Popping in on a busy Sunday to share this week’s healthy meal plan!
We’ve had a busy weekend between spending time with friends and catching up on some projects at home. After church today, I’m headed out with my mom and sister for a little girl’s day of shopping! Hoping to find the perfect pair of maternity dress pants because my options are getting a bit limited.
I’ll be spending the evening prepping our meals for the week while cheering on the Steelers!
*Note that I do not include breakfast or lunches on our meal plan. We use a lot of leftovers for lunch, and I’ll make a big pot of quinoa to keep for a backup lunch option. Breakfast is almost always the same thing everyday: yogurt with berries and oats, or hot oatmeal.
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad, served over salads. I’m including this on a Monday so you’ll have leftovers for this week’s lunches! This chicken salad recipe can be prepped ahead of time on Sunday and refrigerated for a few days. *Tip: Cook a bunch of chicken breasts during prep time on Sunday so you’ll have them on hand for the rest of the week, including Thursday’s dinner recipe.
Pomegranate, Kale and Wild Rice Salad. We try not to make this salad once a week, but it’s hard not to! Pomegranate, walnuts, wild rice and feta, all served over a kale salad with the best dressing. *Tip: You can purchase pomegranate arils (the seeds) ready to go, but they’re a bit pricier than purchasing the whole fruit. Here’s a tutorial on selecting and cutting a pomegranate.
Lentil Curry Soup. This recipe seems more complicated than it actually is, and one-pot meals are the way to go on a busy weeknight! This soup is great with a slice of crusty bread on the side (try this whole wheat recipe). *Tip: Chop your onion and sweet potato during prep time on Sunday, then store in refrigerator until ready to use!
DIY Quesadillas. Sorry, no recipe link for this one. Quesadillas are about as easy as you can get, and I like to do them DIY style so everyone can choose their own ‘toppings’. Some healthy choices include: shredded chicken, spinach, onions, tomato, avocado, black beans, salsa, corn. *Tip: Measure out your cheese servings, as it’s easy to go overboard and turn this into a not-so-healthy meal.
Seafood Risotto. I’m including this recipe as a Friday “At-Home Date Night” option. I made this risotto the night that we got engaged so I always get a little nostalgic when I make it. 😉 (Fun fact – The picture below is actually from that night!) *Tip: Cut down on costs by cutting down on the amount of seafood you use; really, just the crab meat or shrimp alone is plenty! If you don’t have white wine on hand, I’ve also found that beer works. And if you’re out of both, just skip it altogether.
lump crab meat
veggies of choice (for quesadillas)
red curry paste
What’s on your menu this week?