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In order to keep my sanity every week and make sure I’m fueling my family’s bodies with good food (mostly), I have to meal plan. Every Thursday evening I do my very best to put together a plan for the following Sunday – Monday and I wanted to share it with you. Sometimes the plan is in limbo for a couple days but is ALWAYS done by Saturday night because my hubby and son do the grocery shopping Sunday mornings…which means I have to have a list by then!

For the past, I don’t know, four years (holy moly!) I have based my meal planning around Gina’s recipes at skinnytaste.com. When I did 21 day fix, I also picked up some favorites from Beachbody and Beachbody bloggers. BUT I’ve been itching to try new things and I figured, why not now?! Best part is, you get to try a whole bunch of new food bloggers vicariously through me! And, being the nerd that I am, I will probably spreadsheet this little research effort of mine. Spreadsheets make my heart happy 😛

But first, here’s my logic. I pull out my calendar and my planner and make sure everything I have for the next week is on it. Next weekend is special with some BBQs, but Sunday through Friday is a pretty standard summer week for me (aka, not a ton on it). Also, I don’t like to plan Saturday meals in the summer. That way, if someone says “Hey Abby, let’s go do something!” I can say “Yes!” rather than “Sorry, I have food in my fridge I don’t want to spoil.” You’ll see Wednesday has T.O. Take Out once a week is always on the calendar for dinner and it’s typically Weds because that’s what works best with our lives and ability to grocery shop.

Here’s next week’s meal plan:
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Breakfast for myself and the hubs:
Greek Yogurt
Fresh fruit
Bare Naked Vanilla Almond Granola
(I eat the same thing every day for a week at least. This keeps mornings running smoothly and the grocery list slightly less crazy.)
Breakfast for C:
Overnight Oats by me 🙂
Fresh fruit
Plain Greek Yogurt upon request.

Summer Glow Buddha Bowl by OhSheGlows
(I also meal prep the same lunch for a minimum of four days of the week. The remainder of the week is filled in with dinner left overs and the odd lunch on the run)
C often eats leftovers and various other odds and ends but I always offer him some of my lunch too. If we’re eating the same things there is often less complaining from both of us.

I’m keeping it simple and sticking with an apple and PB or a Larabar this week. C will also snack on fresh tomatoes from the garden if we get any – today he got lucky and had some!
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Korean – Inspired Lettuce Wraps from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook
Cucumber Salad by me 🙂

Spicy Asian Grilled Chicken from Everyday Maven
Instant Pot Brown Rice by me 🙂
Grilled Broccoli also by me 🙂
(For anything this week “by me”, I’ll write down what I do so if it’s super successful I can share. I have taught myself a few things about cooking and love to occasionally wing it.)

Vegetable Quesadillas + Easy Slow Cooker Refried Beans by 100 Days of Real Food
(Tuesday is a great day to go meatless. That way when I shop on Sunday, I don’t have questionable meat by Tuesday!)

TAKE OUT or Meet Daddy for Dinner Night!
Although we MIGHT throw together some french bread pizzas and watch part of Frozen with baby C (I only let him watch 30 min MAX at a time, once or twice a week…so it takes a while to get through a movie).

Thursday – Grocery Day
Tapenade Stuffed Burger by Autoimmune Wellness
Grilled Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes by me 🙂
(MOST of the time, if we’re firing up the grill, I try to cook the majority of the meal on it. Less dishes = happier everyone.)

Slow Cooker Turkey Zucchini Meatballs from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook
DeLallo Pasta (I mention the brand here because it’s SO GOOD. C likes the orecchiette “hats”)
Roasted Brussels Sprouts by me 🙂

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This picture is from the DeLallo website. I am using it so you can more easily find this product in your market.

BBQ at a friend’s house. I do have to bring a dish. Any ideas?!

I also am adding a special meal planning category for the purpose of this blog. “Cooking with C”. This week, C and I will be making Whole Wheat Lemon Raspberry Muffins from 100 Days of Real Food. I’ll post about our successes or troubles baking together. It should be fun!

Until next time.