Since living on our own, Danny and I have had a few different ways to “meal plan”.. In college, we’d grocery shop for a few weeks at a time and try to make it last. We’d buy LOTS of frozen stuff. Since then, I’ve come up with a pretty good system that seems to be working not only for our checkbook (will our kids even know what those are?!) but also to maintain a healthier diet.
Recently we tried the 21 day fix which I think really opened our eyes to healthy alternatives and portion control (which was the biggest problem I would say). So on Sundays, we decide what we want, I make the list & shop on Monday for the entire week. I think this has the benefit of less waste, more variety, and also a focused mindset. Even so, most weeks we leave one or two days blank for a night of leftovers or if we feel like going out. Here’s an example of what we plan to do this week:
Monday: Sweet Potato Burritos
Tuesday: Enchiladas + Beans
Wednesday: Pomegranate & Pear Salad (add chicken!)
Thursday: Chicken Fried Rice + Soup
Sunday: Meatloaf + Broccoli
Mondays I try to go meatless, Tuesdays we call “taco Tuesday” which really means we have some type of Mexican dish (Mexican food is our favorite!), & usually we leave the blank day for the weekend. Also, I have been trying to limit starchy pastas, since we both can go a little overboard in that department & any time I can have a healthier substitute I try to do that– like whole wheat bread/pasta or brown rice! And many of these recipes I follow loosely.. so if it has an ingredient we don’t like I’ll either substitute or remove it, or too much (cheese for example) I’ll half what the recipe calls for & garnish just to be pretty usually gets the boot too. How we decide if it’s good enough to add to our rotation I ask Danny if he’d “order it again”. Which can sometimes yield a more meaningful response than a yes or no if he likes it, haha.
Rhett and I are off to go do the shopping.. Speaking of our little guy, he cut his first tooth this weekend !!