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



Cold Cereal

Stuffed French Toast

Yogurt smoothies for me





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


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!

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
PB&J sandwich, fruit, veggies
Red Pepper & Tomato Soup, salad, fruit
Salad w Garbanzo beans, Cottage Cheese, fruit
Baked chicken wraps, fruit
Salad w black beans, fruit
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
Hamburgers, Salad, mixed veggies, fruit
Celery w peanut butter
Walnut Mix

Menu Plan for Week of June 28th

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I’m planning on sitting down today and coming up with some good tweaking to our diet. I’ve had a consultation on eating healthier and want to get this into practice asap. We will be eating beef, chicken, and fish in moderation. Our veggie and fruit consumption will increase and I will only be using whole grains, no more white flour. Thankfully we have a co-op order coming up with our church so I can stock up on grains and brown rice as needed. I was advised to cut out sweets completely. I think I will stick to once a week, that seems pretty moderate to me. The Naturally Healthy Cuisine book will giving me some great help on modifying our food even more. I grew up eating much healthier than I have been so this won’t be a great shock. That’s a blessing! So next week I’ll be posting a new improved healthier menu plan. Stay tuned!

Weekly Menu Plan

Bagels & Cottage Cheese
Homemade Granola & Vanilla Yogurt
Zucchinni Muffins & Yogurt

BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Salad
Bean Burritos w Homemade Tortillas, veggies, fruit
Tuna Salad Sandwiches, veggies, fruit
Egg Salad Sandwiches, veggies, fruit

Banana & Peanut butter
Raisins & Peanuts

Wendy’s BBQ Pot Roast, Corn on the Cob, Mac N Cheese, Potato Bundles, Green Beans
Mexican Lasagna, Salad, Corn
Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Applesauce, veggies

Ice Cream Sandwiches