Meal planning offers me so much freedom from food obsession. I don’t need to think about it over the week and it massively reduced my overwhelm or anxiety knowing that its all sorted. Here’s a little insight into how I do it.
I keep Breakfast super simple and low cost for weekdays having Yogurt with or without fruit, sometimes add honey, granola, nuts or grated chocolate to liven it up a bit.
Breakfast on Sat is a Smoothie bowl – I take a little more time over breakfast at the weekends and love creating a healthy and pretty smoothie bow with fresh fruit, veg and toppings.
Breakfast on Sunday is usually a filled breakfast roll with bacon, sausage or black pudding and not forgetting the tattie Scone.
I don’t plan anything for weekend lunches, we often eat out or have an earlier dinner on these days and I like having the flexibility. I can always throw together a toastie or pitta bread if I’m at home and hungry.
For midweek I prep 2 different lunch options. Usually a soup or something with ingredients that I can make wraps with and not have the liquid element. If I cook a roast chicken on a Sunday I’ll use leftover or cook extra chicken for pulled chicken soup (love this recipe) and some for Spicy or BBQ pulled chicken that I can use in a baked potato which if lso pre cooked alongside the roast ( 2 tatties for midweek 2 lunches). Giving me 4 portions of soup to freeze and 2 baked potatoes with filling. Midweek lunches sorted.
I occasionally batch cook all my dinners, but only when I know I’ve got a full on week and cant spend any time at all in the kitchen. Cooking is enjoyable to me so usually I cook on the day I’m eating, sometimes I do a hybrid and cook a couple days and reheat on others. I don’t like having the same thing for dinner more than once a week so even when I am pre cooking its usually a different dish. Heres an example of a hybrid week. Hands on time is never usually longer than 15 mins (unless its Sunday) and oven cooking usually 30-40mins. A hybrid week gives me to non cooking days in a week.
Monday: Mince Beef Stir fry (and cook Tuesdays pasta bake)
Tue: Feta Pasta bake reheat (cooked on Monday)
Wed: Homemade Burgers and wedges. I use a regular burger recipe but put them in the oven with the potatoes for 30 mins to cook, rather than fry. ( cook Thursdays chicken fajita mix, chicken, pepper and onions with spices)
Thur: Chicken Fajitas reheat mix and tortillas (chicken mix made on Wed)
Fri: Halloumi Tray Bake. (veg, halloumi all chopped mix with pesto and a little olive oil, bake for 30-40min in the oven)
Sat: Pizza & Nachos night or Take away
Sun: Roast Chicken (use left over meat for lunches)
This super tasty pasta sauce is a great option to hide those veggies from the kids. batch cook and freeze in portions for later.
Looking to back a home made sweet treat to enjoy? Check out this amazing Chocolate cake!
Simple, sorted and set up for the week! Are you a planner or a spur of the moment kinda person?