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MEAL PLANNING + SUNDAY PREP


Confession: after stuffing my face with another piece of Publix birthday cake, I am acutely aware of my lack of self control these days. I sat down today with a pen and paper and my phone and began actually meal planning for the week. Is this something that everyone does and I've just missed the memo? You are probably more organized than me! I've decided to start again on getting back on track with food + exercise. Sam and I were in the best shape of our lives when I got pregnant with Phoebe and I haven't been able to regain my discipline and lust for all things healthy. What is my problem?! It is so much easier to eat convenient food and to become a sloth. HOWEVER, the results are not so awesome.

Here's what I did today to help me help myself...

I looked for delicious recipes for four days. I wanted wiggle room for eating out or eating leftovers. I also went through my recipes and wrote down what we needed for each one. Here is this week's menu:

Monday: I want to introduce "meatless mondays." This week we are having pasta made from zucchini, tomatoes, onion + garlic. I just cut the zucchini longways in thin slices to replicate "noodles." This is a hit with Til, too.

Tuesday: I made this delicious roast last week and I want to make it again! So easy and totally delicious, plus it makes me feel like a modern day house wife. I added carrots to the onion and then roasted cauliflower to have on the side.

Wednesday: Matilda's actual birthday! She loves tomato soup so I am making Oh She Glow's roasted tomato soup. This recipe is also a total winner.

Thursday or Friday: Taco night! We make tacos to have over salad all the time. We prepare everything + fixings just like normal and skip the tortilla. I usually eat it over a bed of greens.

I think next week I will get to the store earlier and then prep all of the veggies to be stored in tupperware until they're needed. Do you do this? If you have any meal planning tips for me I'd really appreciate it!


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25 comments :

  1. I love meal planning. I think the recipe to success (hehe ;) ) is to be consistent. Every Friday night or Saturday morning I sit down and make our meal plan for the week. I go through our fridge and cupboards and see what we still have (because I don't like to throw away food) and then look for recipes online. I love meal planning! :) PS: My husband made a roast in the slow cooker with onions and carrots last night and I oven roasted cauliflower, broccoli and asparagus to go with it. I think all in all the whole meal took 10 minutes to prepare. Yummy!

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    1. such good tips. yes, next week on an exciting friday or saturday night i will be surrounding myself with cookbooks to get some more ideas. thanks, jo!

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  2. Meatless Mondays! Yay!! - jess

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  3. I spent an hour yesterday prepping three crock-pot meals. Jack is a total grouch when we get home, and he seems happier and eats better when we all sit down for supper together. But this is usually within 20 minutes of getting home. So not really enough time to cook food that Peter and I want to eat. So we're trying the crock-pot living thing for a while to see if that helps. All three meals (black bean chili, italian sausage and peppers, and beef stew) are prepped in ziplock bags to be tossed in in the morning before work. Fingers crossed this is a good solution for the grouchy toddler.

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    1. brilliant! i do love me a good crockpot recipe. hope this helps with little jack man. the witching hours are no joke.

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  4. We have been meal planning for a couple years and I have to say when I don't it's absolutely miserable. I hate trying to scramble something together last minute... it's stressful for me. I even got my husband on board to help so he gets to pick meals he is craving too. We find that we go out to eat way less and in general spend less time making trips to the store.

    A tip that worked really great for us is to keep your meal plans for several months... then you get a good idea of your families favorites... if you compile them and add in new favorites you'll have a really easy way to pick meals for your shopping trip.

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    1. Meal compilations! Yes, great idea!! I am so bored by eating the same things. Looking to add some new ones to the arsenal ... :)

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  5. It all sounds so yummy! I just had a baby a few months ago and am finding it impossible to meal plan, but maybe soon I can catch up!

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    1. oh girl. i am just now getting around to this. you are in survival mode. congrats on that sweet new baby!!

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  6. I used to do this.. kind of lost track of things the last few months..
    i really need to start doing this again.. made life so much easier.. grocery shopping simpler.. less wastage..

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  7. sounds like a delicious week! i adore your blog!
    xx

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  8. If you're making something that can be frozen and re-heated later, just double the recipe. Basically the same amount of prep work but you have a meal for later! This saves me during busy work schedules. Soups, lasagnas, sauces, etc. are great for this.

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    1. um yes, totally need to do this. great reminder!

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  9. We are on the same page, I TOTALLY need to start doing this on a regular basis! I kind of do this in my head, but somehow it works out better if I write it down....P.S. If I hadn't just gone on a vacation to Hilton Head last week, I would have had no idea what Publix is. Didn't get a chance to try their cakes. They are not out here on the west coast.

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    1. ooh! hope you had a great vacation. ah yes, publix, where shopping is a pleasure!

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  10. I just blogged about this too!!! I love meal prepping. It keeps me sane and keeps me from dreading cooking each night. http://mmhassler.blogspot.com/2013/09/meal-prep.html

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  11. we are big meal planners (and sunday preppers!) sometimes I'll plan out an entire month of dinners- when I do that I make it easy like "mexican mondays", "pizza fridays", etc. Sometimes I do one week at a time. Right now we are trying the OurGroceries App after a blog post I read on HelloBee.
    It gets exhausting and even difficult but it's such a time saver when it's planned and executed.

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    1. dang, you go girl. i am going to check out that app! thanks!

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  12. Ahhh yes, I've been doing this for years. I'm too scatterbrained to not plan meals ahead!

    I actually built a spreadsheet in gDocs where I plan out breakfast, lunch, and dinner for each week and I've shared it with my husband so he knows always knows what's for dinner! Plus, if he's home before me he can get started on dinner because I include the links to the recipe in the doc.

    Another great tool is http://www.ziplist.com/mylist, it's my favorite for grocery lists and easy to use in the store.

    Good luck on the meal planning!

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    1. my hat comes off sister. so impressed! sam would love getting to see what's for dinner every night. thanks for the tips!

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  13. My husband and I just started meal planning regularly. We find it really helps keep us on budget with groceries and not eating out so frequently.

    Question about your zucchini lasagna. I have tried a couple of different recipes and love the taste, but it always turns out so watery/soupy. Do you have any suggestions?

    Love the blog! Not a frequent commenter, but a frequent reader!

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