Do you often find yourself staring at the fridge wondering what to make for dinner when its 6:30pm and you’re already hungry? Just me..? Anyways, this blog post is all about how I plan my meals for the week and an example of a week of Dinners for me.
I personally really enjoy grocery shopping, meal planning, prep and cooking. Maybe that’s just because I really love food, or maybe it has more to do with my love of being organized. Either way, I find great joy in it.
This summer my goal was to meal plan more and do proper grocery shops, instead of going a few weeks without doing a proper shop and I find it’s actually saved me money! My Grocery Shopping money saving tips are coming up in another post, so make sure you sign up for emails to get notified when I post.
I said in the past I was going to start doing a ‘What I Eat in a Week’ for some meal inspiration for you guys, so I really want to get that ball rolling soon. Stay tuned for that one.
Onto my Weekly Meal Plan and Prep. I mainly shop at Superstore for the grocery points, and if you pair the app with your Optimum card, you get recommended points based on items you buy. I often get referred points on onions, mushrooms, avocados and bananas as I buy them regularly.
Before I do my meal plan, I will take note of what I have left in my fridge, flyer sales and what I get points on to see if I can incorporate any of that into my weekly meal prep. I also will see if there is anything I am craving or any busy days I need to take into account for lack of prep time.
I only plan my Lunch and Dinners, as breakfast is usually Oatmeal, Toast with Peanut Butter or some Healthy Muffins I’ve made.
This week coming up, I am not working any late evenings, so I don’t need any easy meals. Sometimes when I’m making Pasta, I will make a double batch and freeze the sauce for future when I need an easy dinner.
I take out my planner (I use the Happy Planner) and I plan for Monday-Sunday. I try to grocery shop on Sunday or Monday depending on how my week looks.
Monday Lunch: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Monday Dinner: Quinoa Salad
Tuesday Lunch: Leftover Quinoa Salad
Tuesday Dinner: Burritos
Wednesday Lunch: Burritos
Wednesday Dinner: Stirfry with Rice
Thursday Lunch: Caesar Salad
Thursday Dinner: Spaghetti and Salad
Friday Lunch: Stirfry with Rice
Friday Dinner: Tortilla Soup
Saturday Lunch: Flatbread
Saturday Dinner: Tortilla Soup
Sunday Lunch: Falafel Bowl
Sunday Dinner: with Family
As you probably noticed, some things are doubled, but it makes it easier to just have leftovers for lunch usually. After I plan out Lunch and Dinner, I try and think of some snacks we like to have on hand.
Veggies to go with Hummus is always a good snack. Just cut up carrots, peppers, broccoli and store in a container in the fridge to just grab.
Fruit – I always try and have Banana’s and another fruit on hand for grab and go. Apples, Oranges, Kiwis.
Nuts – I’m working on getting a Trail Mix recipe together for you really soon.
Chips – My favourite right now it Chips and Salsa, like ADDICTED to them. We’ve been going through so much salsa.
When writing my grocery list, I not only look at what I need for my meals, but I check to see if there are any staple items I need. Flour, Pastas, Beans, Seeds, Spices.. I always like to have a few Plant based Milks on hand for baking, lattes, etc.
Last week, I stocked up on quite a few of the items we eat a lot of, so this shop will be smaller and mostly produce.
As soon as I get home from shopping, I unload the groceries, rotating any leftover produce I might have and prepping what I’d like to grab and go for snacks. Then I’m all set for a week of delicious food.
In summary plan your meals around Busy days, food you already have and favourites that you love. Write a grocery list and stick to it. Happy Cooking!
If you want some meal ideas, you can find my Pinterest recipe board here.
The Happy Planner can be found here and is great for planning anything you need.
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