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A few weeks ago, I shared how we shop at Sam’s Club and I got a request for how we meal plan (Hey Samantha!) so I thought I would share how we meal plan and offer some tips so you can meal plan too.
Everyone knows what meal planning is, making out a plan of a week’s worth of meals and then grocery shopping for those supplies. We have a menu board and use it on Sunday’s to write out what we are eating. To help decide, I look in the freezer to see what proteins we have on hand and what produce I can pair it with. I want to make sure we eat what we’ve got before I go buying more.
This week was my birthday week so we actually only needed 6 meals since we went out to eat on Friday but you get the idea. I’ll go over each meal and share the recipe so you can have 6 recipes to jumpstart your meal plan.
Sunday: Steak, Brussel Sprouts, and Potatoes: grill up your steak in your favorite seasoning and pair with brussel sprouts sautéed in bacon and a baked potato. Easy and delicious. (no picture, sorry!)
Monday: Chicken Pot Pie Soup: Take some frozen chicken breast, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, a bag of frozen mixed veggies, and a couple potatoes cubed. Toss it all in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Tuesday: Flank Steak with Peppers and Onion: I cook my flank steak on a wire rack over a sheet pan in the oven at 375 for 20 minutes. Season with pepper and garlic. While this cooks, cook some rice and sauté a yellow onion and green peppers. Serve with rice.
Wednesday: Carnitas: This dish is made using a slow cooked pork butt. I season it with salt and pepper and then keep in in the crockpot for 24 hours. When it’s time to eat carnitas, pan fry it in peanut oil until crispy. Serve with tortillas, rice, beans, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, etc.
Thursday: General Tso’s Chicken: Here’s another slow cooker meal. Can you tell we do this a lot? 😉 Toss in your frozen chicken, 8 oz of hoisin sauce, 4 Tbs rice vinegar, 4 Tbs light brown sugar, and 2 tsp sesame oil. Let is cook for 6-8 hours and serve over rice with green onions and sesame seeds.
Friday: Birthday: We went to a Mexican place. I ate tacos.
Saturday: Blackened Salmon: Fun fact, I started dating Hubs July 11th and on my birthday, the 28th, he made me blacked salmon. It was his go-to impress a girl meal. It worked. Anyway, heat some olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Place salmon, skin down and cook. Heavily season with blacked seasoning. Once salmon is halfway cooked, flip to finish cooking. We ate it with rice and steamed broccoli.
So there you have it, our way of meal planning. It’s a lot of slowcooker meals because when we both work during the week, having a meal already ready is key to not eating out every night. Do you meal plan? What’s your technique?