Here is a sample weekly meal plan for our family dinners.
I had drifted away from doing these during COVID, and honestly, I started gaining weight again after being a stable weight for 2 years. I knew it was time to retrain myself! I decided to join Weight Watchers because when done properly, it works. It also helps retrain portion control and awareness.
Within one week, I realized that I was living on processed “health food” such as protein bars. I was not eating whole real food anymore. The stress of COVID has led me to live on convenience foods.
The biggest thing I’ve learned from my weight loss journey over the last 5 years is that you have to forgive yourself, don’t hold on to mistakes, and move forward. So, it’s ok. I realize what I was doing now, and I’m fixing it going forward.
I’m on WW green plan, and here’s a great example: My Adkins protein bar was 8 points, and I was always hungry again in 1 hour. This morning my poached eggs and toast were 4 points and I’ll be full for a while. Huge difference! And I have more points to enjoy more food later.
Why Should You Meal Plan?
The main reason to meal plan (for me) is it makes things a little easier in general.
You can have all of the decision making done and also have all the ingredients at hand. By having the decision made and all your healthy ingredients nearby, it helps avoid the pitfalls of takeout or unhealthy choices.
This will also limit the time you use running out to the store for groceries and also help save money by not getting last-minute take-out food.
Before we go on to the weekly dinner plan, you can learn more about my meal planning strategy!
Weekly Dinner Meal Plan for August 10th-Sept 16th
Note, these are only the dinner plans for my family. I tend to intermittent fast, so I usually don’t eat breakfast. If you’d be interested in my lunches, let me know. I’ll be honest – lunches are my hardest meal. I tend to eat at my desk and I find it hard to be full and stay within a good point range. It’s a work in progress.
(I do not change this recipe at all. It’s perfect.) I serve with brown rice.
- Turkey Club Sandwiches
There is no need for a recipe for this, but here is an easy recipe if you need something to follow. Use your favorite low-calorie bread, and make a delicious sandwich by layering in turkey, lettuce, cheese, light mayo, tomato, bacon, and cheese. I toast my bread slightly.
(This was a busy day, and my son has TWO doctor appointments and I have an evening meeting!!! I had to find a crockpot food.) You can see I’m a fan of Skinny Taste at this point… she has the WW points listed for every plan on every meal and her foods actually taste good!
BBQ Chicken Quesadillas
I got this idea from Skinny Taste, but I don’t use her recipe. I just make my own by making BBQ chicken, and just sprinkling it and a Mexican blend cheese into a low carb tortilla shell.
Sometimes, I do this with pulled pork too.
Almost every Friday, we order pizza.
So this is a night out. We have a local pizza pub that makes amazing cauliflower crust pizzas!
I tend to do my grocery shopping and next week meal planning on Saturday, so we eat the leftovers and use what might be getting ready to expire!
This is in my son’s top five dinners. It’s not particularly WW friendly, but I just eat the correct portion and log it accordingly. It’s all about balance.
This is a Trisha Yearwood recipe – another source for my rotated recipes. I can’t say I’ve ever had a bad recipe from her.
I hope this meal plan inspires you and helps you come up with ideas for your own weekly dinner plan. Meal planning helps with the stress of what to make every night, helps you stay healthy and do more mindful eating, and keeps your meals from being the same thing over and over!
What is your favorite weeknight meal? How about your favorite Weight Watcher friendly dinner? I’d love to hear!
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