Thursday, January 7, 2016

Meal Planning :: January 4 - 8, 2016

I really, really want to document some of our meal planning so that if when I get out of the habit I can look back and get inspired to start again. It's really dorky but I absolutely love meal planning. It makes dinner prep way less stressful because I'm not desperately trying to figure out something to eat. I thought I would write down our five planned meals as well as snack type foods that I prepared for the week. This is mostly for my own benefit but if someone else likes to take a look that's a bonus! Here are the meals, in no particular order.

1. Chili with walnut meat and salad
2. Rice bowl with carrot, beets, kale, chia seeds and goddess dressing
3. Spring rolls with spicy peanut sauce *this isn't really a whole foods meal because the rice wraps have some random stuff in them but we decided to go with it for this week*
4. Not-Chicken Salad wrapped in collard greens from Raw & Simple
5. Meat & Cheese Pierogies from Raw & Simple
I plan on making a gluten free baguette before we have the chili for dinner and some chia pudding for dessert one night.

The snacks I made for this week (some with last into next week) are...
1. Freezer chocolate. I got the recipe from someone and it is just made of 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1 cup cacao (or cocoa), maple syrup to taste and I added a bit of cinnamon.
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2. Raw oatmeal raisin cookies from Raw & Simple
3. Glow bars from Oh She Glows
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4. Hummus from Fresh at Home 
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5. Roasted chickpeas from Oh She Glows
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6. Herb croutons from Oh She Glows to add to salads
We also bought some organic popcorn to pop if we feel like some. Oh, and of course fruit and veggies for snacking as well.

We haven't been planning breakfasts or lunches and that's working just fine for us. Ivan always takes leftovers for lunch and Milo and I figure something out. The other day I made some red lentils with curry and coconut milk so those will last us a few lunches.

I can't believe I forgot to mention this yesterday...I finally say the new Star Wars movie on Tuesday. I don't know about anyone else, but I thought it was great! It definitely followed the same story line as A New Hope but I didn't think that was a bad thing. Anyways, I loved it and I'm really excited for the rest.

Last night we took Milo to a hockey game and he really enjoyed himself...until he fell asleep. He doesn't often nap anymore so he goes to bed really early. I tried to get him to nap yesterday but it wasn't happening so he fell asleep after the first period. The upside was that I was able to get the tangles out of his hair while he was sleeping. When I try to do it while he's awake he says, "Hey! That's my hair!"


PS. I apologize for the less than great photos. I really want to include some photos but I don't want to spend a lot of time on food photography for meal planning posts.


  1. I should pick up my copy of Raw and Simple. I don't even know if I made anything from that book! Wait that is a lie. I pretty much use to make sure I get my ratio of milk to chia seeds right for my chia pudding XD

    1. We have made a lot of the recipes and everything has been really great. We had the pierogies last night and they were awesome!

  2. Humuuuuss I just love humus! I'm trying to add more vegetarian meals to my diet and your recipes looks like tasty! Perhaps someday you could share some of them! :D

    1. It's so great, isn't it?
      Most of these are from cookbooks so I can't really share them unfortunately. I'll always link the ones from websites though. I'm not great at making up my own recipes in most cases.

  3. All those meals sound so good! I've been noticing a lot of recipes with walnut meat lately and really want to try that out, it seems intriguing! I usually just leave out the "meat" parts of meals. If I plan out meals, it's usually only a day ahead, I would like to start planning out whole weeks, I bet it really does make things easier!

    1. Yeah, walnut meat is really delicious!
      It makes things so much easier for me. I don't always decide what I'm making on specific days, sometimes I see what I have time for or what we feel like. But having the weekly plan is so helpful.

  4. I love meal planning too. I need to get back in the habit. Do you have a certain recipe you use for the chili with walnut meat? I'm am really intrigued by that!

    1. I just made up my own chili recipe. I cook some onions, peppers and sometimes any other random veggie that is in the fridge with salt pepper and chili powder and sometimes cumin. Then I add some tomato paste, cook a little more, add diced tomatoes and a couple cans of beans. I prepare the walnut meat in the food processor and then just mix it in at the end. The walnut meat is totally optional but it's really good!

  5. Are you eating tofu? If so this quiche my friend Somer came up with is so good!

    Also, freezer chocolate is just the best!!! I make pb cups with it, and make pb freezer cups using peanut butter and coconut oil instead of the chocolate.


    1. We sometimes eat tofu, I'll check out that recipe, thank you!
      Yes! Peanut butter freezer fudge is awesome. That's a hard one for me to eat responsibly, haha!


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