I have a love/hate relationship with meal planning. I really hate sitting down each week, scouring the internet or cookbooks for healthy recipes that also sound appetizing, all while trying to keep things interesting by not making the same 3 things over and over again… It’s time consuming and with a toddler always running around trying to see what she can get into, climb on or worse, jump off, some weeks I really have a hard time finding the time to do it.
But you know what I love about meal planning? I never have that stressed out feeling of “what am I going to make for dinner????” at the end of the day, or finally figuring out what I’m going to make only to find that I don’t have one (or more) of the ingredients to make it. I also hate, hate, hate how much food we wasted prior to meal planning.
Last week, as I was working on my meal plan, I was texting with one of my friends about it. She felt the same way I do about meal planning, when you do it, it’s worth it, but it’s hard to find the time to do it. It got me thinking that we are probably not alone in this (if you love to meal plan, hey, more power to ya!), so I decided, since I go through all the trouble of creating a meal plan each week, why not share it here just in case any of you could benefit from it.
I know I am not the first person to post my meal plans online, if you search for them they are everywhere! But the issue I kept running into was that they were either not very healthy (hello cheesy casseroles, everything pasta and a plethora of not very healthy for you ingredients) or if they were super healthy the recipes had a million ingredients and were too time consuming for me to make. Now, that’s not to say that we don’t every eat pasta, bread or cheese, but we do try to limit how much we eat and we try to make the majority of our meals veggie based. If this sounds like your type of meal plan then read on!
I go grocery shopping on Fridays, this doesn’t always make me look forward to Fridays like most do, but I like that if gives me all week to come up with a meal plan, even though I usually procrastinate until Thursday evening or even sometimes (ugh!) Friday morning. And it gives me the opportunity to adjust any quantities or shift any menu items around in the event that we end up having any last minute guests (dinner or weekend) that week. So, my meal plans run Friday-Thursday, but I’ll just post them here as Sunday- Saturday to make it easy.
Here is my meal plan for this week, some of these I’ve made before, some of them I will be making for the first time:
Sunday– Grilled Steak with Roasted Lemon Basil Squash (it was Mother’s Day after all)
For the steak, I just made a rub of brown sugar, seasoning salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, basil and onion powder and olive oil.
Monday–Garlic Parmesan Chicken with Zucchini Noodles
This tastes amazing!!
Wednesday– Light Crockpot Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bowls
I have no idea what a Ramp is, so I substituted with a yellow onion and it was delish, also, we went super light on the sour cream, but it added great flavor so I wouldn’t skip it completely.
Saturday– Skillet Chicken and Zucchini Parmesan (with Zucchini Noodles)
This was a little indulgent for us, but it was delicious!!! I’ve mentioned before that this is our favorite sauce to use and I also used less cheese than the recipe called for. This takes a while to make on the stove, so start early, but most of that time you can just leave it, set a timer and go about doing whatever else you need to do. Also, this makes great leftovers!