Each week, I try to come up with a meal plan before heading to our grocery store. Some weeks are more successful than others! These are the pages that I like to use for planning my meals.
As you can see, we pretty much wing it when it comes to breakfast. It’s usually either steel cut oats with fruit, homemade Greek yogurt with fruit, or a protein smoothie.
We take leftovers from dinner the night before to work with us for lunch most days. If there’s not quite enough leftovers for a particular recipe, then I’ll plan to make something to take along. I’m planning on making chicken salad this week for lunches from the leftovers of our whole roasted chicken dinner on Sunday.
I look at the calendar to see what we have going on that week. Our son has open house at school on Tuesday night, which is a great excuse to go out. We VERY rarely go out during the week. Frankly, it’s not worth the money and rarely are the meals satisfying. However, to appease the teenager this week, who insists that we NEVER go out (he may be right), we are going to go somewhere. Probably something exciting like Chick-Fil-A, ha!
Wednesday night, our son goes to his dad’s house, so that means we can make something that he won’t typically like. On the nights that we have two options for dinner, it’s usually because one is for our teenager and the other is for my husband and I. Or, sometimes it’s because I want something vegetarian, and the boys don’t. Or sometimes it’s because we are going to have a variation on a theme. Friday is a great example of that. My husband and I will have eggs and or sausage if I feel up to the effort. My son will have a breakfast taco on a tortilla.
Why are we having scrambled eggs on Friday night? Because Friday is the day I clean my house, so I like to have something simple and easy after working all day, then coming home to clean. I can handle eggs on a night like that. I learned how to make the best ever scrambled eggs this summer. Seriously, this technique will spoil you for any other eggs at your favorite breakfast spot.
So Friday is our “easy” night. We like to have at least one vegetarian night as well. Then, on my prep days, I like to plan a crock pot meal or something that is pretty hands off. This Sunday, I made a whole roasted chicken. It was my first one! Totally a rite of passage. You aren’t a pro in the kitchen till you’ve had your hand up a chicken’s ass. 😛
Even though I don’t always write in a vegetarian alternative, I typically make a veggie version of something for myself throughout the week. I’m not 100% vegetarian, but I do prefer to eat less meat.
So that’s my process every week. It worked really well the time I planned 14 days in a row! I find planning to be the hardest part, so once that’s taken care of, I feel much better. And of course, we are flexible. It’s rare that a week actually comes out as planned, but that’s life!