I’m so excited to share my first meal plan with you guys! When I was brainstorming menu ideas for this meal plan I was all over the place searching meals from favorite food blogs of mine. It started to feel overwhelming and unorganized. In an effort to simplify things for all of us, I decided to feature one food blog this week and settled on Half Baked Harvest, written by Tieghan. I just recently discovered this food blog, and it seems very popular these days. She has such a great assortment of recipes and beautiful photos. You can even make an account on her website and save your favorite recipes for future reference. I can’t wait to try this week’s meals with all of you! Below are the logistics followed by printable copies of the meal plan and grocery list.
Theme: Simple Summer Meals from Half Baked Harvest
The Menu: I chose 6 meals from the website Half Baked Harvest as well as an additional “no recipe necessary” meal. It looks like a lot but almost all of the recipes are 30 minutes or less. We usually have at least one buffer meal a week, where we get takeout, eat at a friends house, leftovers, etc. But I wanted to write a full 7 day meal plan so that you can decide which dinners from the meal plan you want to make, and then just cross off the others. Or if you want to give all of them a try, go for it!
The Grocery List: The grocery list is organized by category. Since this is the first meal plan, there is certainly room for improvement in terms of simplifying the grocery list so that it is super easy for all of us to follow. In an effort to make things as effortless as possible, I put in parenthesis the recipe number next to each grocery item listed. If you decide not to make recipe number 6 for example, all you need to do is cross off or delete all of the items with a number 6 next to them.
Disclosure: I’m calling this week a test run. I have not made any of these meals myself, so I really don’t know if they will end up being favorites or not. I chose meals that seemed doable for busy weeknights and weekends, and looked yummy. I tried to include a variety of seasonal meals throughout the week featuring fresh summer produce. I am going to be following this meal plan right alongside of you so let’s hope for the best!
Let me know if you give it a try and we’ll be in touch about our thoughts on the menu design, grocery list, and execution of this meal plan!
Happy Eating 🙂
**I wanted to save these documents as PDF format, but the translation was a mess. I left them as Word documents for now, but if you are having problems with downloading them let me know.