Meal Planning Monday: October 14th

I'm going to TRY to do a meal planning post at least every other week. We'll see how that goes. 

After Jason and I got married, I really struggled with the best way to plan meals. The man eats like a man, and it's taken me a long time to figure out how to make his belly full, but also work around how picky he is.

I've tried a few different methods of meal planning, but here's where I've landed for now. 

Every Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, I go through Publix's weekly sale ad online. They come out with a new add every Wednesday, and I grocery shop on either Saturday or Sunday. I look through the ad once. Then I go through blogs, Pinterest, or my recipe files to figure out what I want to cook that week. Then, I look at the calender and see how many meals I need. Usually we have small group on Wednesday nights, so that means we will probably contribute to the meal with drinks, a side, or dessert, but I won't have to cook a full meal that night. Sometimes we have other things going on another night of the week. We also try to do at least one date night per weekend. That leaves me with an average of 3-4 meals to cook a week.

After I find the recipes I'm going to make, I go back through the Publix sale ad and create my grocery list online. I chose the sale items that I want, add them to my grocery list, then add the additional items I'll need that aren't on sale, and then print my grocery list out, straight from Publix's website. Sometimes I'll go through and highlight the items that aren't on sale and I'll try to go to Walmart or Aldi to get that stuff.

This week -

Monday: I'm trying a new recipe. I found it on Pinterest and it just screams FALL!  It's called Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Porkloin. You can find the recipe here, and be sure to come back and see my take on this recipe another day this week! Instead of the mashed potatoes, I'm going to pair this with some zucchini.

Tuesday:  Tomorrow night I'll be making a Morales Family staple. Since Jason and I have been dating, I've been making him mini-French dip sandwiches. They're super easy, super yummy, and super filling. I'll make a salad to go with this meal. Also, my sweet sisters will be joining us for dinner Tuesday night, and I'm excited for them to try this meal! Recipe will be posted this week as well. I'm not sure why it's never been posted on my blog before.

Wednesday: Eat out night before concert - Yay Ben Rector!

Thursday: Originally I was going to have Jason grill some steaks on Thursday to go with some vegetables, but since we didn't get to one of our meals from last week, I'll be making chicken pad thai instead. Even though this recipe is REALLY easy and basically out of a box, I'll still post the recipe on the blog. 

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: I always try to have one easy meal as a back up plan in case we don't have plans one night or decide that we don't feel like going out. This week my contingency plan is tacos, since I already have some ground beef that I froze a week or two ago and it's pretty easy to run to Publix and get some taco shells and taco seasoning. Sometimes we get to the back-up meal, but not usually.

Breakfasts: Jason and I have a rotation of bagels, smoothies, cereal, frozen whole grain waffles, boiled eggs, oatmeal, and toaster strudel that we eat for breakfast. I don't really eat the bagels or toaster strudel and he doesn't really eat boiled eggs or drink my smoothies, but those are the types of things I'll buy. Usually I'll get two items per person and we trade off what we eat every other day for two weeks. This helps my grocery shopping a lot because it allows me to only buy about one breakfast item per week...and I just get whatever is on sale that week at Publix.

Lunches: For lunch, Jason takes frozen meals. That's his thing. He buys them and he chooses them. The only time I ever see them is when we're in the check out line, or when they're in the freezer at home.

For me, I have a few staples for lunch. They are: 

  • Nature's Own 40 calorie bread
  • Some sort of sliced turkey or chicken. 
  • Laughing Cow cheese (I use this instead of mayo or mustard) 
  • Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt
  • Something green
  • 1 Piece of fruit (for an afternoon snack)

That's basically what I eat every day for lunch. Sometimes I'll take leftovers, or I'll switch to PB&J instead of a turkey sandwich, but for the most part, that's my lunch. I like that it's the same every day and every week because it allows me to prepare it quickly in the morning. 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my first meal planning post. Like I said before, I'll try post something like this every other week, but I think every week would be a bit of an overload.  

Happy Monday y'all! 

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Posted on October 14, 2013 .