Posted on February 19, 2015 at 6:00 am
I have received quite a few questions about what my family eats each week since my post about meal planning was published. I realize how hard it can be to get started or even keep up with meal planning. I also know that the weeks I slack off and get out of the habit of planning ahead are even more stressful than if I had just gotten it done.
So today I thought I would share with you a month’s worth of my personal meal plans. I have typed these up so they are easy to read, but I normally write my plans each week in pencil so that I can easily erase and make changes if needed. Keep scrolling past the images and you will find links and notes for some of the recipes I have used.
You will notice my family doesn’t have much variety when it comes to our breakfasts. That was one of the hardest meals to figure out when we went gluten free. Most of the variety comes from making each dish a little different from week to week. Smoothies might be strawberry-banana one week, then ginger-orange-blueberry the next. Same for the oatmeal; I let my girls decide what flavors they want to add to their oatmeal each week. Scrambled eggs versus sunny side up… you get the idea.
The lunches outlined are what I pack for the girls each day. I usually bring leftovers, but if there aren’t any, I pack something similar to what I had planned for lunch.
This is where I put in the most of my effort each week. If I plan my dinners well, they will spill over into my lunches for the week and sometimes even my breakfasts. It has taken me a little bit to figure out not to plan too many new recipes for weeknight cooking. I now save my experimenting for the weekends or earlier in the week.
I hope that helps you get started, or gives you some ideas to keep you going. Feel free to post questions or comments and I will be sure to respond!