Weekly Meal Plan 1/22 - 1/28

       Happy Monday, friends! I've decided to start posting my weekly meal plans at the very start of the week - hopefully this makes it easier for some of you to follow along and get ideas for your own weekly meal plan! Before I go in-depth with this weeks plan, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite tips and tools that help me stay organized when it comes to meal planning.
      My absolute favorite organizational tool is the SkinnyTaste meal planner by Gina Homolka. If you haven't ever checked out the SkinnyTaste blog, I highly recommend not only her blog posts but also her cook books! Her website is so easy to navigate and she truly has a recipe for everyone, whether you're gluten free, dairy free, following a ketogenic or paleo diet, or are looking for something to make in your crock pot or Instant Pot. The pages of this meal planner are organized in such a way that lets you see the whole week in one spread, and gives you sections to write your breakfast, lunch and dinner for each day. I honestly can't express how much I love having an organized shopping list and meal plan every week, and one of my goals for this blog is to eventually create printable meal planning organizational tools to provide for my readers.

        One other tool that I love to use is just a simple spiral-bound notebook and pencil! Although I love writing down my "hard copy" grocery list and meal plan using the book above, I always re-write my shopping list in a spiral notebook, so I can rip out the page and take it with me to the store. I always have to have a spiral-bound notebook on hand, because I am constantly jotting things down. Maybe it's "mom brain", but if I don't write something down the second I think about it, it leaves my mind and then it's gone literally forever. You can buy spiral-bound notebooks of all sizes pretty much anywhere, but I usually find really cute ones at Target!

       Something I try to do before I start meal planning is take an inventory of what I currently have on hand (this is where that notebook comes in handy too!) It saves me time and money if I use ingredients that I currently have in stock, whether it be something frozen like fish or poultry, eggs, milk, or other certain fruits and vegetables. Then, I build my meals around what I already have, using that inventory I've just written down. This helps me reduce the amount of things I have to buy, AND reduce waste!

      I'm trying a few new recipes this week and as always, I've linked everything below. Keep reading to see this week's meal plan!

Monday, January 22

Breakfast     : Spinach, tomato & mozzarella omelet
Lunch          : Leftover Shepherds Pie

Tuesday, January 23

Breakfast     : 2 Hard Boiled Eggs & Blueberry Smoothie
Lunch          : Leftover Sausage & Veggies
Dinner         : Chicken Stir Fry

Wednesday, January 24

Breakfast     : Muesli w/ Almond Milk & Banana
Lunch          : Leftover Stir Fry
Dinner         : Slow Cooker Beef Stew via The Real Food Dietitians

Thursday, January 25

Breakfast     : Muesli w/ Almond Milk & Banana
Lunch          : Leftover Beef Stew
Dinner         : Pulled Pork w/ Corn & Mashed Potatoes* via Living Locurto
*I plan on trying this without the Coca-Cola the recipe calls for!

Friday, January 26

Breakfast     : 2 Scrambled Eggs w/ Toast
Lunch          : Tuna Salad
Dinner         : BBQ Pork Pizza via The Kitchen Is My Playground

Saturday, January 27

Breakfast     : * Going out to brunch with a friend, so I didn't plan a breakfast or lunch for myself!*
Lunch          :
Dinner         : Shrimp Pesto Pasta via Dinner At The Zoo

Sunday, January 28

Breakfast     : 2 Eggs w/ Toast & Banana
Lunch          : Leftover Pasta
Dinner         : Accidentally Awesome Vegan Chili via The Kitchen Girl

What's on your menu for this week?

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