Weekly Meal Plans

This past year Jeezy and I have gone through a lot of changes. Bringing Marlowe into the world and deciding that I would take a break from the classroom to stay at home with her were likely the biggest of them all. In an effort to save money  and time this year, (it turns out that stay at home moms don’t make any mom and babies take up a lot of time)  we have been trying to make a meal plan for the week and shop for the ingredients we need. Prior to this, we found ourselves going to the store almost every day to get a missing ingredient or two. Let’s be honest, who can leave the store with just an item or two? In the end we were throwing in treats and special drinks when they weren’t always needed. Since we started this, I have noticed that we are wasting less food and I get a greater sense of enjoyment out of cooking. It has been such a positive change in our lives.

I always start by looking in the fridge in the cupboards to see what we need to use up. I look to my go to recipes to see if we can use any of the leftover ingredients. If that doesn’t work I look to my favourite food blogs and search for recipes that use those ingredients.

Then usually I will ask Jeezy if he has any dinner requests for the week. He usually names off one or two. I choose a couple and then we are usually ready to make a shopping list. We look at each recipe and put the items on the list. Every week, we get more and more efficient at this routine. I used to attach a meal to a particular day but I found that I liked being able to choose from my list each day. You never know how you will feel on Wednesday, you might want to make the easiest thing on your list or maybe you have lots of energy and you want to try the new recipe out. Our latest trick is dividing the shopping list into sections – refrigerated item, produce, Non-perishable items. When we do it that way, we don’t end up running back and forth through the store for forgotten items.

Once the list is created, I always double check that we don’t already have some of the items on the list. Lastly, I add our weekly necessities like fruit, oatmeal, milk etc. Then are ready to hit the store. We don’t have a car in Hong Kong, so we stick to our closest grocery store and bring our bag on wheels to transport it all home. Sometimes we shop as a family and other times I hand the list to Jeezy and let him have at it.

If we try a new recipe and it is a success, we add it to our list of favourite recipes. Having a list of recipes that you love makes meal planning a heck of a lot faster and easier. Every week our list gets just a little bit longer and our meals get more delicious!

 

In case you are looking for some great recipes, these are our top ten recipes:

(I have hyper linked the recipes that we use)

 

Top Ten Favourite Recipes in no particular order:

Dal Nirvana with homemade Naan bread (it is surprisingly so easy and good)

Bbq beans sliders with coleslaw

Feta Quiche

Chickpea shawarma 

Zucchini Galette

Vegetarian French Dip  We use this recipe for the buns

Tempeh Reuben Sandwich 

Veggie Burger

Smoked Paprika potato and Egg Bake

Pizza with whatever you want on it (homemade dough)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am taking part in twowritingteachers.com Slice of Life Challenge for the Month of March. Come and join us!

 

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9 thoughts on “Weekly Meal Plans

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  2. This sounds a lot like my weekly routine with one exception. I can scan the grocery ads to find sale items that I can price match where I get most of my groceries. Usually I only have to plan three dinners, because we always have leftovers and that fills in the other three days, plus I get at least one meal out. I will have to check out your favs, the feta quiche might make an appearance in my kitchen.

    • It is great to have a routine for dinners, isn’t it?
      Leftovers are the best! It is always easier to make one big meal rather than two small ones. Our leftovers are for lunches. We don’t live close to many restaurants anymore so we are forced to eat in just about every night! Earlier this year I really started to miss the weekly meal out but now when we manage to get a meal out of the house I think I enjoy it more because it is so rare!
      Let me know if you try the quiche! It is very versatile so you can add or substitute many of the ingredients!

  3. You are such a good cook! Your veggie burgers are my absolute fave! I can’t wait to try some of these favorites when I visit you in a couple months. Can I put in requests? 😉

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