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. 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...
Mushroom Chicken Stir-fry for Two - If you're a fan of the Mushroom Chicken from Panda Express, I think you'll love this copycat version. A delicious one-pan meal, this chicken and mushroom stir fry comes together in less than 30 minutes. Quicker than you can grab takeout from your favorite Chinese restaurant.
Greek Frittata - As soon as I saw this recipe for a Greek Frittata with Spinach and Feta I knew I had to make it. The combination of flavors is a winner! If you've never had a frittata before, it's just an open-faced omelet. I'll serve it with a simple mixed green salad.
Slow Cooker Salmon and Asian Vegetables for Two - I love that this is a recipe that only serves two (affiliate link) and can be made in a 1.5- to 3-Quart slow cooker (affiliate link). It can also be easily doubled and cooked in a 3- to 4-Quart slow cooker (affiliate link).
It comes together in minutes—just dump in a bag of frozen vegetables, place your salmon on top, season with salt and pepper and pour in a simple sauce, cover and cook. And it takes only 2-3 hours on LOW, which works well for me because I work mostly from home. I'll serve it with a small portion of steamed brown rice. If you are keeping things low carb, cauliflower rice would work.
Corned Beef and Cabbage - For many of us, it wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without indulging in a plate of corned beef and cabbage. It certainly wouldn't for me.
Leftover Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup - I love using the leftovers from our St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner to make this skinny leftover corned beef cabbage soup. I get such a kick out of turning leftovers into soup; transforming them into a completely different meal. There's something so satisfying and frugal about it.
I'll also make one of these variations of soda bread to enjoy 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!1
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!!!!!
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.
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
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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