In a rut? Us too. Not a coincidence we missed last week’s meal plan… We’re leaning into a favorite way to pick out meals this week: themed nights that are easy! Before you panic, remember meal planning is to EASE your stress and not add to it.
Themes for your days can be anything you want them to be! Pinterest always has some great ideas and it’s where I find most of my inspiration. We decided to stick to what we know what works and what we love: Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wesley Wednesday, Take Out (fake out) Thursday, Pizza Friday, Breakfast for Dinner Saturday and Sunday Supper.
Meal Plan for the Week of July 12th, 2021
Total unique veggie count for this week’s meal plan, just for dinners: 34! Add a green smoothie, salad for lunch, or snack on some fruit to get you even more! We build our plans to have a variety of proteins and diversity of fruits & veggies. You’ll get even more variety in your breakfast and lunches, exceeding the goal for optimum gut health diversity of 30 servings per week.
We headed out on an adventure last weekend to pick peaches. It’s one of our favorite summer fruits! Paired with some fresh caprese eggs with our haul from the farmer’s market. This meal couldn’t be more summer if it tried! And yes, while it is veggie-centric and meatless, we are using animal protein because that’s how we roll.
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 9: brussel sprouts, kale, peaches, shallots, basil, butternut squash, beets, carrots, garlic Protein type: poultry
- Beef Taco Casserole from Fed & Fit
A twist on your usual Taco Tuesday this casserole is an easy one dish meal.
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 5: potatoes, white onion, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado Protein type: beef
- Maple Pecan Sweet and Smoky Salmon with slow roasted vegetables
When we first created this salmon, Wesley wasn’t too sure. But then he went back for seconds! It’s been a hit since we’ve had it and he requested it again. How could we refuse?
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 2: dates, broccoli Protein type: seafood
TAKE OUT (FAKE OUT) THURSDAY
Skip the carry out! It’s so fun to make at home and use up what you have on hand. It’s amazing how different it can be each week. This meal always seems so complicated to me, but with little hands helping it goes fast and is so worth the work! Prepping the pork while cooking rice works out perfectly.
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 7: peas, green onions, oyster, white, shitake mushrooms, water chestnuts, ginger Protein type: pork
- Pizza Casserole from Paleo Running Momma
Another twist on a standard favorite. While we do love this crust and making our own, sometimes when Friday comes the mess isn’t worth it. Everyone seems to love this casserole lately and I’m not complaining. Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 2: baby bella mushrooms, olives Protein type: pork
BREAKFAST FOR DINNER SATURDAY
- Breakfast for Dinner – Legit Bread Co Waffles with sautéed peaches, side of apple chicken sausage and scrambled eggs
- Green smoothies for those who wanted a little extra
We decided to make breakfast for dinner, easy to please everyone! Legit Bread Co. Waffles make it not only easy to whip up quickly, but they are delicious! We sautéed some peaches with ghee and spices, over medium low heat until tender. Just DIVINE!
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 6 : peaches, apples, cassava, spinach, banana, zucchini Protein type: poultry, eggs
- Barbecue Tri Tip with Grilled Watermelon Salad from Against All Grain
Big Sunday dinners don’t always happen in our house, but I’m hoping to make it more of a habit. I feel like it really sets the tone for the week. This recipes is a go to for us on the grill. Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 3: watermelon, arugula, radish Protein: beef
About our weekly menu
You are not alone in your struggle to put healthy meals on the table without spending all day in the kitchen. Trying to get in a variety of fruits, veggies, and protein while using local, seasonal ingredients, not to mention a variety of proteins and healthy fats, while not spending all day in the kitchen. Work, virtual school, parenting, maintaining social relationship in a time of quarantine… life is hard enough without the additional stress of what to meal plan and cook. But that’s why we’re here!
You can read about how we meal plan to do your own, or you can use each weekly post as your own menu or just for inspiration. Not every meal, every week will work for you and your family. But, I hope at least I can recommend some new, fun things and provide inspiration for your family to plan ahead in a way that works for you. We hope your whole family enjoys!
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