Meal Planning: Week One

Hi friends! It’s yet another Monday, but by the time you read this it will most likely be Tuesday. Busy day today! We’re halfway through September which means it’s practically FALL!

Today (or now, yesterday) was my sister’s birthday! You’re right, we’re not really sisters, but we’ve been best friends for 19 years so it pretty much counts.

little rock half marathon 2013

Before I get into my weekend recap and today’s topic…please enjoy The Dancing Queen of the Bus Stop.

She’s got more moves than I do.

Today I’m linking up with Katie over at Healthy Diva Life, for another #MIMM.

This weekend was pretty marvelous indeed. It’s so nice to have a weekend where we aren’t traveling, and we can stay home and get whatever we want done! So. Nice.

Friday night as you know was Pizza Night, our weekly tradition where we switch off making a homemade pizza and dessert and pick out a new movie to watch. Adam was on pizza duty so he made pizza roll-ups! Oh my goodness, they might have been the best “pizza” he’s ever made! We dipped them in bbq sauce and vodka pasta sauce, and they were amazing. We ended up going over to a friend’s house after dinner so I moved my dessert making to Saturday night- chocolate chip oatmeal cookies! And Sunday afternoon I made another fresh batch of granola. Just call me Betty Crocker. And don’t mind my house shoes. Don’t hate.

fall baking

My long run on Saturday turned into a short run. The weather was gorgeous, the sky was extra blue, and I woke up in plenty of time, but I just couldn’t mentally get it together long enough for an 8 miler, so a leisurely 5 miles it was. I hated that I just wasn’t having that 8 miler, but it happens, and I’m not overly worried about it. This week I will be hitting it hard!

running in arkansas lake willastein in the fall

Did I mention that I ran in LONG SLEEVES?! Probably my favorite running outfit…shorts, compression socks, and a long sleeve shirt. BAM.

Truckee had a marvelous weekend too. In case you were wondering. She not only got to help me “clean” the house and “sort” my laundry…

black lab on laundry pile

but she also got a new bed! A therapeutic bed to be exact. We sometimes joke about how motherly she is, and call her “Mother Truckee,” so ‘ole Mother Truckee now has an old lady bed, even though she turns one at the end of this month. We know how picky she is about her surfaces though…i.e. she prefers memory foam and will only lay on certain blankets, so we knew this squishy bed would be a hit. She has already claimed it as her own I am happy to report! Can’t wait to see how long that white lasts…

black lab on bed

Oh, and she played dress up. But only for 5 minutes.

Like I said, she had a pretty awesome weekend.

Meal Planning: Take One – Week One.

Adam and I have been a budgeting machine lately, and have set some goals, and by-golly we are going to reach them. One of those goals, is to be better about our weekly grocery budget, and stop going out to eat as much. So, to help with this I’ve decided to tackle the idea of weekly meal planning, and going to the grocery store just once, maybe twice for fresh veggies or meat. At my old job, my lunch was delivered-in every day, aka paid for everyday, aka I basically ate fast food everyday for lunch, and Adam just took to lunch whatever he could find in our pantry. Poor Adam. Now that we’re both taking our lunches, I’m determined to turn a new leaf and actually plan it out and be healthy about it!

We sometimes get in the habit of going to the grocery every night after work and grabbing whatever we’re in the mood for that night and then we end up buying all this food that we don’t finish eating and it just gets wasted and by the end of the week we’re left wondering where all our grocery money disappeared to and why we have all this spoiled food in our fridge. I’m determined to make it a weekly routine, if it allows, to grocery shop every Sunday afternoon, and write out a menu for dinner every night and ONLY get what we NEED, and stick to it for the week. Here is this week’s menu, then I’ll tell you how much I spent at the grocery rounding it all up.

mealplanningweek1

So, excluding the fact that I had to buy laundry detergent, and a few other random household groceries and toiletries we were low on, I did pretty good with sticking to my goal of $80. The total came out to $82 and change. Not too bad for a week’s worth of meals for Adam and I. And keep in mind, the menu may look simple but we were also out of things like tomatoes, onion, lettuce, bananas, etc. The only thing I didn’t buy was the salmon, which Adam will buy fresh the night we cook it. And some of the things I bought will roll over to next week. We’re trying to eat more fruits and veggies, and less WHITE carbs, thus the breadless sandwiches and no pasta or potatoes. I’ll still sneak in some of those carbs for training purposes, and obviously our BLT’s are on bread, but for the most part, white carbs are bad news, especially when you sit for 9 hours a day! We also want to try and get more meat and veggie nights on the agenda, so simple and win-win for both of us. I’m not the most domesticated homemaker ever, so this is a HUGE step for me! Really trying hard here, people! So, no judging my not-so-creative-YET-menu. We’re getting there. I’m looking forward to this winter when a crock pot of tortilla soup can last 3 nights…HA!

Do you meal plan? Do you find it saves you money? Favorite easy recipe…GO!

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  1. says

    Longsleeves are totally my favorite running-wear! I was so happy that I could rock them on my recent runs since it got pretty cold in the mornings.

    And I think it’s a great idea to roughly plan out the meals for the week and buy groceries accordingly. I should try doing that since recently I just fell back in the routine of shopping for groceries whenever I feel the need to and not knowing what to do with them after I bought them.
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  2. says

    We had a marvelous weekend too! Cool fall temps, an awesome 15-mile trail race, a birthday celebration for my oldest, and lots of family time. It was hard to go back to work yesterday!

    Ohhhh, I love running in long-sleeves and shorts too!!

  3. says

    Haha I love your “house shoes”! I take my lunch to work (mostly) every day and it definitely saves a lot of money! I made spaghetti squash last night and made enough to have lunch for the rest of the week. Our weekly budget is about the same as yours. Unless it’s of the veggie/fruit variety or we absolutely have to buy it, I only buy stuff when it’s on sale. That helps cut costs a lot!
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  4. says

    That video! I died when she did the jerky air jabs, awesome. I would be totally okay with trying out these pizza roll ups you spoke of ;) You also look adorable in your slippers. As for meal planning, I usually just make my breakfasts and lunches ahead of time and dinner is always up in the air.

    • Sweet Miles says

      Leslee- Haha I know, I was about crying at work! And I told someone else, I need to put that pizza roll up recipe on here soon!!

  5. says

    happy birthday sister :)
    and your meal planning made me drool a little bit. it all sounds so delicious and healthy. i love it! anytime you want to come visit dinner and help us work on a menu, we’d be happy to have you :)

    • Sweet Miles says

      Ashley- Oh my goodness, thanks! First time meal planning, so it was hard to be creative! I’m glad you were impressed though :) And I would LOVE to come out to Denver and help you meal plan ;)

  6. says

    I love your “house” shoes! So cute! What… pizza roll ups with BBQ sauce?! I must try this! :)
    I have to meal plan too. Otherwise, we overspend on groceries and then I’m left with having the idea of going out for dinner…I do find it saves money and time :) My favorite recipe is anything with quinoa. It’s so filling! I make a big pot and can make 20 different things with it :)

    • Sweet Miles says

      Mandie Marie- Haha thanks! Umm YES! They were DELICIOUS! I devoured them. I need him to show me the recipe for them so I can put them on the blog!! I still haven’t tried anything with quinoa yet!

  7. says

    I am not liking the cooler weather just yet. It takes me forever to get used to it being like in the 50′s in the morning now. I’ll be bringing out the long sleeves for running too! Your dog is adorable. Apparently he really likes to lay on clothes!

    • Sweet Miles says

      Tara- I bet you’re not! It gets WAY colder up there than down here! And yes, our dog insists that she’s ALWAYS laying on something, such a snob!

  8. says

    I love your Betty Crocker outfit, slippers included! So cute!
    I’ve never heard of a therapeutic dog bed- that’s awesome! Harold has chewed up every bed he’s owned. I think it’s just so he can guarantee he gets to sleep with us instead :)
    One of my coworkers was just raving about a recipe she made from this site: http://www.budgetbytes.com/. I think the blogger breaks down the cost of each meal!
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    • Sweet Miles says

      Abby- Ha oh gosh thanks! Those abominable snowman slippers have been with me for a long time :) I just checked out that budgetbyes websites and I’m obsessed!!! I already bookmarked like 10 recipes!!

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