Weekly Meal Planning: March 25-31, 2012

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Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu.  I enjoy menu planning because of  the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to  have more free time to focus on my family and home.

For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. Some of the recipes you’ll find on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.

My Weekly Meal Plan

My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:

 

Breakfasts

Will remain the same with some variety: Scrambled or Fried Eggs, Breakfast BurritosOatmeal PacketsGreen Smoothies, Oatmeal-Applesauce Muffins, Homemade Granola Bars, Cold Cereal.

Lunches

Are usually a bit more flexible, as often times we’ll simply have leftovers from a previous night’s meal, but if not, I always have ingredients on hand in the pantry for: Egg Salad SandwichesTomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Peanut Butter and Jelly or regular sandwiches like Ham, Turkey and Cheese all served with fresh fruit and veggies.

In addition to our weekly menu, we have a baking day on a weekly basis. Every Sunday afternoon, we will rotate through restocking some nutritious snacks and baked goods, such as granola, protein bars, granola bars, muffins, and/or biscuits  for various meals.  I went to Target over the weekend to purchase a new bread machine as my other one was on it’s last leg and finally gave out so I’ll be testing out the new bread machine with recipes throughout the week.

Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week)

With spring here, I have planned our dinners to be very easy meals. This time of year on the farm, our family gets pretty busy and we have lots of leftovers, salads and meals that don’t need a lot of  hassle. For example, as always, we will stick pretty strictly with what we have on hand and cook from the pantry.  But, I do on occasion end up making another trip to the grocery store than usual during this time for fresh produce and dairy items like milk since we go through it so quickly!   If the need comes, I’ll travel down to the big farmer’s market at Denio’s in Roseville to purchase from the local farmers. I am not so worried about increasing the grocery budget a bit, when it comes to produce. Mainly, because I try to purchase the produce that is on sale and produce that’s in season to keep the overall grocery budget down.  And, I know that buying local is a great choice for our community and it is great for my family’s overall health, which is ultimately one of my main concerns. And yours too I am sure!

Sunday: Zesty Taco Salad with french bread

Monday: Zesty Crock Pot Chicken with Couscous (new recipe)

Tuesday: Grilled Stuffed Quesadillas with Avacado and Fruit

Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner-Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon and Toast

Thursday: Chicken Turnovers-they can be made ahead and frozen, since they reheat perfectly. Completely worth the work in my opinion.

Friday: Family Night – Chicago Style Pizza Pot Pie (new recipe) 

Saturday: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Garden Salad, Garlic Bread

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Noel is a CEO and Mother of 4 who can be found blogging from her home office, who's passionate about family, nutrition, fitness and supporting others reach their health & fitness goals. Noel uses her blog to share about simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, walking, workouts and a little sprinkle of life! She created Noel's Kitchen Tips teaching families how to make budget friendly meal and healthy recipes. She's blessed to have the opportunity to be able to teach busy moms and families how to use food and cooking as a means of bringing family meal times back to the table and stay fit.

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