Real Food Meal Plan - Week of December 10, 2017


If you’re just tuning in, this is an ongoing series in which I share our weekly meal plan as I (attempt) to convert us to a Whole/Real Foods lifestyle. I actually meal plan monthly but share it here weekly because it makes more sense to do so.  Meal planning is my way of controlling the grocery budget (read as a LOT of dollars saved), ensuring there is no food waste for the week, as well as saving time.  You can read more about meal planning here.

As I noted in the last post, my focus on our meals is healthy, budget-friendly, homemade, and quick & easy when possible.  We try to eat locally and in-season although we don't hold ourselves to only local or in-season.  In-season veggies, for instance, in upstate NY in the winter are limited.

I mean, a girl can only eat so much winter squash......

And I truly believe that eating greens, cruciferous vegetables and berries daily is a must, so, that means it will not be a fully in-season diet.  One benefit to running our business is that we are at the farmer's market every single Sunday so it is an easy way to incorporate local food shopping into our week.

I have been asked where we grocery shop.  We shop at our farmer's market, the military commissary, Hannaford, Fresh Market (mostly fruit, veggies and sometimes meat/seafood) and Aldi for a few things.  Price Chopper only when we are buying a special sale item in bulk.

On to this weeks menu!

Weekly Meal Plan:
Sunday
Breakfast - Breakfast Burritos
Lunch - Black Bean, Cilantro & Veg Soup (me), Ham Sandwich & Chips (J)
Dinner - Roasted Mushrooms & Veg (me), Marinated Chicken Breast (J), Crispy Roasted Parmesan Potatoes, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Monday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Raw Almonds
Lunch - Black Bean, Cilantro & Veg Soup (me); Ham Sandwich & Chips (J); Apple with Nut Butter = snack
Dinner - Jambalaya (chicken, sausage, & shrimp) and Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Tuesday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Raw Almonds
Lunch - Minestrone Soup (me); Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup (J); Orange = snack
Dinner - Vegan Pad Thai (me), Quick & Easy Chicken Parm, Penne Pasta, and steamed Spinach (J)

Wednesday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Raw Almonds
Lunch - Black Bean, Cilantro & Veg Soup (me); Ham Sandwich & Chips (J); Apple with Nut Butter = snack
Dinner - Skillet-Fried Pork Chops (J), Potato Pierogies, and Oven-Roasted Veggies (winter squash, cauliflower, mushrooms & peppers)

Thursday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Raw Almonds
Lunch - Minestrone Soup (me); Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup (J); Orange = snack
Dinner - Marinated Steak Tips (J), Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Stir-Fry Veggies (broccoli, peppers, & onions)

Friday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Raw Almonds
Lunch - Black Bean, Cilantro & Veg Soup (me); Ham Sandwich & Chips (J); Apple with Nut Butter = snack
Dinner - Beans & Greens (me); Salisbury Steak (J), Steamed Rice, and Spinach

Saturday
Breakfast - French Toast
Lunch - Tortellini & Sausage Soup (J); Kale & Bean Soup (me)
Dinner - French Chicken In A Pot (J), Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, and Oven-Roasted Brussels sprouts, Sweet Potato, & Carrots

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