This is the first time I am attempting meal planning. I’ve never planned a menu before, and I think that is a large part of why I feel so unorganized at times. Most of the time, when I come home from work I have no idea what I am going to eat for dinner. Because it’s just me eating dinner 80% of the time, it’s easy for me to just grab a bowl of cereal or make a smoothie or something just as easy. I’m lazy when it comes to cooking, partly because I hate cooking when I don’t have the ingredients, and I hate shopping for a million different things.
I’ve decided that my first week of meal planning I will keep simple and make dishes that don’t require many different ingredients. The simpler the meal, the better. I’m sticking to whole foods and gluten free foods as well. Now, if I decide I want to have Wednesday’s meal on Tuesday, or Friday’s meal on Monday, that’s okay. I’m not going to be that picky! That will stress me out more, and I don’t want that.
Breakfasts will be over easy eggs, soaked oatmeal, or green smoothies. All of those things are very simple to make. Lunches will be leftovers from dinner, or a green salad with lots of veggies. I’m trying to limit the amount of meat we are eating as well, to keep costs down and lower our carbon footprint.
Here’s my meal plan for the week:
Monday: Gluten free Spaghetti with grilled broccoli
Tuesday: Pot roast leftovers from Sunday dinner
Wednesday: Grilled portabellas with asparagus
Thursday: Eggplant caponata with quinoa
Friday: Rosemary lemon chicken with cauliflower rice
Saturday: Lentil casserole
I think this is a step in the right direction. With meal planning, I’ll be able to focus on making sure I’m getting good nutrition, saving money on groceries, and being more prepared to cook. Also, it will be nice to have leftovers to pack for lunch so I don’t have to scramble in the morning to pack something to take. I’ll even save money because I won’t have to buy lunches while I am at work!
Do you meal plan?