My First Meal Plan of 2015

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | nutrition

Jan 04

Happy Sunday!   I hope you had a great weekend.  I am finally coming to the end of a very long 4 day weekend, which I am definitely not complaining about!  Things will finally be out of “holiday mode” at work and it’ll be time to seriously get back to business!

As usual, I am linking up  my meal planning with Jill Conyers and Laura from Mommy Run Fast for What’s for Dinner!

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The Benefits of Meal Planning:

Benefits of Meal Planning

Since it is the start of a New Year, and a time where people like to start anew, I thought it would be a good time to talk about the benefits of meal planning.  Personally, I have found that having a meal plan set in advance reduces my stress of cooking during the week and keeps me accountable and less likely to be tempted to eat poorly or to go out to eat.  Here are some more benefits of meal planning:

Try More Ambitious Recipes

When you meal plan, you can really take the time to think about what you want to make for the week.  Since you’re not in a rush to make dinner, you can finally take on one of those intriguing Pinterest recipes you’ve had pinned for months!

Evening Time is Easier

This is especially true if you can make your meals in the slow cooker, and all the work is done for you.  It’s a little bit trickier for me since I work super early in the morning, but having my meal plan makes life so much easier when I get home from work.  I know what I’m doing, can get it done quickly, and as a result have more time to relax!

Sleep In a Little Longer

What am I going to eat for breakfast?  How long will it take to make it?  If you like to hit the snooze in the morning like me, it’s much easier to sleep in when you know you’ve already got your breakfast planned or even better, prepped in advance.

Be Less Impulsive in the Grocery Store

I mentioned last week that we were low on food, so we got groceries this weekend.  In the process, I was able to make sure we picked up everything I needed to meal plan for the next few weeks.  When you don’t have a plan, it’s much easier to buy things that you don’t really need or have a use for.  How many times have you bought certain foods that were on sale, thinking you could use it for something but actually never getting to cooking/eating it?  Meal planning helps you save money and waste less!

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Last Week Recap:

Last week I didn’t plan too many meals during the week because of all the hoopla with New Year’s and the retirements of my coworkers.  But while we did enjoy the holidays, we did eat pretty well.

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Catfish and Waffles

I was so excited to get a waffle iron for Christmas, so Bret fired it up and made waffles and catfish for New Year’s Brunch!  It was absolutely delicious, and I’ll be honest….it was a great meal to cure a hangover!  I can’t wait to make more waffles!

catfish and waffles

Catfish and Waffles

Mixed Pasta and Veggies with Ground Turkey

The funny thing is about this meal was that it actually wasn’t planned.  I was trying to be a bit adventurous and spontaneous in the kitchen, so I took some pasta, added zucchini, onions and peppers, spices and cooked a pound of ground turkey to make a very flavorful meal!  I think Bret was even surprised at how well it turned out!  I love being able to make a real hit in the kitchen–I’m such a newbie and the little things still get to me!

mixed pasta and veggies with ground turkey

Mixed Pasta with Zucchini, Peppers and Ground Turkey

Meal Plan for the Week:

I’m really excited that I have some 30-minute dinners to try from Better Home and Gardens that was gifted to me by Bret’s mom.  Hopefully I will be able to efficiently make some very tasty dinners this week!

Sunday 1/5:

  • Lunch:  French Toast and scrambled eggs and veggies
  • Dinner:  Pasta with Spinach Salad–still deciding how to make it

Monday 1/5:

  • Breakfast:  Green Smoothie and English Muffin with Strawberry Preserves
  • Lunch:  Avocado Egg Salad
  • Dinner:  Bret’s night

Tuesday 1/6:

  • Breakfast:  Green Smoothie and English Muffin with Strawberry Preserves
  • Lunch:  Avocado Egg Salad
  • Dinner:  Cheesy Red Pepper Pizza with Cauliflower

Wednesday 1/7:

  • Breakfast:  Green Smoothie with Oatmeal
  • Lunch:  Avocado Egg Salad
  • Dinner:  Bret’s night

Thursday 1/8:

  • Breakfast:  Green Smoothie with Oatmeal
  • Lunch:  Avocado Egg Salad
  • Dinner:  Quick Skillet Lasagna with Side Salad

Friday 1/9:

  • Breakfast:  Green Smoothie with Oatmeal
  • Lunch:  Avocado Egg Salad
  • Dinner:  Leftovers

Saturday 1/10:

  • Breakfast:  Waffles with scrambled eggs and veggies
  • Lunch:  TBD
  • Dinner:  Pork Burgers and sweet potato fries

What tasty meals do you have planned on your menu this week?  

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