Anyone else out there Aldi super fans? I’m really impressed by their quality of produce and organic and all natural selection. I know that one thing that intimidates a lot of people from eating healthier is the cost! So I decided to share with you a week of meals (breakfast lunch and dinner) of mine where I do the majority of my shopping at Aldi. You can literally get EVERY item in this meal plan at Aldi!
Breakfasts for the week
I like to do 3 breakfasts for a 6 day span. That way I’m getting a variety, but meal prep isn’t super challenging.
-Scrambled eggs with sautéed veggies (2 eggs, assorted veggies sautéed in light cooking spray)
–Cooked bulgur parfait (this recipe but swap bulgur for wheat berries)
Lunches for the week
Similar to breakfasts, I find that prepping 3 different meals and rotating throughout the week cuts down on prep time and still keeps things interesting.
–Fixate Chicken Salad
–Fixate Cobb Salad
Dinners for the week
I meal plan monthly and try to make no more than 4 meals per week. I love leftovers and cleaning out the freezer whenever I can. Depending on what we’re eating I usually throw in a steamed veggie or side salad and some fruit for the kiddos!
-Burrito Bowls (rice, chicken, taco fixins’! all measured using 21 Day Fix containers)
–Sausage and Kale Pasta
-Turkey BLTs – (3 pieces cooked turkey bacon, lettuce and tomato, toasted Ezekiel bread)
I usually try to do something fancier on the weekends if I have time. Yesterday I made cauliflower pizza and although the prep is kind of long, its definitely worth it if you have some time!
Meal prep and planning has literally shaved hours off of the meal process for me. I save old meal plans and just reuse and recreate based on a new month! We’re ready to go for this week!
If you’re stuck in a rut or totally lost with meal planning shoot me an email at email@example.com and I can help you with some tips to get started!
One of my Instagram followers shared with me a totally addictive YouTube channel, The Domestic Geek, that had all of these interesting and unique recipes! One of the videos showed an different overnight oats recipe that could be adapted for lots of different flavors! I don’t know about you but having a filling breakfast is one of the things that sets me up for success for the day! I also like trying different things, and if you can make it easy then I’m all for it! Its been 3 days of overnight oats now for us. Suffice it to say, I’m obsessed.
Use what you have
I’m all about using what I have on hand when trying a new recipe or finding something to make in a quick pinch. One of the options she gave was for banana nut bread. This one was my favorite! Some of the recipes included fresh berries so I haven’t had the chance to give those a try yet, but hopefully once berry season is in we can give those a whirl.
I was inspired to try my own recipe! I’m a huge bulgur fan and one of my favorite bulgur parfait recipes is PB&J bulgur. I decided to take a spin on the original recipe provided by The Domestic Geek, and make my own version!
The ingredient lineup
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 TB almond milk
1 tsp chia seeds
1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt
1/2 purple container red grapes
1 tsp peanut butter
sprinkling of cinnamon
I then layered each of the ingredients in a mason jar, covered them, and let them sit in the fridge overnight. Note: you can also wait to add the grapes til the morning. I didn’t and I think I would like this even better if the grapes were a little cold 🙂
When I woke up I heated them up for 60 seconds in the microwave and had a delicious, peanut butter and jelly overnight oat. I’m on a roll and am going to try some other combos! Have you made overnight oats before?? What combos should I try out? COMMENT below and let me know!
Need some meal prep and planning tips? Who doesn’t??? One of the biggest problems that most of my challengers stumble with is meal planning and meal prepping. Truth be told, its not easy. But finding a system that works for you will help you to first get organized, then figure out how you can make this doable.
Let me just say that going at this alone is not the best. It took me forever to get to where I am now. But once I plugged into a group of ladies who were also committed to healthy meal planning like I was, we were able to collaborate ideas, share recipes, and we’ve been successful at maintaining this!
So its only fair that I pay this knowledge forward and get you started on your own organizational system! The first step to getting started is with organizing your meal plan. I use a binder system to do this!
Here is what you need:
- An array of healthy recipes
- Page separators
- Something to label with (labels or label maker)
- 3 hole punch
I separate my recipes into Breakfasts, Sides, Dinners, Meal Plans, 21 Day Fix, and Recipes to Try. Then I take one blank calendar and fill out my weekly obligations that will keep me from making dinner. So I have a month’s worth of dinners laid out in front of me. From there, I collect all of the recipes that I need for the month and put them behind the calendar. When I’m done with a recipe, I re-file it in its respective area. There is one month done! I save each month’s meal plan for future use. I tend to plan 3-4 dinners per week, keeping in mind nightly obligations! On those days, I opt for leftovers or a crockpot recipe!
This VIDEO explains in much more detail how this binder can help you stay organized, and to get you started with meal prepping and planning. You can also really help your food budget by organizing your meal plan. Who doesn’t love saving money?
I’d love to hear what your struggles are with meal planning! Comment below and let me know!
There is nothing I like more than a little pumpkin around this time of year! When pumpkin officially hit the shelves at my fave store, Trader Joe’s I had to restrain myself because let’s face it, not ALL of the pumpkin creations are healthy! Although I did snag a pumpkin bread mix and pumpkin butter for when I’m done with this round of the 21 Day Fix! 🙂
Here is a fix-approved, healthy breakfast for ya!
Pumpkin Waffle Stackers
2 Trader Joes Pumpkin Waffles
1/2 red vanilla Greek yogurt
1/4 green pumpkin purée
1 small apple
1 tsp maple syrup
Cinnamon to taste
Toast waffles according to package directions. While waffles are toasting combine pumpkin and yogurt and chop apple. Layer one toasted waffle with 1/2 of the pumpkin yogurt mixture and then the apple. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle 1/2 tsp of maple syrup on top. Serves 2.
A couple of months ago I was introduced to the glorious grain known as bulgur. It has seriously become a staple in my house for various breakfast parfaits. I do tend to put myself in a rut when it comes to breakfast and lunch recipes so I figured I should try to branch out beyond bulgur and try some other grains in my parfait! So… I had some pumpkin in my pantry from last fall and I was itching for some fall pumpkin goodness so I figured why not throw together a little pumpkin spice breakfast parfait?
Ingredients include Wheatberries (Bob’s Red Mill), canned pumpkin, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and raw honey.
Then I whisked together 1/2 cup pumpkin and 2 cups of almond milk, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 TB raw honey. I threw in 1 cup of uncooked wheat berries and let them come to a boil then simmer on low according to package directions.
In the morning I topped it with 2 tsp almond butter, 1/2 red greek yogurt, and 1 purple peach. I think I’m going to try apples on top closer to fall! 🙂
Now that’s some serious YUM right there! Now let me just say that wheat berries are much chewier than bulgur. I still prefer bulgur to wheat berries but this was a nice switch up! You could really try this recipe with any grain!
Pumpkin Spice Wheat berries
Makes about 5-6 yellow container servings
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup uncooked wheat berries
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (more to taste)
1 tsp cinnamon
fresh fruit of your choice (apples, peaches, mixed berries)
Whisk together almond milk, pumpkin, and spices. Add to 1 cup uncooked wheat berries and cook according to package directions. Top with 1/2 red container greek yogurt, almond butter (2 tsp) and 1 purple of fresh fruit of your choice!