Weekly Meal Plan (Oct 13-19)

Another delicious week of meals coming at ya…

You can scroll down for exactly what I’m making for dinner each night this week. Or, if you’re new here, I’ll explain a bit more about this whole “meal planning” thing.

Every weekend, I meal plan for myself and my family. I don’t cook any of these meals ahead of time, but this strategic approach to eating saves me time, money and allows me to eat healthy. Go figure – if you plan to eat healthy meals, you’ll actually eat healthy meals. Here is what I’ll be making for dinner this week. I will keep up with these posts all throughout the challenge.

 

WHAT IS MEAL PLANNING?

Meal planning is exactly as it sounds: planning your meals ahead of time. For me, I plan out all my dinners and then just think of some breakfast and snack options. 

I plan it out exactly as you’ll see below. I check what i have on hand and i’ll grocery shop for any necessary items.

 

LG EAT YOUR WAY LEAN MEAL PLAN: 

Many of the recipes that I will reference in these eating + meal planning posts can be found in my Meal Plan. As part of my meal plan, I send weekly cookbooks out each week of the challenge, so this is how I am incorporating those recipes into what I am eating this week.

I HIGHLY recommend this plan to those women who want to see results through food. It’s an easy-to-follow eating approach that teaches you macro combinations, portions + even optimal timing. Yet, you’ll still be eating your favorite foods like pizza, pasta, cookies, chips and chocolate (seriously!)

 

MY DINNER TRICK: I like to cook a fresh, different dinner each night. This approach is magic because…

  • I actually get to enjoy a just-made delicious dinner (that’s quick to make, typical LG style) 
  • my cravings kick in at night and having a delicious dinner helps curb my PM cravings + snacking
  • I double the recipe so that I always have leftovers for the follow day’s lunch 

 

DINNER IDEAS:

Like I mentioned, I cook a fresh dinner each night. Here’s what I’ll be cooking this week. If you’re following my approach, don’t forget to double your serving while you cook to have a healthy, reheatable lunch option for the next day.

Just a reminder that recipes I reference below are found in this Meal Plan.

CHICKEN SAUSAGE + SHORT CUT/PLAN B MEAL – this is becoming my Sunday tradition. Here’s what to do… cook 5-10 links of chicken sausage; just slice and cook in a pan (this will be a great protein option throughout the week). I am going to use what I call a “Plan B or Shortcut Meal” – this is anything you can pop in the oven or microwave and enjoy with serving of chicken sausage.

Examples: Trader Joes’s oven casseroles, Amy’s Organics meals, etc.

mondayCROCKPOT CREAMY RANCH CHICKEN  – this is going to be a staple meal this fall and winter, and I have a feeling it will be a community favorite as well. I’m making it on Monday because I’m thinking I’ll 2x the recipe to have as a back-up during the week!

recipe found in this week’s cookbook as part of the Meal Plan 

slow cooker creamy ranch bhicken

 

tuesdaySIMPLE SPAGHETTI – this is a go-to in our home because everyone loves it and it takes me next to no time to make.

find the free recipe HERE

 

SESAME CHICKEN, ZUCCHINI + MUSHROOMS – my husbands says this may be his favorite LG meal of all time. I’m exci

recipe found in this week’s cookbook as part of the Meal Plan

thursday

SWEET POTATO CHILI – nothing says fall quite like chili. This vegetarian version is a twist on the classic but one I know my family will love. If you prefer meat in yours, it’s very easy just to add it in.

recipe found in this week’s cookbook as part of the Meal Plan

sweet potato healthy chili

SHEET PAN PANCAKES + EGGS, BREAKFAST FOR DINNER – I’m going to whip up some sort of eggs: scrambled with veggies for myself and maybe a few over easy for my husband. THEN, I’m going to make a batch of the sheet pan pancakes (my 2 year old, Leo will LOVE these!). Plus, I can reheat the leftovers on Saturday AM.

recipe found in this week’s cookbook as part of the Meal Plan

sheet pan pancakes

TREAT MEAL! I use Saturday night as a time to enjoy treats – go ahead and enjoy! Share what you’re indulging in on social and tag me because I am all about it haha. 

 

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