This weekend was cold, cold, cold! Last week was gorgeous and in the 70’s and 80’s, so a cold snap was not exactly welcomed! We quickly decided that our weekend plans would consist of staying inside and continuing our quest for simplicity. I wrote a post a few weeks back reflecting on Emily Ley’s A Simplified Life book, and we’re still trucking right along, slowing simplifying different areas of our lives and home. On the list this weekend was tackling laundry piles (some years old, truth!), a deep vacuum, cleaning out old purses and making donation bags for them, organizing our master closet, and decluttering our master bedroom. It was a much needed day of cleaning, and we both went to bed Saturday night feeling exhausted but accomplished.
Sunday’s act of simplifying didn’t consist of rigorous chores, but rather something I’m constantly trying to work on: meal planning! We’re going to have a few nights this week where our schedules will be thrown off, so I wanted to make sure I had groceries already purchased and prepped. I’m a huge proponent of meal planning and buying everything for the week at one time, but I’d be lying if I said we did this every week! We certainly don’t! But the weeks where we do – game changing.
I’m always curious what other people have on their weekly meal plans, so I thought I’d pop in share ours. This week we’re utilizing our local Kroger’s Click List grocery pickup service, and I’ll go grab everything first thing in the morning after I drop Adeline off. I am already feeling less stressed about an “off” week and excited about our dinner options. I’ll also share our grocery total, because I always seem to get a huge response from people on Instagram who are stunned at the dollar amount.
Let’s get to it.
Monday – Friday: Bacon, Eggs, English muffins
Monday – Friday: Deli sandwiches, Chips, Olives + Mixed fruit (which I forgot to order, oops!)
Monday: DIY Pizza (one of our favorites, but we’ll be sticking to pepperoni this week!)
Tuesday: Crock Pot Baked Ziti (would normally add a side salad, but I just can’t do salads lately!)
Thursday: Steak/Baked or Mashed Potatoes/Corn
Friday: Date Night or Leftovers (probably leftovers because we’re on a mission to save!)
Total: $77.85 ($82.50 after pickup charge)
Things to note
We already had green beans, corn, and several cheeses, so that helped motivate our meal picks. We also typically do pizza night on Friday night, like religiously, but because of this “off” week I wanted to find a fun and easy dinner for me and Adeline to make together, so it got moved up. I also typically wouldn’t put two red-sauce type meals back to back, but again, it’s a weird week and Adam doesn’t like Ziti so Tuesday night it was. Lastly, I’ve been craving meat + potato type meals lately, so they seem to be on repeat. It’s not the most interesting meal plan in the world, but it’s easy, and will satisfy this preggo’s tastebuds.
If you’re wondering how Adeline fairs at dinnertime, she typically eats pretty well. Of course some nights it’s more of a battle than others and she ends up with a cup of applesauce, and we end up with a cup of grace!
For more recipe inspiration, you can see a few of our longtime favorites HERE.
What’s one thing on your meal plan this week? What is your go-to meal to make when you’re extra busy?