Planning For The Week
I’m not the best at planning weekly meals out ahead of time. My problem is going into a store and buying whatever I think looks or sounds good without any idea of how I’m going to use it, which leaves me with a lot of random ingredients and more than a few dollars wasted in produce that ends up going bad. That coupled with the fact that we’ve been eating out a lot more since becoming parents is the reason I’d like to give meal planning a shot. So, here’s to hoping this helps with reducing waste, saving a bit of money, and eating at home more often.
Here is how I’m thinking this week will go:
WEDNESDAY: Pizza (I use TJ’s whole wheat pizza crust & here are a few recipes to make your own) and a salad
THURSDAY: Red Lentil Thai Chili
FRIDAY: Salmon for Greg and leftovers for me.
For breakfast, we eat the same thing every morning. I have a slice of toasted Ezekiel bread with eggs and another slice with avocado and tomato, while Greg will usually have a banana and Greek yogurt.
I pack Greg’s lunch and it is most often a big salad (field greens, tomato, cucumber, and sunflower seeds), a peanut butter or almond butter sandwich, and some kind of fruit. I tend to eat a lot of small meals throughout the day because it works best for me, so I don’t really have big lunch.
2 red bell peppers, zucchini, frozen corn, lime, extra firm tofu, cilantro, soba noodles, swiss chard, kale, green onions, couple of sweet potatoes, can of light coconut milk, salmon, pizza sauce, white miso, red curry paste
STAPLES I NEED TO STOCK UP ON
eggs, egg whites, Greek yogurt, ginger, lemon, Ezekiel bread, field greens, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumber, avocado, apples, bananas, garlic, almond milk, cous cous, coffee
I like to check coupon sites before I go shopping just in case there’s something I might be able to use. I like coupons.com, Mambo Sprouts, Earth Fare’s coupons, coupons @ Reddit (this is mostly codes for online shopping, but there are some printable grocery ones sometimes)
If you do meal planning, any tips would be much appreciated! I’m not entirely sure if I’m doing it correctly or efficiently.Meal Planning | 6 comments