Trying to eat more healthy meals, eat out less and not buy my lunch at work so often is often on my list of monthly goals. I wanted these things to happen, it just took me a long time to figure out how to get there.
Finally I figured out that failing to plan my meals was planning to fail.
I’ve now come up with a process and I tend to do my meal plan for the week on Friday. I’ll look over my schedule and see what workouts I have or any other appointments on Neil’s or my calendar. I’ll know to look for a simple and fast recipe if we’ll be getting home late or if I have a workout to do and Neil will need to cook dinner.
From there I start browsing my boards on Pinterest and making up a list.
I’ve started including my plan for both lunches and dinners because I’ve found relying on having leftovers doesn’t always work out. I’ll also make notes on my meal plan if I need to prep something for another meal ahead of time.
It also helps to build in a back up plan. Have one meal that is super easy to make that maybe relies on pantry ingredients. That way if we don’t have enough time or energy to make the meal I’d originally planned for we’ll have something we can fall back on that isn’t take out.
Friday: Spicy Sweet Potato and Green Rice Burrito Bowl via Cookie + Kate (this was delicious and made a ton, will definitely make again)
Saturday: Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, roasted baby bok choy and sauteed mushrooms (this lamb recipe is an old favourite)
Monday: Stuffed Poblano Peppers in Chipotle Sauce via Whole Living (a recipe I’ve made before and love, but finding poblano peppers in Calgary can be a challenge)
Tuesday: Spicy Kale and Coconut Stir Fry via Cookie + Kate (a new recipe to try, plus we’ll add in some chicken)
Wednesday: Spicy Pork and Kale Soup via Bon Appetit (a new recipe)
Thursday: Vietnamese Lemongrass Beef and Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce via Half Baked Harvest (a new recipe)
Are you a meal planner? What is your go to simple and delicious favourite recipe?