On some weeks meal planning can feel like a chore and other times it just falls into place. Lately meal planning has been feeling like a chore so I started to neglect it.
I’m sure you can guess what happened.
By Thursday the fridge was pretty much empty and I felt like grabbing takeout was the only option that I had the energy for. Take out is expensive and not usually very healthy.
How did this happen? I’m a holistic nutritionist for goodness sake! I help clients meal plan and get organized.
News flash: Flying by the seat of our pants meal planning doesn’t always work.
Of course we all know this but sometimes we just have to frustrate ourselves one more time before we decide to take action. Being stressed about what to cook sucks! I don’t want to suffer anymore and I’m sure you don’t either.
So, I started a new 3 step system. It’s really simple. Let me share it with you.
Step1: Pick out 5 recipes and write the meal on the whiteboard in your kitchen.
Step 2: Add a vegetable side to each meal if necessary.
Step 3: Write out your grocery list; don’t forget to add breakfast and snack foods.
Grocery shopping happens for us on Friday or Saturday and the big cook-up on Sunday. I save the easiest meals for preparing during the week. For my family, 5 meals keep us going for dinners and lunch leftovers for the week.
Need a little inspiration?
Here’s what we ate last week. I’ve included links to 4 recipes that I tried out. They were all keepers. The quiche recipe is a bit labour intensive so I had to adapt it and make it Paleo. I’ll save that for another post.
Don’t be afraid to double a recipe so you have leftovers for lunches! Seriously.
Meal #1 – Baked Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes with Coleslaw
Meal #2 – Crock Pot Primal Indian Butter Chicken with Kale Salad
*used powdered cardamom and served over rice
Meal #3 – Potato Crust Broccoli Quiche
Meal #4 – Meetza (Paleo Pizza) with Green Salad
*I used beef for crust and topped it with veggies and cheese
Meal #5 – Garlic Sausage with Roasted Beets, Carrots and Shallots
*sauté sausage slices while root veggies are roasting in the oven
Please let me know if you would like to see more of what we eat at our house. If you have a meal planning solution, I would love to hear about it. If you have any specific meal planning struggles I would love to hear about that too. I’m always here to help.
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