5-Day Meal Plan Recap + Grocery List




As promised, right here’s a recap of the 5-day meal plan that I posted this previous week. First issues first, why did I unexpectedly meal plan for five days (and by no means earlier than? ha ha). Effectively, I’ve had the concept for a while, however like many issues, it hit the again burner. With the launch of our new meal journal, I assumed: “Welp, now’s the time!”

There’s an idea that I contact on in our cookbook… I name it “cooking backward” and it differs from many different meal planning approaches. You see, I’m not an individual who plans, organizes, and preps good meals on Sundays earlier than the week begins. I’ve tried to do this and have failed miserably each single time. That doesn’t imply I don’t like to organize my meals effectively.

So that is what I do: I begin with a gaggle of components that I do know will stretch fairly far. I jot down a free plan (on this case, 5 meals) that every one use these frequent components in numerous methods. Bonus factors for concepts that may morph straight into different concepts. Then I begin the week! Crucial half about this course of is to permit for change to occur because it comes. For instance, should you examine meal #5, you’ll see that my preliminary plan for a frittata grew to become the Curried Cauliflower Soup. As an alternative of tossing out the entire meal once I didn’t have sufficient leftover veggies, I modified my plan on the fly and nonetheless used out there components – notably, a lonely a half-cauliflower that was forgotten about behind the fridge. It ended up being my favourite recipe within the bunch and it additionally happy what I used to be craving.

A number of belongings you’ll discover:

– I skipped 2 days in the midst of the “plan” as a result of one evening I used to be too lazy to cook dinner and one other evening we went to dinner for my sister’s birthday. Prior to now, these type of “life happenings” would foil my well-laid plans, however not this time! I simply picked up the following day and moved on.

– I didn’t prep an excessive amount of upfront. My aim was to cook dinner dinner (the grain bowls) on evening #1 and use these leftovers for nights #2 and #three. After that, I nonetheless used my authentic components, however I cooked them recent as a result of I don’t love consuming roasted greens after they’ve been sitting within the fridge for quite a lot of days.

– These meals all serve 2 folks, as a result of it’s simply Jack and me in our family and these have been our actual life dinners.

Meal 1: Imply Inexperienced Grain Bowls
This was probably the most cooking I did all week. I used the leftovers for the following recipe.

Meal 2: The Huge Inexperienced Kale Salad
I made the grain bowls stretch by tossing the leftovers with massaged kale. If this isn’t sufficient meals for you, serve it with some crusty bread. You can additionally add any protein you want. Be happy to make these meals your personal.

Meal three: Quinoa Kale Quesadillas
I sautéed the leftover kale quinoa salad and stuffed it in between tortillas with cheese. The recipe notes that should you’re vegan, use a slather of refried beans because the glue and skip the cheese.

Meal four: Broccolini & Brussels Sprout Orecchiette
A basic late-week strategy as a result of pasta is straightforward to maintain readily available within the pantry. I cherished how this recipe reused the kale stems from #2.

Meal 5: Curried Cauliflower Soup
Though I made the plan, I forgot concerning the cauliflower I used half of on Day #1. It was the final vegetable I had left and go-figure it ended up being my favourite recipe. I adore it as a result of it has nice taste in so few components since I used to be working with what I had. After all, I did run to the shop for the micro inexperienced garnish as a result of I nonetheless need to make issues fairly for you!

Grocery Checklist:
This was all the things I used for the 5 meals for two of us. I hope you should utilize this as a information and alter to your personal household’s wants and tastes:

(obtain a Printable PDF HERE)

That’s it for this one! Please let me know should you discover this beneficial and should you’d prefer to see extra of this sooner or later :). Comfortable planning!






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