Whenever I’m having a conversation with someone about changing eating patterns and switching to a more plant-rich, whole foods diet, I hear this statement, “It’s overwhelming, I don’t know where to start.” Hands down every time. And it is true. It is overwhelming, and it is confusing. So then that person will ask me if I will forward them a couple of recipes. Here’s the thing – I have a bad memory. Like, really bad. So those recipes rarely get to anyone. Hence the idea for this blog.
I would have loved to have had ideas on hand for my weekly meal plan. So here we go with the planning – I’m a planner, remember? I make a meal plan every week. I honestly can’t function if I don’t have a meal plan in place. I just stand dumbfounded at the entrance to my kitchen, staring as if it is the surface of some foreign planet. I am lost without a plan. That’s not to say I don’t deviate from the plan. I am a proud meal plan deviant, but a meal plan I must have. Are you getting my point? Should I hammer that nail in a little more? I NEED a meal plan. And maybe so do you. Actually there is no maybe, You do. But maybe sitting and sorting through recipes is not your thing or maybe you look at healthy recipes and think, “ugh.” This is where I come in. I’m going to try to share my weekly plans with you, uhhh, weekly. Then you can do with it as you like, copy it, delete it, laugh at it, but please try one or two things a week. Remember small changes add up over time.
I feel as though a disclaimer is necessary at this point. I am not an expert by ANY means. I am a mom who has discovered a love for feeding her family real food and experimenting with new recipes. I don’t claim to make healthy food all the time, I am not free- or low- anything (that’s not technically true, but we’ll save that for later). I try to cook mostly real, mostly whole, mostly plant-based food. There will be fried things, there will be desserts, there will be meat, but mostly not.
So here’s this week’s meal plan. I hope you enjoy. Remember, cooking is fun, it really is…really.
- Skillet Eggplant Parmesan
- Roasted Broccoli
- Green Salad
- Broccoli CheddarSoup
- Fried Potatoes and Cabbage (recipe from Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen by Heidi Swanson)
- Thai Vegetable Curry (Use whatever vegetable you have on hand)
- Veggie Tacos
- Spanish Rice (still looking for a good recipe – let me know if you have a favorite)
- NEW YEAR’S EVE (no cooking for me!)
- Eating at a friends house
- Black Bean Burgers
- Roasted potatoes
- Carrot Salad ( The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods by Erin Gleeson)
Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!