Weekly Meal Plans

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Almost every Sunday I put together our weekly dinner plan, write up a grocery list, and head to the store. I put together 5 or 6 dinners to get us through the week. I always want most of the meals to be quick to make so my weeknights aren’t spent just cooking, eating, and cleaning up from dinner. I’m sure you know the feeling.

I’m pretty casual about planning breakfast and lunch. My grocery list is perfectly organized until you get to the bottom where it says “lunch stuff” “snacks, maybe” and “drinks”. I usually go with what looks good for those items, but we mostly eat dinner leftovers for lunch. Lately we’ve been keeping eggs in the house and Bryce will whip up some egg salad. I also make sure to keep granola, fruit, and plain yogurt around. Drinks usually consist of an unsweetened iced tea, mineral water, orange juice, and beer (haha). Oh, and salad staples are always on my list — mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, onion.

I thought I’d share some of my weekly meals with you. I know that sometimes the hardest part of cooking at home is thinking of what to make day after day.

Week 1:

1. Fiesta Supper
Cooking this meal consists of heating up healthy bean chili and throwing some toppings on it. So fast, easy, and Whole Foods chili is pretty darn good. I like serving it with pasta, potatoes, or tortilla chips.

2. Sweet Corn Risotto
It’s not a good time of year for fresh corn so I used frozen, but it was still delicious. I also used red onion instead of white which changed the flavor just a bit!

3. Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Not the healthiest meal, but with a fresh loaf of bread, good cheese, and a pre-made organic soup, this is really fast and comforting.

4. Enchiladas & Mexican Street Salad
This is my go-to enchilada recipe, but it’s best if you add some extra veggies to the filling like corn and black beans. To speed it up, I often use Frontera’s green chile enchilada sauce instead of making my own. The mexican street salad is really refreshing when paired with creamy enchiladas.

5. Vegetable Fried Rice
My vegetables are always really disproportionate to my rice when I make this because I love adding extras like tons of broccoli and cabbage. This is also a fast recipe to make if you have pre-made or frozen rice. Trader Joe’s has a fantastic 3-pack of frozen organic jasmine rice that is perfect for it.

6. Traditional Polenta with Quick Tomato Sauce
Save the extra sauce for pasta later.

Week 2:

1. Veggie Burgers & Roasted Lemon Broccoli & Cauliflower
Bryce’s favorite is Hilary’s veggie burgers.

2. Creamy Polenta with Marinated Artichokes & Poached Eggs

3. Garlic Vinaigrette Potatoes & Honey Butter Carrots
I don’t know why, but every time I make these potatoes I have to make steamed carrots with melted butter and honey over them.

4. Broccoli Stir Fry
Best with sriracha & green onions on top. 

5. Corn Pudding & Mustard Greens
Southern food is a favorite in our house. I make the corn pudding, Bryce makes the greens. He cooks them up with onion, chili flake, veggie broth, and smoked salt. There might be a pinch of sugar in there too. Let me know if you want Bryce to share his recipe!

Week 3:

1. Black Bean Burgers & Potato Wedges
This is still the most popular post I’ve ever written. I will forever be confused by that, but it should be a ringing endorsement for how easy and tasty the burgers are.

2. Wilted Kale & Roasted Potato Salad
Fantastic and filling — I love this salad. One time I made it with latkes in place of the roasted potatoes and it made me so happy.

3. Fresh Pasta with Quick Tomato Sauce
Use your leftover sauce or make some more from my polenta recipe. RP’s Pasta is the greatest if you can find it at a store near you.

4. French Bread Broccoli Pizza & Salad
We always have fun making these — reminds me of those frozen french bread pizzas I loved so much growing up. Nowadays, we buy a baguette and top with sauce, cheese, broccoli, and garlic. Bake it for a few minutes and serve with a salad. 

5. Avocado Tacos, Spanish Rice & Vegetarian Refried Beans
Pre-made is good sometimes. Box of rice and a can of beans. Cheap dinner!

6. Cajun Potatoes & Collard Greens
The alternative to corn pudding & mustard greens night. I make the cajun potatoes, Bryce makes the greens.

 

 

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