Monday, January 5, 2015

Meal Planning {Week 1}

Let's eat!

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As part of my goals for 2015, I listed that I wanted to place a greater effort on meal planning — specifically, when it came to my lunches. I wanted to know what I was bringing for lunch, know that it was helpful and curb my spending. Sure, lunches at the hospital are convenient, easy and, sometimes, nutritious but I wanted to get back to my old ways.

With the razor focus of someone newly committed, I am happy to report that I went to the grocery store on Saturday with a meal plan and extensive list to kick off the new year.

Here's whats on the menu:

Lunch: Black bean soup and hummus + veggie lettuce wraps.

I winged the soup recipe — two cans of black beans, rinsed and drained; 8 ounces salsa (yellow, homemade, canned); garlic and onions; 1.5 teaspoons cumin; 1.5 teaspoons chili powder; one bay leaf; 2 cups chicken broth. The lettuce wraps will probably turn into salad but I have all of the fixings, including cucumbers, red cabbage, red onion and carrots. 

Saturday: Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Tacos with pan-fried noodles

Sunday: Turkey burgers

Monday: Shredded barbecue chicken (made in the slow cooker) atop baked sweet potatoes

Tuesday: Chicken tortilla soup with cheese quesadillas

Wednesday: We eat at my in-laws :)

Thursday: Mark's birthday! We'll have gnocchi with vodka marinara

Friday: Meatball subs (frozen meatballs, leftover sauce)

What are you cooking this week?


  1. Chicken Tortilla soup sounds good! I think I'm gonna add that to my menu for next week! This week we've got Taco Soup, Chicken and veggies, leftover Taco Soup, Steak and Sweet Potato fries. I am really trying to get both feet back on the WW wagon. Would like to drop at least 10 lbs before Phoenix Marathon. I've got 8 weeks!!!

    1. Good luck! You have got this.

      I love, love, love WW Taco soup. The only problem is that Mark doesn't eat beans so I have one giant pot just for me. Or, maybe that isn't a problem ... I did make the zero point WW vegetable soup this weekend, as well, and stashed it in the freezer. (Mark won't eat that either.) I'm hoping that with a bit of planning and easing back into it, I will start eating something green at every meal.

  2. YAY for meal planning - and all your meals sound delicious!! send your leftovers my way

  3. good for you! it takes a while to get used to it, but i really do think meal planning makes things easier? you're off to a great start - yum!

  4. Great plan, Kim! I love the sound of those Thai Chicken Peanut lettuce tacos!