Do what you need to do for your household.
We all do need days of rest…but today my kiddo got poop in the only PJ’s she fits—so I had to do laundry.
Premade meals that last a few days is what I usually do. Also sometimes we have “breakfast for dinner” which is frozen waffles, fruit and brown’n’serve sausage. There are several easy “cheat” meals that can be fairly healthy. For instance, “taco cups” 1pound ground beef, 3/4pound carrots ground, fried together, add season put on dough (or cresent roll dough) in a muffin tin, top with cheese and bake. veggies are already in so no worry about that and they re-heat wonderfully. Make your own frozen pizzas—cook till cheese is just melting, cool, and freeze. SUPER cheap. I can do that for around $1 a pie if I make the dough myself.
I also meal-plan for a month. It takes a while to get into, but once you do it’s a miracle.
Pasta can be cooked up in great vats ahead of time and easily distributed throughout the week. I find that Rotini seems to hold it’s shape/flavor best.
I work part-time from home. I’m no longer in school, but as a freelancer, I must keep up with my education and credentials. I know a bit of how you feel.
How old are your kids? Even young ones can be enlisted to help. Also for school lunches…can you get a bento box for the kids and do ‘deconstructed’ lunches? Rather than make sandwiches toss in pieces of lunch meat, cheese and crackers and some dried fruit like raisins. You can get a few boxes and bang them out in minutes. No baggies, no assembling. Worth their weight in GOLD. Get cheap plastic ones then build up a nice stock.cheap plastic bento link
Do you have any apple products? I’m finding the app “TODY” REALLY helpful for getting things done. It can also support multiple users so it’s nice for hubby and I.