Meal Planning + This Week’s Eats.


Bleh! Meal planning! My brain is fried after every planning session. I feel like I am ten parts horrible to one part awesome in this department. Heck, I even wrote a post with 10 tips for better meal planning (image above is from that post), so why is it still so hard? I really need to take my own advice!

I think I spent two hours or more figuring out my meal plan on Friday night (party animal, right here). Can I get that time back? Can I shrink it down to 30 minutes? Maybe it would be easier if I didn’t have a food blog.. but probably not. I will keep plugging away at it, though- I know it’s a good thing and will help my overall sanity for the rest of the week.

So here’s what I came up with: our meal plan in all it’s glory. This is what’s up. Happy Sunday, ya’ll!

The Oven Love Meal Plan: February 2014, Week 1

Sunday (today): Eggs and these chocolate paleo muffins for breakfast (they were okay, I would like to work with the recipe to make it even more chocolatey!), quick sandwiches/salads for lunch after church, pot roast for dinner. Also making hard boiled eggs and a new version of this baked oatmeal for later in the week, plus homemade bread.

Monday: Baked oatmeal for breakfast, leftover pot roast for lunches, and we’re giving this Paleo Chik-fil-A recipe a try for dinner with some veggies on the side. Also making apple cinnamon muffins for later in the week.

Tuesday: Eggs and sausage for breakfast, lunch TBD (probably veggies/fruit/cheese/hard-boiled eggs, etc), Mahi Mahi with an Asian slaw like this one, minus the chicken. Also trying out these butternut squash flatbreads for lunches later in the week.

Wednesday: Dealer’s choice for breakfast (muffins, baked oatmeal or eggs, whatever’s left), butternut squash wraps with fruit/veg for lunch, dinner with our house church.

Thursday: Bacon and eggs for breakfast, fridge clean out for lunch, and recipe development for dinner  (working on a chicken curry recipe for you guys) which I’ll probably serve with rice and a salad.

Friday: Eggs and veggies for breakfast, leftover curry for lunch, and trying out these Honey Balsamic Meatballs for dinner with some sweet potato fries.

Saturday: Probably pancakes for breakfast (I still don’t have a tried-and-true recipe I really love, so who knows what recipe I’ll choose!), trying my hand at homemade pho for lunch, and dinner is TBD.

I have to give my girl Jess all the credit for motivating me to make a meal plan this week! Every Sunday she shares her meal plan on her blog, Jessica Lynn Writes. Check out her plans for the week, too:

Jessica Lynn Writes
6 Responses to “Meal Planning + This Week’s Eats.”
  1. andria says:

    Do i get to pick which meal i want and therefore which night for me and kids to invade your place? 😉

  2. Traci says:

    I love the look of your meal plan! It’s not only written down, but fun to look at. I meal plan to some extent but don’t think I could ever be quite as organized as you are. I’m hoping to see some soup recipes in March, then!

  3. Laura says:

    Those meatballs sound delicious!

  4. jessica lynn says:

    YUM! I seriously love looking at what other people are eating. The chick-fil-a nuggets look awesome and I’m pretty sure they’re going on our menu next week. I’m anxiously awaiting some almond meal/flour coming in the mail tomorrow so I can start baking again. I prepped everything to make banana bread last week, only to realize I was out. Sad times. Thanks for the meatball tips, by the way; I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  5. Roz says:

    Hey Natalie! Congrats on a sugar detox! I wanted to let you know I have a meal planning website that isn’t a subscription but a one time membership for access to the whole meal plans library. I have almost 2 years of meal plans on there…and growing. Thought I’d let you know. 🙂 The meal plans website is (my blog is Real Food Family).