Ok - so I don't have all days planned. That's because I actually plan and shop twice a week. I plan on Sunday and Wednesday, and shop on Monday and Thursday. That's mostly so I can plan the main part of the week, and then plan on using up stuff for the last part of the week.
I usually do my main grocery shopping on Monday's at Trader Joes and get the local deals and whatever else I need on Thursday at the grocery store next to my kids' school.
For some reason I'm planned through Friday right now. It's unusual, but the fridge is pretty bare.
My planner stays on my computer and I alter the days, put major events I might need to plan around at the bottom, and include my grocery list. That way, when I'm in the grocery store, I can see why I wanted something, or how much I might need. Does that make sense? My list part is also divided into 4 columns according to basic areas in Trader Joes (because that's where my main shopping takes place).
Here's what it looks like:
You might notice I plan differently for myself than the kids. That's partly because I haven't talked them into eating chili for breakfast yet. ;)
I let go of breakfast food for breakfast a long time ago. The carbs mess with my blood sugar and give me foggy brain, but other than eggs, carbs are pretty much the only breakfast option. So I decided that breakfast food for breakfast was really just a cultural thing and not done for a really good reason. Hence, I think of breakfast as the 1st meal of the day, rather than breakfast. Letting go of expected breakfast foods has immensly helped in starting my day with the right nutrition.
So this week looks like:
Breakfast for kids:
Breakfast for me:
chili on greens
leftovers from some dinner this week
I pack leftovers and bento style boxes for my kids with what's on hand. For myself I eat leftovers, or fruit and cheese, or some experimental item I'm trying to create for my cookbook. This week I have 3 ideas I'm fine tuning.
Dinners: (I normally don't have this many salads for side items)
crock pot lasagne with salad
I'll be trying out Pioneer Woman's Marlborogh Man sammy with fruit salad and a green smoothie.
breakfast for dinner (daughter's request) - waffles, eggs, fruit, bacon (I'll have everything but the waffles)
home made pizza and salad - I'll make mine with a cauliflower crust
spaghetti and salad - I'll eat it, even though it's pasta. I'm not totally carb free.
On Saturday I'll probably make cherry muffins for breakfast and have myself something else. Then we'll eat out after church (we go to a family fun Saturday night service that our church puts on while we build a larger sanctuary for all our peeps)
On Sunday I try to rest, so we we'll have Trader Joes cereal bars for breakfast (I'll have something leftover), leftovers for lunch, and I make appetizers for dinner to go with a football game. Haven't planned those out yet.
That's a peek into how we eat. I will eventually get my whole family onto the "first meal" frame of mind. :) It's my diabolical plan.