Weekly Meal Plans

What’s for dinner? That question seems daunting on a Monday night after work, especially if there is nothing in the fridge and you are starving. I don’t know about you, but I’m grumpy when I’m hungry.

It’s hard to eat good food when you’re pressed for time throughout the week, but it does not have to be. I found that it takes some planning on the weekend for Eric and I to have nutritious meals that can be prepared quickly when we are really busy.  I noticed that Eric and I tend to do our grocery on Sunday afternoons and stock up for the week. I realized that I could save a lot of time on cooking throughout the week if I just plan ahead and make at least one big meal. We then have left-overs for a couple of days, usually recreated in a few different days for lunches or dinners.  In addition to the big meal, we stock up on breakfast items, fruits, additional veggies, and extras.

Planning ahead saves time on meal prep, cooking, and massive dish cleaning. Leaves time for enjoying the food and doing other things.  Here’s how it works:

  • Pick a day (any day) that works with your schedule, Sundays work best for me.
  • Make a plan, at least one big meal that can be reheated and recreated.
  • Buy the groceries for the meal along with other necessities.
  • Take an hour to an hour and a half  to cook your meal and you’ll have left overs for the majority of the week.

This section includes meals that can be reheated, recreated and thoroughly enjoyed. None of them will take more than an hour and a half to prepare from start to finish.

Hope you enjoy looking through the recipes for your meal plans. You can also find all these recipes and others on my recipage.

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Wild Rice and Barley

Packed Gluten Free + Vegan “Meatballs”

Quinoa Stuffed Eggplant Rolls


 Vegan Chili + Ultimate Vegan Chili Bowls

 

 


4 Comments

  1. alina
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Got asked to perform at a salsa congress!! means gotta get in serious shape!!!

    Day 1 of veganism .. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    So far: detox lemonade, and apple, orange, papaya, date, smoothie, (took your advice on the sugar substitute)

    • Posted February 23, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      Yes! So happy you’re joining the V group. Smoothie sounds great. I found that the key to staying full is to eat lots and lots of veggies, greens, and protein from legumes and good grains like quinoa. Good luck, please keep me posted!

  2. Jennifer
    Posted March 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Can you please help me with giving me a typical day of what you eat. I feel like I am not incorporating this correctly and I’m deficient in vitamins. Do you take supplement and if so what do you take? I also want my child to become vegan but want to make sure i have a grip on it completely before I do. Sorry for all the questions. I have asked others on their blog and they haven’t responded. 😉

    • Posted March 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

      Sure, Jennifer. I typically start my day with a smoothie – usually a green one. For example, spinach (or kale), 1/2 frozen banana, flax seed, frozen blueberries, and almond milk. Other days, I may have steel cut oats with berries or plain. I make a big batch in advance and warm up in the mornings to save time. Lunch varies, and is often leftovers. I like to have a huge salads, toppings can include, beans or quinoa for protein, bell peppers, lentils, sweet potatoes, jicama, mushroom – basically whatever veggies are in season get thrown into it, with a simple dressing. I love Bragg’s Healthy Organic Vinaigrette. Dinners are often stir fry’s, veggie fajitas, tacos, bowls, stews, or salads. I try to make sure that I include about 3-4 servings a day of legumes, as many veggies as possible, and about 2-3 servings of fruit including berries, apples, and etc…(again, whatever is in season). I find that a varied diet that includes leafy greens, vegetables, fruit, and legumes will cover all your basis.

      As far as supplements, I take a calcium supplement (1,000), and B12 (1,000) 3 times a week, and I add a drop of iodine in my water about 2 times a week. To make sure that I get enough DHA, I add flaxseed and chia seeds to smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, granola, muesli and etc…If I feel that I have not had enough flax during the week, I take a vegan DHA supplement once a week. I really don’t stress too much about it. I try to make sure to eat a well-rounded diet, and supplement where I feel like I’m lacking (i.e., calcium, of not eating leafy greens).

      Good luck!

      You may want to take a look at for recommendations.

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