My Weekly Meal Plan (Plus Last Day of Lilla Rose Sale!)

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I sat down last Sunday evening and planned out a weekly meal plan. My weeks always go so much better if I actually plan something out, instead of pulling out our old standbys because 5:00 has come (more like 6:00!) and I don’t know what I’m cooking.

Weekly Meal Plan

Monday

Breakfast -Banana Muffins and fruit

Lunch – Chicken quesadillas 

Dinner – Chicken and Noodles over mashed potatoes

Tuesday 

Breakfast – Baked Oatmeal

Lunch – Grilled Cheese Deli Sandwiches

Dinner - Cheeseburger Soup (a favorite soup of ours!)

Cheeseburger Soup

Wednesday

Breakfast – Yogurt Smoothies

Lunch – Sandwiches

Dinner – Slow Cooked Parmesan Meatballs – recipe from the Grocery Shrink Meal Plan. This is a monthly meal plan that runs from $3.75-$10.00 a month, depending on what you want.

Thursday

Breakfast – Eggs and Toast

Lunch – Sandwiches

Dinner – Salisbury Steak – recipe from the Grocery Shrink Meal Plan

Friday 

Breakfast – Yogurt Smoothies

Lunch – Leftovers

Dinner – Spaghetti and salad

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My Weekly Menu Plan

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My weekly menu plan for our large family!

When Sean and I went away on our trip recently we had some really good conversations. They were not easy converstations, it was one of those moments in your marriage where it stretches your relationship, and you are both working so hard on finding the middle ground on how to balance everything.

I mentioned in a previous post that we have lived a crazy busy life the past few years to get Sean through college, but that after he finds a job things will need to change for me. That doesn’t involve closing everything down, rather it means focusing my efforts wisely and hiring more help.

What does this all have to do with menu planning? Basically for the last two years I’ve done very little of it. We have survived on burritos, taco salad, sandwiches, and spaghetti. Seriously. It’s been sad. Oh and Costco pizza. Can’t forget that!

My family was understanding, but they are ready for better meals now! I planned a menu plan for the week and we have been enjoying new meals!

Our Week Long Menu Plan

Breakfast

Oatmeal

Cold Cereal

Stuffed French Toast

Yogurt smoothies for me

Lunch

Leftovers

Sandwiches

Soup

(I was inspired by this blog post on having soup for lunch!)

Dinner

Chicken Barley Soup 

Chicken soft tacos

I marinated chicken breast using this recipe, then made the Pioneer woman’s rice recipe from her holiday cookbook.  I served it with black beans (sprinkled some taco seasoning in those), cheese, sour cream and lettuce. They were yummy! We had these twice this week. Yes, still a mexican dish but my family loved it. :)

Lasagna Style Spagetti Squash

Enchilada Casserole 

Parmesan Orzo,  steamed veggies and baked Chicken Tenders

Sunday lunch is normally at my sister’s house

I love pinning recipes on my Recipe Pinterest Board!

 

 

 

Grocery Shrink Menu Plan Review and Giveaway

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I’ve just discovered an easy way to save time in the kitchen and I can’t wait to share it with you.

The Grocery Shrink Plus Menu plan!

This weekly menu plan provides you with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas for all seven days of the week. The best part is that they are healthy, easy to fix, and they taste delicious! I know Angela personally, so I was thrilled when I heard she was starting this weekly menu plan. Every meal I’ve had from Angela’s kitchen has tasted delicious, so I knew her recipe plans would be great.

The meal plans are based on items you should already have in your pantry, plus a list of items that will need to be picked up – fresh vegetables, cheese and meat. The menus and shopping list is broken down to family sizes of either 2,4,8, or 12 members. There are even options for gluten free, dairy free, or for mamas trying to shed a few pounds. I love the shopping list that is broken down into categories for easy shopping at the store.

Angela puts an immense amount of effort into the menu plans each week. She even includes tutorials in how to make one extra item each week-greek yogurt, artisan bread, mixes, ect.

To see a sample of the menu go here.

I had never considered paying for someone to send me weekly menus, but after receiving her menu plans in my inbox I’m not sure I’ll ever do anything different! At just $5.00 a month, the money is well worth the time I will save wondering what I’m going to fix for dinner that night.

The menus go out on Fridays and start on Sundays. That gives you Saturday to shop for the week ahead.

If you struggle with meal planning, I’d really encourage you to try one month out and see what you think. It’s not a pricey investment at $5.00. You can sign up here for a month.

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Menu Plan for Week of July 5th

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I spent some time looking through my pantry and freezer a few days back. My goal was to revamp our menus to healthier habits but at the same time still use the food we already have in our home. I knew we needed to switch to using whole wheat grains for everything we eat. That would include our pasta, burrito shells, muffins, and more. We need to eat more fresh fruits and veggies, cut out so much dairy, yet get in all the protein we need. Besides all this the meals need to taste good so my husband won’t want to bolt from the dinner table in protest. Is this possible?

I think I came up with a good starting menu for us. The meals that have a page number from them are from the Naturally Healthy Cuisine book by Shonda Parker and Vickilynn Haycraft. I am eating things like blueberries and a walnut mix for snacks, instead of a starch. Oh, I love starch! I have a green drink or a smoothie each day and get in my eight glasses of water. I can already tell a difference in how I feel. It really is a blessing!

Breakfast
Whole Wheat pancakes, hashbrowns, blueberries
Oatmeal, Breakfast Parfaits pg. 112
Whole Wheat Cinnamon Toast Cake pg 111, fruit, scrambled eggs
Whole grain cereal, milk
Cantaloupe, whole wheat toast, peanut butter, non-fat yogurt
Cranberry Cornmeal pancakes, almond butter, fruit salad
Scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast, peanut butter, fruit
Lunch
PB&J sandwich, fruit, veggies
Red Pepper & Tomato Soup, salad, fruit
Salad w Garbanzo beans, Cottage Cheese, fruit
Baked chicken wraps, fruit
Leftovers
Salad w black beans, fruit
Visiting
Supper
Grilled cheese Sandwich, Tomato Soup, fruit, carrots, Green Smoothie
Taco Bake pg 115, Salad, fruit
Whole Wheat mac N Cheese w Tuna pg 114, White pearl onions and peas, carrots, fruit
Broiled Fish, Broccoli Brown Rice Pilaf, fruit, green beans
Whole Wheat Bean Burritos, veggies, fruit, Pumpkin Muffins
Visiting
Hamburgers, Salad, mixed veggies, fruit
Snacks
Apple
Celery w peanut butter
Walnut Mix
Blueberries
Bananas