Meal Plan Monday: Did You Plan?

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Confession time, I didn’t Meal Plan. This week I wanted to try something different so I bought a Meal Plan. We just started it so I’m not going to share all the details until I can objectively report back.

This is the first time I’ve bought a Meal Plan online. So far I’ve spent way more time on it than I would my own Meal Plan. I have a friend who buys meal plans online regularly and likes it.

Do you create your own meal plan each week/month or do you buy one? I regularly get referrals from Meal Planning and Recipe sites but I’ve never tried one until now. I hope to report back next week and let you know what we thought about this particular Meal Plan.

In the mean time I’d love to hear about your Meal Planning experience. If you really need some ideas check out the Meal Planning tab or the Recipe tab at the top of the page.

Until then I’ll share a few pictures of things we’ve been eating. Most of these photos are pretty rough but the food sure tasted delicious.


Shepherds Pie for the Virtual Vegan Potluck

Shepherds Pie for the Virtual Vegan Potluck


Mexican Casserole with homemade Pico

Mexican Casserole with Homemade Pico


Holly's House Italian

Holly’s House Italian


My 2 year olds fingers steal my Taco Salad

My 2 year olds fingers steal my Taco Salad


Grilled Portobello Steaks, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, green beans, and mushroom gravy.

Grilled Portobello Steaks, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, green beans, and mushroom gravy.




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  1. That all looks deLISH! I did do a meal plan this week. I usually intend to, but don’t finish it, and end up flying by the seat of my pants. We will have some Mediterranean sandwiches and Quinoa Minestrone, and some Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes this week. My mouth is watering already!

  2. Since starting a plant based diet I have meal planned better and also been very regular about buying groceries every 7 days. I’ve tried several different meal plans made by others family has never enjoyed them, or I didn’t like the number of side dishes, etc. so, I just keep a list of recipes I want to try (through Ziplist) or that we already like and choose 7 of them while making our grocery list.

  3. I received a special offer for 6 months of a plant-based meal planning for a screamin’-cheap price (compared to other meal plan sites) so I signed up for it. My time is almost up and I won’t be renewing. I wasn’t impressed with the majority of the author’s recipes. They seemed to have been thrown together and some have very little to no protein source (mostly carbs and I hate it when cooks don’t get bulk in there – they make a side dish a meal heavy in starchy stuff and that just doesn’t cut it with me).

    I have found that, if I take my time, go through my stack of vegan cookbooks, get a grocery list and have plotted the meals on the family calendar, I am set. As with anything in my life, it just takes discipline and I guess you could sort of say a respect for mommy’s time to plan. If I give that allotted time the same respect I want from my family when I sit down and do it, I always have success!

    Speaking of… I need to plan for this upcoming week. Your blog entries are always so refreshing. Thanks for all you do, Holly!

  4. I don’t buy a meal plan but I do plan meals. I pull out my 7 or so Vegan cookbooks. Plan whats for dinner each day (noting book & page of recipe). This is listed down the right side of my legal pad. Next on the left side, I create my grocery list. This saves sanity at 5pm, it saves money, it saves time and it saves calories.

  5. Hi Holly – I’ve been avidly planning meals since January because it helps stem anxiety! However, the more comfortable I’m becoming at pulling plant foods together, the more I’m starting to trust my instincts. Today I went to Trader Joes and followed my nose through the produce section with a loose framework in mind. It’s an experiment, but I generally do much better choosing several recipes for breakfasts, lunch and dinners since I make almost all of our meals from scratch. I did try Happy Herbivore’s meal plan for a week, but ended up veering from it quite a bit and eventually bagged it. That’s part of the adventure! Growing into an accomplished cook of the plant-based variety. It’s fun and challenging!

  6. My list of entrees goes right on my fridge! I’m lazy – if it’s not in front of me, I’ll flat-out refuse to look elsewhere for it – LOL

What do YOU think?