Sheryl Jesin

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Meal planning

I’ve been meal planning on and off for the past year.  When I stick with it, it makes a huge difference in our lives.  It makes grocery shopping a breeze, and we throw out far less food.  We always have a delicious, home cooked meal on our table.  I tend to make dinners the night before, as there is very little time for cooking after I pick Dylan up from school.

I’ve tried out a few different meal plan templates, and this one is my favorite:  The Project Girl Meal Planner.   I’ve been using her second version, without separate squares for each meal, but I have been planning each meal of the day – breakfasts, lunches and dinners.  It might seem a bit anal to plan out breakfasts, but it saves precious brain power in the morning when I  no longer have to decide what to make that day!

What I love about this meal plan is that there is room on the same piece of paper for a shopping list.  I take the meal plan and the list with me when I go grocery shopping each Monday morning.  I’ve found it works best if I take the list with me in a plastic page protector, and keep it in there for the remainder of the week.  That way the meal plan and the list don’t get crumpled.  I save each week’s meal plan in a binder and often refer to them when I’m sitting down each Sunday night to make my meal plan and shopping list.

Do you meal plan?  Do you make grocery shopping lists?


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Meal Plan Monday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a meal plan.  Truthfully, it’s been a while since I’ve written out a meal plan.  I know that our week is so much smoother when I take the five minutes to write out a plan, yet sometimes I still don’t do it.  Why?  Why do we know that things are good for us, and still don’t do them?  If I only knew the answer to that!

Anyways, here goes!

Monday – Dinner at my mother-in-law’s house

Tuesday – Curried chickpeas from Choosing Raw (I made this in advance and tasted it already, and they are SO GOOD!!!  You must try this recipe if you like curry and chickpeas.  So easy and so delicious).  Leftovers from my MIL’s (quinoa salad, beet salad).  Roasted asparagus.

Wednesday – Brown rice pasta with lentils and tomato sauce.  Broccoli.

Thursday – Leftover pasta.  Homemade veggie burgers (based on this recipe from Oh She Glows, but with lentils instead of black beans).  Cauliflower.

Friday – dinner at my parents’.

What are you cooking this week?


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Meal Planning Monday

As I’ve mentioned before, I tend to hop on and off of the meal planning bandwagon.  I don’t know why I don’t just stay on – there are so many benefits when I take 5 minutes to plan out our meals on a Sunday night.  I spend less money on groceries, throw less food out and spend less time in the kitchen!  Plus we eat better!

Here’s this week’s plan.  (I plan out dinners – breakfast is usually a smoothie for me, oatmeal and fruit for the kids.   Lunch is left overs or a quick sandwich).

Monday – Salad, green quinoa bowl

Tuesday – Salmon burgers, roasted cauliflower, brown rice

Wednesday – Salad, lentil sweet potato loaf, roasted zucchini, brown rice

Thursday – Soup (from the freezer), lentil sweet potato loaf leftovers, roasted brocolli

Friday – Going out!

There you have it.  Quick and easy and now we are set for the week.

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