This Week’s Dinner Menu

Monday oh Monday, you seem to come so quickly these days!  I hope you all had a stellar weekend!  Back to the grind today, so here we go!

 

As I’ve mentioned before, Monday is my grocery shopping day.  Sunday evening I take the time to plan our dinners for the week, I make a list of the groceries we need from the menu (and other needed items), and head out on Monday after work to tackle my list.  This method really seems to work for us.  It allows my grocery store visits to be shorter, it’s easier for us to stick to our grocery budget, and I don’t have to think about what we’re going to eat each night because it’s already planned.  Cody loves it because he can see ahead of time what we’re having for dinner.  I love it because he doesn’t ask me.  ;)

 

I don’t do this regularly, but I thought I’d share with you our dinner menu for this week.  I used to have a cute pad of paper that was specifically for writing out a weekly dinner menu, and I would post it on our fridge.  I just recently ran out of it, so I need to find a new one.  I haven’t looked super hard, but I do know they don’t have any at Wal Mart.  Any ideas as to where I could find one?  As of now, I just use a piece of paper and stick it on the fridge.  Here it is!

 

A few things to note from my list… 1) I always make sure we have a vegetable with dinner; 2) at least one night of the week we have leftovers for dinner to eat up extra food; 3) Wednesdays and Sundays are both usually saved for easy prep meals or leftovers since Wednesdays we have church and Sundays we have Bible Study or I just feel lazy.

 

Another thing I thought I’d share: I love “healthifying” traditional favorites.  And when I say “healthifying”, I mean making them taste just as good as the traditional but being better for you.  There’s small steps you can take with each meal you cook that will slash calories, lower fat, and add more produce without losing the quality taste of a good meal.

 

For example, let’s take a look at my above menu for the week.  Today (Monday) we are having turkey soup, whole wheat rolls, and salad.  I chose whole wheat rolls instead of regular white rolls to add in some extra fiber and whole grains to our meal.  Wednesday we are having breakfast for dinner (woo hoo! – one of my favorites).  I plan to make pumpkin whole wheat waffles with an egg frittata that will have a bunch of veggies thrown into the mix.  See where I add the veggies in wherever I can?  Thursday we are having chicken and veggie fajitas.  I planned chicken to keep the meat leaner over steak, I am adding in a lot of extra veggies to pack into our fajitas, and I’ll use whole wheat tortillas for extra whole grains.  Friday we are having homemade pizza.  Pizza is a food that instantly sounds unhealthy to most, but I love to “healthify” it, and make it taste just as yummy as a traditional pizza.  I use whole grain pizza crust, cover the pizza with mostly vegetables, and sprinkle a thin layer of mozzarella cheese rather than going crazy with it.  See what I mean?  Making simple swaps can make huge differences in the nutritional quality of each meal.

 

What are you waiting for??  Make some simple swaps today!  Feel free to email me or comment with questions about how to “healthify” some of your traditional favorites.

 

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Questions:

  • Do you make a weekly dinner menu for you and/or your family?
  • How do you “healthify” some of your traditional favorites?

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I don’t always get a menu done before the week, but I’m so happy when I do. Evenings are packed so I get totally stressed by having to come up with something last minute — even for the two of us! Because I want it to be healthy and good. And I like to experiment. Someday in a few years, I hope to have like a giant rotating calendar. We’ll see if I ever get that organized.

    I like to healthify by switching for whole grains, adding veggies, and substituting nonfat Greek yogurt/Melt for whatever!

  2. says

    I love meal planning and healthifying recipes! I always add extra veggies and reduce oil/butter whenever I can. I did a really small grocery shopping this week while picking up some baking supplies at Walmart – now I’m hoping to successfully meal plan backwards…I think I can do it. We have a ton of stuff to use in the pantry/freezer, including a chicken potpie we were gifted – that’s next on my list to healthify! I’m thinking of just doing a top, whole grain crust and adding a ton of veggies.

    • Ashley says

      yum – i love chicken potpie! i healthify it by using low fat cream of chicken soup, pack it with a ton of veggies, and only do a top crust instead of a full pie crust. just as delicious and satisfying! :)

  3. says

    I do the same thing- planning out meals make it less stressful during the work week. Plus, it becomes a lot easier to get all the food shopping done in one trip. I get my weekly food planning pads at Michaels. The pad is magnetic and sticks right to the fridge. I’ve also found them at Target in the dollar bins.

    • Ashley says

      my husband and i are so “routined” in our weeks that it’s not too difficult for me. ha! over the weekends i keep it a little more “up in the air” since we don’t always know what we’ll be up to then, but during the week it’s just the “usual”. ;)

  4. Brandi says

    This is something that I really want to work on! I think I just had this idea of planning EVERY meal and that just seemed so daunting to me. But you know what??? I think I could actually plan my dinners! Cooking for one is a little difficult, but I am really gonna do this. Breakfast and lunch are pretty much a given so just planning out my dinner shouldn’t be all that difficult.
    P.S. I found a Quinoa chili recipe on Allrecipes that I am going to try. It looks really yummy!

    Have a great day! :)

    • Ashley says

      i usually just buy the staples for our breakfasts and lunches – bread, lunch meat, peanut butter, fruit, oatmeal, milk, etc., and then go from there. since dinner usually involves some different ingredients and more prep work, it is nice to plan them out. you can totally do it! and cooking for one can be nice sometimes because then you’ll be able to have lots of leftovers for later! quinoa chili sounds great! let me know how you like it. :) i hope you had a great day too, brandi!

  5. says

    Boo, so sad I didn’t win that chobani haha. I try to healthify my meals as well..and you basically hit it on the nail as to how I do it! It can be so easy to make meals much healthier and they still taste so good! I really need to start planning my meals because usually I have no idea what to do and that means I probably spend more at the grocery store. Perhaps this should be a goal for me when I come back to school next semester!

    • Ashley says

      that sounds like a great goal! i think it’s fun too because it encourages me to search for new recipes rather than just cook what is familiar to me all the time.

    • Ashley says

      i do that some weeks too depending on how i’m feeling. some days i just REALLY want what i planned for the next day, so i just swap them. :) i hope you’ve been having a great monday too!

  6. says

    That looks like a healthy and yummy meal plan! Plus so organised!

    I can’t plan anything coz I’m on the road right now, but when at home I love to cook and I agree- try to healthify things and add vegies as much as possible.

    I want to make a mac and cheese that tastes as delicious as the full fat one- still working on it!

  7. says

    You are seriously my hero. I think I might just copy your meal plan each week….keep posting them:) I am drooling a little bit. Way to take the time to healthily your food….once again you are my hero!

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