Last week I planned out my week of food. And while it looked good on paper, it was difficult to stick to – If, for example, I had ‘planned’ for steel cut oats for breakfast but didn’t get up in time to make them, I felt bad for straying even if I chose a healthy option.
This week, I’m approaching Meal Planning a little different. This week, I’m going to ‘plan’ breakfast, lunch & snack options but not assigning them to specific days. This way, I can still plan my healthy options, but won’t feel so regimented.
Breakfast options ~ Steel Cut Oats, Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Kashi Cereal w/ Almond Milk, or ½ Grapefruit with Whole Wheat Toast & Almond Butter
Snack Options ~ Pumpkin seeds, Almonds, Larabars, Apple Slices, Oranges, Greek Yogurt, Pecans, grapes, dried cranberries or other dried fruit
Lunch options ~ Salads with spinach as a base and the world is my oyster from there – Cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, pomegranate, eggs, mozerella, chickpeas, mushrooms, etc; sandwiches on Flat out Bread wraps with Boars head lunch meats, leftovers from the previous nights dinner – All good options
Dinner ~ This is where I REALLY plan because it is so much easier than trying to come up with an idea for dinner after a long day of work with a hungry family clamoring for food:
Monday – Catfish with red potatoes, onion, zucchini (mostly zucchini with a small amount of potatoes – cooked in a skillet)
Tuesday – Brinner – Veggie omelets (YUM!) and fresh fruit
Wednesday – Crock pot Chicken with salad
Thursday – Chicken “Pot Pies” with leftover chicken from Wednesday, found this healthier version I’m looking forward to trying
Friday – Chef’s Requested – Bacon wrapped Filet Mignon. (YUM), Salad, green beans
Sat – Date night??? I’m leaving this one open because there has been talk of a date night with my hubby
Sunday – Subway Sunday – This has become a tradition that I enjoy – it tends to go against the grain of a traditional “Sunday Dinner” but we get to focus on closing out our week with quality time instead of me slaving away in the kitchen. (And, by getting a ‘footlong’ I can have ½ for dinner and the other ½ for Monday’s Lunch) – Win/ Win!
What are your plans for this week?