Let’s talk about meal planning! It sounds like an utter ball ache, doesn’t it? Having to plan what you want to eat for the week ahead – doesn’t sound very spontaneous or creative, does it? However, it does has huge benefits and I wanted to share some meal plan weeks with you as well as share the great benefits we get from meal planning and batch cooking.
The Benefits of meal planning:
It’s likely you will generate less waste as you will only be buying ingredients that you will actually need and use, the chances of wasting food before consumption is diminished. Batch cooking helps reduce consumption waste as you can freeze the cooked meals into smaller portions for a later date. Which in turn, helps keep weight down.
UK households binned £13bn worth of food in 2015 that could have been eaten, according to new figures. One very sad fact of that is that in the UK alone, 8.4m people in the UK struggle to afford a meal.
I find whilst planning our meals, I am more mindful of what we are eating rather than just grabbing anything we fancy off the shelf. I am making better health choices for me and my family. I have always cooked from scratch and always been a fan of batch cooking. But, even the best-laid plans can collapse – if we have had a busy day and I haven’t prepared, I have reached for quick fix dinners on the odd occasion. When I have batch cooked, there is almost always something healthy in the freezer I can grab and defrost.
When the family knows what you will be roughly eating every day, it helps not to over-eat in the day if you know it’s a “larger than usual” dinner that evening. They also have the chance to say if they don’t like that dish anymore and would like to try something else.
All our meals are homemade vegan and I have linked to the recipes where I have published them. Where I haven’t linked, I will update the links once I share the recipes.
4 Week Vegan Meal Plan
Monday | Lasagna
Tuesday | Fajitas
Wednesday | Jacket Potato with filling
Thursday | Courgette and Chickpea Casserole
Friday | Tofu and chargrilled veg skewers
Saturday | Finger Food – pitta, hummus, salad, olives, falafel and tabbouleh
Sunday | Cottage Pie
Monday | Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday | Potato and Leek Soup
Wednesday | Avocado and Bean Salad
Thursday | Waffles, Beans and Vegan Sausages
Friday | Buddha Bowl
Saturday | Chilli and Rice
Sunday | Roasted Celeriac Sunday Roast
Monday | Butter Beans, Carrots and Onions Served with Wild Rice
Wednesday | Stuffed Peppers served with wedge potatoes
Thursday | Curry
Friday | Pizza
Saturday | Courgette, tomato, and pasta
Sunday | Cauliflower Steaks Sunday Dinner
Monday | Jackfruit Tortilla
Tuesday | Ratatouli
Wednesday | Lentil Curry
Thursday | Tom Yum Soup
Friday | Take Out
Saturday | Spinach and Chickpea Stew
Sunday | Mousaka
And just in case you are looking for some lunch box inspiration, check out my 12 Vegan Yumbox ideas. Here are the boxes I have shared on my Instagram so far and details of what’s inside. I have also included links to recipes where I have featured them in the box. For a full list of recipes, visit my vegan recipe and food section on the blog.
If you are not vegan and interested in making this lifestyle change for the animals, yourself and the planet, then I would love for you to download my free guide on How to Go Vegan in 6-Weeks (although – it takes as long as it has to in all honesty).