A weekend meal plan for two.
Riley and I love to get away on the weekends. He has those two (precious) days off, and a lot of times we decide to use them to see a new place and enjoy the great outdoors. We have done this enough lately to realize that we loosely follow the same meal plan for these short trips. It is an easy, fast, affordable way with minimal prepping and minimal cooking to stay on track with your clean eating.
We have found that packing our own food is essential, if we don't, the options are fast food and gas station junk. We are usually on the road pretty late by the time he gets out of work, and that leaves little to no hope for finding anything decent that's open on the way.
I have dinner ready for us before we leave, usually something like a red lentil pasta bake with marinara sauce and basil or a pesto chicken salad. This past weekend I had a chicken, kale, olive, and mushroom skillet prepared with plenty of lemon juice and garlic. Eating well before and during travel has made all of the difference for me. My sleep, energy levels, mood etc are all affected by food, so I am happy to bring my favorite meals along with us.
Breakfast: Granola with kefir and fruit (Berries are the easiest but I have also prepped and cut mangos and watermelon ahead of time and that makes for a better breakfast bowl), coffee
Snacks while hiking: Grass fed beef jerky sticks and lara bars.
Lunch: lettuce wraps with turkey or chicken (I use leftover from home) tomato, onion, hummus
Dinner: Tuna burgers (options for turkey or beef burgers) with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, condiments of choice. Chips, salsa, and coleslaw.
Dessert: Put the leftover fruit in a foil packet with bits of granola and break up a dark chocolate bar, heat it over the fire and enjoy!
Breakfast: Hard boiled eggs, with avocado toast and "everything but the bagel" seasoning from Trader Joes, coffee.
Snacks while hiking: Apples and oranges
Lunch: Turkey or chicken, hummus, peppers, cucumbers. You could also use the leftover lettuce to make this into a salad
Dinner: Chicken tacos (with leftover chicken from home) with black beans, corn and salsa
Optional, stop for dinner on the way home and opt out of prepping this meal.
What you will need to bring:
- French press ( we definitely qualify this as a "need")
- Tin foil
- Skillet (depending on whether you will have access to a grill or not)
- To drink: we bring at least a few gallons of filtered berkey water from home, and kombucha.
What you will need to prep:
- Hard boil eggs at home
- Cook or bring leftover chicken/turkey from home
There is so much to be said for getting away, having a weekend outside, and feeling unplugged from the crazy world that we live in. Eating well while we are out there, just makes it that much better for our bodies. When we plan longer trips, the cooking gets a bit more involved. We also love breakfast skillets in the morning, but these quick trips with limited time are perfect for this meal plan above. Try it out and let me know what you think <3
I wish you wellness.