Weekly Meal Plan Menu #1

Make sure to get a homemade dinner on the table for your family this week with this easy Weekly Meal Plan!

If you’re looking for some new meal ideas, or if you’re just looking to get organized enough to make your family homemade meals throughout the week, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’ve happen to have been following my blog for a while, you know that I love meal planning for my family of 5. It’s been one of the most beneficial things that I’ve started doing to stay in budget when it comes to groceries. I check in weekly to break down my weekly meal plan, and explain my thought process in planning and scheduling things how I do. If you’re interested in getting started, check out my blog post HERE on how to start meal planning. It’s a great read, really easy explanations, and full of really great tips.

I meal plan on Wednesdays because I like to check out what’s on sale at my local grocery stores. If I lost you just now, no worries I’ll explain. The average grocery store prints their new sales ads every Wednesday. They normally come in the newspaper if you get one, but you can also check them out online if they have an official website. If you’re a couponer, even better! You should already know the importance of matching your coupons with weekly sales to maximize your savings. I do my plans from Monday to Sunday for the following week, just for scheduling purposes. I normally grocery shop on Thursday or Friday every week.

I normally plan out breakfast meals for my kids, a various list of lunch options (We plan, but we definitely wing it!), and then our family dinner meals. For other examples of my weekly meal plans, check out the meal planning page here on my blog.

This week I’ve planned the following

Monday: Breakfast: Oatmeal

Lunch: (Options) Turkey roll ups, string cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, leftovers

Dinner: Ground Turkey Crunch Wrap Supremes

Tuesday: Breakfast: Pancakes, Smoothies

Lunch: (Options) Turkey roll ups, string cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, leftovers

Dinner: Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Asparagus

Wednesday: Breakfast: Eggs, Fruit

Lunch: (Options) Turkey roll ups, string cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, leftovers

Dinner: Chicken Fajitas, Beans, Rice

Thursday: Breakfast: Oatmeal, Smoothies

Lunch: (Options) Turkey roll ups, string cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, leftovers

Dinner: Vegetable Stir Fry

Friday: Breakfast: Eggs, Fruit

Lunch: (Options) Turkey roll ups, string cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, leftovers

Dinner: Shrimp Egg Foo Young, Rice, Sautéed Vegetables

Saturday: Breakfast: Oatmeal

Lunch: Pasta Salad

Dinner: Sub Sandwiches

Sunday: Breakfast: Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit

Lunch: Pasta Salad

Dinner: EAT OUT!

An important reason to meal plan is so you’re wasting less. Less food, less money, less time. In my Meal Planning 101 article, I explain the importance of using leftovers, sides, and extra condiments in other dishes throughout the week. I’ll be using Monday’s leftover toppings (Lettuce, Cheese, Salsa, Sour Cream) in my Wednesday meal of Chicken Fajitas. My Thursday meal of Vegetable Stir Fry will already be partially prepped, because I plan to use leftover onions and peppers from my Wednesday meal (Chicken Fajitas). My side dish for my Friday meal will also be prepped ahead, because I plan to use a few of my fresh chopped vegetables to sautée, and pair with my Friday meal (Egg Foo Young).

Meal planning doesn’t have to be as complicated as you would think. Spending 30 minutes to an hour worth of your time, can save you lots of time (and money) over the course of your week. So why not start? Save yourself some much needed time, and money and start planning.

 

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9 Comments

  1. I have to admit that I have never meal planned, but when I think about cleaning out the pantry and the freezer to use those random things up that I still have, I always say to myself “you need to make a meal plan based around these things!” — now if I would only do it! I’ve also heard meal plans save a lot of money too! Perhaps you’ve inspired me to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I’m glad I could be some inspiration! It’s really just that easy. Work with what you’ve got, be creative, and feel in the blanks with a few ingredients and a quick run to the store.

  2. We will be a family of 5 very soon and I’d LOVE to meal plan now. I’m trying, but not the greatest. Thanks for the tips! I will be following this blog for more help haha!

  3. Thanks for sharing this! I definitely have a meal planning challenge-I usually plan everything, but rarely stick to it! Your week looks tasty, though. Enjoy!

    1. That was the HARDEST part when I first started. I hate to waste food though so that part would always get me back on track. Now I cant even imagine not planning out my meals.

  4. I’m the same way, Sarah. I always plan my meals but find it hard to stick to the plan!! Maybe I’ll give your meal plan a try and have better luck (: Thanks for sharing!

  5. I have been slacking on meal planning so bad for the past couple months and it has been driving me insane! Thanks for encouraging me to get back on top of it!

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