Meal planning is one of my favorite things ever. I started doing it a couple of years ago - around the time we got married and I figured I should start making proper meals instead of cereal for dinner ;) - and really haven't looked back since. I love it because I spend about an hour on Sunday or Monday planning out what we're going to eat every night, make my grocery list, head to the store and then I'm set for the entire week. Quick, easy, efficient and I don't have to worry about that 6 o'clock struggle every evening, hallelujah.
Every once in a while I get in a rut with the meals I make so I turn to different places for inspiration. Pinterest is a huge one of course - follow my food board here! - as are cookbooks, magazines or cooking shows. I also love when my blogger friends share their favorite meals because I know they're going to be delicious and usually easy, too. Since it's January and we could all use a little cooking inspiration, I thought I'd share what we're eating this week. AND I've put together a grocery list for you at the very end, taking even more of the work out of planning for ya! Enjoy :)
I will actually be leaving the chicken out of this recipe this week and instead serving it as a side to Trader Joe's Orange Chicken. But I've made it the proper way before and think it tastes just as good as fried rice you'd order at a Chinese restaurants, bonus that it's way healthier!
Having breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things in the world. This is about as easy as it gets on a weeknight - poach your eggs, chop up a few cherry tomatoes and slather your toast with avocado. Delicious, filling and so, so easy.
On busy nights, you just have to let your crock pot do the work for you (and don't forget your crock pot liners for easy clean up). There is nothing better than coming home to a house smelling of dinner! I love that you can use this chicken a million different ways - tacos, taco salad quesadillas, whatever.
Winter comfort food at its finest. This tomato soup is so good and worth the extra effort rather than just opening a can of Campbells. The one thing I do skip during this recipe? Making my own pesto. I buy it in the jar and it tastes just as good!