Happy Tuesday! Today is January the 3 and I know many people are back to the grind after a great deal of holiday festivities. Going back to work and getting back into our routines is something we rarely look forward to but we need to start somewhere if we are going to reach our 2012 goals!
My first order of business this New Year is to complete the 10 Day Real Food Challenge. Yesterday I shared my challenge preparations. Today I will be sharing a list of meal ideas and my grocery list.
The most difficult part of meal planning for me is coming up with ideas of things to make so I am not eating the same thing day in and day out. Below you will find four lists: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. These have helped me to make my meal plan. Feel free to use them in your planning or, if you have other great ideas please share yours with us.
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snacks
Muffins, Chai Latte Quinoa Stir Fry Homemade Pizza Fruit
Veggie Omelet Pita, Hummus, Fruit Kale Omelet Raisins
Once I put together a general list of ideas, I made a meal plan for the week. I make this plan to help me with shopping, but I it is flexible. If I get home and I don’t like what I have planned, I will switch it with something else. I don’t plan weekends very much because schedules are so different and there are typically many leftovers that can be made into something new and delicious. Below is my menu for this week:
|Breakfast||Toast, Grapefruit||Toast, Grapefruit||Oatmeal & Tea||Oatmeal & Latte|
|Lunch||Tortilla & Hummus||Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup||Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup||Minestrone Soup|
|Dinner||Veggie Omelet||Chili||Veggie Omelet||Broccoli Pizza Pocket|
I expect to have leftover soups, pizza crust, and tortillas. I will freeze these in appropriate meal sizes and defrost them in weeks to come to reduce the amount of cooking I actually have to do. Based on this meal schedule I created a grocery list and stuck to it. When I went to the store I was hungry, so it was really important that I had a list in front of me to stick to. Below is my grocery list for this week:
Produce Refrigerated/Frozen Canned Goods Bulk
Kale Mozzarella Cheese Diced Tomatoes Tea
Tomatoes Yogurt Kidney Beans Whole Wheat Flour
Zucchini Eggs Great Northern Beans
Shallots Tomato Paste
Broccoli Pepper Blend Mixed Beans
The broccoli was all out, so I decided to substitute frozen mushrooms and asparagus for fresh broccoli. Both will work well in a pizza pocket and can also be used for veggie omelets or for future stir fry recipes.
General Notes: I always pair fruit with my lunches. This helps when I want something sweet and the only thing being passed around is chocolate or cupcakes. I never plan snacks, I can’t predict what type of snack I may be interested in. When buying canned goods, be sure the only ingredients included are salt and the canned item. There is no need for all those other chemicals (or sugar). To speed up breakfast pancakes could be made ahead, frozen, and reheated each morning. Be sure you are using pure maple syrup to sweeten them! There are many recipes for crockpot oatmeal and even frozen reheat-able oatmeal.
My house is fully stocked for the 10 day Real Food Challenge. Today I will be busy making my chili, hummus, and tortillas (tortilla recipe to come). How are you preparing to kick start your new year with simple, healthy foods?