To help us with our meal planning I found this great printable meal planner online. I am terribly sorry but I don't remember who I got the original from. If it is your please let me know so I can give you credit.
|Click here to download Weekly Meal Planner|
I added an option for a freezer meal, I find that so that I could start stock piling meals for busy weeks or when we don't feel like cooking.
Hubby and I went through one of my cookbooks and planned out meals for the next 4 weeks. We chose meals that were healthy, easy to make, and fit in with our goals. Using the planner we added side dishes and vegetables that compliment the meals. In the "Other" section we make notes about substitutions to make the meal healthier like use spaghetti squash instead of pasta. I also like the addition of the Grocery list on the side.
Having the plans made up in advance will also help us to take advantage of bulk purchases and possible sales.
After we cook the meals we will rate the recipes and make notes as to what worked and what didn't work, any modifications etc.
In case you were wondering this weeks meal plan is:
- Wheat Pasta and Sweet Peppers
- Seasoned Steak Ragout
- 15 Bean Soup with Turkey sausage
- Biggest Loser BBQ Lentils
We will be freezing the soup and Lentils for lunches and freezer meals and will be adding a Spinach Salad as a vegetable. As I cook the meals I will update my blog and share the recipes with you.