Meal Planning Rocks.

Remember when we bought a house and were renovating the kitchen…yea it’s still not done, but at least the fridge is decorated and we’re able to use the kitchen.

Meal planning has been a huge help to us since we moved in – it helps us save money, save gas (1 trip a week to the store), and answer the “What’s for dinner?” question! We have successfully meal-planned for each week of 2014 and we’re not stopping any time soon! Here is a sneak peek in to our process each weekend:

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We create a meal plan and post it on the fridge each week! This helps if either of us are out of the house and the other wants to start prepping dinner.

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This week, I knew I wanted to make a big pot of chili and cornbread on Sunday which would help us with leftovers during the week. I first made a giant pot of black beans (from dry beans) with soaked beans, garlic, bay leaves, and epazote. I used this in the chili and saved some because it’s Mardi Gras on Tuesday and we want to celebrate with festive food (blackened fish with rice and beans).

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We typically do one pasta night and at least one fish night which greatly eases the process of choosing meals. After the meals are chosen, I make a list of all the ingredients that we need to purchase as well as other staples for breakfast, lunch, snacks, etc. Please forgive my handwriting!

Side note: I never remember meeting an adult with poor handwriting while growing up and now, at 29 years old, I fear I may be the only “adult” with really awful pen(wo)manship!

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I try to keep all my grocery shops under 100 dollars for the week. Meal planning, and keeping a stocked pantry/freezer, really helps with this goal!

Here are some of the fun, and zero-stress, weeknight meals we have made thanks to proper meal planning:

Parmesan Spinach Quinoa and Grapefruit Avocado Salad

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Pho

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Fish Tacos

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Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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Pizza and Calzones (with homemade dough)

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Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

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Swordfish Curry

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Pressed Sandwiches with Sweet Potato “Fries”

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It feels almost luxurious to have cohesive, delicious meals on a weeknight, but it’s totally possible if you meal plan! We are definitely big believers in this house!

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One thought on “Meal Planning Rocks.

  1. Wow, what a great article! I have mastered my once a month grocery shopping but like making a budget, I have never mastered meal planning. Your articles is inspiring. Plus, what great and amazing recipes!

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