Meal Planning for the Week

During the fall session of Fit4Mom’s Body Back, the instructor often asked us to post our weekly meal plans to the group’s Facebook page on Sundays. This forced me to think about what I was going to cook, as well as find (or just remember) easy meals I could make. I even dusted off the slow cooker.

Meal planning | This week's recipes from Skinnytaste, Iowa Girl Eats, Cooking Light | Weight Watchers friendly

The session ended, and Fit4Mom offered a holiday mini-session of Body Back that started on Tuesday. The program is basically the same, but there are no assessments and no weighing in each week. As much as that last part makes me want to cheer, I completely ignored everything I had been doing the past two months and didn’t bother to meal plan or even grocery shop this past week, which of course resulted in eating out several times.

I can do better than this, so today I forced myself to sit down, do some meal planning, and go on a massive grocery trip. Here’s my plan for the week:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Saturday Whole Wheat English Muffin + Banana + Peanut Butter Brunch? Maple Dijon Drumsticks + Couscous
Sunday Whole Wheat English Muffin + Banana + Peanut Butter  ?? Cafe Sushi
Monday Green Smoothie Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili Man-Pleasing Chicken + Brussels Sprouts
Tuesday Green Smoothie Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili Leftovers
Wednesday Green Smoothie Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili Neat Kitchen + Bar
Thursday Green Smoothie Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili Cincinnati Turkey Chili + Whole Wheat Spaghetti
Friday Green Smoothie Leftovers Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Worth Reading: October 2014

Is it just me, or is October one of the busiest months of the year? I felt like we were moving at warp speed all month, and now it’s a straight shot to the holidays. So after you finish up your trick-or-treating and before you start pinning vigorously to your All Things Thanksgiving board, here are a few posts you might want to check out from around the Internet that made me laugh, cry, vigorously nod my head in agreement, or want to virtual-fist bump the author.

photo by alicejamieson via PhotoRee

Not sure what to dress up as tonight? You could pull one of these “sexy” mom costumes together pretty quickly.

Add some of these ideas into your morning routine for a happiness boost.

I loved reading these quotes about how parenting is different in the United States.

Maybe book club should be article club instead? I kind of love this idea.

This is in my crockpot right now.

A reminder that I need to use my stand-up desk more often.

Do you have a habits manifesto? This might be a fun project for the new year.

Since I’m the mom of a little girl, I’m just going to leave this here, in case I need it in the (very) near future.

And speaking of reading lists, Amy Poehler’s new book is definitely going on mine. (FYI. That’s an affiliate link.)

Happy Halloween everybody! Until November…