January 29 - February 4 Meal Planning

Mise-en-Place

I’m watching the Grammy’s while trying to meal plan. It’s terrible, because the acts go between artists that I don’t care about and acts that I sort-of-kind-of want to enjoy. And then there are the performances that demand I stop what I’m doing and pay attention. These are the singers who pour their heart and soul into every word and it shows. Lady Gaga, P!nk, Bruno Mars, K$sha, Patti Lupone &ndash you can’t help but be enraptured by their time on the screen. But enough about music, it’s time for putting together this week’s meal plan.

Last week I started planning with a “what’s in the refrigerator” and I found it really helped with putting together meals. Knowing what I needed to use informed me for what I needed to cook.

  • 1½ bags of broccoli - good for three or four meals
  • 1 bag of carrots medley - there are my new favorite way to get variety into vegetables.
  • 6 bell peppers (whole)
  • ¼ bell peppers (diced) - these are great for adding to salad
  • Brussels sprouts - I have two bags uncut, and six meals worth chopped and in deli containers
  • Salad greens - these expire quickly, so I need to used them all by Tuesday’s dinner

  • Tortillas
  • Hamburger buns
  • English muffins
  • Naan

  • Salmon (in the refrigerator)
  • Shrimp (in the freezer)
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (frozen)
  • Chicken thighs (frozen, 4 thighs per bag)
  • Steak (frozen), probably filet mignons, individually wrapped
Day of Week Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Monday Std. Breakfast work lunch out of office Chicken Fajitas
Tuesday * Katie’s Oatmeal vendor provided lunch Steak, Veggies, and Salad
Wednesday Std. Breakfast leftovers from last week Salmon, Veggies, and Salad
Thursday * Katie’s Oatmeal English Muffin & Turkey Shrimp Stir-fry and Salad
Friday Petro’s leftover Shrimp Stir-fry M.Y.O. Mini Pizzas
Saturday * Std. Breakfast   Meatballs and Veggies
Sunday Std. Breakfast   Super Bowl Pizza and Wings

Chicken breast and salad

Breakfast Plans

  • Standard Breakfast - 3 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 75 grams potatoes, 64 grams Brussels sprouts
  • Katie’s Oatmeal - 1 serving oatmeal, 1 serving almond milk, 1/2 serving organic peanut butter
  • Petro’s - We don’t get out very often, so we’ve found that we really enjoy making Friday morning breakfast a little treat for ourselves. We’re going back and for between Petro’s and IHOP.

Snack Plans

  • HBO Eggs + Carrots - 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and quartered; 16 oz. deli container filled with baby carrots
  • Yogurt - individual serving-sized portions of lite Greek yogurt

Lunch Plans

  • Chicken Salad - chicken breast with celery, Dijon, lemon juice, salt, sour cream, and mayo
  • Turkey and English Muffin sandwich

Dinner Plans (also, leftovers as lunch)

  • Chicken Fajitas - bell peppers, onions, sauce, cheese, fajitas
  • Stir-fry shrimp, bell peppers, onions, celery with paprika and cayenne sauce over plain rice
  • Make Your Own Pizza (on English muffins)