One of the hardest challenges is preparing healthy and delicious meals throughout the week while also working full-time.  I’ve created a weekly dinner planner that you can print to help your meal planning and grocery shopping ten times easier!  

Meal Prep pic

 

When Bobby and I first started dating, we used to eat out A LOT, especially later in the week and weekends!  Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but boy was it expensive!  Even after dating for a few years, we found ourselves spending a lot of money on bills from restaurants.  Because we wanted to save more money, we decided to start cooking meals together, including one weekend night a week.  Now, I prefer to cook dinner and relax on the couch with a glass of wine rather than getting dress up to go out and spend a ton of money on food and drinks!

In order to be successful at preparing more meals vs. eating out, I created a weekly meal planner (see below)!  Meal planning allows me to really think about what we want to eat through out the week.  Because of that, I’m way more likely to prepare a healthy dish than grab a bowl of cereal for dinner (c’mon, I know we’ve all done that a few times).  It also allows me to choose a variety of meals instead of making the same old staples.  Because I find meal prepping to be a little overwhelming, I created a weekly dinner planner that makes it such a breeze!

Weekly Dinner Planner & Grocery List

Click here to download a pdf file.

Here is an example of what I plan on making this week:

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  • MondayVeggie spaghetti tossed with shrimp and steamed broccoli
  • Tuesday: 3 cheese grilled cheese with tomato soup (okay, maybe not the healthiest, but definitely a great comfort dinner on a chilly night!)
  • Wednesday: Vegetable stir fry with brown rice
  • Thursday: Wegmans Ready to Cook Crab Stuffed Salmon and roasted asparagus
  • Friday: Eating out for my Dad’s birthday :)
  • Saturday: Southwest Vegetarian Bake- I recently found this recipe from a magazine and plan on sharing my version
  • Sunday: Black bean burgers- these are the BEST black bean burgers I have ever had, including any I’ve tried at restaurants!  I plan on sharing this recipe with you guys soon because its one of my all-time favorites!

As you can see, I love buying groceries that will make cooking throughout the week easy! Wegmans has precut vegetables that make preparing dinner after a long day super easy, as well as so many other prepared foods for your convenience!  Plus, the prices are comparable to other grocery stores! I highly recommend you check out your local Wegmans!

How to use the planner

I like to sit down the day or night before we go to the grocery store and plan dinner for each night.  I typically use multiple resources to find recipes and inspiration in the kitchen!  (Stay tuned for a blog post on my go-to resources for finding recipes)! Once I figure out what I want to make for dinner, I make sure I have a hard copy of the recipe, so I’m always printing recipes off of the Internet! I know this is old-school, but I love everything printed out!  I love having the printed recipe in the kitchen to reference while I’m cooking!  Bobby gets so mad at me for not saving them on my iPhone/Ipad, but I would rather have everything on paper!  This step is obviously optional for all of you tech lovers out there!

Next, I write down the meal plus any sides I plan on having under each day of the week.  Next to the meal, I write down all ingredients we need to buy at the store. I typically don’t write down ingredients we have on hand because I also use this planner as my grocery shopping list (and I don’t want to buy more than I need)!

You will notice the bottom has “other groceries” which I use for household items, groceries for breakfast, or miscellaneous items I need at the store that week!  You can also use this to write down groceries for lunch, but since I work at a hospital with a cafeteria I tend to buy my lunch everyday.

I hope this meal planner helps you as much as it has helped us!   Let me know if you guys want other meal planner templates.  I’m thinking of creating one with three meals per day!

A go-to recipe for a relaxing night in, this goat cheese pizza has healthy vegetable toppings, two kinds of cheeses, and is super easy to make!

Hi friends!

One of our favorite dinners to make on the weekend is pizza! The recipe originated from our favorite pizza at a local brewery, Iron Hill. But, guess what?! They took it off the menu! I was honestly so upset when we went there one Friday evening and they no longer had it! That’s where this recipe comes in handy! We have been trying to recreate their goat cheese pizza for a few weeks and I think we finally did it!

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Before we get started, I just want to share with you our new favorite pizza stone!

Crate & Barrel Ceramic Pizza Stone

We got our first pizza stone from Bed Bath & Beyond for around $15. Unfortunately, it cracked in half after only a few uses! I did plenty of research and decided to try Crate and Barel’s Pizza Grilling Stone and it’s a winner! It’s made with quality, heat-resistant ceramic, making our pizza perfectly crisps without burning. Plus, it didn’t crack with the high oven temperature! Even though it is supposed to be used on the grill, we cooked our pizza in the oven and it turned out great! I can’t wait to use it on the grill when the weather gets a little better (come on spring!!).

Goat Cheese Pizza 

Prep time: 20 minutes (including time to bring dough to room temperature)

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Wheat pizza dough (store bought or made from scratch)
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Goat cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup Broccoli
  • Pesto (optional)
  • Corn meal
  • Flour

Instructions

  1. Remove pizza dough from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  2. Place pizza stone in oven and preheat to 5250F.
  3. Roll out dough to form a pizza. (We buy our pizza dough from Trader Joe’s and typically don’t use all of the dough. We make the dough thin to resemble a thin crust pizza. Don’t forget to form the crust).
  4. Add a little bit of corn meal to pizza stone surface (to prevent dough from sticking).
  5. Place dough on pizza stone. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. While pizza dough is cooking, add a little bit of water to pot with steamer. Turn on stove to medium high heat. Add broccoli and spinach. Cover with lid and let steam for about 5minutes.
  7. In a bowl, add the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well to form garlic sauce.
  8. When dough is done, remove from oven, but keep the pizza stone in the oven.
  9. Spread the garlic sauce on pizza dough using a pastry brush. (The brush is optional, however when we didn’t use it and spooned the olive oil on, it seeped into the dough causing it not to cook all the way through).
  10. Add mozzarella and goat cheese to your liking (note: the mozzarella cheese will spread while cooking, so be cautious when adding).
  11. Add broccoli and spinach.
  12. Top with pesto (optional).
  13. Bake pizza on pizza stone for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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The great thing about pizza is it can be personalized to your taste! You can add any topics you prefer and omit the ones you don’t care for and it will still turn out great! As you can see from the pictures, Bobby added pesto to his half!  Also, I’m a vegetarian, so Bobby usually adds grilled chicken to his side of the pizza (we didn’t have any on hand this time)!

I hope you enjoy making and eating this pizza! Let me know how it goes and what additional toppings you added (or omitted), if any!

PS: Come back for an amazing cauliflower pizza dough recipe I want to share with you a little later!