Weight Watchers Friendly Meal Planning Ideas
Every Friday I send out an email with what I'm planning to eat for dinner in the coming week which I also archive here on the blog. It helps keep me accountable and I hope you find it helpful as well.
The Benefits of Weekly Meal Planning
Getting dinner on the table is so much easier when you've planned what you're cooking and eating ahead of time and done the grocery shopping. It's the only thing that prevents me from resorting to fast food or takeout more often than I should.
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. 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 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
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?
This week I am planning to make...
Easy Chicken Fajitas
Fajitas are AWESOME, easy to make, and can definitely be made light and healthy. They one of my favorite Weight Watchers Dinner Recipes. Marinated boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sautéed with red and green bell peppers and onions, served with a variety of accompaniments. These fajitas need to soak in the marinade for at least 30 minutes, so be sure to plan ahead. I'll serve them with low fat refried beans and low carb tortillas. And then use the leftovers for tacos or burrito bowls on another night.
Squash Kale Bean Soup
This cozy kale, white bean and butternut squash soup provides the ultimate in soul-satisfying, tastebud pleasing, nourishing goodness. Three highly nutritious foods come together in this tasty one pot vegetarian meal in a bowl, lending it vibrant color and flavor. For a fitting accompaniment, try toasted baguette or crostini spread with goat cheese. This will make enough for at least two meals for us.
Easy Baked Fish with Lemon and Herbs
Here's an easy baked fish recipe with lemon and herbs that couldn't be quicker, simpler or more delicious. It comes together in less than 20 minutes. Perfect when you need a quick and easy dinner. I'm planning to serve it with Healthy Broccoli Avocado Salad.
Skinny Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup Sandwiches
Growing up one of my favorite meals was grilled cheese sandwiches and Campbell's tomato soup. They were a match made in heaven. This recipe takes those same flavors and turns them into a simple healthy low-calorie sandwich. Make it extra fun by cooking it in a waffle iron . Kids of all ages will love it. I'm planning to serve it with my favorite canned tomato soup, Amy's Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque .
Skinny No-Bake Coconut Cream Mounds Bar Pie
This light and easy take on coconut cream pie has quickly become a family favorite. Lighter by a long-shot than your typical coconut cream pie, it has less than 200 calories a slice and a ton less fat and sugar. Did I mention how easy it is to make? Coming together in less than 15 minutes, this quick and easy no bake pie will need a few hours in the fridge and/or freezer to set up. You may want to plan to make it a day ahead.
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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!
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.
More Weight Watchers Meal Planning Ideas
- WW Freestyle Dinner Meal Planning Ideas - Week #93
- Dinner Menu Planning Ideas with Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints - Week #92
- Weight Watchers Friendly Dinner Ideas with Freestyle SmartPoints - Week #91
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