Happy Friday Everyone!!
So I have been doing really well with being consistent with my 10 min workouts and I’ve even begun doing some Yoga in the morning! (Yay me!).
Today I want to focus a little bit on meal planning, my process, my inspiration, etc. Normally I do my meal planning on Saturdays, which also corresponds with the creation of my grocery list since we do groceries on Sundays (although I would like to be better prepared so I am planning on doing my meal planning Fridays).
Why Meal Planning?
Why do I bother meal planning? Because I dislike waste, my family is trying to eat healthier, and as a parent, it just makes life so much easier when you don’t have to stand in the kitchen for 30 minutes trying to figure out what you’re going to make for dinner. Not to mention it’s also a good way to implement and stick to a food budget. I feel like I still have some room to improve in my meal planning since we do still occasionally scrap the plan and eat whatever we feel like (pizza night anyone?).
Basically I look to the internet and family favourites for inspiration on the meals I want to make. Some other factors that come into consideration are how much time I have to prepare dinner, whether or not there is a special event, what I think I might be craving, what ingredients I currently have on hand, etc.
This week, for instance, we had so many leftovers from the meals earlier in the week that we are scrapping the plan for tonight’s dinner (slow cooker coq au vin). This means I have mushrooms, raw chicken and onions that need to be used up. I will likely be making this dinner tomorrow (as long as the chicken hasn’t gone bad :S…I really hope it’s still good).
This is an important thing to consider when you are planning your meals. You might think I’m overcomplicating this process by making you think of goals, and you’re probably right, but really, if you don’t have any food goals, why are you even considering planning?
So my goals for pretty much any meal plan are as follows:
- quick and easy to prepare
- delicious (hopefully)
- cost effective
Ok so now that I’ve got my goals in mind, I’m going to start planning my week.
For the upcoming week, I plan from Monday to Sunday (Saturday and Sunday are usually more flexible as my main concerns are being prepared for dinners during the week). This week, we don’t have a whole lot going on.
Monday, October 6: Off during day – Mastermind Meeting evening – quick dinner
Tuesday, October 7: Off during day Nephew’s birthday dinner – no cooking!
Wednesday, October 8: work until 5
Thursday, October 9: work until 5
Friday, October 10: work until 5
Saturday, October 11: no major plans – Denis working
Sunday, October 12: Thanksgiving dinner with family
Ok so now I know that I’m going to need 5 dinner recipes, three of which absolutely have to be quick and easy or slow cooker (I love slow cooker meals). Tuesday we’re having Pizza for my nephew’s 4th birthday party so that’s our cheat meal day.
Searching for Recipes
I will often look to family favourites (chicken and spaghetti anyone?) and cookbooks and the internet for meal ideas. I would love nothing more than to make absolutely every meal from scratch with fresh, beautiful ingredients, but I’m nowhere near organized enough for that yet. I do try to cook from scratch as often as possible, but I don’t have a problem with making some prepared foods as well. We went on a fish and chip binge for a while (I was feeling nostalgic and it’s so quick, easy and yummy even though it’s no where near healthy…thank you cheat meals!).
Sometimes I have a very specific meal in mind, and if I want to improve it healthwise, I’ll usually just insert “healthy” or “clean” in front of whatever meal I want to make and then google it. You can usually find some good recipes.
My Meal Plan:
Monday: Spaghetti and Meatballs (Denis is cooking so I get the night off…yay! It’s also his secret recipe so you’ll have to ask him if I can share it)
Wednesday: Prosciutto-wrapped chicken (I’m substituting the green beans for spinach)
Friday: Slow cooker roast beef
Saturday: Chicken strips and Parmesan fries
Sunday: Thanksgiving dinner
Ok guys, so there you have it. I know that the recipes didn’t actually turn out to be super healthy, but Jesus they look yummy so…screw it.