Total Basset Case: Winter Meal Plan

Jan 15, 2015

Winter Meal Plan

After a resounding 'yes!' that you wanted some more meal plans to grace this blog...I am here to deliver!  Meal planning combines a lot of my favorite things: food, planning, organizing and spending time with Mister. 

I do not quite remember when I started meal planning but I am glad I did.  It makes my shopping trips on Sundays easier, our weeks smoother, our wallets happier and our waistlines smaller.  
Our lives are hectic enough without having to figure out what is for dinner each night too.  
Normally I try to plan meals that we can have for two nights.
i.e. I do not have to cook as much.

We cook together and eat dinner at home almost every night and I love it.  We splurge here and there and have date nights to try new places but for the most part we are super boring people who eat at home.  BUT I think that makes our date nights and planning a new place to try even more special because we look forward to it so much.  

I also do my best to plan meals that incorporate similar ingredients so I am not buying everything in the store and only using half.  You will see a Thai theme below in the first week...
I also try to mix in a crock pot meal at least every week or so.  Coming home to dinner already made is a form of heaven. 

As far as planning, I pull resources from everywhere.  
Cookbooks, emails from friends, Pinterest, blogs, recipes logged in my brain. 
Lately I have been been scouring Ambitious Kitchen,  What's Gaby Cooking, Gimme Some Oven, Paleomg.

Here is what is on our menu!
Sunday : Thai Quinoa Salad + chicken
Monday : Thai Pumpkin Soup* (SO good)
Tuesday : Thai Saute + chicken
Wednesday : Leftovers
Thursday : Taco Soup
Friday : Taco Soup
Saturday : Fresh tomato sauce* with ground turkey over gluten free pasta
*the Vitamix linked recipes could be made with an immersion blender

Sunday : Chili chicken soup (crock pot)
Monday : Soup leftovers
Tuesday : Gluten free pizza
Wednesday : Bacon lime sweet potato salad + chicken 
Thursday : Leftovers
Saturday : Date night

Sunday : Corn chowder with jalape├▒os (crock pot)
Monday : Soup leftovers
Tuesday : Skinny honey chicken + quinoa + brussel sprouts
Wednesday : Leftovers
Thursday : Sweet potato, black bean and egg breakfast burrito
Friday : Leftovers
Saturday : Chicken thighs with asian buffalo sauce + rice

Okay, that should get us to February!
Let me know if you have any questions! 


Robyn B said...

so many good recipes! thanks!

Shannon Rice said...

I'm so glad I came across this! I was just talking to my sister about how I want to meal plan. In the past I've always hated dedicating the time, but I think I'm at a point now where it will be totally worth it!

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Anne said...

Girl, you are on top of things with this! Thanks for all the inspiration... I like seeing all that Asian-inspired stuff. I've decided Hendrik needs a little more of that worked into his palette. We've got Latin/Mediterranean covered :)

Jen said...

Loving all of these recipes! I've pinned them and am adding them to my meal plan for next week. Really excited to try that Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad and the Skinny Honey Chicken. Thanks for sharing!!

Lux G. said...

Ooh, it's gonna be a delicious season. :) Thanks for these meal plans.

Sara Beth said...

Wow! Thank you so much for all the resources!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the ideas! Coming up with new ideas is half the battle!