So, geek that I am, I started with a spreadsheet. I get really into using Excel, so for me it was actually interesting. For others, maybe not - but there's plenty of great printouts out there for planning with pen and paper.
I took a few ideas from sample spreadsheets I found on Pinterest and copied the style of using color-coded cells and adding the workouts and a water tally at the top. I created a matching tab for Hubs with my meals in there so he could multiply servings and add food for his (he gets about double what I do in most categories).
The idea is to spread it out evenly throughout the day, so I basically just went with a method of trying to make it look like a rainbow. I stuck to the three meals and two snacks plan, and will tweak to eat more often if I find myself getting hungry. The nice thing about the spreadsheet I think is that I can adjust it easily as I see how my body reacts to the balance of food.
As I'm on the lowest calorie plan, I don't have a ton of containers, but once I saw the portion sizes of foods out of the containers I realized that half portions would be a great way to get a little more variety and balance.
I spent more time on it than I thought I would, but that was mostly me playing around with different ratios in the meals and talking to Hubs about his preferences, not to mention the black hole of Pinterest perusal ;) Check out my Pinterest board, it's growing!
I incorporated in some recipes I found to try to keep it a little more interesting, as we're going to be repeating a lot. I started with more variety, but in the end I went with a fair amount of repetition to make shopping and prepping easier.
T-minus 5 days...