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Thursday Dinner Planning

Thursday is my dinner planning day. I get my cookbooks out and make my menu. The past two weeks I kind of ran with the week and it didn’t go so well. I need to get back to planning.

My goal this week is to incorporate more veggies. I have been really bad lately about that. This is why I love cooking paleo style because I do get those veggies in. I start getting lazy when I’m allowed too many foods because it’s so much easier to grab some cottage cheese, mix an apple, and a few nuts and call it good or throw some berries and Greek yogurt together. Again way too easy and I’m missing out on meat protein and veggies.

Menu Planning

What I do is go through my recipe books, find what I want to make for a weeks worth good and healthy dinners.

I write the book, page, and put any ingredients that I don’t have on my grocery list. Friday my dad takes me to Sprouts and Walmart. Most of my food comes from Sprouts now. It use to be the other way around.

Then I add what I’m going to eat for each day to a blog post that doesn’t go live until a week later. I also copy and past my menu to Word, highlight all the dinners (so my kids can refer to that instead of asking mom), print it and stick it to the fridge.

Menu

This has really worked for me because I have all the ingredients on hand. Sometimes my fridge can barely hold the food and it does get frustrating when trying to find something. I am slowly getting our fridge organized though. Hopefully (Lord willing) one day we will have a place for everything in the fridge.

Some Trim Healthy Mama Staples that I buy each week are:

  • 2% Cottage Cheese
  • 0% Greek Yogurt
  • Berries, berries, and more berries
  • Apples
  • Black Beans
  • lean meats
  • Almond milk
  • Half & half
  • Egg whites (I really don’t like buying carton eggs but I don’t want to waste, I know I won’t use all the yolks fast enough)

Those are my lunch staples.

Atkins/Paleo:

  • Veggies of all kinds
  • Coconut Oil
  • Hamburger meat (at least 6lbs +)
  • Eggs
  • Full fat coconut milk
  • Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Heavy Cream

For the kids:

  • Raw Honey
  • Almond Chocolate Milk
  • Regular full fat yogurt when I can find it
  • Lots of fruits that I’m not able to eat yet like bananas.
  • Olives (Annette loves these for a snack)
  • Ezekiel bread (I choose not to eat any at this time, although being on Phase 3 of Atkins I can)
  • Tortilla (I usually get low carb for hubby. I don’t eat them anymore because I get an upset stomach)
  • Organic Milk, sometimes I can’t afford the organic and get reg. milk)

Odd & Ends:

  • Tomato paste, sauce, and diced
  • Spices that I’ve run out
  • MSG free broth. I haven’t been able to find any beef broth that doesn’t contain ‘yeast extract’ I finally found veg. & chicken broth (unless there is a hidden ingredient I don’t know about) that doesn’t contain any form of msg (I hope).
  • Dark Hershey’s Cocoa Powder (I’d like to eventually buy raw cocoa powder)
  • Regular Hershey’s Cocoa for the kids and hubby (I love dark chocolate)

If I remember those lists like that I usually won’t forget any of the staples foods.

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