Monday, February 17, 2014

One Meal You MUST Make – and Meal Planning

Man oh man, did this head cold hold on by the fingernails!

I mean I rested; I stayed hydrated; I drank warm water with lemon and honey; I did every little trick in the book and it has taken me over a week to feel better. I finally went back to work on Friday, and I exercised for the first time in 6 days this past Saturday at Pure Barre.

And boy, did I get my butt handed to me! It’s amazing how quickly you can fall out of shape. Consistency my friends – consistency is key. I woke up SO SORE on Sunday morning, and I instantly regretted signing up for a 12:45 class that day. But working out a sore body makes it feel better…right?

After Pure Barre I did the grocery shopping for the week. I had spent the morning making the meal plan.

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How do I meal plan?

I check my work schedule. On days when I have to work late, I choose recipes that are easier to prepare. I know from experience that when I get home late, I do not feel like spending time in the kitchen. 

I check my workout schedule. If I have a busy training schedule, then I can plan calories accordingly. I also have a late Pure Barre class twice a week, so Parrish and I eat on our own. 

I check the weather. Rainy days call for warm comfort foods. Sunny days call for salads. Nothing sounds worse to me after a day of chilly temps and snow flakes than a salad!

I check the sales. Eating healthy is not cheap, but by looking at the sales I try to keep it manageable. The majority of my grocery bill is fresh veggies and meat, so by planning my meals with what’s on sale, I save a bit at the register.

I check Pinterest. I like to try at least one new recipe a week. Keeping it fresh helps eating at home not seem so…dull. And lets be honest, it also makes eating gluten free seem more exciting!

I plan to succeed. Making a meal plan helps me keep my health, my sanity, and my weight in check. And…it helps my marriage! Trust me, it’s not fun for Parrish when I’m hungry and have no idea what I’m going to eat. It’s not fun for anyone!

This week’s Menu:

Sunday: Paleo Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Monday: Spaghetti Squash Marinara with Meatballs

Tuesday: on your own

Wednesday: Big Salad

Thursday: Cheesy Quinoa Cakes

Friday: Throw It Together

The best part about this week’s menu was my ability to do much of my prep on Sunday. I baked the Spaghetti Squash for both nights:

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I baked the meatballs for Monday’s meal:

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and doubled the batch so I could pack some up for lunches later this week.

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I also chopped and cleaned lettuce for salads and pre-cooked my quinoa for Thursday. It was nice to have a few good hours in the kitchen to prepare for this week and I was able to prep Sunday’s supper at the same time.

And what an AMAZING supper it was!

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Spaghetti Squash Carbonara – Gluten Free and Paleo and ABSOLUTELY DIVINE!

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Smoky bacon paired with sweet spaghetti squash, crunchy garlic and shallots, a beyond delicious creamy sauce. I honestly can’t say enough about this dish!

Parrish loved it too – of course. What’s not to love? Head over to Popular Paleo here for the recipe and then let me know how much you love it!

What about you?

Do you meal plan or play it by ear?

If you meal plan, what are your tips for making it work?