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.

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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 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. 

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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. 

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What's on your menu this week?

Meal Plan 04/16/2018 - 04/20/2018

I'm heading back to work tomorrow after being off since my surgery. I'm a little nervous because I'm still struggling with low energy but I'm ready to venture out into the real world again. I knew I would want a little cushion to get back into our regular routine so I scheduled HelloFresh this week. No regrets. 

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Monday: Chicken and rice stew from the freezer. It's not exciting food but it's comforting food. And it doesn't require any prep other than throwing in a pot to heat up. I'll serve with roasted broccoli for something green. 

Tuesday: Mustard-and-Herb-Crusted Pork with Roasted Potatoes and Broccolini from HelloFresh

Wednesday: Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Thighs with Freekeh, Butternut Squash, and Lemon Crema from HelloFresh (I've never cooked with freekeh before so I'm really excited to try this recipe.)

Thursday: Roasted Cauliflower Biryani with Carrots and Dried Currants and Crispy Chana Dal from HelloFresh

Friday: Charcuterie Friday 

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What's on your menu this week? Have you cooked with freekeh before? Have I been missing out and is my mind about to be blown?

Exploring my Options with HelloFresh (and having fun in the process!)

The top shelf of my fridge is where condiments go to die. 

That's not an exaggeration. The top shelf of my fridge is completely unusable. It's a bottle and jar graveyard, filled to the brim with discarded mustards and rejected jams. It's shameful. I hold onto things I don't like and won't use because I feel some sort of obligation. We spent money on those things so we're going to keep them, in our fridge, forever. It makes no sense. 

This is one of the (many) reasons I'm enjoying HelloFresh so much. It gives us the opportunity to try different tastes and explore new sauces and condiments without committing to an entire bottle. Last week we had Sesame Soy Steak Bibimbap which included Gochujang, a Korean red chili paste that I don't normally have in my flavour arsenal. Shawn and I both really enjoyed the spicy tang and I can see myself buying it in the future because I already know we both like it. It's a no-risk grocery purchase, destined to be consumed instead of abandoned on the top shelf of disappointment. 

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I don't consider myself a picky eater but I definitely fall into a rut of my tried and true meals. HelloFresh forces me to eat a little outside my comfort zone while at the same time giving me the flexibility to choose "safer" meals when I'm feeling less adventurous. It's inspiring me to explore different spices and be open to unfamiliar flavour profiles. HelloFresh adds an element of excitement to mundane weekday cooking and I'm thrilled to have been given the opportunity to give it a try.

If you're interested in trying HelloFresh for yourself, click here for $40 0ff your first box (affiliate link: I will receive $25 off my next box if you sign up using my link).

Read more about my adventures with HelloFresh here:

GET DINNER ON THE TABLE WITH HELLOFRESH CANADA

MAKE WEEKDAY MEALS CONVENIENT AND STRESS-FREE WITH HELLOFRESH

HACK YOUR HELLOFRESH MEALS FOR YUMMY LEFTOVERS

RECLAIMING DATE NIGHT WITH HELLOFRESH

{Disclosure: I received product in exchange for this review; all opinions stated are my own. Since trying this service on a review basis, I have signed up as a paid customer. I truly enjoy and fully endorse HelloFresh Canada.}