Oh hey there! We don’t usually see each other around these parts on Saturdays, but friends that’s about to change. Starting this week, myself along with four other amazing bloggers (Sarah from Making Thyme for Health, Julia from The Roasted Root, Ashley from Cookie Monster Cooking, and Marcie from Flavor the Moments) will be bringing you a healthy meal plan every single Saturday.
We’ll be providing you with five healthy and vegetarian adaptable recipes along with a printable meal plan and grocery list to make meal planning as easy as can be.
So all you have to do once you roll out of bed on Saturday morning is stay in those jammies, brew yourself a pot of coffee, and head on over to one of our blogs to see what you should be cooking that week.
Before we dive right into all of the yumminess, let’s take care of some business so we’re all on the same page.
First, the meal plan is totally adaptable!
There will be two printable meal plans at the end of each post: one will have each meal with the grocery list for that recipe underneath it, and the other is a customizable meal plan that you can write in which recipes you are going to make on what days, and also a spot to write your grocery list.
We did this because we know most of you won’t be making every single recipe every week. We get that leftovers happen. Pizza delivery happens. So along with only providing five, as opposed to seven, recipes for each week, we also wanted to give you a way to stay organized with the customizable print out and still using our meal plan as a guide.
Second, the grocery list we provide for you is color coded!
Once you get to this weeks meal plan (at the bottom) with the grocery list, you’ll see that the grocery items are in different colors. That’s because they are color-coded by what type of grocery they are.
So green is produce, red is dairy and meat, and purple is the non-perishable grocery items like beans, pasta, dried spices, etc. We did this so if you aren’t going to make every single recipe, you can just cross off the entire box of the one(s) you’re not making, and still be able to see what you need in each area of the store. Hopefully this makes sense to you and is helpful when you’re navigating Target/Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s on Sunday afternoon.
Another note about grocery items – things like salt, pepper, olive oil, and butter are assumed to be pantry staples and will not show up on every grocery list.
Third, every recipe has the option to be made vegetarian!
This week every recipe happens to be naturally vegetarian, but following weeks will likely not be like that. Since we know that some of our readers are vegetarian, we thought it’s important to note how the recipes with meat could be made meatless. So for example, the chicken in a southwestern chicken soup could be replaced with black beans, or the meat could just be left out of a casserole. This will be noted by each recipe along with in the grocery list where applicable.
Lastly, we are including “prep ahead” tips for each recipe!
We know you’re busy and we want to do everything we can to make getting a healthy and delicious dinner on the table as easy as it can possibly be. So with each recipe in the meal plan, we have written up tips on how to prep ahead for each meal or make things go smoothly while you are cooking. Hopefully this makes cooking on weeknights more enjoyable!
I think that’s it! If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of us. We are here to help! And if you use our meal plan in any way, we’d love to know! Tag one of us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!
Roasted Tomato and Basil Goat Cheese Pasta from greens & chocolate
Prep ahead: You can make the balsamic reduction a few days in advance. While the tomatoes are roasting, prep all of the other ingredients like chopping the basil and and boil the pasta. It should all come together pretty quickly and around the same time!
One Pot Zucchini Pasta from Making Thyme for Health.
Prep ahead: To save time you can spiralize the zucchini a day or two before and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Mexican Nourish Bowls from Cookie Monster Cooking
Prep Ahead: This entire meal can be prepared in advance! Or, you can cook just the bulgur ahead of time (or another whole grain of choosing), for one less thing to worry about the night of.
Pearl Barley Salad with Chickpeas, Lemon, and Feta from Flavor the Moments
Prep Ahead: Pearl barley and green beans may be cooked the day before. Dill may be chopped ahead of time as well. The salad can be assembled very quickly at meal time!
Southwestern Stuffed Peppers from The Roasted Root
Prep Ahead: Cook the rice in advance, or prepare all of the stuffing in advance.
Click HERE for this weeks weekly menu plan and grocery list (above)!
Click HERE for customizable menu template and grocery list (above)!