Monday, January 5, 2015

Meal Plan Monday: Eating Healthy Starts at Home

I'm sure more than a few of us have spouted our New Year's resolutions and included one or more of the following:

"I want to eat better this year"
"I want to make healthier lifestyle choices"
"I want to spend less money"

All three of these goals are on my list this year, and cooking dinners consistently at home are part of my plan for making better lifestyle choices.

Each week I will start with meal plan, and then stick to it. With a family of diverse palettes, meal planning is key to make sure that everyone is satisfied at mealtime. I made a really easy meal planning worksheet, complete with a removable shopping list, that you can print out right at home!

As part of my goal for eating healthier, I will make at least one vegetarian meal a week, and incorporate more vegetables and whole grains into our nightly meal. For the money-saving goals, I will stick a few "wildcard" nights where I will strive to make a meal out of the fridge and pantry (and utilize those leftovers!).

Week of January 5-11

Ham and Potato Soup with a Green Salad
I made a big batch of this soup over the weekend using the last of the Christmas ham and the ham bone. This is my mom's absolute favorite soup so I shared some with her.

Steak Fajita Tacos
Quick Pickled Vegetables
Black Beans

Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche
Look for this recipe on Thursday's post

Pork Stew with Kale and Root Vegetables
This was one of the first recipes I posted on Creative Mama Messy House, and it is still a family favorite. I will start it in the crockpot in the morning and let it cook itself.

Wildcard Night - Clean out the leftovers

Homemade Pizza night

Whole Wheat Penne with Butternut Squash and Sage
I stumbled across this recipe while on Pinterest the other day. I plan on making this without the pancetta to keep it our vegetarian meal for the week. I love the combination of butternut squash and sage!

Meal planning, tell me your routine! Do you write everything down, or just shop and wing it?

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  1. I just bought a butternut squash, thanks for the idea! YUM!

    1. Butternut squash are one of my favorite "winter" vegetables and are so versatile! I can usually get 2 meals out of one squash, so very wallet-friendly, too!


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