Here’s a secret: You don’t need to make fancy recipes from Pinterest to eat really well. It’s true.
Now, you certainly CAN make fancy recipes from Pinterest (may we suggest our Pinterest page or just our recipe section on this site for some wonderfully fancy recipes?)…but it’s not required for clean eating, healthy eating, or even for beautiful and impressive plates of food.
One of my favorite ways to eat clean, healthy, impressive, tasty meals that take almost no recipe at all is Heidi’s genius but simple “1-2-3 Eat!” method of meal planning. We describe this method in more detail in THIS POST, but I’ll go over it quickly again here.
What is "1-2-3 Eat!"?
“1-2-3 Eat!” is a simple philosophy for putting together a nearly endless number of healthy meals by picking from 3 categories.
- Pick a protein: A simple grilled steak or chicken breast, broiled pork chops, a filet of salmon.
- Pick a veggie: Some steamed broccoli, roasted asparagus, squash, or a salad.
- Pick a starch: a whole grain roll, whole grain pasta, brown rice, or a sweet potato.
Just pick one from each list, prepare them as simply or as complexly as you like, and VIOLA…you have dinner.
With this method, you can keep frozen veggies, frozen brown rice packs (see this post on how to make your own), and frozen meats around to put a meal like this together just about any time you want.
Easy "1-2-3 Eat!" Meal Plan
For this blog, I put together a full 7-day Easy 1-2-3 Eat Meal Plan.
Of course, there’s no requirement to eat this type of meal for the entire week, but the variety that’s possible is showcased nicely here. You can feel free to swap out a few of them for soups, stews, casseroles, or other dishes as you see fit, or you can try it as is.
Here’s how the meal plan goes:
Day 1 - Simple Orange Salmon, 7 Minute Green Beans, Brown Rice
This is one of the ultimate “1-2-3 Eat!” meals in the catalog. It has a healthy balance of about 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% healthy fats. Plus, it’s oh so beautiful and impressive on a plate.
Day 2 - Grilled Sirloin Steaks, Roasted Asparagus, Baked Sweet Potatoes
The flagship of healthy meat and potatoes dinners…the grilled steak with baked sweet potato and a vegetable.
Day 3 - Balsamic Rosemary Chicken, Whole Wheat Couscous, 7 Minute Green Beans
This balsamic chicken is tender and flavorful and pairs so nicely with the sides. You are always welcome to switch out the veggie or the starch if you prefer, but you may want to keep this one as is.
Day 4 - Turkey Meatballs, Steamed Mixed Vegetables, Baked Sweet Potatoes
Meatballs may not be what you think of when you envision eating “1-2-3 Eat!” but this recipe allows you to make extra and freeze them to reheat in the oven just like the meatballs you can buy in the supermarket freezer! Now, that makes “1-2-3 Eat!” even easier.
Day 5 - Marinated Steak, Purple Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli
This marinated steak is a bit different than just salting and grilling a steak. You’ll love it.
Day 6 - Grilled Shrimp, Roasted Asparagus, Whole Wheat Rolls
If you’d like a different side than the asparagus, feel free to change it out, but sometimes having the same thing a few days apart can save money and waste at the grocery store.
Day 7 - Sheet Pan Garlic Ranch Chicken and Vegetables
Sheet Pan meals take “1-2-3 Eat!” to whole new level. Everything goes on one sheet pan and into the oven. So easy!
THE EASY 1-2-3 EAT MEAL PLAN
- Click on any recipe and a preview will pop up below the meal plan where you can click to see the full recipes and also adjust servings (changes shopping list output).
- Use the Print Recipes button or Print Meal Plan button to print all of the recipes or the calendar view of the plan.
- Click on “generate shopping list” and then the check mark and a shopping list containing all of the ingredients for all 7 days will appear below the meal plan.
- You can modify the shopping list after you have generated it by deleting things you may already have, adding additional things you may need, and modifying quantities.
- Use the “save” button at the bottom of the shopping list to generate a unique url and email it to yourself. Then you can open the list from your email when you are at the store.
- Use the print button to print the shopping list.
NOTE: On mobile, the meal plan just shows one day at at time. You can use the arrows to scroll through the days. The shopping list will still generate for all 7 days. On desktop, you’ll see all 7 days in one view but it would be too small to show that way on mobile.
1-2-3 EAT! Simple Orange Salmon, 7 Minute Green Beans, Brown Rice (4)
1-2-3 Eat! Grilled Sirloin Steaks, Roasted Asparagus, Baked Sweet Potatoes (4)
Balsamic Rosemary Chicken, Whole Wheat Couscous, 7 Minute Green Beans (4)
Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs (4)
1-2-3 Eat! Marinated Steak, Purple Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli (4)
1-2-3 Eat! Grilled Shrimp, Roasted Asparagus, Whole Wheat Rolls (4)
Sheet Pan Garlic Ranch Chicken and Vegetables (4)
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Make Your Own Meal Plan
If you like this idea but not necessarily the meals in this plan (or you want to make more like this), you can easily use our website or many other resources to make your own meal plan with our custom meal planner. You can try it without even putting in a credit card at all. You’ll get 3 weeks to try it and then the option to subscribe for less than $10 per month. No automatic charges at the end of the free trial (we don’t have your credit card at all). TRY IT HERE.