Meal Plan #27- Using Whole Ingredients

On Episode #27 of my podcast, Time Management Insider, I talk with Andrea Jones, of, about systems and how she uses them for work and whether they apply to her cooking. The meal plan for this week features five meals that involve cooking ingredients whole, which eliminates a lot of the prep.

To hear all of the info about this meal plan, listen to the Time Management Insider: E27- Keeping Things Whole on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.

Here is this week’s meal plan:

Day #1: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts, Butternut Squash, and Rice

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Microwave Butternut Squash (or do it in the Instant Pot or in the oven). After it’s cooked, scoop out the seeds and discard them. Then scoop the flesh out and mash it or puree it with some butter, salt, and pepper. A little maple syrup might be great in there too, especially since the chicken has bacon. But, I didn’t think about that in time and so maple syrup is not on the grocery list. Sorry!

Rice: Instant Pot instructions here. Note that instead of rice, you can use farroquinoa, or cauliflower rice. (Make twice as much rice/grain as your family needs for use on Day #3).

Day #2: Garlic Shrimp, Loaded Baked Potatoes, and Whole Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Garlic Shrimp

Baked Potato: Classic Oven Method (Or cook them in the microwave, Instant Pot, air fryer, slow cooker, or even on the grill). Make twice as many potatoes as you need to use on Day #4.

Top potatoes with sour cream, bacon bits, cheese, and green onions.

Whole Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Day #3: Air Fryer Italian Sausages, Oven Roasted Zucchini, and Cheesy Rice

Air Fryer Sausages

Oven Roasted Zucchini

Cheesy Rice: (use the leftover rice from Day #1 and gently stir in 2-3 tablespoons of shredded cheese per cup of cooked rice)

Day #4: Poutine Baked Potatoes and Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Poutine Baked Potatoes (use the leftover baked potatoes from Day #2)

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Day #5: Chicken Tacos and Southwest Salad

Chicken Tacos: Cook chicken thighs or chicken breasts. Shred or chop the chicken once it is cooked. Put into hard or soft tortilla shells with store-bought Southwest Chopped Salad. If you can’t find the salad, get a bag of shredded cabbage and a creamy southwest salad dressing. Top with a sprinkle of shredded cheese.

Click the yellow button for a printable grocery list.

Printable Grocery List - Click Here

I hope you love this meal plan. Have a great day!

Christine xo

P.S. Get more of my meal plans over here!

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