meal planning

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Meal planning is sometimes a pain in the butt. It doesn’t matter that it will save you five trips to the grocery store, or money on grabbing take out, or your general sanity when THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS HOUSE TO EAT. But, as with almost everything adulthood requires of you, it’s both necessary and beneficial.

So, how do you do it? On Sunday/Monday I like to (try to) sit down with a pen and paper and cookbooks and/or Pinterest to jot down the ingredients I’ll need for my meals that week before making ONE grocery trip. Pinterest is the easy and fast road (you can search whatever you want and there will be a recipe for it), but I have a lot of cookbooks that need a little TLC (note to self, give them some). But because Pinterest is such a black hole  haven of knowledge and information, it can get overwhelming. I will admit I have had some huge misses in the flavor department of some of those Pinterest recipes. So, I thought I would share some of my go-to, EASY (and often quick) recipes to help you plan your meals for the week (you already failed this week, so let’s start next!). Hopefully I can make this a regular feature on my blog to introduce you to some good recipes as I procure them.

But first let me note some things.

1) Because we are a household of two (Kipling sadly is resigned to a life of dog food), I usually only cook 2 or 3 times a week because we always have leftovers for days. And it’s getting fun to use leftover ingredients in scrambled eggs for breakfasts or on top of a homemade pizza (always pizza <3) or thrown with pasta or whatever my little heart can imagine.

2) I also hate (READ: HATE) washing dishes, so often I’ll choose recipes by how many dishes it will dirty. Some recipes use many dishes but are too good to not make/eat, so after a battle with my conscious, the recipe wins out.

3) I never claimed these were the HEALTHIEST recipes in the world.

4) Make a list. It makes grocery shopping so much easier (did I mention I love easy?) -and-quicker-and-less-stressful-and-you-won’t-forget-anything-and-you-won’t-buy-unnecessary-items (darn you dark chocolate almonds!) -and-spend-tons-of-money-and-waste-food (did that weird run-on just stress you out?).

Now let’s get down to the FOOD (put in order of the weekdays just for fun because no, I don’t make/eat these things every day, and I don’t really advise this to be your actual meal plan for the next week – I’m just sharing recipes y’all).

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Monday : Mac & Cheese (…the easiest and best macaroni & cheese you will ever eat. I use real cheese and butter, but follow the exact recipe to health it up! Also, hello, ONE POT.)

Tuesday : Taco Tuesday  (…you’ll have leftover seasoning for a couple more taco nights! Why did it take me so long to realize how easy it is to make your own tacos at home? Throw some rice and beans in there while you’re at it. P.S. This uses ground turkey.)

Wednesday : Thai Chicken Soup (and the alliteration ends here. You’ll need a slow cooker for this one and some fancy Asian ingredients, but hey, that means you can make it even more often!)

Thursday : Sloppy, Sloppy Joes, y’all (I threw in an extra sloppy because they ARE. Also, if you have a bad feeling about Sloppy Joes, don’t. They’re delicious.)

Friday : THE BEST PIZZA DOUGH AND SAUCE (Guys, I make this all the time. Like, all the time. Like, once a week. The crust is SO GOOD and the sauce (more of a spread) is SO GOOD. You don’t even need a mixer/dough hook for this. Your human hands will do. Also, have fun putting WHATEVER TOPPINGS YOU WANT ON IT.)

And that’s it for this week. That’s a lot of food (eat some leftovers for goodness sake) or celebrate your week of meal planning by having a special weekend meal out.

-wonderland sam

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

7 thoughts on “meal planning

  1. Great tips! I feel you girl, I hate washing dishes too – I don’t even have a dishwasher. I’m going to give meal planning a go as it’s always a bit of a scramble to make meals. And I am definitely going to try a couple of your recipes. 🙂

  2. Sam, I feel ya on the meal planning and the “we have nothing in our kitchen.” I just discovered the Meal Board app – it’s really handy for compiling your grocery list for you – you just plug in what you’re making for the week and it will calculate and group it all for you. Also, I’m going to try your sloppy joe and soup recipe this week : ) Thanks for sharing! I can get all the help I can get when it comes to the kitchen!

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