How did your first week go? Did you use all the recipes I planned or did you have to substitute? Where there some days that were successful and others not so much?
Keep notes each week so that when you rotate this menu plan again you know which days to work on. Maybe with a different recipe or a freezer meal it will work better for you. Remember your goal here is to end up with 4 weekly plans that you can rotate.
Here is your checklist again so you don't forget anything while you're planning your food for the week. I'll repeat it each Monday for your convenience. Remember, I plan on Mondays but you can choose any day of the week that works for you.
All the recipes you need for this week's Paleo plan are already here on the blog. The link for each recipe is also provided under each day's menu for your convenience, so you can check the serving size and quantity of ingredients you will need before completing your shopping list. The recipes I will give you in blog posts this week will be used in next week's plan.
Here are links to the rest of the menus in this series :
MENU PLANNING/WEEK SCHEDULING CHECKLIST
- Check your schedule, see which days will be very busy and which will be slower, and schedule your meals accordingly. Decide on this week's crockpot day (usually the best day is your shopping day. You probably won't feel like cooking.) Then plan which day you will make some basics (this is a good day for eating out of your freezer). Now decide on your day for catching up, and the day that is yours to relax. If you follow my schedule these days are all mandatory, but when you schedule them in your week is up to you.
- Check your fridge, freezer and pantry and complete your weekly menu. Remember you can substitute your own meals in my plans wherever that works best for you. If using my plan and adding or subtracting meals, change the checklist accordingly so you don't forget anything.
- Make your shopping list. Check ingredients for your menu plan recipes, add weekly specials if applicable, and any paper, cleaning or grooming supplies you might need. If you check weekly specials in your local stores, do this now (you can do this online) and make a note of what you want to buy.
Monday - smoked salmon scrambled eggs, green salad
scrambled eggs recipe
Tuesday - Gnocchi with Italian meat sauce (will freeze), green salad
Wednesday - Chicken tenders (will freeze) with carrot and celery sticks and blue cheese dressing
chicken tenders recipe
Thursday - pan-fried fish, scallops or shrimp (see easiest way to cook seafood for recipe) cheesy mashed cauliflower or sweet potatoes, vegetable of your choice
pan-fried seafood recipe
Friday - Chicken-Stuffed red peppers (will freeze)
chicken stuffed peppers recipe
Saturday - Eat out or choose something from your freezer
Sunday - Apple pork chops (will freeze), creamy cauliflower or sweet potatoes, vegetable of your choice
apple onion pork chops recipe
I have given you a basic 7 day meal plan but I haven't give you amounts because it will all depend upon how many servings of each recipe you need for your family.
All the recipes for the meals in my meal plans you will find in previous posts. I have also noted which recipes can be frozen for later use with this symbol (will freeze).
Make it your goal to cook at least two meals each week in double quantities so you can start stocking your freezer. (If you can do more so much the better. You will be ahead in no time!)
In later menu plans I will have one day a week scheduled for a freezer meal, so be warned. The crockpot meal is always an easy one to double, then just choose one other one and you've met your minimum target.
You will notice that some days I ask you to supplement with a vegetable of your choice. This is because different people have different likes and dislikes. Also, I don't know what's in your fridge and what you need to use up. As a basic I always make sure I have tomatoes which can be sliced and served with most meals, and a couple of bags of frozen vegetables in the freezer.
I also don't give any desserts. Again, everyone is different and you can choose to either have or not have these depending on your particular situation. For me dark chocolate and red wine are staples. For you it might be berries and cream.
As I said before nothing here is written in stone. Use my suggestions as guidelines. Use what works for you and discard the rest.
Remember, my plan is all about doing the least amount of work for the most reward. If you follow it then yes, you will have to do some work, but very likely not nearly as much as you're doing now. You will be eating healthy delicious meals. You will be more relaxed because you will always have time to catch up, regardless of what happens. And most of all, you will have time to relax and enjoy your life. And in the end isn't that what it's all about?