Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Grocery Haul and Meal Prep

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are easing back into another week. I feel like I've been on the hot mess express for the last week and I'm ready for my stop so I can get off this train ;) I made a really conscious effort to be as prepared for the week as possible as you'll see in the grocery haul and the meal prep that I did this weekend. I have a really bad habit of not being able to decide on anything in terms of meals (or anything really) because I never know what I want so I figured if I made the effort to plan and prep it'll make my life and the decisions much easier. It literally took me three hours to decide to eat cereal for dinner the other night. It's so ridiculous, haha!

Anyway, I made a trip to Trader Joe's on Sunday and figured I'd share the haul with you!

For produce I got some romaine lettuce, baby spinach, potatoes, broccoli, baby carrots, diced onion (lazy as fuck) and grape tomatoes.

I picked up a few grocery items as well. I got some of the Lavash, the high protein tofu, some soy creamy cherry chocolate chip ice cream, mediterranean hummus (still the best store bought hummus in my opinion) and some frozen blueberries.

After Trader Joe's I decided to do a little meal prep for the week. Here's what I made:

I made a HUGE tofu scramble with the high protein tofu, onion, broccoli and spinach. I seasoned it with Trader Joe's onion salt and some black pepper. It's so good you guys. I had the onions in there the longest and they got all brown and caramelized and they made the whole thing taste amazing! I'll be able to get a ton of meals out of this too.

I really wanted some redemption after my last muffin fail so I decided to make some blueberry corn muffins. They are better than the last muffins I made (I mean they aren't green yet so that's a step in the right direction) but they are so dense and pretty dry. They are edible and it's nothing a little Earth Balance and maple syrup can't fix but they aren't amazing. At least they look pretty. The blueberries gave them a pretty purple swirl and I'm not mad at it.

As I mentioned I'm really trying to be better about planning my meals to make my life and decision making a lot easier for myself. I got this new insert for my planner and it is great because you can plan your meals and write your grocery list in the same spot. I'm just hoping that I'll actually use it!

Are you a meal planner? How far in advance do you plan? What happens if you don't want to eat what you've planned. That tends to be my biggest problem.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! I'll see you on Friday with another post! <3


vegan peace said...

I have stopped trying to meal plan because I never want to eat what I've planned. I'm interested to see if you use your insert and if it helps.
The muffins look great! I've been wanting to try making muffins but I don't have a muffin tin!! It's on my list though!

Beverlee said...

I’ve eaten grilled cheese sandwiches for the past two nights so the three hour cereal-for-dinner dilemma cracked me up because it’s so relatable. I don’t meal plan but I should. I wander around Trader Joe’s or the grocery store and think “What have I not eaten in a while” or “What new products does TJ’s have?” Then I wonder why i’m always in a food rut.

Julie said...

Your tofu scramble looks so great (and green)! Glad to hear the muffins are improving, too! :)
Meal-planning stresses me out a lot, haha, so what works best for me is a looser structure for the week: one new recipe, any favorite recipes I feel like making again, the leftovers from those, and quick/easy meals on hand to fill in any gaps.

Sarah said...

That's the same for me. I always plan stuff that sounds amazing and then I'm like meh, I don't want that.

Oooh yes, muffins are so fun! I just hope that mine one out better the more I make them. I need to stop making adjustments and just follow the recipes as they are.

Sarah said...

Grilled cheese sounds good to me! I can't with the indecisiveness anymore. It's so annoying. Food ruts are annoying but hopefully we'll both get out of it soon!

Sarah said...

Thank you! Yes, I love green veggies in my tofu scramble. Haha the muffins are improving, I just need to follow the recipe and stop making adjustments.

That sounds like a good way to go! I'll have to give that a try :)

Bianca said...

Ha! If I didn't meal plan, I would also take three hours to decide on cereal. I'm the most indecisive person ever. I plan all my meals for the week on Sunday night and write them on a menu planning white board so I can always erase and change them as needed. And that happens a lot! Like if someone invites me out to dinner or I end up eating vegan snacks from our cafe at work for lunch. I have a hard time when things are written in pen (like in my planner!), but the white board helps with that. Good luck! Also, sorry for your bad muffin luck! Third time is a charm???

Sarah said...

I love the idea of a dry erase board for meal planning! I think even if I meal plan the night before in my insert it will help because it just takes so long for me to figure out what I want. If that doesn't work I will definitely try the white board!

Haha I need to stop tweaking the recipes and just make them as they say!

Ingrid said...

I meal plan my lunches mostly, but make sure to have two or three options for breakfast and dinner, so I don't get bored. Now that I've fallen into a regular workout routine, the nights that I'm at the gym I have my dinner made ahead of time so I can still eat before 6:30pm (trying to keep meals early for optimal digestion!).

I'm going to have to try your tofu and veg scramble - it does sounds so good! I think the muffins look delicious, and a little topping does go a long way.

Sarah said...

That makes a lot of sense, especially since you don't have a lot of time in the morning. Meal planning shouldn't be so hard, haha. I think it is my indecisiveness more than anything.

Definitely give it a try! I love green veggies in mine, it tastes so good. Thank you! The toppings definitely help!