Friday, January 31, 2014

My Week in Food

I have received a ton of comments and emails regarding my Budget Friendly Healthy Meal Planning tips and a bunch of you have said it's inspired you to hop on the meal planning train. Again, I can't say enough about how much meal planning has helped me both in the healthy eating department and in the budgeting department. I thought since so many of you are trying to meal plan I would share what I planned and ate this past week in hopes of giving you some ideas.  

I should preface this by saying I eat pretty much the same breakfast, lunch and snack every day. It's not super exciting but I typically don't get sick of what I'm eating and it eliminates the need to buy ingredients for multiple different lunches thus saving money - I do definitely mix them up week-to-week so I don't get sick of anything. 

1 cup Almond Milk, 1 Banana, 1tbsp Organic Peanut Butter
{I don't use ice because I prefer the creamy and smooth consistency}


1 cup Almond Milk, 1 cup Fresh Baby Spinach, 1/4 cup Frozen Peaches, 1/4 cup Frozen Mango, 1 celery stalk

Chickenless Noodleless Soup {inspired by Erin's Noodleless Chicken Soup}
32oz Vegetable Broth, 2 cans Garbanzo Beans {drained}, Carrots, Celery, White Onion, Cauliflower, 2 cups water, 1.5 tsp Rosemary, 1 tsp Sage, pinch of S&P {makes 12 cups, I have 3 cups for lunch}


1/2 Avocado, 1 tbsp Reduced Fat Feta Cheese, 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar, 1/3 Cucumber, 2 tbsp Hummus

4 5inch Celery Stalks w/ 1 tbsp Organic Peanut Butter


1/3 Cucumber w/ 2 tbsp Hummus

Throw 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts in a crock pot with 1 celery stalk, 1/2 onion (chopped) & 16oz Vegetable Broth. Cook on low for 8 hours, remove chicken and shred. Reserve 1/2 cup vegetable broth from crock pot & throw the rest. Return chicken to crock pot with 1/2 cup broth & 1/2 cup Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce - cook for 30 more minutes. Serve with lettuce, carrots and celery {would be amazing with ranch dressing if your diet allows}.

For Sauce: 1lb extra lean ground beef OR 1lb extra lean ground turkey, 1 can tomato sauce, 1 can tomato paste, 1/2 onion (chopped), Garlic, Oregano, Basil, S&P. Brown meat then add remaining ingredients to taste - let simmer for 10 minutes.
For "noodles": Add 1 bag Broccoli Slaw to pot and add 1 cup of water. Boil until water has evaporated, slaw should be soft but not wilted.

Combine 1lb extra lean ground turkey, 1 package frozen spinach (cooked & drained well), 1 egg, 2 tbsp Coconut Flour, 1/2 onion (chopped), 2 gloves garlic (chopped), 1/4 cup cilantro, 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 2 tsp oregano, S&P. Form fist sized meatballs, cooked in greased pan for 15-20 minutes (or until inside is cooked) at 400 degrees. Serve with black beans and avocado!

I would say that Jason and I eat 98% of dinners at home, and of course the week I decide to document my meals I had THREE away from home dinners - go figure. Eating at restaurants is so hard when you're trying to eat a certain way, so I'm learning to make the best possible decisions despite the 1,000 calorie + salads and tempting queso dips. This week I did really well with 2/3 of the meals out:

Sunday = Country Club dinner with my step-dad, Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Monday = Business dinner at Raku, California Roll & Cucumber Roll made with Brown Rice & Gluten Free Soy Sauce
Failed to take a picture of my sushi because I didn't feel like explaining to my co-workers and clients that I have a blog and need to photograph everything I eat. #weirdo

Wednesday = Timberwolves tickets with FREE food & drinks, also known as CHEAT DAY, see below:


Everyone congratulate Carrie! She won the FREE 8x10 Canvas Print from Easy Canvas Prints!
Carrie - email me at so I can send you your code!


P!nky said...

The broccoli slaw spaghetti sounds awesome, will definitely have to try it out.

Good job with the meal planning, you rock sistah!

Katie @ said...

So many of these meals look delicious - I'm definitely going to make the chicken-less, noodle-less soup...mmm!! And nachos at a sporting event are a must. No question about it!

Ashley said...

Those meatballs look SO GOOD! I'm making them this weekend, if my motivation level is high...haha.

Danielle said...

These look so good!! I so need to start cooking more. And YAY for so many veggies!! MMMM

hello erin said...

I need to be a better meal planner! Dinners are good- but snacks and lunch are the WORST for me!

Carolyn said...

Such a great week of food! :)

Michelle Levine said...

I am on a smoothie kick too! And seriously - that buffalo chicken shredded salad deal looks SO good !

Laura said...

wow what a good, healthy balanced week of meals!! Good for you, very inspirational!

ajs {of MN} said...


yah carrie s., enjoy!

Stacie said...

You are good at prepping! I don't allow myself enough time to do any of this:( especially smoothies, which I adore. Any suggestions on making the process as simple as possible in the mornings?

Breanna said...

Wow! So many of these look delicious! :) I have to pin this for later! Thanks so much for sharing all of these!

Erin LFF said...

You are rocking your meal plans girl!! Keep at it! I'm def saving the Broccoli Slaw Spaghetii- I want to try it!

Courtney B said...

Are you kidding me?! These meals are AMAZING! Will you cook for me, too? No? Guess I'll just have to pin these, then.
So the smoothies... are they sweet enough for the babes to eat? I'm loving the green smoothie idea for Mia!

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