Happy New Year! Things have been somewhat quiet online as I ease into this month’s January Whole30; I like to keep things simple the first week as I get back into meal planning for Casa de Crews. I have been quite chatty on insta and in our facebook group, so feel free to find me there!
I did send a survey out at the beginning of the year and more than HALF of you asked for meal plans with a corresponding shopping list [at the end of this post]; ask and you’ll receive, friends. Sharing weekly meal plans is something I have wanted to do for a while, and just haven’t. BUT! Seeing so many of you ask, means it’s something we all need so much, right?
Why Meal Plan?
I didn’t really know how to meal plan/prep until after Jason started law school. And before that, I was still in school myself, so in those days we ate out more because I was pretty much never home, and also I was in my twenties and I could eat junk multiple times in a week without feeling a food hangover. That’s not the case anymore – womp.
- Meal prepping saves a ton of money! Even if you feel like you’re spending a lot at once on Sunday [or whatever day you grocery shop], if you compare eating out to a grocery trip, you will definitely save. I think we save approx $250/month just by meal planning!
- Whether you follow a certain lifestyle [keto, paleo, primal, whatever] cooking the majority of your meals at home will make you feel better. YOU know exactly what you’re putting on your plate and into your body.
- Less stress! I don’t know about you, but as fun as it to sometimes stray from my meal planning, I stress about what to eat when it isn’t planned. A planned night out doesn’t stress me out [and who doesn’t love a night out?!] but a day where I don’t have breakfast food in the house, or food to make lunch or dinner and I find myself scrambling and stressing. Plus, Jason and I play the game every couple knows, “what’s for dinner?” where neither of you want to make the decision.
That’s not to say every week is perfect or that I plan as often as I’d like, but it helps me immensely to have a plan in place! Because it’s the two of us at Casa de Crews, most of our dinners serve as lunch leftovers the next day, but I will provide lunch options below that aren’t part of the plan, but simple ideas to help you out! My weekly meal plans will include dinner ideas to get you from Monday-Friday. I like to make more weekend-esque meals on Saturday or Sunday, which are more time consuming but fun for me. You do you, friend.
P.S. This week’s menu is completely Whole30 compliant because I am on a Whole30. You don’t have to be following the Whole30 or even know what a Whole30 is to make these meals at home – enjoy!
On this week’s menu:
Gyro Meatballs in the airfryer. If you don’t have an airfryer, you can use this recipe to bake. I like to make these meatballs with feta, over salad on a Monday to keep it light. If you’re on a Whole30, omit any cheese. These meatballs would also be great in a rice bowl.
Sheet Pan Chicken Sausage with Veggies. This is the easiest dinner e v e r. Ready in 33 minutes, you can’t beat it. Plus, it’s a complete meal. which means easy cleanup!
Slow-Cooker Beef Stir-Fry. This is one of our favorites over cauli rice. I chop everything on Tuesday night and dump in on Wednesday before work. The house smells amazing to come home to.
This would usually be a night I want to eat out, but let’s stay strong as the week comes to an end, and cook at home; then we can eat out over the weekend and not feel rushed. I’m making this Whole Chicken in my Instant Pot. This will be served with roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli at Casa de Crews. You could add this chicken to salad, rice bowls [like cauli-fried rice], soup, etc. I’ll make homemade bone broth over the weekend with leftovers.
Fridays call for Italian! I’m making almond-breaded Chicken Parmesan in the airfryer. You can bake or pan fry if you don’t have an air-fryer. Again, because whole30, I’ll serve over zoods, but you can pair with pasta if you like. And please have a glass of wine for meeee.
I usually prep a mason jar salad on Sunday nights so I have lunch on Monday without freaking out. Definitely making Salt and Vinegar Chicken Wings on Sunday for a playoff party we’re going to! A breakfast I never get tired of: sweet potato, apple and bacon hash.
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