Meal Planning and Changes to the Blog

Today I spent a long time in the kitchen getting ready for the upcoming week. I have some things to do after work Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, so I wanted to get some of my meals prepped ahead of time to make for less work when its time to cook dinner.

Before we went grocery shopping this morning, I planned out our meals for the week using Pinterest. I usually plan meals by searching on Pinterest, using recipes I have saved, or looking at blogs. I also make recipes from the Runner’s World Cookbook pretty often. This week I found several new recipes to try, so I am going to share my weekly meal plan:

Sunday:  Skinny Orange Chicken with quinoa and broccoli

I prepped the sauce and quinoa.

quinoaorangechickensauce

Monday: Roasted chicken with red potatoes and asparagus (I hope to go to body pump Monday evening, so this meal can be prepped ahead and Rob can put it in the oven when he gets home from work, so it will be ready to eat when I get home from class).

I chopped up some the veggies so it will be easier to put together tomorrow.

roastedveggies

Tuesday: Pasta Primavera with chicken.

I also chopped up most of the veggies I will need for this meal

pastaprimavera

Wednesday: Rob volunteered to cook fajitas:)

Thursday: Chicken fingers with sweet potatoes and green beans

I should have enough time to make this on Thursday.

Friday: Pasta, turkey meatballs, salad

I froze half of the meatballs I made last week, so I’ll just defrost them this week.

meatballs

Saturday: Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli with rice (We usually go to church on Saturday evenings and don’t get home until 7, so its nice to have something ready when we get home.)

I also prepped:

Hummus: using this recipe

hummus

Banana Muffins: I read about these on Megan’s blog but they are originally from The Real Life RD

bananamuffins

Black Bean Brownies: I tried a new version from The Little Honey Bee

blackbeanbrownies

I also peeled and chopped beets to keep in the freezer and use in smoothies:

beets

And washed and sliced strawberries, and washed blackberries. I am planning to use these with plain Greek yogurt this week.

berries

 

I also wanted to share that I am getting ready to start the process of making some changes to the blog. While I still feel like my blog is relatively “new”, after 9 months of blogging I feel like I have learned more about what I want to share through this blog. When I first started out, I thought I would (obviously) talk about running, but I also expected to talk about drinking wine and social things. I have realized I hardly ever talk about drinking. I think that’s because its not a big part of my life. Instead, I have found that I enjoy sharing my efforts to find balance between running, working out, healthy eating, and some indulgences.

I have also wanted to make the switch to self-hosting, which will give me more options for designing my blog. For now, Running Out Of Wine won’t be going anywhere, but I will be brainstorming what I want this blog to be and how I will make that happen. It may switch as early as this week…or it may be a month. It all kids of depends on how creative I am and how complicated some of this technical stuff is.

I would love to hear any comments about what you have liked reading about, or what you would like to see more of on the blog! I feel like connecting with readers and other blogs as helped to give my blog its identity, so I don’t want anyone to stop reading if I make changes!

What are your meal planning strategies?

If you blog, have you ever made big changes (ie blog name, switch to self-hosting, etc.)?

Any suggestions for me as I am about to start this process?!

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28 thoughts on “Meal Planning and Changes to the Blog

  1. Looks like you have a delicious week ahead of you! I’m excited to see how you are going to transition! I love you blog and name – even if you don’t talk about wine a lot, it shows that you think about it and aren’t just about running!

    • Thank you for the feedback! It’s nice to know what you think of the name. Part of me wants to make it a little more “professional” if I use it as a means of running coaching, but I also want it to represent me well. We’ll see how it goes!

  2. I need to be better about meal planning, I decide on meals at the last minute and end up going to the grocery store a few times a week. Thanks for the inspiration to plan my weekly meals!

  3. I hope you make the chicken nuggets – they are super easy and take no time at all 🙂 how did the brownies turn out? They look good and your food prep is awesome! I switched to self hosting a few months into blogging and it was the best decision ever – pain in the butt (I’m terrible at the techy stuff) but awesome now that I have control over so much more. Good luck with it 🙂

  4. I am TERRIBLE with meal prep and planning. You are so ahead of the game here and I need some of your motivation! I know it would make my life so much easier if I planned a little bit in advance because at this point I’m always scrambling around when I get home to get dinner ready and I miss out on hang out time with my daughter. That skinny orange chicken sounds so good!

    With my old blog I self hosted and did a complete re-brand at one point. I really love your blog and don’t think you should change a thing! You have a good mix of stuff on here. I’m about to switch to self hosted with RSR too so if you need any advice, let me know!

  5. Sounds like you have a delicious week ahead! I really need to get better at prepping. I plan my meals, but I don’t do a lot of prep. I do prep for my lunches though. Baby steps right?! I think our blogs evolve just like we do as people! Can’t wait to see what is in store!

    • I used to just plan and not prep (some weeks I still don’t) it just kind of depends on busy I am. Some weeks I like to enjoy my Sunday and not worry about it- but when I know I have a busy week ahead its great to get it done ahead of time!

  6. We do weekly meal planning as a general rule rather than prepping … but we also have four to cook for, and the boys get lunch at school and breakfast is individual on weekdays (based on schedules).

    I have seen people have great luck with name changes and self-hosting (like Laura), and others have more issues (can’t recall who offhand). I love your blog name as well … maybe it is because I love running and I love wine! 🙂

  7. Not sure if you were planning to chance the name of the blog, but don’t do it! It’s catchy even you write about nothing having to do with wine, it shows you are a real person who’s not too uptight. Good for you with meal planning! I usually just buy a bunch of stuff with no plan and hope some decent meals come out of it 🙂

  8. WOW, your prep is amazing!! Love that you do so much, and I bet it makes it much easier throughout the week. In terms of major changes, I started out self-hosting (due to a lot of research before starting) and have never changed the name, but I really believe in doing what feels right for you. If talking about wine isn’t cutting it for you, then you shouldn’t feel like you “need” to do it! I love your running recaps, race recaps, and hearing about what’s going on in your life (which often has to do with running!). But again, do what’s right for you!

  9. The same thing happened with me with crow pose. I took yoga once or twice a week and could never do it. Then one day, BAM. Like I’d been doing it forever!

    Can you believe this rain we got yesterday? I’m in southern MD and we had a BUNCH of road closures. That sink hole was bananas though.

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