EAT: How I meal plan

I pride myself on my knack for being a planner. I might not know what I am going to do with my life 10 years from now, but at least I know what I am cooking on a weekly basis. I prefer to call this Meal Planning because Meal Prep just reminds me of eating bland chicken and vegetables for a week straight. No. Thank. You. I typically cook 5 nights a week and cheat 2 days a week. For people who don’t like to cook, yes that sort of sounds like a lot, but the trick is to only make meals that take 30 or less. Easy right?

Sunday/Monday – Scheduling

I do have to give major props to my man for always doing the grocery shopping on Monday’s. B, you’re the real MVP. Monday morning I make our grocery list and then B does the shopping. If there is a scheduling conflict then we will do this on Sunday’s.

Tip #1: Make your first dinner a big one | i.e. LEFTOVERS!

My number 1 favorite thing about making dinner every night is I get to enjoy that yummy meal for lunch the next day. Thus, not buying lunches and saving lots.

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I love this recipe for a quick, healthy, and vegan friendly pasta ( I added rotisserie chicken). We buy either chickpea or quinoa pasta for a healthier flare.

Taco Tuesday is a classic and this recipe is super easy and delicious.

On Wednesday B typically goes out for dinner and I go to SoulCycle so after class, I want something easy and light. This quinoa salad is everything.

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Keeping with the trend of easy comfort foods this recipe for Chicken Marsala is to die for. Roast some Brussels Sprouts for the side and you’re good to go!

Typically on the weekends, I like to go out to a nice brunch or dinner. I think it’s important to have a good balance of eating healthy without totally depriving yourself. Eat that Whole Foods cookie, honey.

Sundays I like to either make something really easy or really complicated depending on how I’m feeling. We recently made this recipe and it was comforting and V healthy. Similar to Chili but better.

Tip #2: Breakfast

I’m pretty dang boring during the week and eat the same thing for breakfast every day, but it’s healthy, easy, and I prep it on Sunday’s so it’s ready to go.

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I followed this recipe for enough oats to last me during my work week. While the oats cook I add Flax Seeds, Hemp Hearts, Cinnamon, and a chopped Apple or Banana for sweetness. To jazz it up I reheat it with frozen berries, coconut chips, almond milk. pumpkin seeds, and some peanut butter or almond butter. I literally never get tired of it.

Tip #3: Snacks on deck

I am the queen of snacking. I always try to keep our fridge stocked with fresh fruit, carrot sticks, nuts, and my favorite: Chia Seed Pudding. Sunday night make a few of these guys and leave them in mason jars. Top with some fruit and coconut chips and you’ve got an insta-worthy snack.

What are you favorite easy weekday meals? I am constantly looking for inspiration when it comes to my cooking and love getting to test out new recipes. Now if only I could find the energy to make homemade dog food for Cleo.

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-d.

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