Hey friends, it’s been awhile since I wrote a meal planning post (sorry about that), but we have still been going strong on it.
I mentioned before that one of the things I struggle with is wanting to make too many recipes; which I’m sure is the opposite problem from most people, haha. I’m happy to say that I am doing pretty good with limiting the number of recipes and focusing on a select few main ingredients. I’ve been following my own advice fairly diligently and this week we did two breakfasts (both that were made ahead of time for the week), the snacks we went real simple on this week because some of the other meals we had, took some time. We only did one lunch, because the leftovers were SO good this week, so we took them almost every day. And last but not least we did four dinners (instead of three).
In some ways I feel like we’re getting better at it as each week goes by, but in some ways I think we still need to refine things a little more to make it work for our family; but we’re still learning.
Here’s our menu:
Sweet potato energy balls (mashed sweet potato, coconut oil, coconut flour, oats, almond butter, dark chocolate chips, cinnamon – I didn’t love this recipe, so I will refine it and then post for you guys)
Overnight oats with sweet potato – (oats, oat milk, mashed sweet potato, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts and full fat greek yogurt)
We went really easy this week and just had fresh fruit for snacks:
Apples, oranges and bananas
Sweet potato and apple pita – (click here to get the recipe from Instagram)
*We only did one lunch this week guys, because we did the pitas twice because they were so good and then we took leftovers from dinner almost every other day.
Sweet potato & black bean enchiladas – (click for recipe)
Sweet potato, lemongrass and coconut soup – (click for recipe)
Sweet potato and tomatillo soup – (click for recipe)
Sweet potato protein bowl – (click for recipe)
You guys are probably thinking – did you not get sick of sweet potatoes, they’re in EVERYTHING?!?
And the answer is NO. They are in everything, but the flavours we combined them with are so different in each meal that it really didn’t seem like we were eating sweet potato everyday.
But remember friends, this is our meal plan, we like it, and it works for us. If your family hates sweet potatoes – these recipes are probably not going to work (although you should really try the soups, because they are so freakin good). The point is to get used to the framework of meal planning and prep – what recipes you use don’t actually matter. Maybe one of your favourite ingredients is tomatoes, awesome – search the good old internet for a few tomato recipes and incorporate them into your next weeks plan. I hope that makes sense.
Here is our grocery list:
- 6-8 average sweet potatoes
- pita bread
- 100g pistachios
- 1 container feta cheese
- 1 container arugula
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 small red onion
- 1 small white onion
- 4 limes
- 2 stalks of lemongrass
- 11/2 lb. tomatillos
STAPLES (things we already had in our kitchen, see my introduction to meal planning post for suggestions)
- coconut flour
- coconut oil
- almond butter
- chocolate chips
- pumpkin seeds
- hemp hearts
- oat milk
- greek yogurt
- extra virgin olive oil
- black beans
- mozzarella cheese
- cheddar cheese
- tomato paste
- basmati rice
- veggie broth
- dried red chili peppers
- white wine
This week our grocery bill was about $60.00. As mentioned before we try to keep our weekly grocery bill between $50.00 – $75.00 and then our big shop to replace staples between $100.00 and $150.00 for the month; so at the high-end we’re looking at $450.00 for the month. It’s not always possible, but it’s a good to have a budget and to try to stay as close to it as possible.
I can definitely say that meal planning has decreased the amount of money that we spend on food significantly enough for us to notice. If anyone is interested, I will happily do a post on the finances of meal planning/prep at some point too.
This week we did make everything that was on the menu and it turned out really well for us. The best part – we loved all the recipes this week so much we ate leftovers everyday from the meal before and loved it each time we ate it.
Things went pretty well this week, but we still have a few things to work on. One thing is setting aside the time. We still haven’t found a day/time that works great for us. First we tried Sundays, but we really love our Sundays together with no plans. Then I thought Mondays, but they can be overwhelming sometimes as we start our week off. So then we tried to move it to the end of the week which was kind of better, but not perfect. So this time we are going to try to break it up into a couple of days and see how that goes. I’ll keep you posted in the next meal planning blog.
I hope these posts are still helping you guys with your meal planning endeavours and if there’s anything else you want to see in these posts, please comment and let me know.
Till the next post,