Weekly Meal Plan (Oct 6-12)

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 + PLAN B MEAL – I did this last Sunday and I loved it because I didn’t feel pressured to make a full meal. 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 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.

mondaySAUSAGE + RICE CASSEROLE – fall = casseroles. I love beginning the week with a meal that can last throughout the week. This one tastes even better the next day!

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

sausage and rice casserole on white plate

 

tuesdayCHEESEBURGER SALAD – this meal comes together quickly and it always satisfies!

find the free recipe HERE

cheeseburger salad

 

PUMPKIN ALFREDO – I am so excited to put this on the table this week! I know it’s delicious but I am excited for my family to obsess over it too! This is a vegetarian-friendly recipe, but I am going to use the remaining chicken sausage I prepped on Sunday in this!

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

pumpkin alfredo

thursday

SHEET PAN CHICKEN THIGHS + VEGGIES – I’m usually all about chicken breasts but lately, I’ve been mixing in some chicken thighs because they’re so flavorful. This dinner is super easy… you just plop in on a baking sheet + put it in the oven to cook!

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

chicken carrots and asparagus healthy dinner

BREAKFAST FOR DINNER – breakfast food is our favorite around here, so I’m going use a lot of what we have in the refrigerator for this meal (it’s also a good way to clear out food before you buy more).

Recipe:

  • egg
  • veggies (whatever you have on hand!)
  • cheese, sprinkle a little bit on top
  • toast/hashbrowns/bagels (again, whatever we have that I’m looking to clear out before the new week)

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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