Cooksmarts is a meal planning service that you will often hear us talking about. I wanted to show you what a week of using Cooksmarts looks like in my house.
When you first log in, you get 4 recipes to choose from. On this particular week, I chose three of the meals: Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Bowls, Beef Ragu, and Lamb Fattoush salad. I am just cooking for me, my husband, and my 14 month old. I chose to make 4 servings of each recipe though because I love taking my leftovers to work!
On Sunday, I did my grocery shopping. Cooksmarts gives you a grocery list that shows you what to get in every section of the grocery store, which made my trip quicker.
On Monday, I had the day off and did all of my meal prep. I cut up and marinated my chicken, prepped my dressings and spice rubs, chopped my onions and garlic, cooked my noodles and prepped my carrots and cucumbers. Cooksmarts walks you through which ingredients can be prepped early and store well.
On Tuesday after work, I made my Chicken Noodle bowls. This took me about 15 minutes total as all I really had to do was cook the chicken and wash the lettuce. I threw the extra in a tupperware for lunch the next day at work, which worked perfectly as it tasted great cold!
On Wednesday after work, I made the Lamb Fattoush. Again, I pretty much just had to cook the ground lamb so it was very quick to put together. It was such a simple meal but was something I never would have thought to make on my own! My husband (and baby!) loved this one.
On Thursday, we had leftover salad.
Friday, I made the Beef Ragu. I made the ‘Paleo’ version of this meal, which had the ragu served on top of eggplant and zucchini. We added some roasted brussel sprouts as well since we had them in the fridge. My husband added some chickpea pasta to his (Banza is our favorite). This was fairly quick and easy since I had already chopped the onion and garlic, but I did find myself adding a few extra ingredients to increase the flavor. It ended up being pretty tasty!
Using Cook Smarts allowed me to have three great dinners and three healthy lunches all with just 1 trip to the grocery store and a couple hours of prep work!
Some other benefits of this program are that they tell you which meals freeze well and ways to use leftovers. They also provide the nutrition for the meals and can even link to MyFitnessPal.
If you are interested in trying this resource out for meal prep, here is the link: