Meal Planning- week 1

In keeping with the goals I made for myself in my last post, I sat with my grocery circular and made a shopping list as well as a list of meals I plan to cook this week. The idea is to plan our meals based on sales as much as possible. 

Breakfast is a pretty easy meal in my opinion and I usually switch it up on a daily basis. Diego will usually eat some Cheerios (the plain ones) along with some yogurt, cottage cheese or apple sauce. Other days he will eat oatmeal with banana, or eggs. It all depends on what I’m making for myself. On Sundays we sometimes have a big breakfast such as pancakes and bacon. Diego loves pancakes and he eats them plain without any syrup.  

So my breakfast options for this week include: plain greek yogurt with blueberries, oatmeal with almond milk, eggs and toast. 

Lunch will vary but will either be made up of leftovers from the night before or a sandwich. Sometimes I even have eggs for lunch (if I haven’t had them for breakfast) and I always have frozen veggies on hand because they are easy to prepare and pair up with left over protein, such as chicken. Diego especially loves them because they’re easy for him to pick up. 

I have a few dinner ideas for the week and I am not sure when I will be making them but I at least have recipes to choose from for which I know I have all the ingredients. 

1. Home made pizza- I have the dough, sauce and mozzarella cheese. I also have onions and green peppers to throw on there. This would go nicely with a small side salad. This will be a meatless meal. 

2. Oven fried chicken and baked potatoes.

3. Chicken burrito bowls with a side of guacamole and chips. -Avocados were on sale this week so I picked up two of them. I’m going to portion out the packet of chicken cutlets and reserve some to sauté for this recipe. I serve the chicken over some rice, top with corn, cilantro, onions, sour cream and cheese. 

4. Stir fried beef with broccoli. Served with a side of brown rice. -Fresh broccoli was on sale and I couldn’t pass up a chance to make this favorite of ours. I usually make this with frozen broccoli and sugar snap peas. It’s a great way to stretch out the meat and eat more greens. 

5. Ribs – Now I have never made ribs myself but we got a whole rack on sale for $6 so I have to do a bit of research this week before attempting this. I might go whole hog and make mac and cheese as a side dish along with some mixed vegetables. 

6. I need something light to balance out this rather rich menu I have for the week so I am thinking about making some pasta topped with some parmesan cheese and tuna. It might sound gross but I promise it’s good!

In easing into this I have decided to leave room for one night of eating out.