Meal Planning

Meal planning is very important if you want to stop relying on convenience foods. Since I had Ellie, (and even when I was pregnant) the best day for grocery shopping has been Saturday. Chris is off work, so we can all go to our nearby lidl or aldi and shop for our week’s worth of meals. If we didn’t go shopping with a list or a plan for week, we’d buy half the store and waste tons of food. So again, meal planning has been very important.

I have made it a habit to think about what to make for dinner for the next week constantly. Then on Friday, I finalize the list I had been collecting in my head and write everything down. Now Chris and I eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I really don’t have to “meal plan” for breakfast or lunch. I always make at least four portions in my weekday meal, so we will always have lunch for one of us the next day. And for breakfast, we always have some bread rolls we bake in the oven that we can eat with ham or turkey. If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll make myself some bacon and eggs or an omelete. SO the only items that ever go on the list that are solely for breakfast or lunch are breadrolls and lunch meat. My brain is therefore freed to only concern itself with dinner when it comes to meal planning.

If you went into meal planning having to think of exciting meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, you would drive yourself crazy. This doesn’t mean you have to eat the same thing everyday for lunch and dinner, just keep basics on hand (like eggs, flour, cheese, milk), and you can figure something out if you have the time and patience. If you don’t, eat your leftovers or eat a sandwich! In addition, I only plan 6 dinners a week, so Wednesday is always open for grabbing some roast chicken from Weinerwald! Since sometimes unexpected things happen, planning 6 dinners allows wiggle room if you get a last minute dinner invitation or you just HAVE to have takeout chinese one night. If something unexpected doesn’t occur, always have back up dinners like frozen fish.

On this page, I want to provide example lists (and lists I’ll most likely use), so you can get an idea of how to plan your family’s dinners without having to rely on heavily processed foods. Hope it helps!


Week 1

Bierocks (German stuffed breadrolls)

Spicey Goulash with Rice

Tofu Ramen Bowls

Sausages with Baked Beans and Cole Slaw

Pork Tenderloin and Spinach Dumplings

Chicken and Rice Casserole

  • eggs
  • butter
  • bread rolls
  • cabbage (chinese cabbage if they have it)
  • 2 packs mushrooms
  • 1 zucchini
  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 400 grams minced meat
  • 600 grams chicken breasts
  • 500 grams goulash meat (stewing beef)
  • 1 pack sausages
  • 1 pack tofu
  • can of diced tomatoes
  • chinese noodles
  • chicken broth
  • frozen spinach
  • dry white beans
  • plain low fat yogurt

Needed pantry items:

  • flour
  • yeast
  • 3 onions
  • rice
  • heavy cream
  • beef stock cubes
  • brown sugar
  • mustard
  • bacon
  • ketchup
  • worcestershire sauce
  • oil
  • mayonaise
  • herbs and spices