The yin and yang of meal planning.

This morning I had the luxury of dropping Charlotte off at school and having a day free. This must be what those mums feel like!

Normally I run home, hop in the car and pelt it to work but I have another couple of days off so thought I would use them wisely by meal planning and doing a mindful big shop, rather than a ‘throw it all in, I probably, maybe need another pineapple for my compost heap anyway’ type way. 

Ok, so let’s get this straight, as I’ve said before I don’t start diets at New Years because life is too crazy for that, but, planning my meals may just make my life easier and anything that does that I need to give a go. So off I trotted, with my new ‘Lean in 15‘ cookbook I got for Christmas, a fresh shiny notebook and pen to…wait for it…McDonalds for a coffee and a cheeky breakfast whilst planning. 

My balanced breakfast.

Yes, I looked like the biggest hypocrite ever staring at Joe Wicks‘ beautiful, ripped body and all the lean meat and veg whilst scoffing a deep fried hash brown but I believe life is all about balance and this, was indeed the yin and yang of culinary goodness. 

And d’ya know what, I did it. I planned my main meals, bought most of the food from Aldi for a lot less that my usual food shop was and I even cooked my own healthy chicken tikka masala this evening. Made my own paste and everything and Charlotte bloody ate it! Yes, she picked out two bits of red onion that hadn’t been whizzed properly but my daughter ate a meal I cooked! Pigs are currently flying around my house! 

It didn’t come from the freezer, it had flavour and maybe even some vitamins and nutrients and the recipe was naturally gluten free so I didn’t have to work out what substitutes would work! That is a massive win in my book! 

If you haven’t seen the series of Lean in 15 books yet, I would thoroughly recommend them. Not only is Joe Wicks easy on the eye but the meals are delicious and usually take hardly any time to prep and cook. Perfect for busy parents and not as pretentious as Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals. The portions are massive though which is ideal when cooking for one and a half like me. You can choose to ignore the exercise section at the back if you wish, but don’t tell him I told you that! 

Tomorrow night Smoky Joe burgers with sweet potato wedges…can’t go wrong there can I?!

What are your tried and tested recipes for getting good food in your children? Let me know in the comments! 


  1. lolly33

    06/01/2017 at 9:31 pm

    Well I’m sold – went out and picked up a copy of the book today!

    1. theperfectjuggler

      06/01/2017 at 9:41 pm

      Yay! Hope you like it! I should be getting commission! There’s a pic of the Smoky Joe burger on my Instagram too! Xx

      1. lolly33

        08/01/2017 at 7:50 pm

        We had the McLeanie Turkey burger for dinner – absolutely delicious!!

  2. mummyemblog

    09/01/2017 at 9:05 pm

    I always like the idea of meal planning but hubby works night shifts so makes it a little difficult

    1. theperfectjuggler

      09/01/2017 at 9:11 pm

      My ex used to work late shifts so he got leftovers usually. The lean in 15 meals are usually only for 1 person and don’t take long to cook so you could do one for you and he could do one for him? It is tricky though! X

  3. tippytupps

    12/01/2017 at 4:42 am

    Life is all about balance….I definitely need to work on that as it’s tipped too far towards McDonald’s at the moment! Great post though.

    1. theperfectjuggler

      12/01/2017 at 7:58 am

      Thanks for commenting, the balance scales definitely dip lower towards that end more often for me too but I’m trying! ?

  4. Nisha

    13/01/2017 at 10:17 am

    Love the yin and yang part of this post! And I might get the book. I’m getting bored of cooking the same things over and over again and been thinking of finding something new to cook. My kids love pasta with Annabel karmel homemade sauce which involves whizzing loads of healthy vegetable into a sauce.

  5. babyfoote

    14/01/2017 at 9:53 am

    Woah! This book sounds awesome if you can cook for kids and grown ups in one easy, tasty recipe! I’ll have to nab it πŸ™‚

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    19/12/2018 at 12:51 am

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