Today’s post is a peek into our meals from this past weekend and the ones I have planned for the rest of the week. I find life feels calmer if I take some time to create a weekly meal plan. Plans can change (and they often do!), so I’m not rigid about all the details, but having a plan to start with is nice. I always am grateful that I bothered to set time aside to plan meals.
On Saturday evening we had breakfast for dinner. I made an egg casserole based on this recipe using what I already had in my fridge. This is a recipe I have made a few times, switching up the vegetable and cheese options based on what I had on hand. This time I made it with onions, Brussel sprouts, sweet potato, carrots, frozen peas, a few different leftover cheeses (feta and Mexican blend), and bacon. It turned out great!
Sunday started with an acai smoothie bowl. While I got a few things done around the house, I made two trays of roasted vegetables (sweet potato, onion, Brussel sprouts, and carrots and cut these up while dinner cooked on Saturday). Later in the afternoon I made roasted cauliflower to have on hand for lunches throughout the week. While the cauliflower was cooking, I made Monday’s dinner (see below) and put it in the fridge. Super Bowl Sunday snacks (dinner) were loaded nachos and crispy baked spiralized fries (new recipe).
Weekly Meal Plan (Dinners: Monday-Friday)
Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie – I made this on Sunday and popped it in the fridge for a quick dinner after work on Monday. With only pork sausage on hand, I used this recipe to turn it into Italian sausage.
For the spaghetti squash, I used this recipe in the Instant Pot. So fast. The spaghetti squash was cooked perfectly and easy to get out with a fork.
Instant Pot Sesame-Orange Chicken (except I use chicken drumsticks from Butcher Box when I make this recipe). I plan to prep and marinade the chicken on Monday evening (while the spaghetti pie is cooking). This will allow me to easily throw it in the Instant Pot to cook while I shower and clean up after teaching a workout class on Tuesday after school.
Out to dinner with our friends, Erin and Mike. A night off from cooking. 🙂
Sesame Soy Pork Chops (pork chops from Coach Stop Farm, you can find the farm on Facebook too) in the Instant Pot and roasted vegetables. My plan is to either marinate the pork chops Wednesday after work before meeting friends for dinner or on Thursday morning before heading to work. I like having another quick meal ready to go on Thursdays because I teach a later workout class and enjoy having time to put away (and organize) my fresh produce from Doorganics after getting home.
My friend, Lindsey, from college is coming to visit and I am so excited! We will probably end up grilling Butcher Box steaks at our house using my favorite new salts and roasting a few pans of vegetables with olive oil + garlic lovers. I am going to keep my options open though depending on how we feel.
I will most likely either do a Pinterest search with the random things I still have left in my fridge or have dinner at our neighborhood restaurant, Proost. We like to take advantage of their Saturday Early Bird Special (all salads, sandwiches, and entrees 1/2 price from 4-6pm). If you combine that with their daily happy hour (1/2 price call cocktails, beer, house wines, and share plates from 4-6pm) it’s a great deal. Good news, Tito’s is included in the call cocktails. 🙂
So there is my weekly meal plan. We’ll see if I stick to it or not. Either way I feel better knowing I at least have a plan to help me get through the week.
Tell me: Do you meal plan at all?