Meal planning can be challenging sometimes. From making the plan, to grocery shopping, to actually executing the meals – it is quite a process! Although it can seem daunting at times, meal planning especially for dinners, can help make your busiest nights go smoothly.
One strategy that I use to make my weeknights less hectic is to cook a protein ahead of time and make enough for multiple meals. That way my grocery list is simplified, and I also make sure to use all my leftovers. Here is an example of my meal planning with a salsa chicken recipe.
- 2 lbs skinless chicken breasts
- 1 ½ -2 jar(s) salsa
Add ingredients to a crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Shred the chicken once it is cooked.
Now that you have the protein made, here are three ways to use it!
Salsa Chicken Tacos
Make your tacos with whatever toppings you like – tomatoes, onions, lettuce, black beans, corn, etc. One low calorie whole wheat option that I like to use for the shells is the La Tortilla Factory brand
. So yummy!
Salsa Chicken Salad
Great for a lunch idea for the next day! Use similar ingredients as above but in salad form.
Salsa Chicken Stuffed Peppers
Cut two-to-three green peppers in half, deseed, and sprinkle with olive oil. Bake them at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove peppers from the oven and place your ingredients inside – salsa chicken, rice or cauliflower rice, black beans, onions, cheese, etc. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until heated through.
Planning ahead can make all the difference in your nutritional habits. Here is a weekly meal planner with a grocery list sheet to help you plan your week. Hopefully these recipes can give you an idea of how to make your meals and grocery shopping more efficient!