It happens to the best of us, come home and no idea what to make? The trick to eating healthy and saving money is meal planning. The Yellow Brick House wanted to share with you simple tips to help you stay on track.
- Always make a plan before the work week starts. This includes buying groceries and recipe planning.
- Only buy food you want to eat. It’s a waste of money to buy food you don’t like.
- Keep the recipe simple. 45 minutes or less for preparation and cooking time. Otherwise, do prep work the night before or save the recipe for your day off.
Our work week is a traditional Monday to Friday. That’s 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners to plan. Not so fast! Here’s how we look at our meals.
- Breakfasts are easy here. We have oatmeal at work and drink a glass of fresh vegetable juice.
- Lunches are prepared from left overs. We have our reusable Tupperware containers, fill with left overs, and stack in the freezer. Pasta and bone in chicken thighs reheat well. Better than a frozen dinner.
- Dinners. Surprisingly I only plan three dinners for the five days. This allows flexibility to eat out with friends or sneak in a date night. However, if we are not in the mood for cooking, we dig out a lazy dinner.***
***What’s a lazy dinner? Lazy dinners are frozen or quick easy foods we always have on hand.
- Here’s our most popular lazy dinners: grilled cheese and salad, omelets or breakfast foods, and pasta.
- Freezer must haves: frozen turkey burgers, supreme pizza with salad, or a pre made skillet dinner.
Do you have an example of you work week meal plan? Yes! Here’s what we have planned this week:
Salads and Vegetables, We always have 2 or more prepared salads/vegetables for the week.
- Spinach Sweet Salad
- Pico De Gallo with shredded lettuce
- Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Buffalo Sloppy Joe’s with baked sweet potato and salad
- Fish Tacos with citrus slaw, pico de gallo, and rice
- Whole Wheat Pasta with Pesto and salad
- On Sunday prepare roasted chicken thighs and sweet potatoes
- Left Overs
- Sliced Apples/Pears with Fruit Dip
- Homemade chocolate pudding
- Hummus and pita chips
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