A New Approach To Meal Planning {Menu Monday}

Menu Plan for June Week 1 via

I’ve been sharing my weekly menu plans on this blog for almost two years! I enjoy sharing with you, but having to list what we’re having for all three meals is also good accountability to make sure I’m planning thoroughly for our week. Another benefit of sharing my weekly meal plans is that you give me feedback on what I’m serving. Sometimes I get comments like, “I forgot about that recipe! I’m going to make it this week!” or “I have never tried _____, but it sounds great.”

Recently I’ve gotten several comments about how delicious my “comfort food” menu sounded (or something like that). I know the comments weren’t intended to make me re-think my meal planning, but they did! It made me realize that I was planning too many carbs into my weekly menus. I default to carbs because they are delicious (amIright?) and they are inexpensive. I decided to be intentional about how many or how few carbs we eat each day. I’m certainly not cutting them out or even eating “low carb,” but I am watching what I put on the table.

Here’s how I did that – for the lunches I take to work, I choose carrots and hummus instead of chips or granola bars. I packed extra fresh fruit instead of crackers for my afternoon snack. For our suppers, I thought through what I would normally serve, took away a potato or bread and added a fruit or vegetable. I know fruit has carbs – we aren’t cutting them out, just choosing different ones.

Below is last week’s menu – I didn’t share this last week, and it will show you what I served with my new meal planning strategy.

On The MenuΒ 


  • Cinnamon Raisin Toast with Fruit
  • Peanut Butter Toast with Fruit
  • Eggs & Bacon


  • Leftovers
  • Egg Salad
  • Roasted Chicken, Hummus & Carrots, Fruit


Thanks for your feedback – it keeps me from getting stuck in a menu planning rut! πŸ™‚
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11 thoughts on “A New Approach To Meal Planning {Menu Monday}

  1. Yum!! I love your efforts to plan healthier snacks. I enjoy hummus + veggies, fruit and I like to keep things chopped up in the fridge to encourage healthy snacking. We still do granola bars and goldfish, but it’s nice to mix it up a bit. Your quesadillas sound great and so do your burgers. We may just have to have those this week πŸ™‚ I love meals where Kevin does the grilling and I make the sides!


  2. I think it’s very good to be mindful of what we put into our bodies. Sometimes, it’s easy to get into a “rut” and eat a lot of a particular item. Adding extra fruit and veggies is an easy way to get extra nutrients, and sometimes it fills you up so you don’t eat a lot of other not-as-good-for-you things. But carbs are a necessary part of life, and they taste yummy. πŸ™‚ Moderation is totally key in life!

    One yummy, low-carb dish I like during the summer months is a tuna salad-ish mixture served stuffed inside raw yellow/orange/red peppers. It’s a yummy combination and is very cool during the warm weather. So tasty!!!


    1. I totally agree that carbs are necessary for life! πŸ™‚ You’ll never catch me doing the Adkins diet. I love tuna salad -we have that for lunch on Saturdays frequently. The cats love tuna days too. πŸ™‚


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