Weight Watchers Friendly Meal Planning Ideas
Most Fridays, I send an email detailing my Weight Watchers compatible dinner plans for the following week, which I also save on my blog. This routine helps me stay accountable for my meal selections while also offering potential inspiration to others in need. By sharing my weekly dinner plans, I aspire to provide a valuable resource for those seeking meal planning ideas or seeking to diversify their diet. (You might also find these 101 Meal Prep Ideas from Successful Weight Watchers helpful)
The Benefits of Weekly Meal Planning
Planning and preparing meals in advance can make a significant difference in avoiding unhealthy eating habits. When you have a clear idea of what you'll be cooking for the week and have already stocked up on the necessary ingredients, you're less likely to give in to the temptation of grabbing fast food or ordering takeout. By planning your meals ahead of time, you also have more control over what you're eating and can make healthier choices.
Meal planning and grocery shopping also can save you time and money in the long run. Instead of wandering aimlessly through the grocery store, you can make a list of the items you need and stick to it, avoiding impulse purchases and unnecessary spending.
Every time I get out of the meal planning habit and resort to take-out, restaurants, and snacking on junk, it's amazing how crappy I feel and how quickly the pounds pack on.
The Key to Eating Well is Cooking
When you're trying to eat well, not cooking isn't an option. At least for me anyway. There are just too many unknowns (hidden sugar, flour, fats, chemicals, points), too many temptations, and portions are way too large for you to routinely eat well on take-out or pre-made food.
The Key to Consistent Cooking is Planning
In the beginning meal planning can be a huge chore. The key is finding an approach that works for you over the long haul. If you are struggling with meal planning here are 3 great meal planning resources to help:
- My Month of Meal Month of Meal Plans eBook
- My WW friend Alisha's 12-Week eCookbook and Meal Planner (affiliate link) and Table for Two Meal Planner and eCookbook (affiliate link)
This Week's WW Meal Plan Suggestions with WW Points:
What Do I Eat for Breakfast on WW?
Most days my breakfast is something quick like an english muffin with almond butter, avocado toast, cottage cheese with fruit, eggs, yogurt with fruit, oatmeal or a smoothie, depending on my mood and the season.
What Do I Eat for Lunch on WW?
Lunch is usually leftovers or some combination of soup / sandwich / salad.
This week I am planning to make...
Rotisserie Chicken (from Costco) - I love these chickens when I'm feeling lazy. We can enjoy several meals from one. I'll serve it one day with this crunchy, flavorful Broccoli Salad.
Leftover Ham Bone Soup (Using Bone I had stashed in the freezer) - An easy and delicious way to use up a holiday ham bone. Load your slow cooker and let it do all the work while you get on with your day. I'll serve it with leftover broccoli salad and cornbread.
Skinny Chicken Broccoli Casserole (made with leftover rotisserie chicken) - This skinny chicken broccoli casserole is a lightened up version of my Mom's yummy creamy cheesy chicken broccoli casserole from childhood. I love it now as much as I did then. I'm planning to serve it with Baked Potatoes and Cucumber Salad.
Chicken Avocado Salad - This chicken salad is another easy, healthy and delicious recipe, perfect for using up leftover cooked chicken. It's from The Short-Cut Cook: Make Simple Meals with Surprisingly Little Effort (affiliate link) by Jacques Pépin. In the recipe's notes, Jacques says that this chicken avocado salad is a great way to use leftover chicken. I couldn't agree more. I'll serve it leftover cornbread.
BLT Avocado Toast - This delicious BLT Avocado Toast is topped with fresh avocado, hard-boiled egg, tomato, bacon crumbles, sprouts and everything bagel seasoning. It's perfect for a light supper with fresh fruit. If you are extra hungry a mug of vegetable soup would be delicious alongside.
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I hope this helps you with your own meal planning this week 🙂
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
Tired of trying to decide what to cook?
If you are struggling with meal planning here are 2 great meal planning resources to help:
- My Month of Meal Month of Meal Plans eBook
- My WW friend Alisha's 12-Week eCookbook and Meal Planner and Table for Two Meal Planner and eCookbook
I can't tell you how thrilled we were with your menu posted this week! We are on vacation and in a condo for five weeks. Keeping meals simple. I made both the chicken broccoli pie and the broccoli cheese soup for the first time this week. Both were a big hit. Then last night we had your Caribbean Jerk Chicken which is a definite favorite. Made your lasagna soup last week!!! Yum!
I am so thankful I found your website and continue to try new things. I started WW March 2020 (online only) and have lost almost 30 lbs. and am at my goal! Slow and steady wins the race!!! (Just like the tortoise and the hare).
Thank you for all your encouraging emails and wonderful recipes. We've been married almost 47 years. When I first found "my friend Martha" as all my friends know you by, my husband said "you've always been a good cook but we never tried so many different things!" He loves your recipes also!!!
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!!! ~ Joyce
I bought the Table for Two eCookbook and I love it! It saved me from giving up on my weight loss journey. The meals are delicious and so easy to cook. Having a weekly grocery list, recipes and instructions with pictures readily accessible has taken so much stress off of me in meal planning. I was tired of cooking recipes that had multiple servings and eating the left overs several times during the week. My husband loves the Table for Two recipes and he doesn't even need to lose weight! I have recommended your site to several friends on the same journey and they love your recipes too. Thank you for all your hard work in making meal planning so easy! ~ Barbara
Hi Martha - I cannot begin to thank you enough for my month of meals. We (my husband and I) have only had the first week, but WOW, what great meals! I can't wait for the second week. You have a customer for life! ~ Sharon S.
I bought the 12 Week eCookbook and Meal Planner by Alisha Hughes from Meal Planning Mommies. It is great 12 weeks with a shopping list which is wonderful. I just make a copy of the list and go shopping for the week. ~ Roberta R.
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Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.
A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.
She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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