Meal Planning for the Win

I’ve always talked about doing meal planning, and the major obstacle for me was I felt like I didn’t know much about cooking. But I had a great time today making meals for the week and trying new recipes.

Chicken salads with kale, spinach, romaine, green peas, chickpeas and black beans for work lunches.

I decided that I was going to use Sundays as my prep day. I searched the internet for some yummy recipes, went to the dollar tree for the microwavable plastic containers and created a grocery list.

Pre cooked the frozen chicken breast in our InstantPot, cutting time for thawing and actual cook time from recipes.

I always get most of my groceries from Aldi because it’s way cheaper and the items they didn’t have I bought at Meijer. The primavera chicken with veggies turned out really well and I’m really proud of what I could accomplish in just a few hours. All in all, I made five lunches and seven dinners for two.

Veggies include green peppers, zucchini, red onions and tomatoes.

I think what had to change to make all of this successful was my attitude. True, I’m not the most proficient in the kitchen and I need to review a recipe at least 6 times before putting it away, but I really told myself that I would have fun today and it gave me a great sense of accomplishment when I was done.

These days with my wife and I working full time and our one year old daughter needing all of our attention when we’re home, meal planning will be crucial to making healthier food choices and more time with the family throughout the week. A few hours on Sunday means less stress in the long run, especially when you want to keep it healthy.

Love and light!

Meal win!

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