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Bi-Weekly Meal Plan: 31 May to 13 June

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Last week I put out a few questions on our Instagram (follow us @thebalancelabexperiment)

I wanted to know what you were looking for from The Balance Lab. I – am a dirty vegetarian. My husband is a full blown meat eater, and since I am the chef in this house, that means that sometimes I’ve gotta make things he wants, too. With that said, many of my recipes that I create are vegetarian. This doesn’t mean you can’t substitute both ways! A lot of my recipes are based on omnivorous recipes I have come across in my travels that I have modified and tested to my liking. Feel free to explore, experiment, and try out different spices and substitutions as you work through this month’s meal plans.

For these two weeks I have incorporated flavors from east Asia, as well as some easy-to-throw-together lunches. Most dinners also make plenty for leftovers, which is what I usually have for lunch if I’ve been to busy to prep mine the night before.

Breakfast incorporates a lot of smoothies, as I find this is the best way to get a good chunk of nutrition in right from the get-go. I practice intermittent fasting, so I don’t have break-fast until 11-12 usually, and I find that these smoothies are satiating and pack a nutritious punch to get me through the rest of the afternoon.

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Lunches are quick to throw together and mostly vegetarian this week, but many could benefit from a serving of grilled chicken if you want more protein. With that being said, I’ll have you know right now that my meatballs will be meat free, but play around with whatever you like – this is YOUR food, I’m just giving you the ideas.

Half of you said you wanted a bit of experimentation, and half said you wanted regimen and stability. So Saturdays and Sundays are for more in-depth meals, and I tried to keep the weekdays quick but also delicious.

Come join us on Instagram if you aren’t already, where you’ll be able to have a say in the next batch of meal plans. And let me know what you think!

Click the green Meal Plan link for your grocery list and printable plan. Happy cooking!

x,

Kayla

31 May – 13 Jun Meal Plan

 

Links to recipes below

Breakfast

Monday: Berry Smoothie

Tuesday: Blueberry Chia Pudding

Wednesday: Scallion & Feta Omelette

Thursday: Scratch Made Breakfast Bars

Friday: Kale Scramble

 

Monday: Strwaberry Fig Chia Pudding (pdf pg 19)

Tuesday: Berry Smoothie

Wednesday: PB&Berry Protein Smoothie

Thursday: Green Smoothie 

Friday: Scallion & Feta Omelette (BLE pdf)

 

Lunch

Monday: Protein Box

Tuesday: Buddha Bowl

Wednesday: Avocado Toast

Thursday: Taco Salad

Friday: Meatballs and Rice

 

Monday: Taco Bowl

Tuesday: Carrot Ribbon Salad (last pg of pdf)

Wednesday: Egg & Spinach Cups

Thursday: Roast Chickpea Kale Salad

Friday: Avocado Toast

Dinner

Sunday: Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Quiche

Monday: Vegetarian “Beef” Chili (follow BLE pdf link for Carrot Ribbon Salad, pdf pg 1)

Tuesday: Lemon Feta Linguine with Asparagus

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken with Cauliflower & Chickpeas (BLE pdf)

Thursday: Sheet Pan Tofu Stir Fry (BLE pdf)

Friday: Turkey Burgers with Lettuce Wraps (BLE pdf)

Saturday: Cauli Rice Carne Asada Bowl

 

Sunday: Thai Drunken Noodles

Monday: Cauliflower Steaks w/ Lentils (pdf pg 23)

Tuesday: Chicken Fajitas

Wednesday: Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese (sub veggie crumbles and lentils for meat)

Thursday: Instant Pot Quinoa Casserole

Friday: Tofu Shawarma w/Naan and Tzatziki and roasted veggies

 

Hi! My name is Kayla, and I’m so glad you’re here. I know firsthand what it means to be busy (I’m an active duty enlisted soldier, mama, surfer, yogi, business owner, the list goes on) and I want to help you find ways to make your journey a little easier. I started this blog as way to share meal prep recipes, and I cannot wait to see where it grows from there. My focus is less crap, less ads, less busyness and more actionable content, more things you can actually use without scrolling down a million miles to find a recipe or concept. I am sick of scrolling for ages trying to find a recipe, so here, I’m doing something different. It is the Balance Lab, after all. And you’ll notice I added “experiment” on the end. Life is a continuous experiment, and I hope through this blog you’ll feel free and inspired to try new things – as well as ground yourself in old ones.

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