Meal planning seems to be “the thing” to do now, at least it seems that way from every blog listing meals for the week, pictures of Tupperware dishes stacked high, and full refrigerators every Sunday night. I always admired people who could take a trip to the grocery store on a Sunday (that in itself is the worst — absolute chaos!) and pick up all these foods they need for their meals in the week, then come home and actually cook things. It’s hard enough for me to put away my groceries (or laundry, or whatever else that I bring in through my apartment door), let alone cook right away.
I’m not about to start meal planning to lose weight or because I make bad choices when I don’t have something ready to eat in my fridge. For the most part, I make pretty good decisions on the fly about what I eat based on the fact that good food provides a good workout for me, and good workouts set me up for success. I don’t particularly like sweets (except Nutter Butter cookies — I love Nutter Butter cookies!) so I don’t have to battle that demon, thankfully. But mostly I have to start planning because I’m on a budget and I’m on a budget because being a responsible adult sucks. Go away, student loans, go away!
So, June 10th – 16th is my first go at this planning thing. I like making lists but I hate following them and since the Mister and I tend to make some meals together, I’m sure this will shift a bit… but he’s on board too!
- Bagel (Alvarado Street Bakery’s Sprouted Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bagels are my new favorite — and now I just learned that these are $2.50 cheaper on this website than at Wegmans!)
- Cereal (Kashi GOLEAN Crunch! is my default, yum!)
- Mini Egg Muffin Bites (I modified this Skinny Taste recipe — I use 5 extra large eggs, and this week I’m using sausage and sauteed peppers instead)
- Peanut Butter and Jelly (can’t go wrong!)
- Salad (as a side, I rarely feel fulfilled from salad as a main meal)
- Tuna Melts with tomato
- Dinner Leftovers
- Black Bean & Quinoa Burgers (I’m still struggling to love quinoa, but I’m not giving up! I will find a way to like it sooner or later.)
- “Make Ahead Power Lunch”
- Chicken Quesadillas (with Fage Greek yogurt as a sour cream substitute — literally my new favorite discovery. I absolutely love sour cream and dislike plain Greek yogurt on its own, but I honestly don’t even notice the difference now.)
- Spinach and Sausage Baked Pasta
If all goes as I plan (and this weekend is my birthday, so my plans aren’t really going to be my own anyways), I’ll brave the crazies on Sunday for shopping at Wegmans. I definitely will not be cooking all these things ahead of time. I am not that ambitious. I am however, excited to be ambitious enough to use a shopping list (something I have never, ever done) on the Wegmans app and website. Just a quick tally for the week puts me around $70, though some of the items are priced at a pound ($12/lb of pecorino romano cheese) and I will not be buying a pound. Plus some of this is a one time purchase (paprika, nutritional yeast) and some will be left over (tortillas, extras from dinner that I freeze). Hopefully this works out and saves me money, even if it stops me from going to Wegmans a couple times a week for a $10 lunch I’m happy!
If you have a favorite recipe, send it along! Pretty soon I’ll be out of new and exciting ones, especially breakfasts! These eggs have been my breakfast of choice for two weeks now, I’m bound to get sick of them soon.