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Menu Planning Monday-Week 1

Happy Monday Everyone!

It has been quite the cold snap here in New England. Today I saw a high of 14 degrees on my car thermometer this afternoon while I was out grocery shopping. It felt glorious! 

Menu Planning:

I used the weekend to do my weekly menu plan and prep as much food as I could for the busy week ahead. As a teacher, I have been very lucky to have some time off due to the holiday vacation and two unexpected snow days. I used my time wisely because I know this week we are back to our normal busy schedule of soccer, after-school meetings, and the normal exhaustion of working and being a full-time mom. 

I used part of my time to menu plan. Menu planning has been a key to my weight loss success. Planning keeps me focused and on track for the week. If I have healthy choices at my fingertips I will be less lucky to go head first into the Goldfish bag. Those little fish are always around!

I use a menu planner to keep me organized and keep track of what I am planning for the week. This is the particular menu planner I use is pictured below (affiliate link-this helps support the website at no cost to you, and I genuinely appreciate your support). I found this great tool while a Weight Watcher Member. There is a great community for Weight Watcher menu planning called Weight Watcher Plandemonium. This is a great resource for anyone who needs help with menu planning. There are a lot of great ideas, tricks, and tips. 


I am extremely boring in this area. I need something that I can inhale quickly while driving the mini-van to school. I usually go for a protein shake with 2 tbsp of PB Fit. Somedays I add half a frozen banana or frozen cherries. Depends on my mood. 


This week I have made two soups to alternate between. Whatever I do not use will go in the freezer for a week I don’t have as much time to make multiple lunch choices. 


Monday– Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore (Pictured Above- Recipe coming this week)

Tuesday Low Carb Italian Meatballs with Zoodles by Wholesome Yum with Fixate Grandma’s Spaghetti Sauce

WednesdayTaco Fiesta Bubble Up from Drizzle Me Skinny (Going to make substitute cabbage for the biscuits as a base)

ThursdayCrock Pot Chops From Slow Roasted Italian (I will be substituting ingredients in the recipe to meet my current dietary preferences) Substitutions include:

Sunday Pot Roast (Instant Pot Recipe) by Favorite Family Recipes (Will not be using the Onion Soup Mix)

Weekends: We usually eat whatever is leftover from the week. Whatever does not get eaten is frozen for those nights I don’t feel like cooking. 

I will be posting my weekly menus on Mondays to not only keep myself accountable but to give others ideas for healthy dinners to cook in their own kitchens. After I cook each meal I will make sure to review it and share my thoughts and substitutions. 

Happy Cooking!

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  • Sherry Jolly
    January 8, 2018 at 7:19 pm Sounds great! Especially the soups. I made a chicken enchilada soup over the weekend and it was amazing. The recipe is on my blog Have a great week!
    • momontherun
      January 8, 2018 at 7:54 pm I am going to check that recipe out because it sounds amazing! I love Soup!
  • Natoya
    January 8, 2018 at 8:38 pm This is fabulous. I like Thursday’s meal idea. Anything you can put in a crock pot is my kind of cooking.
  • Mary M
    January 8, 2018 at 9:28 pm Great ideas and so organized too! I'm usually just flying by the seat of my pants when it comes to meal time.
    • momontherun
      January 10, 2018 at 10:39 am Thanks! It is the only way that I can stay on track!
  • Ray Ruzzo
    January 8, 2018 at 10:06 pm Your fridge looks like mine right now. I batch cook on sundays and then it's tupperware city.
    • momontherun
      January 10, 2018 at 10:39 am Tupperware city makes me feel good and that I accomplished a lot!
  • Reilly
    January 8, 2018 at 10:34 pm I love meal planning! Thanks for sharing the recipes with it!
    • momontherun
      January 10, 2018 at 10:36 am I am glad that you enjoyed them!
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