Operation Skinny Jeans: THE “NO PLAN” MENU PLAN WEEK 1

Thursday, February 27, 2014

THE “NO PLAN” MENU PLAN WEEK 1

Oh man guys.

Remember last week how I bitched about how I suck at meal planning? WELL Ginny at A Modern Commonplace Book is a problem solver. She emailed me sharing my sentiment, and had an idea for a better solution. Together we brainstormed, planned and tested, and over the last week or so, The "No Plan" Meal Plan was born :D


BOOM!

We are busy ladies. We don't have time to spend an hour plus every night cooking dinner. And with this plan, you don't have to! We had a few "non negotiable" when it came to the perfect plan! 
  1. It HAD to be budget friendly. I want Beef Wellington for dinner every night as much as the next person, but I can't afford that. Keeping every week under 20 ingredients seemed like a really easy way to achieve this. PLUS I shared my extreme distaste for recipes with more than 5 ingredients. If it has more than 5 I stop reading. I am lazy. I want something easy. 
  2. I wanted OPTIONS. I can't even tell you how many times I looked at the meal plans of yore and saw a dinner I wasn't in the mood for so we just ate out. I wanted options to pick from, not scheduled days. 
  3. Same thing with time options! When I am tired after work I don't want to spend an hour plus on dinner. On those nights I want a 10 minute done meal. 
  4. If you know how I eat, you know that having 3 food groups are important to me. I need a starch, protein and veggie for dinner. And the awesome thing is this will fit in great when I start the 21 Day Fix next week!
  5. I love finding recipes, but hate when it makes 8 servings! It's just me and my husband. And we love food! If there are 8 servings, I would bet you 6 of them get eaten between the two of us. Not only is more cost effective to cook for 2, but it is better for our portion control efforts. If you have more than 2, multiply :D math is fun!
  6. I conceded to one prep time on the weekends. Not my favorite act but it helps so much during the week. A necessary evil. Even better if everything is written out for me that I need to do. 

So she took my demands in stride and we came up with what I think is the most genius meal plan ever.


CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE “NO PLAN” MENU PLAN WEEK 1

You have 5 dinners laid out with different time options. There are also meat substitution options in there too. All the ingredients, recipe and grocery list (with prep list) are on ONE PAGE! You just have to print this one thing and it is your life! So easy!

So since Monday we have been trying these recipes out and they are all SO GOOD! The salsa has made an appearance on every lunch I have had this week, as well as the easiest pork recipe ever (that didn't make the cut this week). 

I am so excited to share our brainchild and this awesomely easy solution to meal planning. If you try it out, LET US KNOW! We would love to hear from you! And every Thursday for the foreseeable future we will be sharing these on both A Modern Commonplace Book and here so you have Thursday- Sunday for shopping and prep :D

So there you go :D Enjoy!! Pin it if you want to :D


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13 comments :

  1. This is awesome. Will be trying it out next week!!

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  2. This is such a good idea! I usually do meal prop once during the week, and then we eat the same thing every night, which gets really boring. This seems much more interesting, I'll have to give this a try this next week!

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  3. I am so excited about this! I think it just might be the perfect solution to my usual "I'm tired and hungry and want something quick- pasta it is!" routine! I've been trying to find a meal plan that works and I think this is perfect! Thank you so much!

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  4. Thanks for putting this together! I am definitely going to try it out :)

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  5. This is GENIUS! I can't STAND eating the same thing over and over. Are you guys going to take suggestions? I could see myself trying to come up with recipes that will fit into the categories. I love to cook and try new things!

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    1. I love that you asked about submitting recipes! We set up a form - and you can see it here!

      http://www.moderncommonplacebook.com/no-plan-menu-plan/

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  6. I cook for two, but I love making meals designed for more. It means far less work! Cook once, eat twice or more. I have so many good meals in the freezer ready to go with little thought or effort: Tunisian lamb stew, Mexican lasagne, spinach lasagne, beef fajitas, chili.... I was gone for the last two nights. My husband had to use the microwave, but he ate very well without me.

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    1. Hello Joyce! The nice thing about our "no plan" menu plan, is that the 1 Prep Day does give you batches of food in the fridge. This week I had a large batch of shredded chicken, chopped veggies, and homemade salsa. In my opinion, this kind of serves the same function because I can make multiple easy dinners from these in no time. But, in the future we are going to include some slow cooker meals that will give tons of leftovers! If you have any recipes to contribute, you can do it in the link below! Thanks for giving your feedback!

      http://www.moderncommonplacebook.com/no-plan-menu-plan/

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    2. I get it, but this plan does sound repetitive. I can happily eat the same thing over and over, but my husband needs variety.

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  7. Wow - this is genious. Thank you for sharing this meal plan. I completely understand busy, and every single thing you mentioned as "non negotiable" for you is also non-negotiable for me. I have a very active 12 year old boy who keeps us extremely busy. These 10-30 minute meals are exactly the kind of meals we like to eat. You did a great job with the layout of this meal plan. I love the prep day right there on the same page. Thanks again! I hope you will be sharing these weekly. :)

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  8. This is amazing!!! I would love to try out this meal plan idea. Like you, I do not have the time or the patience for a billion hours of prep and cook time....plus, it's just me so having the grocery list included on the meal plan makes my freaking day! I usually end up coming home from the store with a bunch of random foods and can't figure out how to put meals together. Not to mention, I have just recently been placed on a gluten free diet so that's a whole new battle I'm now facing. Anywho, thanks again for sharing this. I am in love!!!

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  9. I'm really excited to try this! Like you I NEED flexibility with the timing and the choice of what I'm going to eat. Otherwise, if I'm short on time or don't feel like eating what's on the menu I totally blow it. Also like you, I'm busy and too lazy for too much food prepping. I know I could do it in small amounts. Hope to be able to report back with successful results! Thanks for this!!

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