Well, I learned my lesson last week in regards to not taking the time to plan and prep healthy meals and snacks. So this week, I am back on track. It’s so crazy that, when you take the time to plan and prepare ahead, you feel like you have tons of groceries in the house, and lots of foods to choose from when you need a quick bite. But you can have the exact same groceries in the house, and NOT plan ahead, and feel like there is NOTHING to eat!
I spent the weekend getting myself physically and mentally prepared for the week ahead in every way I could think of. I cleaned the house, which felt like a big accomplishment. I prepped our meals and snacks, also an accomplishment, and Andrew, Bonnie and I even spent some time outside together. It’s amazing what that can do for your mood! The weather here has been awesome the past several days, and we are taking full advantage while we can.
But back to food…
Here are our dinner plans for the week:
Meat and veggie Paleo chili (I made and froze a big batch of this several weeks ago. So glad I did!)
An easy garden salad topped with grilled chicken, leftover brussels sprouts, hardboiled eggs, and oil and vinegar
Grilled chicken (here is a good recipe) with asparagus and low-roasted sweet potatoes
Eat out. It’s our Friday thing lately.
Spaghetti (using zucchini noodles and homemade sauce)
We usually have a big meal after church on Sundays, so dinner is small and laid-back…. leftovers, sammies, whatever.
If our dinner menu seems a bit redundant, that’s because it is! We eat the same things a lot for several weeks before switching it up again. It helps me have less mental clutter (if that’s even a real term) and it helps simplify planning, shopping, and prepping. Since neither Andrew nor I are major foodies, we don’t mind a bit of repetition.
- Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad
- Chicken salad over greens or in avocado
- Baked sweet potato fries
- Turkey sandwiches (for Andrew)
- REAL oatmeal for Andrew (not the sugary packages stuff)
- Greek yogurt and granola (for Andrew also) If you want a grain free, homemade granola recipe, you can find one here.
- Scrambled eggs (scrambled in coconut oil)
- Homemade nut and seed bars
- Larabars or
- Nut and seed bars
- Bananas/apples with peanut butter
- Carrots and guacamole
Prepping meals has been a struggle lately. Partly because of time, but also because our kitchen is not designed well, and is unenjoyable to be in for any extended amount of time. The rental we are moving into in several weeks has a much more updated kitchen, and I am hoping that will be enough to get me a little more motivated when it comes to cooking!
- Cook chicken
- Make or thaw spaghetti sauce
- Slice sweet potato for fries
- Low-roast 3 or 4 sweet potatoes (so we can just heat them when we are ready for them.)
- Make tuna salad
- Make chicken salad
- Make nut and seed bars (recipe to come eventually!)
- Hard-boil several eggs
- Scramble several eggs
- Make a loaf of homemade bread (for Andrew)
- Clean and chop brussels sprouts and asparagus
So there is our week in terms of food! Nothing fancy, but it certainly works for us. Now, if only someone else would go shopping for the food, and MAKE the food… and just let me eat it! (: I am not sure which I enjoy less: the shopping or the prepping…
Even after typing this whole post, and thinking about all these good-for-me foods, all I am actually thinking right now is, “Man, I could really go for a bag of candy corn. Like, right this second.”