Happy Friday! While weekends are certainly for relaxing and having fun, you can also make your next week easier by doing a little meal planning and prep. This meal plan gives you five healthy, delicious recipes complete with shopping lists and tips for meal prep to make the whole process simpler.
Confession time: it’s been since October that I’ve posted a weekly meal plan. . .In my defense, October is also when I started a new, full-time job and weekends started getting filled with Fall hikes, skiing, holiday weekends, and spending time with new friends. As I mentioned a little while back, weekly meal plans each week just don’t fit into my schedule, but I promise to still put out a few along the way to help with inspiration (if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my previous meal plans here!). Originally, I wrote these plans to be followed completely, but after trying out a free meal planning trial, I realized it’s much more helpful to give you guys the option to follow the plan completely or just pick a few. After all, not all of you are cooking for two and some people don’t want leftovers for lunch. So, I’ve updated the format a bit. Now the grocery lists and meal prep tips are divided by recipe. There’s still a master grocery list at the very end for those of you who do want to follow the plan in its entirety.
As I eluded to above, these plans are designed so that you eat leftovers from the night before at lunch. However, now that the recipes are broken up a bit more, you could easily pick one or two for dinners and another few for lunches – whatever works best. I’d love to hear what you think of the new design! Also give me a shout-out if meal planning is super important to you, and I can start working them in more frequently again. Enjoy!
Friday: Out or leftovers
Read on for grocery lists and meal-prep tips!
Sheet Pan Dijon Maple Pork Tenderloin
Sunday Prep: Since you’ll be making this Sunday for Sunday dinner, no advance prep needed. However, if you are looking to prep some of this recipe in advance, I recommend cutting the veggies and storing them in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them.
Chili-Roasted Brussels Sprouts Tacos
Sunday Prep: shred your brussels sprouts and toss with olive oil, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Option to go ahead and roast them tonight or wait until Monday night. They do re-heat well in the microwave, but they’ll lose a bit of their crispness overnight. On Monday roast sprouts (if needed) or reheat. Heat refried beans on stove or microwave. Once beans and sprouts are hot, simply assemble tacos.
5-Ingredient Pesto Pasta Salad
Sunday Prep: prepare the full recipe as written on Sunday. Store in fridge and serve cold on Tuesday. This one also makes for great lunches!
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Sunday Prep: Make the filling in advance, by baking the sweet potatoes and combining them with remaining filling ingredients. You can stop here and finish the recipe on Tuesday, or go ahead and assemble the enchilada casserole. I recommend baking it the night you plan to eat it.
10-Minute Shrimp and Orzo Soup
Sunday Prep: No Sunday night prep for this one as everything comes together in 10 minutes. If you want, Wednesday night you could thaw out your shrimp.
Following the whole meal plan? Here’s the grocery and pantry lists for all five recipes:
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