Meal planning is something that can take a lot of time every week. It can take even more time when you're on a diet. I've put together a tasty low calorie meal plan that includes breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks suggestions, and a handy grocery list.
How The Meal Plan Works
These meals will add up to around 1400 calories so that you can add snacks as you see fit. You'll get a good balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats too.
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- Weekday Breakfast and Lunches: This plan will feed a single person for breakfast and lunches on weekdays. If you're making the same food for more people, you can easily change the number of servings in the recipe card and double up on the ingredients on the grocery list.
- Weekend Breakfast or Sunday Brunch: I love a good Sunday Brunch. This plan includes one quick breakfast recipe to serve on the weekend that the whole family will love!
- Dinners: There are 6 mouth-watering dinners planned, all that make 4-6 servings. That seventh night is perfect for a using up any leftovers you have or for healthy takeout.
- Snacks: Everyone has their favorite snacks, especially during a diet. I have snack recommendations if you're tired of what you've already been eating. These ingredients or suggestions are not included in the grocery list.
- Sample Daily Meals - a quick calendar with breakfast, lunches and dinners for each day.
- Grocery List - everything you'll need to make all of the meals except snacks.
Weekday Breakfast and Lunches
I recommend making both of the these recipes over the weekend so all you have to do is grab and go throughout the week.
Breakfast: Meal Prep Breakfast Burritos with Mixed Berries
Nutrition: 288 calories, Protein: 25 gram, Carbs: 47 grams, Fat: 16 grams
Low carb tortillas filled with cheese, eggs, bacon, and avocado. Serve it with salsa or a fresh pico de gallo for a fresh punch of flavor. The recipe makes 6 burritos, but the good news is they freeze well for next week (instructions in the link above).
Mix together 1 pint of blueberries and raspberries, and 1 pound of strawberries and serve a cup of the mixture with each burrito. Save leftovers for Sunday brunch.
Lunches: Honey Sesame Chicken and Broccoli
Nutrition: 443 calories, Protein: 40 grams, Carbs: 30 grams, Fat: 14 grams
Chicken breast pieces are lightly floured and toasted and mixed with tender steamed broccoli and then coated in a sweet and nutty honey sesame sauce.
This recipe makes 4 servings, so it won't get you through the full week. The good news is, you should have some dinner leftovers accumulated by Friday to fill in the gap and avoid food waste.
As mentioned earlier, these dinners will feed 4 - 6 people. Depending on how big your servings are, and how many people you are serving, you may have leftovers.
I recommend saving some leftovers in the fridge for weekend lunches and freezing the rest for future meals. I freeze them as individual meals in freezer-friendly containers so I have grab-and-go lunches.
Dinner 1: Cajun Chicken and Sausage Skillet Dinner
Nutrition: 447 calories, Protein: 42 grams, Carbs: 46 grams, Fat: 11 grams
A one-pot Cajun chicken pasta recipe that’s done in about 25 minutes. Cajun seasoned chicken breast and smoked sausage are sautéed with peppers onions. Noodles are simmered in the same skillet with broth and then mixed with Greek yogurt to make a creamy Cajun pasta sauce.
Dinner 2: Healthy Beef and Bean Chili with baked sweet potato
Nutrition: 485 Calories, Protein: 31 grams, Carbs: 54 grams, Fat: 17 grams
Chili is a classic low-calorie recipe that has tons of protein and fiber. Pour a big helping on top of 5 ounces of baked sweet potato (usually half of a large one) and you'll have a seriously filling and delicious dinner.
Nutrition: 472 Calories, Protein: 41 grams, Carbs: 13 grams, Fat: 27 grams
Tender top sirloin is cooked on the stovetop with rosemary and a little butter to add a ton of flavor with very little work. Sauteed green beans that basically taste like a healthy green bean casserole. Loads of mushrooms, bacon, and fresh green beans. A tasty lower carb dinner combination.
Dinner 4: Low Country Shrimp Boil
Nutrition: 507 Calories, Protein: 52 grams, Carbs: 22 grams, Fat: 28 grams
A one-pot meal that takes very little effort to make. Shrimp and sausage are cooked in an old bay brine with potatoes and corn on the cob.
Dinner 5: Chicken Pot Pie
Nutrition: 440 Calories, Protein: 18 grams, Carbs: 34 grams, Fat: 23 grams
Grab some pre-cooked chicken breast from the deli department to make this tasty pot pie recipe. Flaky puff pastry goes on top of a flavorful blend of fresh veggies and chicken or turkey.
Nutrition: 580 Calories, Protein: 18 grams, Carbs: 37 grams, Fat: 28 grams
A cozy, rich meal that's perfect for the weekend. Pork shoulder is slow-braised in wine and broth, then shredded. Serve it with creamy garlic Parmesan mashed red potatoes and a ton of the pork gravy. Add a cup of steamed broccoli to the plate and you have a seriously good meal.
Sunday Brunch or Weekend Breakfast
I love cooking a big Sunday Brunch to enjoy with the whole family since breakfasts never happen as a family at my house on weekdays. This meal is simple to keep it low calorie - but you can customize as you see fit.
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Berries and Eggs
Nutrition: 432 Calories, Protein: 24 grams, Carbs: 38 grams, Fat: 19 grams
Nothing says Sunday to me like a big stack of pancakes. Top them with ½ cup of those leftover berries from the week (no syrup - these pancakes are plenty sweet with the berries and syrup is super calorie-dense), and 2 eggs your favorite way.
- String Cheese
- Greek Yogurt
- Coconut Roasted Almonds or any other nuts
- Fresh fruit
- Veggies and hummus
- Fruit and date bars or Brownie Batter Energy Bites
- 5 yellow onions
- 2 red bell pepper
- 21 garlic cloves
- Fresh rosemary
- Fresh thyme
- 24 ounces green beans
- 1 shallot
- 8 ounces mushrooms
- 4 lemons
- 3 pounds red potatoes
- 4 ears of corn
- 1 parsley bunch
- 1 cilantro bunch
- 1 Yukon gold potato
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
- 2 broccoli crowns
- 2 green onions
- 1 large avocado
- 1 lime
- 1 Roma tomato
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 pint raspberries
- 1 pound strawberries
- 3 (10-ounce) sweet potatoes
- 1 pound aspragus
- 2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 11 Tablespoons butter
- 15 eggs
- 1 small carton egg whites
- ⅔ cup whole milk ricotta
- ½ cup milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Meat and Seafood
- 2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
- (2) 13-ounce smoked sausages
- 24 ounces 90/10 ground beef
- 4 (6 ounce) top sirloin steaks
- 9 slices bacon
- 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 10 ounces pulled chicken breast
- (1) 3-4 pound boneless pork shoulder roast
- 4 Tablespoons sugar
- 3 Tablespoons pine nuts
- 1 cup + 5 Tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Oil and Spices
- 2 ½ teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- Kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ cup Old Bay seasoning
- Red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 8 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ½ Tablespoon sesame oil
- Frozen peas
- Puff pastry
Canned and Dry Goods
- 10 ounces dry penne noodles
- 8 ¼ cups chicken broth
- 2 ½ cups beef broth
- (1) 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- (1) 15 oz. can dark red kidney beans
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
Bakery & Bread
- 6 Low carb tortillas
- 2 Cups dry white wine