You guys, I just want to eat really delicious food. That’s all! Now that the indulgence meal is becoming a regular part of my weight loss journey, I need to ensure that the meals the rest of the week are just as exciting! The meal plan for week 5 came together as a labor of love as I pulled some of my favorite recipes, and made all of the macronutrient and calorie numbers align just right. I definitely don’t want to obsess over the numbers as I’m working through this process, so these meal plans become really important. I spend a handful of hours on one day to get the numbers to align with the mouth watering food, spend a handful of hours the next day to do all of my food prep. Then the rest of the week, I can think about everything but what I’m going to eat. I’m working to make this as seamless as possible for myself, and for you if you’re also working on shedding your own “last fifteen pounds”.
The macronutrient and calorie targets for this week are the same as last week. Please remember, if you do more exercise than 5 days a week for about 45 minutes, you will likely need to be consuming a few hundred calories more than I have listed in this meal plan (yes, even to lose weight). If you exercise less than 3 days a week, you might need to decrease the quantity of food from what is in this meal plan. Just note that women generally should be consuming more than 1200 calories per day, even in weight loss mode.
This meal plan will contain another muffin recipe, which I’ve worked to significantly improve from last week’s muffin recipe. You’ll also get to enjoy some garlic chicken zoodles, a loaded veggie soup, and a cheeseburger casserole! On the plan, the recipe listed for the muffins, veggie soup, and cheeseburger casserole make enough to last you the whole week. For the other meals on the plan, you’ll have to multiply everything by 6 days in your meal prepping.
This grocery list and recipes on the meal plan only account for one person for the week. If you have others with whom you’ll be sharing with, you’ll need to factor that in and increase the meal plan accordingly.
*A couple notes:
- The recipe for the Loaded Veggie Soup calls for 1- 28 oz can of low sodium diced tomatoes. This was accidentally left off of the grocery list. So don’t forget to pick that up too!
- Brussel sprouts were accidentally added to the grocery list. You do not need to buy them, this week. They are not included in the meal plan. If you are like me, and did buy them, then just add a cup or two of them to your veggie soup. Or find a different occasion to make Brussel sprouts.
These items might be easier to find or less expensive online:
Nutritional info for this week’s meal plan:
You might notice that the saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol are actually pretty high up there for this plan. If that makes you uncomfortable, then exchange some of the animal fat (egg yolk, butter, heavy whipping cream) for an unsaturated fat (avocado oil, nuts, seeds, etc.). Cashew milk can be used in place of the heavy whipping cream in the cheeseburger casserole. I make that exact substitution all the time, and it works great. Be sure to look for no sodium or low sodium on the grocery items you’ll be picking up!
That’s it for today! Happy feasting!
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