Meal Planning Monday


Hello there! And a very Happy Monday to you. :)

The hubby and I are leaving for San Diego in….drumroll please….3 days! This Minnesotan girl is sure looking forward to a little sun and warmth on this pasty skin.

Today I thought I’d kick off Meal Planning Monday (can I get a #mealplanningmonday please?!). We have been trying to be better about discussing on Sunday when were going to be home for dinner for the upcoming week, what we want for breakfast/lunch/dinner, and actually grocery shopping accordingly. It prevents so much angst during the week by not having to go to the store and decide what to make for dinner after working all day. By that time, my brain is fried! Not to mention, it helps us waste less food by being planned out, and make less excuses to eat out. Win win all around!

This week is a short week for us being we are leaving for vacaaayyyy (can you sense how excited I am through the screen?!) on Thursday. However, we still discussed yesterday what we wanted to do for the week and made a late night grocery stop after dinner.

Here’s what’s on our menu for the week:


Breakfast: Perfect Bar and banana

The Cranberry Crunch ones are my favorite (and one of the only ones I can eat being I gave up almonds!). Good amount of protein, whole foods, and chock full of nutrients. My only complaint is that they are a little high on sugar (even if it is in the form of honey – still could use a tad less of it!).

Lunch: Italian salad

with salami, fresh mozzarella, baby tomatoes, and balsamic dressing for Andy

Chicken Noodle Soup and a Power Kale Caesar Salad from Panera for Katie (that one was unplanned!)

Dinner: Lamb burgers

with grilled onions and tzatziki and a side of curry roasted sweet potatoes



Breakfast: peanut butter banana smoothie

with mixed root veggies (carrots, parsnips, sweet potato)

Lunch: Italian salad/leftover lamb burger

Dinner: homemade lobster mac n’ cheese with broccoli


Breakfast: smoothie or eggs with sourdough toast

Lunch: leftover mac n’ cheese with broccoli

Dinner: out with old coworker (TBD where!)


Breakfast: smoothie or eggs with sourdough toast

Lunch: work lunch at Donatelli’s (from Drive Ins, Diners, and Dives!)

Dinner: In San Diego!!!!

What we bought for the week:

1 loaf artisan sourdough bread

4 bananas

1/2 gallon coconut milk (for smoothies)

2 Perfect Bars

3 hearts organic romaine lettuce (in package)

1 small carton baby tomatoes

1 package sliced salami

2 balls fresh mozzarella

1 pound ground lamb

2 frozen lobster tails

small carton half and half or whole milk

What we already had on hand for the week:

organic eggs (we buy in 2 dozen packs from Costco!)

all-natural peanut butter

Tillamook cheddar cheese block (from Costco)

frozen mixed root vegetables (from Costco)

large bag broccoli florets (from Costco)

cavatappi noodles

balsamic vinegar and olive oil

rosemary (for lamb burgers)

quarter of cucumber (made into tzatziki sauce)

sour cream (for tzatziki)

onions (we buy in bulk at Costco)

sweet potatoes (also in bulk from Costco)

Alright folks – that’s it for this week! Until next time…