Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What We're Eating This Week

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 :)

MEAL ONE | Easy & Healthy Chicken Fried Rice via Dash of Herbs
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!


MEAL TWO | Poached Eggs with Avocado Toast via Pinch of Yum
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.


MEAL THREE | Crock Pot Chicken Tacos via Yellow Bliss Road
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.


MEAL FOUR | Pesto Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup via The Londoner
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!

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35 comments

  1. Ohh definitely need to make those crockpot tacos and that grilled cheese looks SO good! Such a fun way to put an adult spin on a comfort food classic! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. I have been using my crock pot so much lately - it's just so nice to not have to come home and cook, but I want that grilled cheese yum! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. I eat Campbells organic tomato basil soup for lunch at leeeast 3 times a week and have really been thinking lately I need to start making my own - that recipe looks like the perfect place to start! And pesto grilled cheese? Yes! Have you ever been to Tom + Chee? They put minced garlic on their grilled cheese and it is sooo delish so I've been doing that lately, YUM!

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  4. Everything here looks super delicious, I"m coming to your house for dinner :)!

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  5. These all look DELISH! I'm starting to get into a rut, and need to add some new exciting items to the weekly menu. Those poached eggs over avocado and toast are going to have to make their way in soon <3
    Green Fashionista

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  6. These all sound so good! I'm going to try those chicken tacos. I prefer chicken over beef!

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  7. I'm with you- meal planning is a big game changer. I love doing it and getting new ideas. I'm going to have to try the pesto grilled cheese. At the end of the week, it's nice to have something easy to fall-back on and this twist will make it still feel special enough!

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  8. I'm really trying to keep up with meal planning this year! It just makes things so much easier if I know what I'm making every night. This sounds like such a good week of meals! I will be pinning this!!

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  9. Meal planning is seriously my favorite thing ever...sure, it requires a little extra effort up front, but it's so nice not to stress during the week about what to eat! My crockpot has been such a lifesaver this winter (and in fact, I have tonight's dinner prepping in it right now, haha).

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  10. That grilled cheese looks so good right now! I need to get better at meal planning

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  11. Yum! I love a good week of meal planning. I have been so behind on it, so I totally need to follow your lead and get on it!

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  12. Yum! These all look SO good. I've been in a food rut lately, so this is perfect! You're the second person in a week that has talked about the Trader Joe's Orange Chicken. I think that means I must try it!

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  13. Oh man girl you have my mouth watering!!! I will need to try out a few of these :)!!

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  14. I love your meals for the week! I need to do more of that, most of the time, dinner is thrown together in our house.

    liz @ j for joiner

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  15. All of this looks absolutely amazing!! We love crockpot chicken tacos! That grilled cheese and tomato soup combo has me wishing for that at lunch!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  16. I could eat grilled cheese & tomato soup probably every day

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  17. I'm all for having breakfast at dinner because it's an easy meal to make! Haven't done it in a while and I like the addition of avocado. All of these recipes look delish!

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  18. YUM all of this looks so good. Who knew healthy fried rice was a thing?! I need to pin that right now as well as the crock pot tacos!

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  19. Okay, every single one of these meals sounds delicious! I need to get planning!

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  20. that grilled cheese looks so good! we had crockpot tacos last week! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  21. I love meal planning - I'd be lost without it! We only usually do 3-4 home cooked meals with a night of leftovers each week but I'd love to slowly do more! There's so many things I want to try out. Speaking of, those grilled cheeses look ah-mazing!

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  22. I love crockpot chicken. It makes so much food that is super easy to throw over so many things!

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  23. That pesto grilled cheese and the poached eggs sound amazing! I have yet to try making my own poached eggs so I always order them out. I meal plan sometimes but some weeks, I just don't feel like it or we have a lot of plans to go out. As soon as we get kids though, I'll need to do it every week!

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  24. i love to see what other people are eating :) i'm really trying to succeed at meal planning this year, it makes life so much easier (and cheaper) when i do, it's just a matter of actually doing it!

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  25. That crockpot chicken looks delicious! I haven't been very good about using my crock pot this winter so I need to find some new recipe inspiration. I think I'll start with those tacos :)

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  26. Everything look delicious! I meal plan on Sundays too. I love that I have everything in my fridge, ready to go for the week.

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  27. Oh Yum! Trader Joe's chicken is awesome, we love it!

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  28. Yum...I want to come to dinner at your house this Thursday! Thanks for sharing these...we've gotten really into meal planning since the new year, and hearing what others eat will definitely provide good inspiration!

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  29. Thank you so much for featuring one of my recipes. And I love the idea of taking out the chicken and just having fried rice as a side. That's a great idea!

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  30. My mouth is watering!!! I have to plan our meals and get our groceries on Sunday's after church or else I'm so scatterbrained about it. Kudos to those who can whip up a meal with no planning!

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  31. I can't wait to try that fried rice recipe from Kristyn! I need to do a better job of meal planning. Some weeks I'm super successful and others...NOT SO MUCH...haha.

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  32. Please come and make me all the chicken fried rice. I long for the days of meal planning. I'm officially a freak. Or old. Whatevs. That food looks GOOD!

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  33. Give me all this food! This was such a helpful post, thank you!

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  34. Oooh pesto grilled cheese! That sounds delightful!

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