Meal Plan 01/07/2019 - 01/11/2019

Listen, I see all you “resolutions are solutions and I don’t need to be solved!” people and I love you for it but I like to start the new year with a list of goals. I don’t strive for a 100% success rate, and I don’t beat myself up (too much) if I’m a complete failure, but I like the idea of starting a new year trying to make some new habits.

One of my goals for 2019 is to meal plan three weeks out of every month. My life seems to run smoother when I take the time to prepare the week’s meal plan ahead of time. I used to worry that meal plans would limit my imagination but there’s nothing wrong with a little routine, especially when everything else feels like it’s careening out of control.

So here I am. Back on my bullshit. The first meal plan of 2019.


Monday: Spaghetti bolognese served with green salad.

Tuesday: Coconut chicken curry served with roasted vegetables and coconut rice.

Wednesday: oven-roasted chicken shawarma with garlic sauce served with roasted cauliflower with tahini sauce.

Thursday: Black bean and sweet potato enchiladas served with lime crema and fresh guacamole (if my avocados cooperate).

Friday: leftovers? Pizza? Snacky dinner? I like to keep ‘em guessing.

What are you eating this week?

Meal Plan 10/22/2018 - 10/26/2018

I’m still recovering from birthday shenanigans (cake! burgers! ice cream! ahoy!) and Shawn’s trying a low-carb thing so this week’s meal plan is smugger than usual.


Monday: Indian Butter Chickpeas served with coconut rice and green peas.

Tuesday: Giant green salads topped with baked chicken breast and goat cheese.

Wednesday: Chicken Fajita Bowls served with guacamole.

Thursday: Spaghetti Bolognese on spaghetti squash for Shawn and on regular pasta for those of us who aren’t as disciplined (gimme all the pasta and all the cheese).

Friday: Charcuterie Friday

What’s on your menu this week?

Meal Plan 09/10/2018 - 09/14/2018

Everything feels overwhelming and unmanageable right now so in an attempt to quell the despair spiral, I spent today meal prepping my butt off. It helped that the weather was rainy and dreary all weekend. It was the perfect weather to have a stove of something soothing bubbling away for an afternoon. 

I made a big pot of spaghetti bolognese that we'll have one night and use the leftovers as Michigans. I made a batch of mujadara to support my goal to eat more iron-rich non-meat foods. I made devilled eggs to grab as quick breakfasts or to throw in salad for a quick packed lunch. 

And I made Smitten Kitchen's purple plum torte and a batch of chocolate chip cookies for snacking. 


Monday: mujadara and green salad for Meatless Monday (with a side of chicken wings for Shawn).

Tuesday: spaghetti bolognese served with green salad and garlic bread.

Wednesday: turkey burrito bowls. We had these in our HelloFresh box last week and they were a huge hit. If you are interested in trying HelloFresh and want $40 off your first box, use this code (and I'll get $25 off my next box!)

Thursday: Michigans using the leftover bolognese sauce. Roasted broccoli.

Friday: out with friends

What's your menu look like this week?

Meal Plan 09/03/2018 - 09/07/2018

Grady's first day of school is tomorrow and weeks ago I figured I wouldn't want to spend the last weekend of summer break meal prepping so I ordered HelloFresh. I am very fond of weeks' ago Hillary. She didn't know it then but this week is absolutely bonkers for Shawn with work stuff and band stuff and two days in San Diego. I'm pretty stoked to not have to worry about food this week is what I'm saying. 


Monday: We barbecued burgers and ate a suboptimal watermelon in a desperate attempt to pretend it's still summer.

Tuesday: Cajun-spiced Chicken Burgers with DIY Dill and Parsley Mayo from HelloFresh. In our experience, whenever the HelloFresh delivery has a bread product in it, it's best to eat that meal first. 

Wednesday: Turkey Burrito Bowl with Avocado Pico de Gallo and Cilantro-lime Rice from HelloFresh. 

Thursday: Delivery pizza for the love of lowered expectations. I will throw a vegetable in the children's general direction. 

Friday: Fusilli al Forno with Beef, Homemade Marinara, and Fresh Ricotta from HelloFresh. 

If you want to jump aboard the "we have to feed these people multiple times a day every damn day SOS" train, you can get $40 off your first box using this link (and I'll get $25 off my next box and love you forever). 

What's on your menu this week?