Back in my days of eating like a crazy person, I used to wish every day that some fairy godmother would pop into my kitchen and tell me exactly what I should eat. Surely, I thought, there must be a RIGHT way to do this, and if only someone who knew could tell me the secret I could finally stop struggling and just eat normally like everyone else.
Eventually I discovered that there is no one right way to eat, that all bodies are different, and that what works for one person may not work for another. I realized that my search for the "perfect diet" was the very thing that was making me act crazy around food, and that relaxing into the fact that no one else can tell me what will work best for my body actually gave me the freedom I was craving all along.
And. That doesn't mean I still don't wish someone would pop into my kitchen and tell me what to cook for dinner. Only now it's not because I'm afraid of eating the wrong thing. It's because now that I no longer obsess about food, my time and energy are spent doing way more interesting and inspiring things during the day, which means by the time 6 o'clock rolls around and it's time to cook dinner, I haven't given it a second thought and I don't even know what's in the fridge.
(If you knew me 5 years ago, this is a HUGE improvement from when I would literally plan my meals days and weeks in advance in the hopes of getting it right.)
Considering that I would be thrilled if somebody told me, "this is what you're making for dinner tonight and all the ingredients are already in the fridge", I figured you all might like it too!
So I made you a present! Check out this week of early fall dinners inspired by my local farmer's market.
If you'd like to get the meal plan plus the grocery list and recipes in PDF form for easy shopping and cooking, just click here!
Early Fall Dinners:
Pre-cooked whole roast chicken
Herb roasted red potatoes
Garlic lemon zucchini
White bean and veggie soup (make stock with chicken carcass from Monday's dinner)
No-knead crusty bread (make dough Monday night before bed)
Chinese chicken salad (use leftover chicken from Monday's dinner)
Bruschetta with tomatoes and mozzarella
Grilled eggplant with marinara over creamy polenta
Ham and broccoli quiche
I hope you enjoy this meal plan for the week! Don't forget to click here if you'd like this plan, along with the shopping list and recipes, sent straight to your inbox!