Weigh in Monday...Easy Menu Planning

Monday, August 3, 2015

Well, I slept through my Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday. It was another long week and we are all exhausted! I can't say I was sad to have missed the weigh in, not sure how it was going to look, but likely it wouldn't be good.

I am feeling excited for August, because our life finally settles down. Wow, July was busy. Good busy, but still exhausting. Now I am ready to start settling down, get back to a little bit of a routine and get back on track with my Weight Watchers journey!

A friend and I were chatting the other night and she brought up how she firmly believes in the 80/20 rule. If you are on track 80% of the time, you will have success. The problem for me in July was that I was barely following the 50/50 rule. Get. It. Together. Sandy.

Ok, so time to start following my own rules again and today I am going to talk about how I am simplifying meal planning for my family. I have still been meal planning, but very loosely and a lot of nights we would end up doing something else than what I planned. Today I am going to show you how I meal plan when I need it to be easy. This is a meal planning reset for me, but can be used every month of the year!



When I meal plan, you would never know that I have been cooking for almost 20 years. I sit down with my planner and pen and try to come up with 7 meals. You would think after cooking for so long 7 meals would be a piece of cake. Wrong. My mind goes blank! There are also times, I just get in a rut, I don't necessarily want to try new recipes. We are busy, I just want to get dinner on the table. This is when I switch to easy menu planning.

I give each day a meal or a theme and then I plug in meals from there. Right now I am working with the following schedule. 


I make super easy chicken parmesan with breaded cutlets, pasta sauce and mozzarella. Pasta, vegetables or salad on the side. This is the perfect Sunday dinner for us, because it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare everything and everyone loves this meal! 


Monday is going to be a busy day once school starts, so an easy dinner is a must. The sandwich theme gives me the option of BLT's, grilled cheeses or in a pinch Peanut butter and Jelly's! If I want to get creative one week, I can find a recipe for a new fun sandwich, but otherwise, I can keep it simple. Add raw veggies or fruit to the side for a complete meal. 


Taco Tuesday! Family favorite. You can make tacos with ground beef, shredded chicken, shrimp, hard or soft tacos. Lots of variations, but always a taco on Tuesday! 


Mike and I love lots of different sausages, chicken, kielbasa, etc. The kids don't always like them all, so sometimes when we make a spicy chicken sausage, I will throw in hot dogs for them. So Wednesdays, we will make sausage or hot dogs, with beans and raw veggies on the side. 


Thursdays will be a simple chicken or fish on the grill. The meat can be marinated, prepped with a rub or grilled with a sauce added after. Served with rice or potato and grilled veggies on the side. 


Friday is always pizza in our house. Busy Fridays we pick up pizza and other nights we make it. I need to get back into making it every week, because it is just a healthier option and we can all make a pizza that is exactly the way we like it! Pop it in the oven, start a movie and eat while we watch is our Friday tradition! 


Everyone in the house loves cheeseburgers! This doesn't have to be just a beef burger, this could be veggie, turkey, chicken, whatever we feel like that week! Try new toppings each week and have raw veggies or fruit on the side! 

As you can see, even though I am using the same schedule each week, I can vary most of the days so that we can eat something a little different each week, so we don't get bored. This kind of schedule makes it so easy for me to plan and I love it! We will use this plan for a few months and then I will switch up some of the days to fit our needs at the time. For instance, starting in November, we won't use the grill as often and will want some more comfort foods, like soups and chowders. During the school year we will often do a breakfast for dinner night.

I put together a list of as many as I could think of, for you to get started making your simple meal plan! 

I am sure there are lots more, but this is what I came up with to get you started! This works great for my family, I hope you find it helpful for yours! 

Linking up with Mommy Run Fast and I'm an Organizing Junkie, for Meal Planning Monday! 



Happy Monday! 

19 comments :

  1. I totally understand about not being able to try a new recipe simply because you have to get supper on the table! Most of my new recipe trying is on the weekends when I have more time to prepare. Week day meals are much simplier. Enjoy your day!

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    1. I am the opposite, I get lazy on the weekends and want super easy meals or even better...take out!!

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  2. I too stick to old recipes because I just need to get supper fixed. It's hard to experiment when you don't have tons of time!

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    1. It sure is! With this method, I can experiment when I want to and have time, but can stick to old staples, when I don't!

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  3. Great list of recipes, I always go to Pinterest when looking for new recipes but I need to be better about making our go to recipes more often!

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  4. Planning is very important to time saving during the week! Once we messed up with this though and wanted to try a bunch of new recipes. Our grocery bill was so much higher than usual and we didn't end up making all the different foods. Lesson learned.

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    1. I have done the same thing when I try to make too many new meals! Lesson learned!

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  5. I really like this idea! This would be great to rotate different recipes in this week. I'm sure my husband get's tired of how many mexican dishes I can make in a week! ;)

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    1. Is there such thing as too many mexican dishes??? :)

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  6. I am a lazy meal planner. I try to get an idea of things I would possibly want to make that week but I dont always make those things though! I would love to be better at it!

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    1. This way of meal planning works really well for me because I use the same schedule for months if I need to. So super easy to come up with ideas and because they are easy, it "almost" always happens!!

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  7. I have a collection of monthly plans that I've created over the past couple of years so now I can just alternate them for variety!
    Cynthia @craftoflaughter

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    1. Cynthia, what a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I need to try this! Seems like a good system.

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    1. If you try it, let me know how it works for you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I love using my crockpot to meal prep. Thankfully it's only me in my house, so I have leftovers for the week. I really want to start a meal prep recipe link up because I am always looking for new recipes. Are you interested in joining if I set the link-up up?

    www.randomlyyaya.com

    www.randomlyyaya.com

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