I’ve been trying to do a lot more meal planning of late. I’m tired of feeling like I’m at the grocery store 5 times a week (because I am) and often have no idea what to make for dinner when it comes time to cook it. I just love when I get home after spending $200 and think, “we have nothing to eat?” As a result, I’ve been sitting down every 4 or 5 days or so and planning out menus for the days ahead. I’m not that awesome at it but at least I’m getting better and my days spent at Publix are much less. And as a result, I’m hoping my wallet is feeling a little heavier since I’m spending less time shopping.
So, what are we eating? Well… I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m (as in, me, not everyone in my household) eating a TON of brussel sprouts. I have no idea what that’s all about but bring them on. I think prior to this winter I’d had them once in my life and that was as an adult. Now, I probably have them 2-3 times a week. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone though. I pinned this on Pinterest the other day and within 30 minutes at least 15 other people had repinned it. I mean, they’re brussel sprouts people. OK, but they do have bacon… But bring on the sprouts: more brussel sprouts and this one I’ve made no less than 20x this winter (OK, maybe 10 but it lasts for days and I eat it for lunch a lot). And then Saturday night we went out for dinner and this was the special salad/app and holy cow, it was superb. Brussel sprouts now just have a permanent spot on my list. (For the record, Paul who is CRAZY picky, thinks that the BS aren’t so bad if they’re shaved/thinly sliced.)
Another favorite site of mine is Gina’s over at Skinny Taste. If you’re watching what you eat and/or are on Weight Watchers, this is the lady for you. All of her recipes have points included and all the nutritional info. This is a recipe that I’ve made several times and just love. It’s very comfy-food-ish and makes for great leftovers. I find that if there are recipes you like but ingredients you aren’t crazy about, change them up. I’m not a fan of broccoli rabe so I subbed it out for regular broccoli and this was great. The crockpot is one of my favorite inventions of all time. I love throwing everything together in the morning and voila, dinner is ready hours later. Oh, and the house smells great! This is another favorite in our house.
I’m also a fairly consistent breakfast eater – as in I eat the same thing most days. I either have a bowl of oatmeal (NEVER the instant stuff from the packet) using almond milk, peanut butter, dried cranberries, and fresh apples or an egg salad. I can’t lie, the egg salad is one of my favorite things. It takes a little longer than my oatmeal so I don’t usually make it on days when I’m rushing to get out the door. But this can be made with so many variations. I’m on a spinach kick of late so I make this with spinach, I add some cheese, I use olive oil as a drizzle over the entire thing and some days I may mix up a crusty country bread for some quinoa or other whole grain. I find this to be as filling as the oatmeal and I love that I’m getting veggies in first thing in the morning.
But I’m always looking for new ideas. So tell me, what are some of your staples? Your favorite things to eat? I do try and find something I think the kids will like too but honestly, if they don’t, oh well. No reason why I can’t have things I really enjoy while introducing my family to new and delicious tastes.