Meal Planning: A Beginner’s Guide


So you all know just how much I love meal planning. After all, it’s the first step to meal prep! I’ve been doing meal planning for years! A lot longer than I have been meal prepping. I grew up in a home that did meal planning every week. My parents still do!

I’m excited to say that today I’m talking about meal planning over at Sarah & Co! Head over to her lovely site and check out the full post!


Sunday Meal Prep: March 20, 2016

Hey everyone! I hope you all had an amazing week. I’m still enjoying sinking back into my normal routine and working on improving those same routines this week, and it went pretty well! One part that helped a lot with that,Β as it always does, was our meal prep! This week was a pretty full week, schedule wise, and the peace of mind that comes from the meals already being prepared helped me keep on track and get stuff done!

I decided to go with another quick and easy prep this week, though I am trying out 3 new recipes! The only downside of the “quick and easy” part this week is I’m sure this will result in a bigger prep next week. We are running low on some of our freezer staples, so those will definitely be included next week!

For this week though, I was able to keep things simple! This prep took around 2 hours of active cooking, which means that I was able to cook AND work on some DIY projects for our in-progress bedroom remodel!Β I can’t wait until that’s done and I can share it all with you! Anyways…on to what I CAN share with you!

Meal Prep for an Healthy and Easy Week, Food Prep

Mason Jar Salads, No -Bake Oatmeal Protein Balls, Grapes and cheese snacks, Meal Prep

This week’s snacks were pretty simple. We still had some other protein and energy balls left in the fridge from last week, so I decided to try out one new protein ball recipe instead of making our regular ones: No-Bake Oatmeal Protein Energy Balls! These turned out really tasty. I really like the addition of the cinnamon! I did use chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla because, well, that’s what we have in the house πŸ™‚ For the liquid, I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk and for the addition at the end of the recipe, I used dark chocolate chips. I will definitely be making these again!

Other than the protein balls, I just put together my normal grapes and cheese cups (still my favorite daily snack!) and our Mason Jar Salads.

Spicy Sausage Alfredo Bake, Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken, Meal Prep Main Dishes

For our main dishes, both were new recipes: Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken and Spicy Smoked Sausage Alfredo Bake. These turned out great, though you may not believe me from the picture! I know that the Alfredo Bake looks a bit browned on the top πŸ™‚ Let’s just say that me and my broiler are still getting to know each other! I put it in for 3 minutes when I probably should have done 2. Oh well! It was still really tasty, and the top was only a little extra browned.

I did make some adjustments to the Alfredo Bake as well. I sauteed some chopped onions and bell peppers in a little olive oil and set them aside. When it was time to add the sausage to the sauce, I added the sauteed vegetables as well. Along with that, I substituted smoked turkey sausage for the smoked sausage and evaporated milk for the half and half. It turned out great! I think next time I may add in some broccoli too. I love that the recipe is easily altered and added to!

Well, that’s it for this week’s meal prep! Have you been trying any new recipes? I’ve been on a huge new recipe kick, probably from getting started more on Pinterest. Have you found any favorite recipes on there? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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Want to get started meal prepping yourself? Check out these posts for my top tips and my staple recipes!

Need some extra inspiration? Check out last week’s meal prep for other recipes and ideas!