Meal Plan Monday (and How I Prepped It All)

Hi friends! Happy Monday!

Did you have a good weekend?

This was actually one of my most restful weekends in a while. I am notorious for falling asleep on the couch on Friday nights, and this past week was no exception. After a late dinner of English muffin pizzas and an episode of Justified, I was toast. Penelope blessed us by sleeping until almost 8:00 the next morning and then we were up and out for the day. Shaun spent the day running errands while Penelope and I hit the mall with my mom.

After a breezy – and not quite so warm – Saturday, Shaun and I arrived home in the evening. We continued our Justified binge with a bottle of two buck Chuck and copious amounts of popcorn.

By Sunday, it was still pretty chilly ‘round these parts, but we were itching to get outside for a while! We bundled up and took a big lap around our neighborhood. Penelope loves being outside and though it was cold, our neighborhood was bumpin’ with remnants of the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

I also took some time to prep our food for the week ahead. I started with a meal plan that I had made last week, which also informed my order from Fresh Direct. By planning ahead, I was able to avoid the grocery store and have all of our groceries delivered on Sunday morning.

I broke it down by dinners, lunches, breakfasts and snacks. Since we are on a healthy eating kick lately, I also wanted to make sure that our kitchen was fully stocked with lots of healthy food for the week.

Here’s the plan:

Dinners:

Steaks & sweet potatoes

Unstuffed cabbage

Chicken enchiladas

Lunches:

Mustard chicken salad

Cold cuts

Breakfasts:

Egg cups

Oatmeal

Snacks:

Yogurt

Carrot chips & hummus

Fruit

Applesauce

 

Here’s the prep:

Make the unstuffed cabbage and refrigerate for early weeknight dinners.

This made a lot, so it should last us for at least 2 nights, or until we get tired of it.

 

Slow cook 5 chicken breasts in reduced sodium broth.

This is my favorite method for cooking chicken. I literally set it in the morning and forget it until the afternoon. After six hours on low, the chicken just fell apart into shreds. I mixed half of the shredded chicken with Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard for 4 servings of chicken salad and saved the rest for the enchiladas for later this week.

 

Make the egg cups.

I love these and they are perfect for the whole family, Penelope included. I prepped these and refrigerated them for the week ahead. I send these with Penelope to daycare, so I cut up a few for her and placed them in small Oxo Tot containers for the next few days for her.

 

Pack up whatever else I could.

After everything was cooked and set, I tried to pack up individual cups of yogurt and applesauce for Penelope for the week. I also packed cups of hummus and carrot chips so that we could grab them and go.

It took a bit of effort and some time on Sunday, but I know that I will be so happy when I hardly have to cook a thing this week after work! It also makes the mornings so much easier to pack up what I could in advance and then just throw everything into our respective lunch bags.

Here’s what my lunch bag looked like today:

Not too shabby, right? And tonight, I am so excited to have unstuffed cabbage waiting for us.

After prepping, I still had time to relax a little before bedtime. And do Sunday things like watch Cars with Penelope...

and chase her around the apartment, now that she's so mobile:

Big girl. Sniffle.

 

How was your weekend?

Did you do any food prep or meal planning for the week ahead?