Meal Plan: March 22-March 28

Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit), 4 snacks, and 5 dinners each for the two of us. Lunches are typically a double batch of whatever the recipe calls for. We make the lunches and do other prep work on Sunday. Nearly all items are purchased from either our local farmers market or Whole Foods. We live in Cincinnati, OH.

My new office mate is kind of awkward
My new office mate is kind of awkward

March 22-March 28

Happy first full week of spring! Let’s ignore that fact that we might get a sprinkle of snow here on Friday, because that’s not what spring is about. It’s about dreaming of fresh produce that will hopefully arrive so soon, and the thought of being able to wear shorts again and sit outside without getting chilled.

The good life.

Total cost: Roughly $141

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $5.03

Breakfast

  • Homemade granola- with yogurt and frozen berries/bananas- double batch
  • Avocado toast

Lunch

  • Curried chicken salad with lettuce cups- recipe to come

Snack

Dinner

Meal Plan: March 15-March 21

Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit), 4 snacks, and 5 dinners each for the two of us. Lunches are typically a double batch of whatever the recipe calls for. We make the lunches and do other prep work on Sunday. Nearly all items are purchased from either our local farmers market or Whole Foods. We live in Cincinnati, OH.

Spring means tulips
Spring means tulips

March 15-March 21

It’s starting to warm up here in Cincinnati, and little flowers have started to appear. There are hardly words to describe how happy this makes me.

Sometimes this time of the year is tricky, because I’m ready for spring and summer meals, but the weather can be fickle and we’re still waiting on the good produce. Patience comes into play, but all the sunshine really helps.

This Friday is the first day of spring! We’re almost there.

Total cost: Roughly $121

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $4.32

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Meal Plan: March 8-March 14

Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit), 4 snacks, and 5 dinners each for the two of us. Lunches are typically a double batch of whatever the recipe calls for. We make the lunches and do other prep work on Sunday. Nearly all items are purchased from either our local farmers market or Whole Foods. We live in Cincinnati, OH.

Mushroom Ramen! SO GOOD
Mushroom ramen with roasted pork belly! SO GOOD

March 8-March 14

I believe that spring MIGHT be on its way now. This week we have highs in the 50’s and 60’s, which makes me so excited I could… do something dramatic. Not sure what, at the moment.

We had a fun weekend celebrating Bockfest, a huge beer festival here. We kept things pretty low-key, but it was a great chance to hang out with friends and learn a little about our new city. Cincinnati is a city that really loves its beer, and is extremely proud of its beer-centric heritage. Also, there’s a goat and a Sausage Queen involved. It’s a whole thing. Who knew?!

Total cost: Roughly $113

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $4.04

Breakfast

  • Sprouted sesame toast with bananas and halva chocolate spread (recipe to come)
  • Huevos rancheros- with these beans

Lunch

Snack

  • 3 layer nut free dream cups (recipe to come)

Dinner

Meal Plan: March 1-March 7

Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit), 4 snacks, and 5 dinners each for the two of us. Lunches are typically a double batch of whatever the recipe calls for. We make the lunches and do other prep work on Sunday. Nearly all items are purchased from either our local farmers market or Whole Foods. We live in Cincinnati, OH.

Pretending it's spring
Pretending it’s spring

March 1-March 7

Happy March! Even though we’re still getting snow, March is confirmation that spring is, in fact, on its way. Thank goodness. Over it.

I started a new job last week, hence the severe lack of recent posting. The mental exhaustion that comes with a new job takes me by surprise every time. Hopefully soon I’ll be in the swing of it and will have more time and energy to try out new recipes. For now, we’re a little bit more survival focused.

Total cost: Roughly $111

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $3.96

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Meal Plan: February 22- February 28

Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit), 4 snacks, and 5 dinners each for the two of us. Lunches are typically a double batch of whatever the recipe calls for. We make the lunches and do other prep work on Sunday. Nearly all items are purchased from either our local farmers market or Whole Foods. We live in Cincinnati, OH.

Too cold
Too cold

February 22- February 28

I spent the last week in a frozen tundra, or at least that’s what it felt like. Cincinnati got a ton of snow and ice over the week, and Josh was gone the whole time, to Florida, no less. It’s like a slap in the face.

To properly deal with the frozen wasteland around me, I stayed bundled up in layers and curled up under a blanket on the sofa for pretty much the entire time. The salad I had planned on eating? Discarded after 2 days because the thought of eating cold things while surrounded by cold things was less than appealing. Instead, I just kept reheating variations of leftovers to keep me warm and well fed.

Sometimes, even the best meal plan is no match for the weather.

Better luck this week!

Total cost: Roughly $132

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $4.71

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Meal Plan: February 15- February 21

Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit), 4 snacks, and 5 dinners each for the two of us. Lunches are typically a double batch of whatever the recipe calls for. We make the lunches and do other prep work on Sunday. Nearly all items are purchased from either our local farmers market or Whole Foods. We live in Cincinnati, OH.

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Our Valentine gifts now involve pieces of furniture

February 15- February 21

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day! We wound up being really busy on Saturday so we had a belated day of celebratory food on Sunday. We rarely go out on Valentine’s anyway because most restaurants have fixed menus that are A) underwhelming, B) overpriced, and C) not good for someone with an allergy to both dairy and nuts. It’s nice being able to relax at home anyway.

Josh is really busy this week and doesn’t need much food from me, which means I actually did buy two different kinds of nuts this week! It’s a record. I was tempted to buy a big block of cheese as well, but decided not to go too crazy. I’m sure I’ll find a way to use some of the cheese remnants in our fridge at some point in the week. In the meantime, I’m going to eat raw brownies with pecans and wash it all down with some almond milk. Bliss.

Total cost: Roughly $110

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $3.93

(Belated) Valentine’s Day

Brunch

Dinner

Rest of the week

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

 

Meal Plan: February 8- February 14

Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit), 4 snacks, and 5 dinners each for the two of us. Lunches are typically a double batch of whatever the recipe calls for. We make the lunches and do other prep work on Sunday. Nearly all items are purchased from either our local farmers market or Whole Foods. We live in Cincinnati, OH.

Failed dough. Our house is just too cold and drafty these days for yeast
Failed dough. Our house is just too cold and drafty these days for yeast

February 8- February 14

Our meal plan system has come a long way over the years, and we’ve been really happy with what it looks like. The past few months have included some really big changes in what our life looks like though, and we decided to start possibly shifting the meal plan to reflect that.

When we started out, Josh was working full time retail, which means some nights, all weekend, and limited time for him to eat during the day. I was working a full time M-F job, and we managed to find a balance that worked for us.

These days, Josh is now working in an office, M-F, with weekends off (HOORAY!), plus a fair amount of travel. I’m at the house all day, and while I can spend more time cooking, cooking and cleaning up the kitchen can take a good chunk out of my day, every day. This gets especially old when Josh is out of town. I want to eat a delicious, healthy dinner, but all of that work just for myself is less than appealing. On top of that, since Josh is now sitting at a desk all day, he needs a few more healthy snack options so he isn’t tempted to run downstairs to the cafeteria and grab a cookie. The struggle is real.

SO… we’re going to be messing around with our meal plans for a bit, especially for the weeks that Josh is traveling. We’re excited to see how it all works, even if it does make for a little more work on Sundays. I’ve tried to break things down to better list everything that got done yesterday, and how it will work through the week. One of the benefits is that we can grab produce that’s on sale that isn’t featured in the online sales flyer. Hopefully this helps us mix things up a little and helps keep some costs down.

Speaking of keeping costs down… this week would have been a lot more reasonable if somehow we hadn’t had to restock maple syrup ($20!) and olive oil. Ugh. Oh, and we bought beer. Because.

Total cost: Roughly $143

Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $5.11

Breakfast

  • Homemade granola- double batch, with homemade coconut milk (add a couple of dates, cinnamon, vanilla, and pinch of salt to the basic recipe) and frozen berries/bananas- All prepped Sunday

Lunch

  • Reset button salad- make extra quinoa, plus chopped fruit (oranges, mango, and starfruit, all on sale)- All prepped Sunday

Snack

  • Leftover snacks from previous weeks, plus chopped vegetables (carrots, red bell pepper (sale) and cucumber) and tahini lemon dressing for dipping- All prepped Sunday

Dinner

  • Roasted chicken and vegetables- make stock with carcass
  • Curried butternut squash soup- with homemade stock, makes enough for 2 meals
  • Quinoa bowls- 2 meals- quinoa and roasted vegetables (acorn squash, sweet potatoes and broccoli), topped with sesame sauce- All prepped Sunday. Can also use leftover roasted chicken and canned black beans/chickpeas to bulk up as necessary