Meal Planning for a Busy Week

IMG_2220Some days I come home and sit on the couch and wish that I still lived at home so my mom would be there to make dinner. This situation happens a lot when I’m in the middle of hard training and running a lot!

I’ve found the best way to make it easier to eat healthily is to make a meal plan so there’s no mental effort involved in making dinner. If I have a recipe picked out and all the food to prepare it, chances are that I will make it.

I’ve found meal planning to be a big help not only in terms of reduced mental effort but also there’s less wasted food and generally grocery shopping is less expensive because I buy fewer unnecessary groceries. Overall, it’s been a big improvement in my life!

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In an ideal week on Sunday I figure out 5-6 recipes that I want to make and create a shopping list from what I need for each recipe. Callum and I eat leftovers for lunch everyday of the week and we eat eggs and toast or oatmeal and fruit for breakfast every morning.

This means that I really just need to buy food for my chosen recipes plus some breakfast food and we are well fed for a week. I also purposely make recipes that I think will have enough food for leftovers (we eat a lot!).

Here’s what this week looked like:
Sunday – Saag Chana Masala (from the Isa Does It cookbook)
Monday – Curried Sweet Potato Soup and Grilled Cheese
Tuesday – DIY Burrito Bowl from Oh She Glows
Wednesday – Pad Thai
Thursday – Homemade Pizza and Salad
Friday – Pea Soup with Salad
Saturday – out

I definitely run better and feel better when I eat food that I make and a little bit of food planning goes a long way. There’s nothing better than coming home from a long run and knowing exactly what I’m going to eat for dinner and that’s why I try to meal plan every week.

Do you plan your meals? Do you have a go to post-run dinner?

Happy running!

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9 thoughts on “Meal Planning for a Busy Week

  1. joji January 28, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Loving the meal plan, yummy food also 😃

  2. DarlinRae January 29, 2016 / 9:07 am

    I’m totally printing some of these recipes! My husband and I try to be good about meal planning (ok, more me than him, haha!), but we’re both so busy that even finding a day to go grocery shopping can be tough. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of it soon. We’ve been eating like crap lately and I know it’s affecting both of us.

    • KatherineRunsUltras January 29, 2016 / 5:13 pm

      Ya it’s definitely hard but once you’re organized it gets so much easier. A bunch of those recipes are go-tos for me, they’re delicious!

  3. CathyV February 2, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    I meal plan, shop and do most of the cooking for the week ahead each Sunday. If not for this, we would be so messed up each week! Similar to you guys, we totally make use of leftovers, but in a slightly different way. I make two dinner meals each week that are served twice or three times (or I make even more that is frozen for future busy weeks). Sometimes dinners or parts of dinners are prepped the day of, which is handy if it was a busy weekend (or can bring out some of the frozen stuff!) Our breakfasts and lunches are pretty much the same (no, we don’t get bored), part made on Sunday, part assembled at work. Honestly, lately the hardest part of food prep has been home cooking for Molly! Food planning has made life SO much easier, cheaper and less wasteful.

    • KatherineRunsUltras February 3, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      That’s so smart to eat the same thing for multiple dinners, I hadn’t thought of that and it would save SO much time on weeknights! I’m going to try some of these things out. Poor Molly, I hope she’s doing okay! 🙂

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