Meal Planning

I don't know about you but I hate the grocery store. Maybe it's because we have very little variety to choose from up here on the West Coast (one grocery store to be exact.) I also try very hard to not spend a ridiculous amount of money on groceries each week so I have found meal planning to be the best way to stop this. I have three go to food blogs that I visit weekly to get ideas for dinners each week. My three favourite food blogs are: What's Gaby CookingHalf Baked Harvest and A Cozy Kitchen

I try to choose meals that will incorporate ingredients from one dinner to the next so I am not buying the whole produce section at the grocery store. Below is a list of my meals, groceries and then each meal I had last week. I also incorporate my own recipes which I sometimes include on the blog (I need to do this more often.) Another thing I try to ensure each week is making a snack, usually some kind of homemade baked good as well as something for lunches in case there isn't enough leftovers from the night before. Hope this is helpful for all of you out there that sometimes find themselves uninspired to make dinner on Mondays. 

Monday: Roasted Sweet Potato and Salmon Soba Noodle Bowl from Half Baked Harvest

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This soba noodle bowl soup is the perfect meal for meal planning. It is both healthy but also a substantial dish that both makes you full but also makes you want more. I always make enough for lunch the next day even without the fish because the veggies, noodles and broth is good the next day. If you don't eat fish change it out for another protein, even tofu would be great! I also change out the vegetables depending on what's in my crisper. 

Tuesday: Cauliflower Shawarma Wraps with Green Tahini and Feta from Half Baked Harvest

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This recipe was super easy! You only have to roast the cauliflower and make the sauce and it's pretty much done. I love eating vegetarian meals throughout the week to balance out the meat dishes I eat (usually just chicken and fish though.) This is a great dish again for leftovers but easy enough to make for friends coming over without getting stressed about what's cooking! 

Wednesday: Buddha Bowl

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Buddha bowl's are my go to. Whenever we don't have a meal planned in the week or are going away for the weekend and need to use up what's in the fridge, our go to is a buddha bowl. You can use whatever grain, protein or vegetables you want. Here we used quinoa, prawns, sweet potatoes, spinach, avocado, carrots, green onions and cilantro. I always like to make a delicious sauce to top the bowl off with like a tahini dressing or a peanut sauce. The perfect lunch for work the next day too. 

Thursday: Cheesy Tomato Basil Stuffed Chicken from Half Baked Harvest

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This dish was delicious and a little bit more work than the others but well worth it. The chicken breasts are stuffed with mozzarella, basil and sun-dried tomato for a deliciously cheesy interior. We paired it with a salad to balance it out and I would definitely make this one again. 

There was no Friday meal because we were in Victoria. Hope this inspires you and your cooking! I look forward to meal planning each week!