So, how many of you are following Trim Healthy Mama? I seem to be this catalyst that gets other on board but eventually falls off the horse herself. With that being said, I thought I better meal plan again. It’s been a long time and I think it would help my over-all eating problem- I just need to make sure I implement it!
So here I will share my first few steps with you and you could either follow along or make your own plan. If the meals sound yummy, you may even try mine out. 🙂
Let’s Get it together!
Step #1– Go through the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook and try to make a plan! Pick meals that I have made before and liked, meals that are easy (or at least doable if my energy runs low) and any other meals that catch my eye.
This is a painstaking process sometimes. Especially if you haven’t made many of the meals. That, and I realized when I started to make some of the meals below, the temperature started changing outside and it got extremely hot, and I did not want to use the oven. So some of those recipes had to step back and I had to just do something else. This is a learning process, right?
So, here are my ideas for 2 weeks of meals by meal category. I put them on specific days when I wrote it out, but knowing me, the days may change so I though I better put them by title while I wrote them up here.
I may or may not put snacks on this list because sometimes snacks for me are leftovers, or extras I made, etc. It will depend on how well I prep and get everything ready. That also depends on how much energy I have to complete it all. That energy thing has been an issue now that I am getting in that last trimester.
Warning: not all the recipes have the page numbers but they are all in the cookbook…my cookbook seems to be missing in action.
For me, because of gestational diabetes, breakfasts have to be mostly S meals. Having an E lately seems to set off my blood sugars, but I will test a couple of Es and see if I can change them or just keep taking insulin like I have to.
THM Pancakes (My plan? Make a huge batch of them and freeze what I don’t use. Then, if I don’t feel like making a snack or need something quick, I can pull them from the freezer.)
Mufflets (Same as the Pancakes. Make a bunch and freeze what I don’t use. They work as an easy protein. I think if I have energy I will try to do both the THM pancakes and the mufflets at the same time…still thinking over that one.)
Volcano Mud Slide Muffin ( I was thinking I could just take a little baggy and put all the dry ingredients in it. When I am ready, I’ll put the wet ones in a mug, dump the baggy and voila! All ready to stick in the microwave. Actually, I might make more than one so then it’s ready to just go when I need a snack, and either stick them in the cubbard or a fridge. )
Giant Blueberry Baked Pancake (Not sure if I really want to make this ahead of time.)
Breakfast Casserole (Maybe I will stick this together the night before? Still thinking on it)
Brainy Blueberry Muffin (Same idea as the Volcano Mud Slide Muffin)
Nana’s Fluffy Omelet (Do this on one day)
Chocolate Monkey Crepes (I have been wanting to do this recipe forever but I never have all the ingredients on hand or I just don’t have the energy. I will have to re-look at it and see if there are any steps I can do ahead of time. Maybe make the wraps and chocolate syrup first?)
Frosted Cinnamon Muffin (Same as Volcano Mud Slide)
Sweet Dreams Cookie Bowl Oatmeal (This is suppose to be made a day ahead of time, so I will most likely do that)
Donuts (My family likes these more than I do, but I can make a bunch and stick them in the freezer for convenience)
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin (I thought if I was going to do a bunch of muffin in a mugs I would try a variety. The next two items are also that, so I will just have to put the names on each bag and write what I need to add to each one to make it what I want)
Banana Nut Muffin
Chocolate Skinny Chip Muffin
Now lunches are interesting. If my family doesn’t chow down all the food at supper, sometimes my lunches are just the leftovers from the night before. I also just like to get Ezekiel bread or Joseph’s Lavash Bread or Pitas and make sandwiches with tuna, cheese, or even a PB&J. Another favorite is Salmon. I love frying salmon and sometimes trying to get another vegetable with it, or just sauteing some onions. Yum Yum! But looking through the book, some things popped out that I may try this time around. So I will name them possibilities instead of a definite. 😀
Sweetie on Steroids pg 76
Creamless Creamy Chicken pg 78
Crispy Salmon Siesta pg. 80 (This pretty much is what I make but not always with squash)
Just Like Campbell’s Tomato Soup with Joseph’s Grilled Cheese pg 112
Deviled Eggs (My family calls them stuffed eggs)
Now remember, lunches are more like ideas. I don’t really know how many of these I will get to, but I would like to try them out! I definitely need to be able to just probably have things ready or prepped ahead so I can throw it all together.
Lazy Lasagna pg 140 (My family loved this noodle-less lasagna. It could probably be made ahead of time)
Wicked White Chili pg (This is a crockpot meal. What is the neat things about the crockpot meals in the cookbook? They give you instructions on how to prepare it before hand and stick it in your freezer until you are ready to use it. 🙂 )
Loaded Spaghetti Squash Casserole pg 38
Wise Shepherd’s Pie pg 134
Cabb and Saus Skillet (This is one of the easiest skillet meals to make and doesn’t take too long)
Cajun Cream Chicken (Another crockpot meal! I think I picked four of them for the two weeks because I want to prep them ahead and get them all set by the time we need to eat it, saving energy)
BLT Frittata (breakfast for dinner usually works. 🙂 )
Cowboy Grub pg 59
Wipe Your Mouth BBQ pg 43
Egg Roll in a Bowl pg 62 (skillet meal…just need to make sure cabbage is ready, or just get ready-made coleslaw)
Chicken Pot Pie pg 137
Wonder-Wrap-Ful Lasagna pg 148 (I need to make the wraps ahead of time probably, but it looks doable.)
Balsamic Chicken pg 56 (crockpot meal)
Step #2 (Which You Can Do While Doing Step #1)- Make a grocery list of the items you will need to make these meals. You may have some on hand already, so knowing what is in your pantry/cabinet would be a good thing.
I did actually write a big list but I know I probably wrote some things twice or three times. They weren’t in any order, just all jumbled on a page. So what I need to do it just organize it so when I go shopping, it’s not as hard. (By the way, I did most of the planning/picking on one day, but this organization part of the list I did the next day. My brain was pretty fried after making up some type of menu plan! Can you relate?) Note: As I make my organized list, I cross out the items on my jumbled list so it’s easier for me to not rewrite anything or forget something.
These were some of the categories I used.
Canned Items/Mostly Dry Goods
Step 3- Go food shopping!
Get that list and go shopping. My favorite stores are BJ’s, Aldis, and Walmart. I live in New York and we don’t have some of the other stores I have seen, but they usually have what I am looking for.
Next week I will share with you what recipes I actually did and if my family liked them! 🙂
Be inspired today!