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Meal Plan – Week 1

For years, I shared my meal plan for the week. I need to be more relaxed about posting my meal plan. I love to meal plan. The problem I have is that I don’t always follow through. 

I will share my meal plans to become accountable for cooking for my family. My meal plans can also inspire you as you plan your week out. Having a meal plan gives you a game plan for the week.


Yogurt Parfait

Fruit on the bottom Yogurt


Cottage cheese with jam 

Cottage cheese with blueberries, sliced almonds, and honey

Breakfast burrito

Breakfast Sandwich

Other ideas 1

Other ideas 2




Snack Plates


Week 1:

Monday – sweet and sour meatballs with rice

Tuesday – creamy tomato soup with grilled cheese 

Wednesday – Pad Thai

Thursday – Taco Soup

Friday – Stuffed Pepper Soup

Saturday – Leftovers

Note: Use either ground beef or ground turkey for the taco soup and stuffed pepper soup.

Note 2: Freeze any leftover soup for later.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Rice 
36 frozen meatballs
One 20-ounce can of pineapple chunks undrained with juice
¼ cup water
One tablespoon of soy sauce or coconut aminos
½ cup ketchup
½ cup brown sugar
One tablespoon of dried minced onions
Two bell peppers seeded and sliced 
One tablespoon cornstarch
One c. uncooked white rice 
Creamy Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
1 – 15 oz. can think of chicken broth
1 – 14 oz. can of CRUSHED tomatoes
One c. heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. dried basil
One bay leaf
Sliced cheese 
Pad Thai 
8 ounces flat rice noodles
3 Tablespoons oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces chicken, cut into small pieces 
2 eggs
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
2 limes
1/2 cup Fresh cilantro, chopped
3 Tablespoons fish sauce
1 Tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
5 Tablespoons light brown sugar
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar, or Tamarind Paste
1 Tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce, or more, to taste
2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter (optional) 
Taco Soup 
One lb. of ground beef or ground turkey cooked 1/2 small onion, diced
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 package of store-bought taco seasoning
1 1/2 c. water2 (15 oz.) cans of diced tomato
1 (15 oz.) can of tomato sauce
1 (15 oz.) can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
One c. frozen corn
Stuffed Pepper Soup One lb. of ground beef or ground turkey cooked
1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
2 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes with juices
One c. beef broth
1 16 oz. bag of frozen pepper stir fry mix
salt and pepper, to taste
1 c. brown rice, uncooked
cheddar cheese to top the soup

Printable Meal Plan

Posted in Meal prep, Recipes, Vegetarian, Write 31 2018

Greek Pasta Salad (Meal Prep) – Day 3 of 31

Original: 10/3/18
Edited: 12/26/22

Gluten-free if using gluten-free pasta
Meal Plan

In August, I finally met some family members I had never met before. They live on the west coast, Oregon, and don’t get to Ohio very often.

My mom’s first cousin, their mother, lives in the Phoenix area. She comes into town more often than her children. She was planning to visit the family and decided her children should also come to Ohio.

Since they came into town, one of my mom’s first cousins decided we needed a family get-together with a potluck dinner.

My aunt flew into town from New York. That was an adventure in itself. (Needless to say, her maybe 4-hour trip took almost 12 hours because of plane delays and missed connections).

Any-who, on the same day as the family, get together, our church had its annual picnic. I needed to make something that could be served at the picnic and the get-together. That’s when I decided to make this Greek pasta salad. It’s quick and easy to put together.

This recipe can either be prepped for the week or eaten as a side dish. If you decide to prep it for the week, add the dressing before you eat the pasta salad, so it does not get soggy.

The dressing I used for this recipe was the Greek Feta cheese dressing from Trader Joe’s. However, you can use whatever Greek dressing you desire.

What you’ll need:

  • Box of farfalle pasta (bow tie pasta) – You can use any shape,o like penne, but I just like the shape of the bow ties.
  • Jar of artichokes
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Bell Pepper (orange, red, or yellow)
  • Feta Cheese
  • Sundried Tomatoes
  • Greek dressing

Happy vegetarian eating,