Day 27 - How do you meal plan?
I meal plan on Thursdays because I go grocery shopping on Fridays. I have these great stickers in my planner, not so much to remind me because I know I meal plan on Thursday, they are more for decoration and I love them because I used to have a set of bowls just like this. I think they call them vintage now!
We eat some version of the same things each week, loosely following a clean eating/Whole 30 type food plan - chicken, salmon, tilapia, shrimp, lean pork, steak, and lamb. Our dinners are usually some form of the aforementioned grilled or roasted with potatoes and vegetables. I roast a lot of vegetables as it is so easy to spread them all out on a sheet plan, add a little seasoning, and roast away. Vic usually eats leftovers from dinner for lunch unless he's eating out with his office.
We pretty much eat the fridge clean each week so I'm starting all over again every Friday. I make a menu and a grocery list from the menu. The days when I used to check the pantry for things I needed are over as I don't buy processed foods so my grocery list is basically proteins and vegetables. It can get boring but we try to jazz it up with spices and sauces to keep some variety in the meals.
When we first started to eat this way, I would have given my right arm for a taco or an honest to goodness church potluck-type casserole, something made with a Cream of soup or a tub or two of sour cream. Unfortunately, or should I say fortunately, our bodies soon told us that eating this type of food was not doing us any good and once we started to eat more wholesome food, we felt much better. We're not perfect, we splurge now and then usually on a date night dinner but there are certain things we avoid because they really make us feel blah. Clean eating is a great way to find out what foods you really should avoid. Your body will thank you for it.
The question was How do you meal plan? wasn't it? I'll get down off my clean eating soapbox now.