The Meal Planning Monster Returns

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 2, 2011

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As you may know, I’m not normally a meal planner.

I like to cook by the seat of my pants and just make what speaks to me on that day. I’m the same way with my blog posts too. I rarely know what I’m blogging about until I sit down to write and I don’t often plan specific posts ahead of time. I usually just sit down and type! It feels more natural to me when I don’t force something.

…and that’s the same way I like to cook, but sometimes I need to plan meals to get out of a cooking slump. Now that I am on the road to recovery with this flu, I decided to plan out my meals this week and bid my cooking slump farewell!

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Step 1: Plan The Meals:

The meals I chose:

  • Enchiladas with Cilantro cream sauce & salad
  • Creamy Sweet Potato Bake and biscuits
  • Veggie Burgers with Moroccan spiced root vegetable fries
  • Tahini Lemon Rice and beans
  • WILD CARD (this can be leftovers, a meal out, or spontaneous recipe)

 

Don’t be fooled by this simple looking list- it actually took me over an hour to figure out what I wanted to make for the week. Also, I don’t like to specify what day I’m making each recipe! I will decide the night before most likely. :) I think the thing I love about planned dinner recipes is that you automatically have a lunch ready for you the next day!

Step 2: Make List and Grocery Shop:

After I picked out my meals for the week, I checked what ingredients I had in stock and then I went grocery shopping for the rest.

Step 3: Prep veggies and Grains

After meal planning and grocery shopping, I did prep work by slicing veggies (cucumbers, carrots, peppers) cooking grains and beans (chickpeas and brown rice), and made a fresh batch of Spring Fever Lemon Dill Hummus.

This whole process took up half the day, but I’m hoping that it will pay off with time savings throughout the week.

Keeping my May veggie goals in mind, breakfast today was a yummy Green Monster blended with 1 cup frozen kale, 1.25 cups soy milk, 1 large frozen banana, pinch or two of cinnamon, Vega Choc-o-lot protein powder, and Amazing Grass wheatgrass powder.

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I topped it with almond butter, cacao nibs, and 1/2 an Endure Glo Bar. It was delish…but gave me goosebumps!

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[Can you tell it is a gloomy and rainy day by the low lighting of this photo?]

Lunch today will probably be similar to yesterday’s lunch…

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I had cucumbers and carrots with Spring Fever Lemon Dill Hummus, along with sprouted grain open-faced, toasted sandwiches topped with tomato paste, avocado, and pepper. I love this voluminous lunch as it takes a long time to eat.

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Stay tuned for a great week of dinner recipes!

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Lisa Fine May 2, 2011 at 9:42 am

That lunch looks divine! I love the idea of making open-faced sandwiches with tomato paste and avocado.

I’m on a vegetable kick too, which will be so much easier when our gardens are going, don’t you think?

Happy Monday!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 9:53 am

Yes, unless I kill everything I grow, which is a huge possibility. ;)

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Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

It takes such discipline to plan out meals, and to do the prep work work involved as well! Go you :) I find that it’s usually not so much the time investment that makes me hesitant as much as it is that I feel my creativity is limited by it. As you said, I like to just go with what I am feeling that day. But, ultimately I can still tweak a meal and play with it; it’s just the base ingredients that stay the same (and make my life and schedule easier) ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

yes I agree! Im sure my ‘plan’ will change up a bit here and there…but no big deal, right?

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Sara May 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

You got cherries this time of year?!?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

haha I wish! That pic was taken last summer.

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cathy May 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

it IS dreary in southern ontario, today!
glad you’re feeling inspired to plan out your recipes and meals again!
“I usually just sit down and type! It feels more natural to me when I don’t force something. ” exactly! my favourite posts are the ones where i don’t try too hard…neat that you have found that, too!

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) May 2, 2011 at 9:48 am

ooo this week’s meals look BEYOND good!! lucky you- i wish I were staying with you so I could eat all the leftovers :D

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Ashley May 2, 2011 at 9:49 am

Oh my! Yesterday’s lunch is adorable! Love the meal planning. I can never stick to that, but wish I would! You have me craving a smoothie bowl now..yumm

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Marina May 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

I don’t really like meal planning because it doesn’t take in account my food cravings on a specific day, but I think this week’s meal plan will help me save maybe some money, and time. Busy student life is hard when you depend on your cooking :))

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 9:54 am

I do think it saves money too…good point!

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Jen May 2, 2011 at 9:53 am

Hi Angela,

I had my first Green Monster this weekend and LOVED it. Do you normally make these with raw spinach or steamed? Raw gives me a stomach ache most of the time (and did this weekend)…is kale easier on the stomach? Any tips would be appreciated. Hope you’re feeling better!

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Tawney (Eat Hike Sleep Repeat) May 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I get the same thing from raw spinach. I find kale too overpowering in the monster. I sub in chlorella instead.

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Jen May 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Thanks so much! I just bought some kale which I’ll try, but will use chlorella if I don’t like it :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I make it with both raw spinach and raw kale. I used to steam my spinach (for better iron absorption) but I have stopped doing it simply to save time. Im not sure about either being hard on the stomach…I know that kale can ‘get things moving’ quite fast, more so than spinach.
I find the taste of frozen kale much less bitter than fresh as well.

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

I wish I was eating dinner at your house this week!

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Jackie @ Baking Charms May 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

Mmm your meal choices sound delicious! I like the idea of planning them out but not having a definite day assigned to each one. Less intimidating that way!

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kristy @ kristyruns.com May 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

Yesterday’s lunch looks delicious! And a green monster for breakfast is always a great way to start the day! :)

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Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL May 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

You have some fancy meals to look forward to this week! So creative and all very different tastes.

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Estela @ Weekly Bite May 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

I need to be better about my meal planning! It really helps :) Plus I spend less money :)

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Mercedes @ Cultivating Consciousness May 2, 2011 at 10:04 am

Oh my gosh, that salad. I know what I’m having for lunch. And the cherries! Yum! Can’t wait for all your recipes this week!

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Ashley May 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

Rainy days are my favorite! For some reason, I notice that too many sunny days seem to make me a bit depressed. Very strange, I know! But I love your meal planning idea– I’m at my parents home, getting ready to go back to my place tomorrow– and I’ve been gone for two weeks, so meal planning is going to be essential! Thanks for your advice!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

well you definitely wouldnt be depressed in this neck of the woods! haha

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Ashley May 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Haha! I grew up in Southern Nevada, outside Las Vegas– so I loveeee rain:) I can’t stand the heat!

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Faith @ lovelyascharged May 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

I always have such a hard time meal planning! It’s something I’d like to get better at, as it’s easier to go grocery shopping (and stay in budget!) if I have a goal and a plan for what I want to make, but sometimes I just don’t know that far in advance what my tummy is going to want!

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Julie @ Shining From Within May 2, 2011 at 10:07 am

Your meals sound delish! Im looking forward to them (as if i’ll be the one eating them lol)!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg May 2, 2011 at 10:11 am

I love how that open faced sandwich looks! Tomato paste + avocado sounds delicious!

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Lauren May 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

Menu looks awesome! I love menu planning but I’ve never actually done prep work along with the planning, I bet it really does save time!

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chloe @ 321delish May 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

CHERRY SEASON MAKES ME SO HAPPY!

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Shanna, Like Banana May 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

I plan out 2-3 days of meals a week and the rest I just do ad hoc meals with what’s around the pantry/fridge. It helps me for sure. My hubby is willing to be more spontaneous, but that usually means less healthy foods.

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SAM May 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

What kind of makeup do you buy? I need a better brand!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Right now im using Everyday Minerals http://www.everydayminerals.com/
Im not in love with it because my skin tends to be dry and it flakes on my skin. It is just ‘ok’ for my skin type.

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Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans May 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

I really should start planning out my meals more. I usually end up with too much of something and not enough (or none) of something else when I go to cook. I like anything that makes healthy eating easier so I think a plan is a great first step.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

I can’t wait to hear about the root veggie fries! Unlike you, I LOVE meal planning (yes, weird I know!!) This week involves 2 fish dishes, and a lot of rice in various forms because I cleaned out my cupboards this weekend and I think I may have more rice than a small Chinese grocery store!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

lol u are cute

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Farrah May 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

I planned my menus as well!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

That salad looks delicious. I need to get better about meal planning. For the first time in a long while I have an idea of what I want to make this week.

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[email protected] May 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

Some weeks im a meal planner others I just wing it… I usually go by whats on sale at the store and then adapt or come up with recipes to make, a well stocked pantry is the key. That smoothie looks delish as does your lunch with all those veggies hopefully you can kick your flu to the curb!

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Andrea B. @ Vegvacious May 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

I always try to meal plan, but I often find that by Wednesday I’m completely off track. I usually give in to my cravings and find myself at the grocery store 2 or 3 times per week to pick up some random item….that’s probably why my pantry is exploding with food all the time!

Your lunch looks so amazing. I look avocado on sandwiches!

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Nikita May 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

I love meal planning! I feel like like it definitely saves me a lot of money and streamlines my cooking when I have a plan. I like to buy groceries for 5 or 6 nights worth of meals, but then I often change at least one or two to reflect my mood or what was good at the grocery store. I use it more as something to fall back on than something I MUST stick to.
Oh and I usually buy way more produce than I need for my recipes. My desire not to let things go to waste will help encourage me to eat my veggies!

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Amanda May 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

Do you find that the chopped veggies stay fresh until Friday? I’d love to prep foods for lunch salads, but I feel like the veggies get kind of mushy by Friday… Do you have a special way to store them?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I store them in Pyrex glass dishes filled with water. I find that keeps them fresh a bit longer. I dont store cukes in water though b/c I’d worry they would get mushy.

I’m not sure how long they last, but I would guess 4-5 days? Here’s hoping!

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Amanda May 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

In water! That is something I never thought of! I’ll be trying this asap. Thanks!

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope May 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

Completely agree! Sometimes you need a little motivation to get back into making creative meals. Sounds like a fabulous week ahead! :)

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Emily May 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

Mmmm that’s my kind of lunch. The avocado toast looks delishhh!

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Sonia May 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

It’s kind of freaky how, right now, I am planning out my meals for the week and they are eerily similar (though not too much) to your plan. I looked in my fridge yesterday trying to figure out what to make for the week. Cilantro, rice, lemons (just got a bagful from my MILs tree), tahini, beans and root veggies for fries all made the list. Lol. I can’t wait to see your recipes. :)

And I ask the same question as Amanda. How do you store chopped veggies so they don’t go bad by the end of the week? Freeze them??

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

See above I just replied to her Q :)

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Lenna May 2, 2011 at 10:59 am

Planning meals sucks sometimes, but it is a great way how to get your eating habits a bit more organized and eat better to nourish your body. Since I started meal planning, I feel much better (and maybe look a bit better too:). All photos in the post look divine, you are a skillful photographer:)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Thank you!

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Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission May 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

That’s the number one thing I love about healthy eating. You can have a giant meal of vegetables with some grains on the side, and you feel full after eating far less calories than any restaurant meal. I have a big appetite, and healthy eating allows me to satisfy that on minimal calories! That lemon dill hummus looks amazing – I’m going to make that this week!

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Moni'sMeals May 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

what a great plan for meals. You have a system, it seems! I normally have been like you, no planning but I can see how sometimes in all our lives we must! I do however ALWAYS have my kitchen stocked and stocked, then I can’t go wrong. :)

All your meals sound amazing! Your breakfast—kale green monster oh wow! only you and your readers(me) would think that looks INCREDIBLE!! hehe. Have a great day!

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Amber K May 2, 2011 at 11:15 am

I’m always confused when people don’t meal plan, lol it’s such a habit for me! Otherwise, how do you go grocery shopping? What I buy totally depends on what I’ve planned to eat! I tend to get in food ruts, but buying new things forces me to try new meals!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm

that is funny…my normal grocery shopping goes like this, ‘hmm this looks good maybe I’ll buy two’

I do make lists…but only for the usual suspects and occasional recipes I have in mind.

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Amber K May 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I have entirely too much OCDness to do that! But you come up with all of these AMAZING things, I just might have to learn this “wing it” skill. :)

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Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

I always plan my meals and make a list.. but chopping veggies at the beginning of the week is something I did not think of! That would be a HUGE time saver in the middle of the week. I REALLY like this idea!

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[email protected] DiVa DiSh May 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

I hope you feel better!! :)YOu are still eating delicious food even though your under the weather! Your amazing :)

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jenna May 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

i think you are the only person i’ve ever seen eat toast with tomato paste…youre taste buds are usually spot on so I have a feeling I should give this a try!

do you and eric ever eat out? just curious what kinds of restaurants you all go to when you do go out.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

We don’t go out to eat often because there aren’t any restaurants in our town, and the ones nearby are mostly chains. :( I do have a fav Italian restaurant though.

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Roz May 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

Glad you are on the mend. Happy planning!!!!

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Natalie M. May 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

Meal planning is the best, because then you know what you’re going to buy at the superstore, AND you can look forward to that certain delicious meal (oh, and not having to spend hours preparing it the day off when you’re as ravenous as the cookie monster also helps too ;) )!

Speaking of meals though, I think it’d be wonderful if maybe a few days before Mother’s Day you could possibly make a post on a Mother’s Day brunch or meal (dinner + desert)?
I’m celebrating Mother’s Day one day early because my sister has a dance competition Sunday, so we won’t be able to make her the usual french toast in the morning. I really wanted to make a delightful vegan dinner with desert, but so far it’s been difficult finding something so elegant and traditional for the holiday!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I will keep this in mind :)

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Amanda May 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

meal plan sounds delicious can’t wait for the recipes! Meal plan is great idea I hope you keep them up and post them helps all of us :) I follow a lot of your meals to keep me on track. I am slowly going vegetarian and hope to be vegan by end of the year! Thanks for all the great inspiration :)

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Katherine: Unemployed May 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

the colors are all so great. I LOVE beets no matter the fact that they leave me red-handed. (nature’s lipstick… this is how you glow right?)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I love ‘nature’s lipstick’!

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Marci May 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

i want to copy that lunch. yummm. i try to plan a few dinners and try to shop once/week on sundays. breakfast and lunch are similar or I always have the ingredients on hand, so dinners are the only tricky one for me.

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Danielle @ weightsandmeasures May 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I love lunches that take a long time to eat. All the slow crunching makes the process satisfying and filling. Your open-faced sammy looks great. Lately I have been on such a carrot loving kick that I can’t put anything (hummus or pb) on them, because I just want to taste carrot.

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Alaina May 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I have got to make more veggie and/or bean burgers. They are sooo good.

I always say that I want to get into more meal planning but meals end up being more spontaneous than really thought out. :-)

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amy May 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Thankyou, I sometimes find menu planning a little overwhelming and like to just make what I feel like as well but your meal plan for this week looks so good that I might follow it too!

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Tawney (Eat Hike Sleep Repeat) May 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm

When I lived in the city I went to the grocery store everyday since it was a 3 minute walk away. Now, I tend to meal plan for 5 days in advance. Part of this is the convenience of having everything handy, but it also keeps me on track and away from the more unhealthy cravings.

I love kale! However, I am not a fan of it in smoothies. Do you find that it takes over the taste of your green monsters? Or do the other additions balance the taste out for you? It was zero here on the west coast yesterday morning. I hear you on the goosebumps! Sticking with the oatmeal for a few weeks more.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Normally I do find the taste is over powering, but I recently bought frozen kale and I dont taste the bitter taste anymore. Weird!

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kaila @ healthy helper! May 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm

My mom and I plan all our dinners for the week on Saturday or Sunday so that we only have to go shopping once during the week. It actually works out really well and what ever we feel like having out of the chosen meals on a certain night…that’s what we have. Your menu looks delicious! I am really wanting some enchiladas right now! Do you have a recipe for those?!?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Yup on my recipe page called time crunch enchiladas

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Vanessa May 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

You had me at Creamy Sweet Potato Bake, I can’t wait to see the results from this!!

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Rachel @ The Avid Appetite May 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Your green monster looks unbelievable! I have recently gotten on the meal planning train and I’ve realized a few things: 1) It’s so much easier to eat more healthfully 2) I’m so much more organized! 3) I save a lot of time and money at the grocery store!

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ellalinea May 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Damn everything on your meal schedule looks great! Very curious to see how the planning works out for you :)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Funny – I had a nearly identical breakfast this morning, but in a glass!

I’m a big fan of planning my meals. I every everything onto and Excel sheet… otherwise I have a fridge of ingredients and I’ve forgotten exactly what my grand plans were when I brought them. :)

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Meg May 2, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I am going to have to try that avocado open face yummy looking sandwich. WOW. I love avacado and I feel like I have tried everything but this looks delicious. Thank you for sharing. I try and be a meal planner but it is so time consuming. It makes the morning’s less stressful but really takes a lot out of me. :) I do agree though, meal planning does inspire great cooking.

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Voluminous lunches and foods? Yes I love them! They take awhile to eat, they are usually fiber filled and have lots of chew and texture. Always good.

The way you sliced your cucumbers, sounds silly, but I swear they taste better like that when I am using them as “sticks” to dip things in. I like them better than in rounds or cubes. Spears or sticks is where it’s at. haha

Meal planning and groc shopping accordingly…you are on top of it! You go girl! It saves time, money, and is healthier for sure in the long run when you can meal plan I find.

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Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Yum I want to come over for dinner every night! Will you be posting the recipes? Because I’ve been dying for enchiladas and want a good recipe!

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[email protected] May 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I love that there’s so much veggie in here–I’ve been eating lots of beets and veggies, and my stomach is so much more at ease than when I don’t. :) can’t wait for the post!

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Jodie May 2, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Looking forward to the dinner post. I think I am going to try that for lunch, love all the veges. Looking for a good cornbread recipe, any suggestions?

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Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food May 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

That lunch looks much better than the crappy lunch I had today at work. Is it okay that I”m jealous of it? ;-)

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Traci May 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I wish I could be more of a meal planner but I too like to fly by the seat of pants :) I must say I’m intrigued by the creamy sweet potato bake and biscuits ? I do hope we see this in the future :) I’m a southern girl and the very mention of biscuits makes my ears perk up!

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Jane May 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Wow, I thought I came up with the tomato paste, hummus, avocado combo. I was sure I was strange for liking to mix tomato paste and humus together and then dip or spread it onto steamed or raw broccoli tops. If you really smash it into the “leafy” part of the broccoli “tree” it makes for a very flavoful and texturally pleasing bite.

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Kristy H May 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Go Angela, good on you for being so positive about getting out of your slump. I always plan out my meals so i am organised through the week and i find it stops me from buying too much at the supermarket and more importantly stops me buying junk. Your menu for the week sounds incredible, hope your going to post the recipes!

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The Teenage Taste May 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I always meal plan. I wouldn’t know what to make/buy if I didn’t! Can’t wait to see the new dinner recipes! :-D

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tweal May 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Too funny – I just popped onto your blog to find some recipes for meal planning this week! Enchiladas sound good…

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Kath May 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Those meals sound delicious! By the way, I tried my first Cherry VOO Bomb today….in fact I’m eating it right now. Sooo yummy! Thanks for all the amazing recipes.

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Alexandra Aimee May 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

The open faced sandwich looks yummy! I wouldn’t have thought to combine those things, but they look good together…. Will have to try it :)

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Emily May 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Those recipes sound amazing! Very excited to see how they turn out. I’m all about the meal planning- at the end of the day, I am out of creativity and just want food in my mouth immediately.

Tonight I actually had a total OSG dinner- salad with the Better Than Bottled balsamic dressing, and the avocado pasta- which, let me just say- O.M.F.G. Delicious.

Thank you as always for the inspiration!

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Brandi {not your average ordinary} May 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I would so love to be planning my weekly meals, but I find it hard to do with such little time. Not to mention, because it’s just me, I tend to eat the same thing several times during the week.

One of my friends just suggested your blog to me and I’m already addicted. It’s really fantastic!

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bitt of raw May 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I don’t always plan out every meal, but I plan one or two and then some staples that will make mealtime easy like dips and dressings for veggies. We love your better than balsamic dressing.

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit May 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I’m amazed that you don’t plan your blog recipes! I’ve always been a planner – I write recipes daily, then send them to myself [via email] then grab 5-7 each week, print them out, shop, and cook! Meal planning is my savior! I get so busy in the week I barely have time to breath, let alone cook.
I’m looking forward to: Enchiladas with Cilantro cream sauce & salad
yuuuum!

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Char May 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Can’t wait for the sweet potato recipe as they are my fave right now! I just got offered the chance to help prep meals for basketball players who would be staying in my town and practicing at the gym (program run by hubby’s friend), since my hubby’s friend knows I love food and nutrition…so, I better get this meal planning thing in order!

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FoodFeud May 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I love to meal plan but I think it’s more about the planning than the outcome for me – I rarely follow through on the meals. Sometimes it’s made more difficult because I don’t know how much it’ll make for leftovers, how much my boyfriend will eat, etc…plus I’m paranoid about food going bad so I don’t want to make too much at once..ANYWAY I hope yours work out well because they all sound delicious!

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Nicole @ Fresh & Fit May 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I’m trying to plan my meals more often too. I’m I planner, I like to know what is coming next.

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Lu @ A Mix of it All May 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I’d like to come over for at least 3 of those meals. Please. No, really…Please?

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KT May 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Hi Angela,
Love the pictures, so pretty!
Also , I think you mentioned in Friday’s post that today you would announce the winner of the contest? :)

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Angel7 May 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm

That green monster looks scary :) Just kidding! It actually looks quite good!

Your lunch looks like it should be sold in a restaurant. It is all about the presentation, but the most important part is obviously how good it tastes, which I am sure it tastes divine :)

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Mackenzie @ Eat. Exercise. Evolve May 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Those meals sound amazing! I am SO looking forward to the recipes.

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Carrie (Carrie on Vegan) May 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I have just started doing a better job of planning my meals for the week and I find it very helpful! It’s also forcing me to be more creative instead of just going to my standard fare week after week.

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[email protected] May 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm

mmmm that lunch sounds amazing!!!!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm

The tomato/avocado combo sounds AMAZING!

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Madelyne May 2, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Your breakfasts always look so girly and cute!

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Maggie May 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Ahh, those look amazing!! I WISH I had time to eat that well! I do my meal planning almost exactly the same way – I don’t assign days and I leave a day open for leftovers or eating out or whatever. Breakfast is usually instant oatmeal and lunch is usually a vegan cup-o-soup since I’m too busy to make those meals ahead. Dinner is my one nice meal of the day. :)

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[email protected] Dishes Daily May 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I’m such a huge fan of meal planning. It saves me time, energy, money and calories.

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Hayley @ Oat Couture May 3, 2011 at 1:27 am

Oh my goodness I still can’t quite bring myself out of my cooking slump! I have re introduced exercise and am hoping it will follow naturally!? It definitely doesn’t help that someone is drilling through my kitchen floor right now! :/ Your lunch looks delish btw! And if I use some store bought humous it will be simple enough for me to throw together minimal fuss involved! Many thanks for the idea! :)

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McKayla (green groats) May 3, 2011 at 6:35 am

Your green monster looks delicious! If that doesn’t heal you….

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Darby May 3, 2011 at 9:26 am

I just LOVE your site! I love your positive energy and attitude towards nutrition. I am in college and sometimes struggle with healthy eating (sweets, especially anything chocolate, are my vice). Please tell me where I can find the recipes from this post! I want to make em all!

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather May 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

Having a general idea but not truely defining which day I’l make a meal works so much better for me too. It’s awesome having a plan, but I like to play it by ear too. That lunch looks wonderful!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

I’m usually a meal planner, but I have definitely been slacking lately! All of those meals sound delicious!

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Sonia | Food Obsessed May 3, 2011 at 11:50 am

I don’t know how you do it, Angela. You never plan and yet, you manage to cook all those magnificient meals AND blog about them? Wow… do you have superpowers or something? I want me some of that! Me, I always have to plan AT LEAST a week in advance, sometimes even 2… Certain meals I need to get started the previous day, so I almost have to keep a schedule.

That beet salad looks absolutely fantastic by the way! Do you have the recipe somewhere on your blog?

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VEGirl May 4, 2011 at 9:37 am

I agree– I don’t plan meals (nor does the rest of my family). Sometimes, if I want out of a rut, I’ll write down lots of ideas or just walk into the kitchen net day and be like: “I’m getting out of a breakfast rut, I’ll make muffins for everyone instead!”. Funny– I like to have a semblance of a plan in most other things, but I’m more flexible with cooking (not necessarily eating though– gottat eat when I’m hungry– otherwise you have one cranky girl!).

VEGirl

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Mindy May 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

What amazing meal choices! I try to plan but it doesn’t always work out so well:)

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[email protected] May 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Wow those meals sound so amazing! I think our current cravings are incredibly in sync right now.

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Tasha July 7, 2014 at 4:11 am

How long you store cooked food?

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Shiela Jantzen October 26, 2015 at 11:34 pm

Hello,
I’m looking for meal plans(weight loss) for vegan and gluten free.

Thank you

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