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Recent Eats: Meal Plan Fail

Happy Friday. I hope you guys have had a good week.

I failed at meal planning this week. Well, I did a great job on the planning part but the execution was a no go. I made a menu for the week that sounded delicious and then I just never found the motivation to get to the grocery or to make any of it happen.

Instead, the week looked like pulling things out of the freezer, using up things in the fridge and pantry and a couple last minute grocery stops. Most nights I didn’t even think about cooking anything until 8:30 p.m. and dinner was late, late, late when I finally got it together.

You win some, you lose some. I’ll just use the menu I created this week another time.

Here are this week’s eats…


Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Apple cinnamon oatmeal. I sauteed apples in coconut oil with cinnamon, raisins and a bit of maple syrup. Once the apples were soft, I added oats, coconut milk, water, chia seeds and a dash of salt. I topped it off with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter and almond butter.

Scrambled eggs, paleo banana muffins, fruit

Scrambled eggs, Paleo banana muffin, fruit.

Acai smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowl with acai, frozen banana, frozen strawberries, coconut milk, almond butter and dates. Topped with granola, strawberries and bananas.

Eggs and avocado toast with bacon

Eggs over avocado and sauerkraut toast with bacon and fruit.


Fruit and nut salad

Fruit and nut salad with arugula, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, beets, avocado and walnuts.


Leftover pesto turkey burger with mayo and avocado.

Fall-Inspired Lunch

Fall inspired salad with arugula, pears, beets, pine nuts, dried cranberries, avocado and turkey. Carrot/butternut/sweet potato ginger soup on the side. I made a big batch of this soup (it’s my favorite!) on Monday night for dinner and then I ate the leftovers all week for lunch.

Turkey Sandwich and Soup

Turkey sandwich with mayo, sprouts, avocado and arugula. Leftover soup on the side.


La Shish Kabob Charlotte

Takeout from La Shish Kabob. Vegetarian plate with falafel, grape leaves, hummus and babaganoush.


And we each had a gyro.

Pesto Turkey Burger

Pesto turkey burgers with pesto aioli with roasted asparagus and sweet potatoes.

Salmon and Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon

(worst picture) Baked salmon with roasted butternut squash and roasted brussles sprouts with bacon.

Marinated Flank Steak with peppers, onions and guacamole

Marinated flank steak (with this marinade), sauteed peppers and onions, guacamole and sprouted grain mix.

Sauteed chicken tenders with peas, mushrooms and sprouted grain imx

Chicken tenders sauteed with a mix of two different Dizzy Pig rubs and sauteed peas and mushrooms over leftover sprouted grain mix. I put a scoop of hummus on top because it’s like the nut butter of savory foods. 🙂


I’m sad I don’t have any cupcakes or cookies to show you. I slowed my roll on the daily sweet treats this week but since today is Friday, I think I’ll change that. Besides, I need to carb load for my half tomorrow. 😉

Did you stick to a meal plan this week or wing it?

What’s your favorite fall soup?


{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Julie October 14, 2016, 2:09 pm

    For not following your meal plan, your meals sure look yummy! Good luck on your half tomorrow!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 18, 2016, 6:51 pm

      Haha, yes. I pulled off a pretty good week of meals regardless. Just random and last-minute.

  • Casey the College Celiac October 15, 2016, 12:14 am

    This semester of college, I’m definitely winging it a lot more in the post! Meal prep is SO helpful, but I think it’s more realistic during certain portions of life than others.

    • Jen DeCurtins October 18, 2016, 6:51 pm

      I don’t think I ever meal planned in college so I’m impressed that you do sometimes!

  • Ashlee October 15, 2016, 10:11 am

    My meals do NOT look that awesome/balanced/diverse when I fail at meal planning – massive kudos!! My favorite soup is probably a cauliflower soup.. my Mom has an amazing recipe that I make.. now that I think about it I should share that recipe on my blog!!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 18, 2016, 6:45 pm

      Yes, you definitely should share that recipe. It sounds amazing.

  • Morgan Tanner October 16, 2016, 9:14 am

    Can you give the exact measurements for the apple oatmeal? It looks so good!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 18, 2016, 6:44 pm

      Yes, of course!

      1/2 apple, diced
      Heavy sprinkle of cinnamon
      Maybe a teaspoon of maple syrup
      A little coconut oil to sauteed the apples in
      Two tablespoons raisins
      1/3 cup oats
      1/3 cup coconut milk
      1/3 cup water
      1 tablespoon chia seeds
      Dash of salt

      Cook the apples first with the cinnamon, maple syrup and coconut oil and then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer on low for about 5-6 minutes, or until thick and cooked through

  • Tara October 17, 2016, 3:15 pm

    im totally with you on win some lose some with meal plans ! i almost always follow mine but its more assuming i will have leftovers and not that is a fail for me. or forgetting an ingredient at the store, having something go bad before i can use it, etc. but hey you gotta try ! at least you can use this weeks plan for another week and the planning part is done !

    • Jen DeCurtins October 18, 2016, 3:25 pm

      Yes, the silver lining is definitely that I can just recycle this one! Sounded delicious but just didn’t happen.

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