Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday Meal Planning: Week 1

I am finally a married woman! All of the wedding stress is gone, and now I can really, truly get my life together a little bit more, even if its ever so slightly. One of the main things I've been aiming to do for months is to try out/start meal planning. We moved in to a new house right before Christmas, and between trips to my parents house and his, we always had plenty of food coming home with us. But now that all of the holidays and wedding festivities have come to an end, we are home more often and have finally run out of leftovers.

I wasn't really sure where to start on the meal planning because a "simple" google or pinterest of the subject is actually quite overwhelming. Meal planning on a budget. Meal planning for clean eating. Meal planning for a family of five. Meal planning for 14 days. You get the picture. So after an hour or so of browsing all of these "plans," I decided maybe I was perhaps capable myself of making a meal plan for me and my new husband.

We both are on a plan to lose weight - I know, the wedding is over - but we are doing our best to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That's when I turned to skinnytaste. We have used recipes from this website dozens of times and have rarely been disappointed with the results. If you've never checked it out, I would strongly encourage you to do so. They recipes are divided up into many, many categories so you can choose what you think you'll enjoy, or look for a "skinny" version of a recipe you already know and love. Plus, each recipe includes all of the nutritional information, as well as Weight Watchers points - which my husband and I have both used off and on for a few years - he is currently still using it.

For this week, my meal selection was relatively basic. I knew (assumed) that the best way to go about it would be to look for similar recipes, so that grocery shopping for the same ingredients would be more efficient and cost effective. Plus, my husband is Catholic, which meant I'd need a meatless meal for Friday. [Or fish, but I don't like fish - so we'll be eating vegetables! Haha!] With those specifications in mind, I chose the following meals for us to test out this week:

Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Melted Mozzarella

Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joe

Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas 

Cheesy Zucchini Enchiladas 

Most of the recipes say they will make between 6 and 8 servings. I am planning to cut almost all of them in half. Since we are planning to cook every night - a lofty goal, I know - we don't want to be left with too many leftovers that won't get eaten.

When I initially searched for meal plans before deciding on creating our own, one of the other problems I ran into is that I can be a picky eater. I honestly don't think I'm that picky, I think I just tend to dislike some very common food items - most notably mushrooms and fish, which pop up in dishes far more often than you might realize. I know of course that it is possible in some cases to leave certain ingredients out, or to substitute a fish or seafood meal with something else, but then the grocery list wouldn't match up quite right, so why not start from scratch and know that the meals will be tailored for me and my husband from the beginning. Well. That's the plan at least, we'll see how well it all turns out.

We did a big shopping trip yesterday to get everything we needed, which I think helps dramatically to know that we already have all of the ingredients at the house for the whole week. And not wanting to let the fresh items to go waste will also help keep me motivated and on track with the plan.

Do any of y'all meal plan regularly? Do you have any tips or tricks?

Happy Monday, y'all! Have a great day!


  1. This sounds like such a great start to your meal planning! They sound like great meals to keep ya healthy. And honestly, that's the most important part! Life is just so much more fun when ya'll are learning to be healthy together!

  2. Meal planning is so helpful! It really helps me stay on track each week. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday :)