and so much more can be made with just a pot and some boiling water. It may not be a square meal or decadent by any means, but it will get your family fed.

Get It Delivered

  • Groceries Services- check out local grocery delivery services like Amazon Fresh. Do your shopping from your computer and have groceries delivered the day you get home or the morning after you arrive.
  • Pizza or Chinese? All too often we get off a plane and I wonder what we are going to eat when we get home. This is why our favorite pizza place and Chinese take out are on speed dial. As we drive home I place an order to pick up or have arrive just as we are walking in the door. Call it my last splurge after an amazing adventure.

Toss it in the Freezer

  • Make a few meals ahead of time and stick them in the freezer. You can now focus on laundry, settling back home, getting yourself back to work and the kids back to school instead of stressing over what everyone will eat for the next few days.
  • Grab a few frozen meals to have on hand for hungry bellies and late night munching when jet lag hits. I’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s meals myself.

Got your own answer to the “just home and hungry” dilemma? Add it in the comments section below for all of us to benefit from. 

written by Keryn Means