Weekly Detox Dinner Plan: Week 1

I know how challenging meal planning can be, so I’m going to do my best to share our weekly meal plan in the hopes that all of us (myself included) can stay inspired with easy and healthy dinner ideas throughout the year.

weekly detox dinner plan

As I’ve mentioned before, dinner is only meal I feel the need to “plan” for during the week.

Breakfast is almost always a smoothie in our home, along with a few bites of whatever else my son is eating, and lunch is usually made up leftovers from the night before. This routine helps keep my family on track, and saves me from cooking more than one meal a day. You’ll also notice that I’m only including 6 days of dinner ideas to leave room for one night of dining out or social events. (And in my case, recipe experiments.) I usually test recipes on the weekend, so if they turn out well we will eat the result, and if they don’t turn out well we will order take-out!

I do tend to use a lot of the recipes from my cookbook, because I filled it with my family’s very favorite recipes. Naturally, we use it a lot! However, there are plenty of alternatives in my recipe index if you don’t own a copy of the book and prefer to look online.

Here’s our dinner plan: 

I usually use Sunday to shop and prep in advance. Most important to me are cutting up some veggies to snack on, along with making a few dips and salad dressings to use all week long.

Here are the snacks I’m planning to make this week: 

Healthy eating is so much easier when you prepare ahead of time, plus it can help you stay on budget without wasting food. I hope you find these meal plans helpful going forward!

Reader Feedback: What are YOU planning to make this week?

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Allison

Love this post!!! Please keep them coming. I love prepping a few things for the week-I just made some almond butter freezer fudge, lots of cut up veggies, dip/dressing, and roasted a few pumpkins so need to use those up. Will probably try your pumpkin sage pasta very soon!

    Angie

    carrot soup, hemp seed hummus, veggies chopped. Spaghetti squash bake – your recipe and so good! Collard greens washed and trimmed to use as wraps. Almond butter divided up to go w/ apples and carrots. Oh and raw zuchnni pasta salad. Also taste great in collard green wrap

Robin

I ordered your cookbook and if you looked at it now, the pages are covered with smudges & smears of food bits & splashes of homemade salad dressings and almond milk..I hope you take this as a compliment because this is the first healthy cookbook that I am actually really using!! Very recently, I slipped back into some old unhealthy food habits but after a few days I really longed to return to this way of eating. Please keep up your great work. I am so inspired and happy to be eating healthier and feeling better!!

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, a messy cookbook is the best compliment EVER! I’m so glad to hear you’re using the cookbook so much. Thank you for letting me know! 🙂

Lynn

Looking forward to trying these! And, yes, please keep them coming! Thank you!

Julie

Thank you for this. I REALLY needed some help as i HAVE BEEN SICK THIS WEEK AND NOTHING WAS COMING TOGETHER. Your plan has become my plan and I am hoping that all this good for you food will help my body and my family beat the blues. Ugh..I’d better add more Kleenex to the shopping list too!!

Milissa

I really enjoy these posts! I plan meals for a whole month at time and shop for all the non-perishables at once so that I only have to buy fresh produce each week after. It seems to save me time since I shop at five different stores and definitely keeps us within a strict grocery budget. I wanted to say that your recipes have been a big help as my older daughter has some issues with focus and impulse control and I’ve found that gluten and conventional dairy makes things worse, so almost every one of your recipes fits into our daily eating lifestyle. I appreciate the inspiration and all the new ideas! So, I do recipe development and weekly prep on the weekends, too. On Sundays after church I spend most of my time in the kitchen. Today I chopped veggies for snacks and fajitas, which we ate tonight using gluten free wraps and we will have leftovers tomorrow night. I also made a big batch of my own marinara sauce for brown rice pasta later in the week. I made a double batch of gluten free oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries, mini vegan chocolate chips and roasted pistachios. They are free of soy and refined sugar and are super yummy. Half the batch went into the freezer. Lastly, I perfected my pecan pie granola bar recipe–I used your recipe for chewy peanut butter and honey granola bar recipe with a few tweaks as an inspiration for the base and it worked beautifully! I should have some free time tomorrow to make your snicker doodle snack bites. My little one says “nack,” too, or sometimes “sack.” Just can’t manage those s-blends yet:)

    Megan Gilmore

    Wow, I’m impressed by your planning skills! I don’t have my act together quite that well yet. Hearing my little guy say “nack” is just too cute– I don’t think I ever want him to add the “s” to it! 😉

Olivia

Monday and Thursday, yes!

Merrinda

This is a great meal plan, a few of these are on my plan for this week. Dine out….can you be more specific what you might eat when out? I haven’t eaten out since September, I am afraid of impacting the results I have had with your program.

    Megan Gilmore

    I used to be much more strict with myself, but I’ve personally found that eating whatever I want when I dine out doesn’t impact my results and leaves me overall happier. Stress can keep you from losing weight, and I definitely stressed about my diet too much before! When you’re eating salads and smoothies so often, a couple slices of pizza or a cheeseburger once a week isn’t going to undo all of that. (Unless you dine out all the time… then I suppose it could.)

Lenita Richardson

Thank you so much for your dinner plan. These recipes are awesome! I’m so grateful, as I’m spinning in circles in how to begin to plan healthy meals during the week. This helps tremendously!!!

Cheryl

Can’t wait to try these! THANK YOU so much for posting them! XO

Kezia @ Super Naturally Healthy

I have not been great at meal planning recently but it make such a difference so aiming to get back on it. Away all week at health conference in London but thankfully eating out can be super healthy there but you have inspired me to get back on my meal planning – thanks Megan!

Delphine

Hi Megan,
For the Hemp seed ranch dressing, if I were to replace the hemp hearts with Tahini paste, what would be the measurement please, can you help?

Thanks a lot

    Megan Gilmore

    Usually 1 cup of nuts or seeds = 1/2 cup butter. So, I’d probably start with 1/2 cup of tahini, but keep in mind that it will change the flavor a bit! You might have to adjust the seasoning to taste.

Emma

Hi Megan! Your link to the Instant Pot has me intrigued. I’ve been looking for a good, new slow cooker and this one looks like a winner. Is it really as good as the reviews state? Can you use the saute function without a lot of added oil? Have you tried the yogurt maker? And how do you convert traditional stovetop-cooked soups and things to be done in the Instant Pot? Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Megan Gilmore

    So far, it’s amazing. I haven’t tried the yogurt maker yet, but the saute function works great. I didn’t feel the need to use any more oil than I do in my cast iron skillets. I also love how the model I got has the slow-cooker function or the pressure cooking option, depending on how fast or slow you want your food to cook. The Instant Pot makes it really easy to convert recipes– it has a soup button, poultry button, rice button, etc. so when I make soup I just press that button! There is little learning curve, but it’s mostly just learning how FAST this thing really does cook. The first time I made my Sweet Potato & Lentil curry in it, I cooked it for 20 minutes and it was almost over-cooked. Now I find that it’s actually done in closer to 10 minutes… which is just crazy to me for cooking dry lentils.

Erin Althaus

I love to prep ahead on weekends but it has been increasing harder to do with a 3 month old who doesn’t nap during the day! Oh well, one day she will be older and I can do it then. For now I am doing what I can, as I can do it. I have 3 older children who can help with prep when they are home and that has been tremendous. My 12 year old son makes your raspberry chocolate chip muffins all by himself, so exciting!! I am also interested in InstaPot recipes as I bought one at the beginning of our kitchen remodel in June and have yet to open it…think I’m intimidated by it. Would love to know more about how you use your InstaPot. Thanks for these ideas. Your recipes are some of my faves always.

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, cooking with a 3 month old is challenging, to say the least! Have you tried baby wearing? The Ergo saved my life when I was working on my cookbook. He fell asleep in it and I got to be productive, so it’s a total win win. 🙂

Valerie

I love this post! It was so timely, too, because I had been attempting to menu plan off and on for half the day yesterday and kept getting frustrated. I was so excited when I saw what you had put together here! I love, love, love your recipes. Thank you so much!

Adriana

Hi Megan! I looovvee your posts as usual! But as a little bit of feedback it would be fantastic if you could post a list of base ingredients (not including pantry staples like oil) that you would need for this particular weekly shop instead of me having to click through to read each recipe to make my weekly shopping list that way to follow this plan.
(I can see here quickly that I’d need lentils, cauliflower, squash, kale, mushroom, spinach, broccoli, aubergine and fish just from the titles, but I thought a little weekly shop list might be useful to readers like me!)
Just a suggestion, and hope this doesn’t offend! You think of your readers so much already that something like this is not expected of you, I just thought it might be nice since other bloggers don’t do this either and it’s something I’d find to be really helpful especially when starting a new diet!

Can’t wait for your next update xx
Your fan,
Adriana

    Megan Gilmore

    Thanks for the feedback! I’ll see how time-consuming it will be for me to add a grocery list… no promises. 😉

Aenia

Please do more posts like this! I have been in a meal rut lately, as college is taking up more time. I usually plan for three days at a time, but I slipped up for the past few days (and ate more sweets…). Seeing weekly plans like this really help.

Feestzaal

This was a very useful recipe; particularly, after eating a variety of junk food through the week. Thanks a lot for sharing this, Megan. 🙂

Penny

Hi Megan! I recently paid $10 for a year’s subscription to the weekly menu plan from Real Simple. Every Friday they send me a 5-day meal plan, shopping list and recipes. I make my gluten free and vegetarian substitutions. I love it and I’ve been telling everyone I know about it. I would pay the same for something from you!! Definitely! Thanks for the meal plan…I’ll definitely use it.

    Megan Gilmore

    That sounds like a really useful service! Thanks for the feedback. Right now I don’t have the energy to set up a mail system like that, but I’ll keep it in mind for the future. 🙂

Natassia

I just got your cookbook, and I have a few questions. I was wondering if according to the detox guidelines, if you can add cooked (rather than fresh) fruit on your overnight chia recipe? I usually make this chia recipe, but I add dried gojiberries and a homemade blueberry compote on top. Or is this hard for digestion?

Additionally, I noticed you do not use oats in your recipes, is there a reason for this?

Thanks for your reply 🙂

Cher

I’m recently all-in with your paleo/detox lifestyle and especially for this final trimester of my fourth and likely final pregnancy. I deeply appreciate the vast array of quick, healthy and easy recipes you’ve compiled!!
I’m curious where you find the best prices for the basic ingredients such as: coconut flour, coconut oil, almond butter, almond meal, sucanat, unsweetened coconut, coconut milk, unsweetened baking chocolate. Most of your links suggest Amazon, is that generally good pricing compared to Whole Foods or Costco?

    Megan Gilmore

    It really varies, so Amazon is where I can most consistently find things. I use their Subscribe & Save 15% discount for things I use regularly, like raw cacao, hemp hearts, chia seeds, etc. When I find things like coconut flour, coconut sugar, and coconut oil at Costco, I do buy it there, it’s just not always available every time I visit. I use the Amazon app on my phone to price compare when I’m shopping– occasionally Whole Foods is actually cheaper!

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