Hi friends! Something that I struggled with for a long time was meal planning and grocery shopping. I love to cook and eat, but only in the last year and a half, have I actually planned out what my family will eat for dinner each week. My husband and I intermittent fast and don’t eat breakfast, we are both teachers and bring our lunches to work which consist of dinner leftovers or salads. Planning meals has saved us so much time and money. I use what we have in our fridge, pantry, and freezer first, then I make a list of our meals and finally our grocery list.
I found this free template on Pinterest and really like how simple it is, a notebook or piece of paper works great too!
Here are the ingredients/shopping list for each day of my meal plan. Many of the meals are pretty basic and easy. Could we eat healthier, absolutely, but I try to prepare foods that my 4 and 8 year old will eat and foods that are simple to prepare. I sometimes get internet critics that let me know my recipes could be better.
Monday – Italian Veggie Soup
Ingredients – frozen meatballs or Italian sausage, red and green bell pepper, zucchini, yellow onion, garlic, carrots, celery, kale, beef stock, tomato sauce, tomato paste, bay leaves, basil, oregano, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, parsley, pepper.
I throw everything in my crockpot and let it cook all day. Super easy and delicious. Recipe here.
Tuesday – Crockpot Chicken Tacos
Ingredients – 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cumin, bay leaves, 1 jalapeno, 1 can el Pato sauce, tortillas, lettuce, salsa, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, non-fat refried beans, cheese, cilantro.
Recipe here, just substitute chicken for carnitas.
Wednesday – Raviolis, Salad, and Garlic Bread
Ingredients – frozen raviolis (I stock up when they are on sale at Costco), marinara or pesto, sometimes I saute veggies, lettuce/greens, hardboiled eggs, 1 can of garanzo beans, 1 can of kidney beans, cherry/grape tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, yogurt ranch, balsamic glaze, olive oil, loaf of french bread, butter, garlic, parmesan, and parsley.
Cook raviolis, toss with pesto or marinara, add veggies if desired.
Salad – chop eggs, tomatoes, onion, drain beans, add feta, drizzle with yogurt ranch (I use Bolthouse brand), Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze and olive oil.
Garlic bread – soften 1 cube butter, mix with 1/4 c parmesan cheese, minced garlic and parsley. Cut loaf of french bread in half, spread mixture inside, wrap in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Thursday – Breakfast Burritos
Ingredients – eggs, bell peppers, onion, sausage/bacon, cheese, tortillas, potatoes, salsa.
I cook the potatoes with the bell peppers and onion. While cooking the bacon or sausage. I then make a scramble by adding the eggs. Put in a tortilla, add cheese and salsa.
Friday – Kitchen Closed
We often eat leftovers, take out or go out on Fridays.
Saturday – kids have a sitter, we are going out!
Kids will be eating frozen cheese pizza or taquitos. I get both at Costco. They sell 4 cheese pizzas for $8.
Sunday – Pork loin, Potatoes, and Salad
Ingredients – 1 pork loin, baked potatoes with toppings, another salad just like the one we had on Wednesday.
We BBQ the pork loin, I cook the potatoes in the microwave.
I hope this is helpful to those of you struggling to plan and shop for your weekly meals. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.