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Tips for Moms: Meal Planning


What's that expression... "Fail to plan, plan to fail?" Haha, that's a little dramatic but I think in most of areas of life right now that it holds pretty true. My minutes are micromanaged these days and the micros are Matilda and Phoebe ;). Sam and I are working on making sundays "meal planning" days. I've been making an effort to write out a week's worth of recipes, going shopping for the ingredients and then cooking the meat for the week. Sam made two pounds worth of burgers and three large chicken breasts.

Here's the dinner plan for this week:

Monday: Burrito bowl mondays. Deconstructed burritos! No tortillas, but everything else. Lots of cilantro and sriracha for me please.
Tuesday: Thai Chicken Burgers (Sam made ours from turkey + bison) from It's All Good. This recipe is so amazing and worth buying the book alone. Serve with side salad and fruit.
Wednesday: Tacos. Our favorite "always in rotation" weekday dinner. We love mexican food.
Thursday: We do brinner once a week. Thursday makes us tired so bacon or chicken sausage and eggs it is.
Friday: Fire Roasted Tomato and Basil Cauliflower crust pizza!!
Saturday: Dinner out. Yes.
Sunday: Sam's Sunday Chicken with Mashed "potatoes."

Each recipe is packed with veggies so they're not just meat by any means. Also working on one vegetarian meal a week!

For breakfast the girls love Ezekial raisin bread and greek yogurt and I tend to make eggs + sausage or drink protein shakes after a long morning walk. I also love making a bunch of these egg muffins and popping them in the oven throughout the week.

For lunch it's mostly leftovers... burgers and chickens with salads, guacamole, etc. I try to mix it up so that they have different sides and sauces. The girls eat whatever I eat with more fruit and sometimes gluten-free english muffins with jam or butter.

I have been snacking on snap peas with hummus and spoonfuls of almond butter. Heaven and keeps those sweet cravings away.

You can also prep veggies and portion out smoothies. Sam will make a ton of chocolate protein shakes and then freeze them. If I have a hot yoga glass I'll leave it on the counter and then it's ready to eat when I get home. I really want to stock up on some glass containers like these and edge out the plastic. Would love to hear any of your tips! xo


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11 comments :

  1. Great post! You reminded me that I've been wanting to try those breakfast egg muffins. I had so much to say about my love of meal planning that I wrote about it in two posts.

    http://alsothatsit.blogspot.com/2013/11/lessons-in-meal-planning-part-1.html

    http://alsothatsit.blogspot.com/2013/11/lessons-in-meal-planning-part-2.html

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    1. excited to read! thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. Great meals! I've been meal planning for years and it really takes the stress off "what's for dinner?" every night. I also use glass containers for storing leftovers, they are very easy and sturdy. However we had some of the lids crack on the sides.

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    1. you're a rockstar. hoping i can keep it up!

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  3. We started our getting healthy challenge the same day as you :) We've been following along on instagram and it's been so motivating to hear your story and recipes! Thanks for sharing some of your favorites you follow on instagram! I've already gained so many healthy recipe ideas from them!

    I love those gold and silver scissors on your knife rack. Would you tell me where they are from?

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    1. hi! that's so awesome! yay. hope you guys are surviving. ;) the scissors are from west elm. thanks for saying hello!

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  4. We have done meal planning every single week for almost three years. I love it! Well, I love that I don't have to rush home and scramble to whip something up. Sometimes, I feel stuck in a rut and hate planning everything the morning before shopping. We almost always have a mexican or asian inspired dish - and yes, lots of veggies! I have always been afraid of cooking meat, so most of our meals are vegetarian. I like the idea of "quick meats" like good bacon or sausages! I also feel like meal planning is cheaper (leftovers for lunch) and makes for less food waste.

    Excellent stuff, Lesley!

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    1. i applaud three years! that's amazing. i need to be consistent with this because it really does make things easier. if it weren't for sam, i'd cook all vegetarian too. :)

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  5. Its amazing what a difference it makes! I havent done my usual sunday night meal planning in two weeks and we have not only eaten much unhealthier--but Ive also had an impossible time at losing these 4 lbs I gained when I had to stop running! And im so much more tired, because Im not eating as healthy--and Im not eating as healthy bc I haven't planned it! Its a vicious cycle!!! I like your plan, maybe I'll steal it for next week!

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    1. it is such a vicious cycle! i spent a week living off crackers and snacks and was EXHAUSTED. hope you feel better so you can start running again!

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