Meal Planning (PMS SUCKS edition)

PMS SUCKSEvery 28 days or so, I get laaaaazy in the kitchen. I have no creativity or desire to spend more than 5 minutes on preparing a meal. (Actually I have no desire to spend 5 minutes doing anything that feels remotely like “work”.) Hormones are a disruptive bitch, aren’t they? (Men: you have no friggin clue.)

Last month, there was a string of 5 days where dinner consisted of sautéed cauliflower rice + protein. It was terribly boring and we went through all the hot sauce in the house trying to compensate for the lack of flavor and variety. It could have been worse (i.e. quesadillas 5 nights in a row), but still I could do so much better.

Well, hormones. You’re not going to get the best of me this time around! PMS sucks, but my dinners don’t have to! I have 5 dinners planned for the next PMS Spiral. They are terribly simple (perfect), healthy and fall closer to the “comfort food” side of the spectrum, for obvious reasons. I give myself (and YOU) the permission to make no-fuss, no-impress dinners for 5 nights in a row. Because, we ain’t kidding nobody when it’s that time of the month. Mission critical tasks only, people. Feed yourself. Feed your family. (In that order.) And make enough for lunch the next day… anything to avoid inhaling mac and cheese by the bowl when lunch rolls around.

Here’s the line up:

  1. Sautéed chicken sausage + sautéed brussel sprouts + quinoa
  2. Rotisserie chicken + pasta (quinoa/brown rice noodles) + sautéed spinach, mushrooms and garlic
  3. Sautéed ground chicken/turkey + steamed broccoli + cauliflower rice
  4. Lentil soup + quinoa (or cauliflower rice) + avocado
  5. Cold peanut noodles + rotisserie chicken

And because PMS leaves me walking around grocery stores wondering, “where the hell is the dark chocolate?”, I’ve prepared a grocery list for myself.

Grocery List:

  • rotisserie chicken (New Seasons or Whole Foods Market)
  • package of shaved brussel sprouts (Trader Joe’s)
  • package of garlic and herb chicken sausage (Trader Joe’s)
  • quinoa (bulk bin at New Seasons or WFM or package at Trader Joe’s)
  • organic, low sodium chicken broth (Trader Joe’s)
  • brown rice + quinoa fusilli pasta (Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 bag of organic spinach (Trader Joe’s) or Earthbound Farms Organic Power Greens (Costco)
  • package of organic mushrooms (Trader Joe’s)
  • 1.5 pounds organic ground chicken (New Seasons or WFM)
  • 1 package of organic broccoli (Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 package of split red lentils (Trader Joe’s)
  • avocados and plenty of them
  • brown rice + quinoa spaghetti noodles (Trader Joe’s)
  • TONS of frozen, organic riced cauliflower (Trader Joe’s)
  • cucumbers
  • red peppers
  • cilantro
  • jalapeno peppers
  • shaved parmesan (because it will make meals 1-4 super delicious.)
  • dark chocolate with sea salt (New Seasons or WFM)
  • DO NOT BUY: dried mango or ice cream. Your PMS self knows no limits and will devour all until you’re ill.

Am I the only one that hits a food funk ever 28 days or so? (I think not!) Dark chocolate is my PMS food obsession. What’s yours?

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  • Reply
    Jamie King
    05/10/2016 at 3:40 pm

    Good for you, girl, I have no willpower when hormones take over. DAMN you, hormones!

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    Love Of Mode
    05/11/2016 at 11:49 am

    Loving the title! PMS always sucks!


    Tamara –

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    05/11/2016 at 10:08 pm

    I don’t know what sort of lentil soup you make but i noticed your grocery list has red lentils. This is an AWESOME recipe. It’s ready in about 30 min and made plenty to feed me and the hubs, plus my mom, dad, and bro with some left overs.

    Also, this meal plan sounds great for ANY week. I need to incorporate more of these meals into our regular rotation. We need to incorporate more veggies I think.

    TMI… I haven’t had a period in like 3 years with these babies and breast feeding. But I’m due to lose like all my hair again. We’ll see how much goes this time around.

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      05/12/2016 at 9:32 am

      That recipe looks delish. I’ll have to try it out… Once it’s soup weather again. We’ve been having glorious 80 degree days lately.
      I hear you on postpartum hair loss. Ugh. Such a pain. When are you due?

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        05/12/2016 at 11:56 pm

        My baby girl will be one month on Saturday. I’m not sure when it started falling out the first time but I remember your post about cutting bangs again and you mentioning how much hair you lost with your girls. I read it just as mine started falling out and I was worried about it. Eventually it started growing back in and I had the awkward spiky hair that stuck straight up for a long time. Ha! I’ve come to love all the pieces that grew back in. They fall out of my bun when I workout and it’s easy to see how much my hair has grown since my son was born two years ago. I’m sort of nostalgic about it all.

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          05/14/2016 at 7:36 am

          Congratulations on your baby girl!
          Yeah, I get the nostalgia piece. It’s such a mixed bag – my oldest just turned five and I just have such mixed feelings about her growing up. And the nostalgic feelings are strong.

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    06/08/2016 at 10:35 pm

    I definitely get in “no idea what to make for dinner” funks, especially during pregnancy, especially when tiredness and nausea kick in and all I can muster is boxed mac and cheese and steamed broccoli. Stealing some of these ideas!

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