I have tried menu planning in the past. Typically, I’d do well for a month or two then fall off the wagon. Before eating a plant based diet, I would plan the menu based on what meat was on sale or stocked in my freezer. In my old way of thinking meat made the meal.
Now I have to get much more creative. I buy in bulk and right now I have humongous amounts of spinach and broccoli; OK I usually have lots of spinach and broccoli. I also have a lot of cooked beans and grains. If I waited until Monday night to decide and prepare dinner we would eat cereal. By having some things pre-made I can make a hot, fresh meal; even when my kids are screaming and hanging on to my legs as I move about the kitchen.
This week’s Meal Plan
Breakfast is usually oatmeal, toast, cereal or leftover pancakes.
Snack can be leftovers, fresh fruit, or smoothies. Cookies and muffins also make a regular appearance.
Lunch is typically leftovers or sometimes a sandwich or a wrap. My favorite lunch is throwing together leftover grains, beans, and seasonings or salsa.
Monday: Pasta with Broccoli and Spinach, I’ll make a sauce but I never know what kind it will be until I’m done.
Tuesday: Enchilada Soup
Wednesday: Stir Fry
Thursday: Black Bean Burgers, potatoes, and green beans
Friday: Dinner Out!
My menu plan is not set in stone, in fact there is a good chance the the black bean burgers will be cut altogether.
I don’t plan the weekend meals unless we have something special going on. I usually make pancakes on Sunday morning and we eat leftovers all weekend. I like to cook large batches of beans and grains to get ready for the new week.
Have you planned your menu for the week?