Looking for some meal inspiration? I’ve compiled a healthy meal plan, complete with printable grocery list, to help you get started on your planning and preparations for the week.
I did a lot of pinning over the weekend (follow me here if you aren’t already) and it’s going to show in this week’s meal plan. All five meals are comprised of recipes I’ve pinned and can’t wait to try!
Pinterest can definitely be a time suck, but I’ve been trying to wean myself away from Facebook (it’s so negative lately!) and Pinterest has been a good alternative. If you’re on Pinterest, share your username in the comments so I can follow you!
I’ve been especially focused on pinning baby food recipes lately. I’m so excited to make homemade baby food for Chickpea, and can’t wait to plan my garden this year around what can be pureed. (I’m sure some of you are laughing at me thinking that I’m going to have time to garden and make baby food with a newborn, but don’t squash my dreams, ok?)
Don’t worry, this week’s meal plan is not baby food. Here’s what you can prep in advance this week:
- Chop veggies, including kale, sweet potatoes and anything needed for snacks/lunches
- Cook quinoa or farro and brown rice, making enough for recipes and extra for lunches
- Prepare breakfast for the week, store individual portions (check here for healthy fast-food breakfast ideas)
Detox Salad: A ginormous salad is a great way to bounce back after the weekend. This one is full of all kinds of healthy goodies, and the leftovers make a perfect take-to-work lunch- try storing lunch portions in large mason jars. Tip: If it’s winter where you are, too, swap the cherries for pomegranate seeds or grapes.
Sweet Potato Hash: A one pan meal is hard to beat! Save this recipe for your busiest night this week so you’ll have dinner ready in no time, with just one pan to clean up! Tip: Peel and chop your sweet potatoes during your weekly meal prep, then store them in tupperware until you make this recipe.
Tomato Basil and Chicken Spinach Spaghetti: Served with a glass of red wine (have one for me, ok?). If you don’t have a large skillet, I find that a dutch oven works well for making pasta dishes like this one. *Tip: True whole wheat pasta will list 100 percent durum whole wheat flour as the first ingredient. Whole wheat pasta has not been stripped of its nutrients like white pasta,
Mexican Rice Salad: Another dinner that works well for leftovers. I’m substituting brown rice, while the recipe calls for basmati, but you can choose the rice you’d prefer. For a little crunch, serve this rice salad with a small handful of tortilla chips, or make your own with fresh tortillas (bake until browned and crispy). *Note: I do not include spices or seasonings on my grocery list. Be sure to check your pantry against the recipe before doing your shopping!
Tom Kha Gai Coconut Chicken Soup: Skip your usual Friday night take-out and make your own Thai soup. I haven’t tried this particular recipe yet, but I’ve made Tom Kha before and it’s really not as hard as it looks! Tip: You can swap the chicken for shrimp, if you like.
Printable Grocery List
New this week… I’ve compiled this week’s meal plan and grocery list into a printable download! Click here or the photo below to print this week’s plan; there’s even room for you to add any additional groceries you need.
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