Meal Plan Monday: A Basic Meal Plan

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Some weeks I don’t want to think too much. This is one of those weeks. I spent the weekend out of town (I had a great time) and I’m not ready for a new week. The problem is if I don’t make a meal plan we eat junk and fast food for waaaaaaaay too many meals. Also when I don’t have a plan I don’t always have all of the ingredients I need and I end up running to the store then buy everything that looks good and spend a lot of money. So this week I’m going to make a pretty basic plan based on what I have in my fridge and freezer.

Meal Plan

Breakfast is easy. The usual suspects include oatmeal, Breakfast Quinoa, Breakfast Rice, Toast with nut butter and fruit, baked sweet potatoes, and sometimes pancakes or a Breakfast Stir Fry. For my breakfast ideas check out this post.

Lunch is also pretty easy. We eat leftovers a lot, my husband almost always takes leftovers to work. We also eat sandwiches, baked potatoes, veggie wraps with hummus and bean and grain bowls.

Snacks are usually fruit although sometimes smoothies make an appearance too. I also like raw veggies with hummus. My sons love hummus so this is a popular snack. If I had an early lunch sometimes I’ll even have a sandwich for snack, I know I’m an animal.

Dinner is where I put most of the meal prep effort. My husband has requested rice, lentils, black-eyed peas, and quinoa so I’ll be working those in, except the black-eyed peas which I don’t care for. Those he can take to work. 🙂 I’ thinking of trying my hand at making Bean Burgers again, maybe lentil and quinoa burgers. The Brown Rice and Broccoli Casserole is always a big hit. I may add some new veggies to it this week. Also Quinoa Tacos or Quinoa Taco Salads with avocados and salsa. I’ll probably end the week with a Stir Fry so I can use up any veggies that need to be used. I think this plan will adequately use the rice, lentils and quinoa my husband requested.  Getting “buy-in” from your husband is a good thing. 🙂

The good news about this meal plan is that the rice, lentils, black-eyed peas and quinoa can all be made ahead of time so you can throw everything together quickly after work. Since I was out of town this weekend I’ll do most of these one afternoon for fast and easy meals the rest of the week. I’m also hoping to do a little baking sometime this week. If I do I’ll be sure to post pictures on Facebook.

What about you? What are you eating this week?

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  1. Dinners at my house are always epic failures when I don’t do a meal plan. I try to do a list of 7 meals for the week and put it on the fridge, in order of which one will use up the produce that will soonest expire. Your meals look tasty!

    • Thanks Somer! We do best with about 5 meals planned. We always wind up with way too much leftovers when we planned 7. I also try to plan which produce needs to be used first but sometimes I totally fail on that one. 🙂

      • We live on leftovers for lunches, but I try to plan it right so our dinners aren’t too big and there’s just enough for the next day’s lunch. It’s tricky getting to all the produce sometimes, it gets lost in my fridge 🙁 I hate throwing food away!

  2. I have such a hard time with actually creating a plan, but I get so much inspiration from reading yours (and others’ plans) every week. I think of several meal ideas at the beginning of week but don’t specify which meal for which day, and try to decide the night before. Even when I have a meal idea already, I then often decide I’m bored and look up a new recipe using the same ingredients in a different way (I probably try 2 or 3 new recipes a week).

    I made Cheater Pad Thai from the Happy Herbivore cookbook last night, and I’m honestly still figuring out tonight’s dinner but I’m leaning towards wraps for dinner since we can all customize them according to our own preferences 🙂

    I’m thinking of making Armenian cabbage soup one night and not sure what else this week, although I do I have some button mushrooms to use up?

    • Awe thanks Clara! Sometimes I think about skipping a meal plan but I know I’ll regret it. Sometimes I’ll specify what day we will have each meal but this week I’m not completely sure of our schedule so I just picked meals that will be easy no matter what.
      I haven’t tried the Cheater Pad Thai but I’ve been tempted too. I’ve been a little “uninspired” and slightly unmotivated to cook. I know I’ll feel better when I do so I have quinoa and black eyed peas on the stove right now.

  3. I don’t always do a meal plan, but I tend to be more successful when I do. My inability/unwillingness to plan is usually saved by my ridiculously stocked pantry and a short list of favorites that don’t require me to think ahead too far.

    • My pantry is bursting at the seams most of the time. I try to get close to empty at least once a year so food doesn’t expire. I prefer buying in bulk!
      I’ve been to friends houses and seen empty pantry’s and refridgerators and felt a little embarrased at my over abundance. Even when there is nothing to eat in the fridge we have so many condiments that it looks like we just got home from shopping. 🙂

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