Week 2 of the Just In Time Family Meal Planning Challenge

Sunday, I was a little laid back in writing out our weekly meal plan for Week 2 of our Just In Time Family Meal Planning Challenge.  It was Super Bowl Sunday as you all know and although we’re not die hard sports fans, I enjoy watching who’s going to sing our national anthem and watch the halftime show. Even some of the commercials are a little entertaining.

I was putting off writing out the weekly meal plan I was thinking about until Monday morning. Little did I know that I was going to be blasted with a crazy day at the office on Monday. I only give myself one hour to read and answer emails and write my posts in the morning before heading to the office. I simple just ran out of time yesterday. Yes, it does happen. I’m only human after all.

For ideas in the weekly meal plan, I’m listing meals I can make or prep on one day to have another day during the week. Some of the recipes you’ll find on my Recipe Index page with grocery list included.

My Weekly Meal Plan

Having a well stocked freezer from the BOGO sale in the meat department at the grocery store helps out the weekly meal plan a lot, so most of my meal plan will be using those items. At the end of the week, I’ll probably make a quick trip to the store to grab any great stock ahead deals for the pantry and replenish any produce or dairy needs we might have.

Sunday: Game Day Favorites–basically any finger foods like chicken wings, hot dogs, chips and salsa with guacamole dip, etc. ( Apple Crumb Top Baked Oatmeal for breakfast).

Monday: Bacon Guacamole Burgers on Homemade Wheat Rolls, steak fries and veggies. (I’ll season the beef rib roast and place it in the crock pot for tomorrow night’s dinner.)

Tuesday: Beef and Bean Burritos Tacos (using the shredded beef  filling I cooked in the crock pot and crock pot pinto beans from the freezer. New recipe for cooking the beef roast in the crock pot later in the week–it’s so simple!). Will freezer any leftovers for lunches or a future dinner.

Wednesday: Crock Pot Roasted Chicken, roasted potatoes and steamed veggies.

Thursday: Pasta Bar, (Homemade Foccacia Bread-a recipe I’m still trying to perfect).

Friday: Family Pizza Night

Saturday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, cheese bread (hope to post this one too later this week too!) I’ll be using Homemade Chicken Stock from the freezer adding leftover Crock Pot Roasted Chicken from Wednesday night, adding noodles on hand in the pantry, carrots, celery, leeks, onions, etc.)

What is on your weekly meal plan this week? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Plan Your Meal By What’s On Sale!

As you’re writing out your weekly meal plan, remember that there are some items that are always going to be on sale at the grocery store. This past week, seasonal items on sale were: avacados, spinach and cabbage. Remember to keep an eye out for cold weather fixings for chili, soups and stews.

*Click on the links below to go directly to recipes for each item!

To catch up on previous week’s in the challenge, click on the links below:


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About Noel

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 mealtimes back to the table and stay healthy.


  1. Got week 2 set up and some plans for creating a couple of extra things for the freezer. This week’s about repurposing leftover meat 😉

  2. Great job! There are many ways to save money with cheap meal ideas using leftovers. Leftovers can be simply and quickly turned into new dishes with a little thought. 🙂

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