Hello on this beautiful Sunday morning! About to put in a couple of hours in the kitchen to prepare my family’s meal plan for the week. What’s in the food forecast?
1. Parmesan Tilapia with Steamed Broccoli
2. Smoked Mozzarella Meatballs, Marinara Sauce, and Caesar Salad
3. Chicken and Vegetable Soup
1. Sausage, Grilled Pepper, Swiss Quiche
2. Fruit Smoothies
Dried Fruit and Raw Nut Trail Mix
I want to give you a glimpse of how I plan my meals for the week. I shop weekly, buying only the things I will need to prepare dishes for that week. I do this because my taste for what I want to eat changes from week to week, and it helps to streamline my allotted food budget (which is pretty generous as my husband likes to ensure he will eat well…thanks Hun! Lol!) Sure, if I find a good deal on meats or other grocery items I use often I will pick them up, but I try to stick with what I now we will eat that week. I try to at least do some kind of soup, salad, sandwich, and main dish entree/casserole. That way we have a good mix of light and heavy spread out over the week, and it lightens the workload in the kitchen. A good motto I use is “Cook once, Eat twice, or Thrice!,” so doubling the recipes enough to include dinner and lunch for the next day is always in order. Another tip is white you are cooking one meal, prep for a second meal. As I am preparing the fish entree today, I will go ahead and get a jump start on the meatball recipe by making my homemade marinara today. A big beautiful salad stays in my fridge to use as a first course for each dinner, or a quick lunch to reach for.
Well off I go to get this day started. I will be sharing a couple of the recipes mentioned above as I go. Make Sundays the day you plan to focus on your food forecast ahead. I see yumminess on the way!