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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Planning for the week

I plan.  Most of y'all know that though :)

 I'm pretty flexible with it.  We don't eat everything on set days even if I put something under a specific day, sometimes I switch them around & sometimes we change a meal but use the ingredients I bought or with what I have on hand already.  

I didn't start out doing it, after I read up about it on another blog it totally made sense.  Not only does it help me know what we are eating but it helps our budget (we save money since we don't have to keep going to the store) and keeps the junk out of my mouth because I don't pick it up at one of those last minute grocery store runs plus we have a lot less things going bad.  



I've been planning my family's meals for about 3 years.  I started out doing just dinner annnnnnd it took me almost all day.  I'm a very indecisive person and well give me a whole cookbook with a lot of choices.....and it's like sensory overload lol

It does get easier the more you do it!  Promise.

I usually post my weekly menus on here but also post them on a dry erase board on my fridge.

So this week for me is:

Breakfast- omelets, steel cut oatmeal with fruit and/or greek yogurt plus trying out these sausage, egg and cheese hashbrown cups (http://www.emilybites.com/2011/10/sausage-egg-cheese-hash-brown-cups.html)

Lunch - Black forest ham wraps filled with veggies and maybe leftovers

Snacks - cheese, air popped popcorn, fruit, cucumber and tomatoes with salt & pepper (yum!)

Dinner......
Monday - Red beans and cauliflower rice (for me)/regular brown rice (family)
If you want to make cauliflower rice I have it in this post.


Tuesday - Chicken Shiitake and Wild Rice Soup
(http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/01/chicken-shiitake-and-wild-rice-soup.html)


Wednesday - Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli
(http://www.emilybites.com/2013/01/slow-cooker-beef-broccoli.html)


Thursday - Leftovers or breakfast night

Friday - Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili
(
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/10/crockpot-turkey-white-bean-pumpkin.html)


Saturday - Grilled steaks and veggies

Sunday - Taco night :) (taco salad for me)

Tada!

I'm not a very organized person and when I first started planning I felt very accomplished.  lol

Here are a couple of printouts that will help if you need them.

First is a weekly menu planner template:

or 




and here is a shopping list.....I make my list as I write down what we are having.




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Do you meal plan?  If you do, do you write it down or use an app?

5 comments:

  1. I try to meal plan. The last few weeks I've been "off" the wagon, due to being 9 months pregnant & trying to organize other areas of my life. Definitely getting back on track, especially since baby will be here THIS week, so I have lots of prep done so I can relax the first couple weeks :)

    Thanks for sharing your meals :) LOVE the chicken and wild rice soup recipe!! Mmmmm...

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  2. I have been meal planning for a couple of years now. It has helped on many different levels, grocery, time saver, healthy eating. We to use it as a guide and sometimes mix it up for the same reasons for you. I think one of the hardest thing is coming up with the meals because I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch so I like to change it up for dinner.

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  3. What I really do is good grocery planning. Then certain food items are interchangeable per day: which fruit, vegetables, and protein source I will have, and what little treat. As long as I have the right choices in the house, I do great. :D

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  4. I meal plan. As a single mom, I have to! My biggest hurdle is planning easy, cheap, kid approved and healthy meals. I mostly plan for baked chicken or fish and a veggiez but that's becoming boring for my 5 and 13 year old boys. Other times the meals are unhealthy. We love casseroles but they are normally full of unhealthy foods. Any suggestions on quick, cheap, healthy and kid approved meals?

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  5. Hi! I just (as in two minutes ago) found your blog through a facebook friend. What an inspiration!! Thanks for sharing your journey. I'm 58 pounds down with 20 to go. I just wanted to say that two of your recipes you have planned are awesome!! I just made the sausage, egg and cheese hash brown cups for my three kids this morning for our lazy day "brunch" after the ten-year old has been asking for them for about two weeks. The Turkey Pumpkin White Bean Chili from skinnytaste is amazing and a weekly fall/winter staple here (we live in the winter wonderland that is western New York) and is also on my menu for Sunday! :) Nice to know there are others "doing battle" against the weight monster in healthy, manageable ways. Again, thanks for sharing your journey and I am looking forward to exploring your blog!

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