Welcome back! Thanks for checking out this week's meal plan. For those of you who are new, the next few paragraphs are about my plans and some friendly reminders. You may want to check those out along with my tips for Pinterest meal planning and list-making on Google Keep. For those who have already read these reminders, scroll down for week 13's fabulous recipes and grocery list!
You'll notice that many of my plans will include recipes that have similar ingredients or, better yet, make creative use of leftovers to help minimize your grocery list (aka save you money) and the amount of time you need to spend in the kitchen on those busy weeknights.
You'll also notice that I only have dinners planned for Monday through Friday. I'm a realist. I know that we're all busy and the chances of you actually getting to a home-cooked meal every weeknight are low. So feel free to rearrange plans and postpone as needed to fit your busy life. Go pick up take-out when you need to save your sanity and save one of these for the weekend. Managed to actually make each of these throughout the week? Great job! When you're at a loss for what to make over the weekend, go treat yourself to a dinner out - you earned it!
Final note. I don't know how big your family is. You're going to want to look through the recipes and adjust amounts as needed - make sure you adjust your grocery list accordingly. Keep in mind that for plans that call for leftovers, you'll want to make sure to make more than enough of the original recipe to create leftovers. Essentially, any time I'm doing something in a crock pot, I'm making at least twice what I need so I have leftovers. Also, think about how you can integrate some of the week's ingredients into your lunches! If you like to meal prep for your lunches at the beginning of the week, I found some great containers for that here on Amazon (affil.).
Meal Planning on Pinterest
I typically plan out the menu for my week on Pinterest. I have a board called "This Week's Menu" and I update it over the weekend or sometime before I plan on doing my grocery shopping. By pinning all of the recipes in one place for the week, it's just a few clicks to get the ingredients added to my grocery list (I use Google Keep), and a quick click each day to find my dinner recipe.
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This week marks the start of the melaniewinters.com accountability group, so with that in mind, this week's meal plan is going to be all about seriously good for you food that aims to promote healthy living for everyone but particularly help those of us with RA manage our symptoms.
My joints are a mess post holidays so I'm packing this week with anti-inflammatory foods such as cruciferous vegetables, fruits and fish. You can read more about the best (and worst) foods for you here in My RA Story Week 2. Whether you have RA, some other autoimmune disease, or are as healthy as an ox - it's almost never a bad idea to up your fruit, veggie and protein intake so this one's for you! Don't forget to pick up some extra kale or spinach to make up some fresh side salads to add to your dinner most days!
Let me just clarify for you before yo go reading and re-reading this recipe a dozen times like I did - THERE IS ACTUALLY NO CHEESE IN THIS RECIPE. This gluten free (if you do GF croutons or leave them out entirely), dairy free and vegetarian soup from Pinch of Yum is the perfect way to start your week and celebrate meatless Monday.
Tuesday: Kale Taco Salad
I'm a sucker for anything with capers, and capers and salmon go together like peanut butter and jelly! It's hard to put together a meal plan without including something from Kristin over at Iowa Girl Eats. She is the queen of gluten free cooking and I've never tried a recipe of hers that disappointed. Serve this delicious Salmon with a side of steamed broccoli and rice or mashed/baked potato. Make extra rice and use the leftovers as a side for tomorrow!
Enjoy and easy pasta night from our recipe section to help wind down after a long week. Use gluten free penne (I use Simply Balanced or Barilla) and serve with a side spinach/kale salad to keep it good for your joints!
Staples (Items you should always have on hand)
- onions (yellow and red)
- sea salt
- red chili pepper flakes
- red wine vinegar
- extra virgin olive oil
- gluten free penne pasta
- vegetable broth
- canned black beans
- cheddar cheese
- nutritional yeast
- frozen raw shrimp - tail-off, peeled and deveined (you can buy fresh but I always like to have a bag or two of frozen on hand)
- fresh flat leaf parsley
- fresh dill
- curly kale
- green onions
- 2 ears of corn (or canned fire roasted corn if you're like me)
- cherry tomatoes
- potatoes (use up extra potatoes by making baked potatoes for lunch!)
- salmon filets
- almond milk
- heavy cream (could also substitute this for the almond milk in the broccoli soup recipe)
- chive and onion cream cheese
- optional: croutons or GF croutons (or make your own)