Monday is Meal Planning Day! 10/24/11
|October 23, 2011||Posted by carmen under Meal Planning|
I love Mondays…I really do. A new week to jump into after having a day of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation on Sunday, I usually head into Monday refreshed and ready to tackle the week ahead.
As usual, last week’s meal plan didn’t pan out exactly as I had planned. A couple of things came up that threw me off. But that’s okay! As I’ve mentioned before, my meal plan is a great guideline that helps me keep focused and simplify my day to day work. I’m not a slave to it, but I used to be.
I used to get totally stressed out if I didn’t keep to my meal plan and I would get frustrated with myself for wasting time making a plan that I couldn’t follow perfectly. These thoughts quickly led to defeat and I’d quit planning. Then my stress would come from having to figure out what to cook at 4pm each day. So I’d start planning again and the cycle would continue.
What a relief it was when someone clued me in (why didn’t I already know this??) that schedules and plans are excellent tools to help us order our lives…just tools. I was using my schedules and plans as rules to abide by. I’m very much a “follow the rules” type of person. So of course, being the fallible human that I am, I would fail at keeping to my plan sometimes (my rules) which would cause stress and I would get incredibly down on myself. What a freedom it was when my mindset was changed…I’m using tools, not following rules!
So here is one of my useful tools…my meal plan for the week. As always, I don’t plan lunches and snacks. Instead I choose from healthy options I keep on hand. You can see more about that here and here. Also all meals are gluten free and Feingold diet acceptable.
Breakfast: hardboiled eggs, canteloupe
Dinner: Salmon cakes, broccoli, green salad
Breakfast: Baked oatmeal
Dinner: Beef and Rice (actually the filling for Maria’s Empanadas in the book Nourishing Traditions, but we love it outside the empanada too.)
Breakfast: Veggie fritatta
Dinner: Roasted chicken, mashed sweet potatoes
Breakfast: Yogurt and fruit smoothies
Dinner: White chicken chili
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, fruit
Dinner: Homemade pizza, raw veggies
Breakfast: Homemade gluten free waffles
Dinner: Soup and Salad
Breakfast: Hardboiled eggs and fruit
Dinner: Crockpot beef roast, vegetable medley (whatever is left over from the week, sauteed together) =-)
This post is linked to the Plan It Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge at Keeper of the Home.
Please ask in the comments below if you would like to see any of these recipes posted. Thanks!