Nothing can strike fear into the heart of a woman more than the thought of meal planning.
You're asking me to not only MAKE the food, but to actually PLAN in advance?
But I am here to tell you that when you cook with Real Food, meal planning is a cinch!
At least the way I do it.
Not only is my method fast & easy, it's also economical which saves you $$$ in the long run, which makes your sweetheart happy, which gives you brownie points, which allows you to cash your brownie points in for when you want to buy that goat you always wanted. See? Meal-planning miracles right there.
So listen up. Grab your recipes, some paper and a pen. And prepare to have your mind blown.
How I Create my Real Food Meal Plans:
I always start Sunday with meat. Mmmm...meat. But there's a reason for this. A meat dish will provide for 2-3 days worth of meals and here's how.
Eating real food means you believe in food in it's "whole" form. You're not afraid of meat with skin on it and bones in it. At least I'm not. I hope you're not either. Good. So, for example, if you purchase a whole chicken then you'll be able to roast said chicken and have a delicious meal, then you can take the leftover meat and make a casserole-like dish the NEXT day, then you can use the bones to make a broth for a soup the NEXT day. It's easier than you think and IT WORKS.
Later on in the week we have an "in season" day, which means we up the produce intake for that meal and create something with the local in-season produce sales.
Another day is a seafood day, because well, we love seafood and it's wicked good for you.
Fridays are always homemade pizza night & Saturday is our "quick & easy" meals, or out-to-eat meal.
So let's re-cap how I plan my meals:
Sunday - Meat Day - hopefully in whole form with skin & bones.
Monday - Casserole/2nd Meat Day - something that can be delicious with only a small amount of meat like lasagna or enchiladas or a pasta dish.
Tuesday - Soup Day - almost EVERY soup has a broth base, and with homemade broth the taste is out of this world! If I have leftover meat, I'll throw it in. If not, then it's meatless. Yes, sometimes we have meatless chicken noodle soup. Craziness over here.
Wednesday - In Season Day - Fresh, local produce - this day is fun because I can get creative
Thursday - Seafood Day - If you don't like seafood (give me a minute to stop gasping) just think of something else.
Friday - Homemade Pizza Day - And I'm not gonna lie, on busy days it's also known as "take-out pizza night"
Saturday - Quick & Easy Day - Grilled cheese, Bean burritos, whatever's easy or just go out-to-eat already.
Not too bad, right?
The best part is ACTUALLY placing your recipes into these categories. Then every week you can look at your list and be amazed at how easy it is to plan.
Wanna see my Meal Plan Master List?
This is a VERY simplified version for. I promise we don't just have "HAM" for dinner.
We usually have Honey Mustard-glazed Ham with Cheesy Potatoes & Green Beans. And our Mango salad is full of quinoa, black beans, red pepper, green onions, cilantro & lime!
This purpose of dividing your meals into days is so that you will have a MASTER LIST. One that will remind you of all the good stuff you can make so you can meal plan in 10 min. flat!
An Awesomespice Meal Plan:
I wish I could give you my recipes, but they are just not quite ready yet.
You see, I am working hard on creating Real Meal Plans for all my peeps, so just be patient, it's gonna be good!
In the meantime, you can follow me on Pinterest and see me pin all sorts of delicious Real Food recipes I find!