Eat in Month 2015 Meal Plan Week 1

Eat in Month Meal Plan Week 1

I always say I’ll do a meal plan for the Eat in Month Challenge, but I don’t usually do one for every week of the challenge. I’m planning to do better this year. I’m also planning to share my meal plan in advance in case anyone else wants some meal inspiration for the week ahead.

Here’s my Eat in Month Meal Plan for Week 1

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I love cooking things that take longer on Sunday since I usually can plan ahead on Saturday. Also, I’m around most of the day Sunday to watch it. I’ll probably do most of my slow cooker recipes on Sundays.

  • Breakfast: Power Toast (whole grain bread, peanut butter, and chia seeds)
  • Lunch: Fried Rice (using leftovers – I took photos and may blog this recipe)
  • Dinner: Beef and 3-Bean Slow Cooker Chili (this is probably our most re-made of the recipes here on The Chic Life) and salad

Monday, January 5, 2015

I’m expecting Monday to be a challenge since it will be my first work day back post-holidays. Not gonna lie, I’ve been staying up a little too late and sleeping in a little too much. Monday morning is going to be tough. I’m hoping to keep eats/prep simple. I also usually do class on Mondays, so dinner will need to be easy and fast, too.

  • Breakfast: Fried eggs and whole grain toast
  • Lunch: Chili leftovers and salad
  • Dinner: Soup, salad, toast

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday is a night I typically like to dedicate to getting mid-week stuff accomplished. I usually have more time to cook, too.

  • Breakfast: Stovetop Oatmeal
  • Lunch: Turkey/cheese sandwich, chips, raw veggies
  • Dinner: Chicken stir-fry and rice

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Class night. Hubby is in charge of dinner.

  • Breakfast: Fried eggs and whole grain toast
  • Lunch: Turkey/cheese sandwich, chips, raw veggies
  • Dinner: Spaghetti and steamed cabbage (anyone interested in the spaghetti recipe?)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Class night again. Hubby’s on point for dinner.

  • Breakfast: Fried eggs and whole grain toast
  • Lunch: Spaghetti and cabbage leftovers
  • Dinner: Chicken in tikka masala simmer sauce with rice and green beans

Friday, January 9, 2015

I like to take it easy on Fridays post-work. Planning to make one of hubby’s faves for dinner.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saturday is a good day for cooking, but I also have to balance that with wanting to be productive. Sometimes I spend more time getting stuff done and don’t want to use a lot of time for food prep or cooking. I usually do class on Saturdays, too. I prefer light breakfasts before I workout, so oatmeal will do the trick.


Eat in Month Week 0 Eats

{Above – Eat in Month Week 0 Eats – click here to check out my Week 0 Challenge Recap}

Eat in Month Meal Plan Week 1 Notes

I was hesitant to post breakfasts above because I a) have been struggling to wake up early enough to cook and eat breakfast (I usually grab a bar on the way out) and b) usually prepare something based on how much time I have and what I feel like eating. When I have the time, breakfasts aren’t usually a challenge. I like to keep things around that are easy to make, so I usually have a few options every day. We’ll see how the plan goes.

Also, the meal plan above doesn’t include snacks. I like to keep almonds and snack bars at my desk in case I get hungry during the work day. I’m not adding them to the plan, but I’ll have some available in case I get hungry. I also have lots of great teas at my desk, which I’m hoping will replace my Starbucks trips.

For “soup” referenced above, I like to make big batches of soup and freeze the leftovers into individual portions. I have a couple options in the freezer at the moment, and I’ll pick one as needed. I may also make a new batch on Monday, time and energy permitting. These re-heat really easily on the stove.

Did you post a meal plan online? Feel free to share the link in a comment. Or comment below with your meal plan ideas or questions. Thanks for reading!

3 thoughts on “Eat in Month 2015 Meal Plan Week 1”

  1. I’ve loved Eat In Month in the past! Unfortunately, our jobs require us to eat out more frequently (and I can’t tell my boss that I’m not taking people to lunch…because that’s just what my job entails now.) I did, however, come up with a month of meals this past week. ( I have meals for every dinner (we eat leftovers for lunch) and I just know we have a plan every night. If we do end up eating out once or twice, I won’t judge myself too harshly. 🙂

  2. Love this! Thank you for sharing. I wrote out a basic plan for dinners only. I usually make plenty of extras so I can take leftovers for lunch the next day and I LOVE green smoothies for breakfast. One of my favorite things to do lately is get basics (frozen mixed veggies, frozen brown rice, canned beans) and jarred sauces (marinara, curry sauces, salsas, etc) and cook one protein for the week and mix and match things around. My schedule has been so up in the air at work the last couple of months so I subscribed to Blue Apron as well as Nature Box to keep meals & snacks accessible so I don’t feel the need to stop out and buy fast food & such!


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