Meal Planning & Our Favorite Dinner Recipes
For as long as Jesse and I have lived together we’ve faced a major struggle; keeping food in the fridge. Jesse is a walking garbage disposal, unfortunately I’m no better. One of the first things a lot of people notice about Jesse is how much he eats. Hint: it’s a lot. On any given day Jesse’s diet consists of but is not limited to:
A pre-breakfast snack (pizza? chili? lasagna?), breakfast consisting of actual breakfast food, a post-breakfast snack of nuts, pre-lunch snack of last night’s leftovers, container of whatever is in the fridge for meal-prep, another snack (nuts, fruit etc…), another ‘nother snack, whatever is for dinner and finally a post-dinner snack (usually dark chocolate).
If you add Jesse’s everyday eating habits on top of my own, keeping food around becomes a major struggle. To top it off we both prefer to bring our lunches to work to save money and don’t eat out very much, once a week tops.
Anyone who knows me personally knows how much of a struggle this is and how much I love to talk about it. At one point I was grocery shopping on Saturday and strangely enough the fridge was empty by Tuesday. I was cooking four to six nights a week because leftovers, if we had them didn’t last! Four to six nights a week in the kitchen may be normal for some people however we both work full time and often have activities after work. Most nights we’re not home until 7pm and by that time the last thing we want to do spend the time cooking a healthy meal.
Over 2.5 years of marriage I think I finally found the magic food-in-the-fridge formula. Here it is:
• Saturday: Choose a dinner recipe.* Double it. Serve for dinner.
• Sunday: Choose a meal-prep recipe. Double it. Divide into 6 containers (3 for me, 3 for him). Store. + Choose a dinner recipe. Double it. Serve for dinner.
*At least one of the two weekend dinners requires a protein
With this formula I’ve been able to stay out of the grocery store until at least Thursday night 😉 and saving myself lots of frustration. It’s nice to have time to do more important things (like blog) during the week.
Did you think that I could share my secret formula and not share recipes it’s comprised of? Here is a list of some of the recipes that have been serving us well lately:
Best Low-Fat Turkey Lasagna – Cookin’ Canuck
Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burritos – Pinch of Yum
Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken – Fit Foodie Finds
Honey Sesame Chicken Lunch Bowls – Sweet Peas and Saffron
Sweet Potato Spinach Lasagna + 1lb ground turkey cooked and added to the marinara sauce – Fit Foodie Finds
Healing Lemongrass Chickpea Thai Green Curry – Ambitious Kitchen