Planning for the Week

frozen pizza

Monday: chickpea and spinach curry with brown rice
Tuesday: pizza and salad
Wednesday: Italian wonderpot
Thursday: pizza and salad
Friday: vegan lasagna from How It All Vegan!

I threw a couple of easy dinners in there just because it has been really busy around here lately. I bought the frozen pizza on the left from Trader Joe’s and the one on the right from Aldi. We haven’t tried either of them before and I’m hoping they’re decent.

Studying is taking up a lot of my time. I finally scheduled my exam for June 7th. I’m so nervous! I was initially planning on taking it sometime this month, but I soon realized that I needed more time to really learn everything.

I’m going through a chapter or so a night. In the beginning, I was staying on the same chapter until I had memorized everything. I’ve realized I need to just keep going if I don’t fully understand something because each chapter builds on the previous and it eventually all starts to make sense. I need to schedule my CPR certification class next and then look into finding a part-time gig at a gym or maybe shadow another trainer. I’m really excited about it all :]

Weekly Meal Prep

Every Sunday morning we decide on our meal plan for the week, write a list out (or use the Paprika app), and I head to the store. Once I get home, I get everything washed and prepped for the week. Here’s some things that I like to have ready to go on Monday morning:


WASH & CUT FRUIT » I’ve been loving Aldi for fruit. Pineapples, cantaloupes, mangoes, bananas, and grapes are so crazy cheap there! I bring all of it home, do a twenty minute vinegar wash on whatever needs it, then cut it all up and put into glass containers. We go through a ton of fruit so it’s great having everything clean and ready to go for snacking or smoothies.

ICED COFFEE » I use this technique that I found over at The Pioneer Woman. I get it together on Sunday night, let it sit in the fridge, and strain in the morning. You can make it as strong as you like which is nice. I just use a mesh strainer and a couple of paper towels as filters and it all works fine.

BREAKFASTS » I’ll make a batch of steel cut oats, overnight oats for Greg (I only do one of these ahead of time), hardboiled eggs, and brown rice for this amazing and simple breakfast.

ONE DINNER » If I have enough time, I like to make one dinner for the week ahead of time. My go-to is the classic vegan lasagna from How It All Vegan! (affiliate link). I use a jarred sauce (the chunky marinara from Aldi is really good) instead of making my own like the recipe calls for. You can also buy no-boil lasagna noodles to skip a step and make things even easier!

Here’s some other great ideas:
- pancake muffins for kids
- veggie burgers to freeze
- cookie dough in an ice cube tray, then just bake however many you need at a time.
- freezer burritos

+ a ton of ideas on Pinterest. Seriously, the “meal prep” search results are insane.

These are just a few things I do to prepare for the week. I’d love to hear any tips and trick you all have when it comes to meal prep!

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