Weekly Meal Planning April 29-May 5, 2012

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. You’ll find the recipes on the weekly meal plan also available on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.

My Weekly Meal Plan

I was extremely satisfied with the fresh greens I picked up at the Grower’s Market this past Saturday. I woke up early enough to have the best selection on the fruits and vegetables we’ll be having throughout the week. I was really inspired by all the wonderful choices at the market to get a start on our family garden here on the farm. Remember those cedar raised garden beds I was telling you about? I put one together in about 10 minutes. Three huge bags of garden soil seem to fill it perfectly. There was a little elbow work involved since they don’t have bottoms, I loosened up the already prepared ground up a bit.

 

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

Breakfasts Will change this week as we move to our Healthy Eating and Living for Families week. Getting off to a good start with high-quality, low-fat breakfast. If you’re in a time crunch and you’re morning is a rush, plan your breakfast the night before. These recipe ideas will be posted throughout the week: Cinnamon Whole-Grain French Toast, Individual Fruit Hotcakes, Orange-Current Scones, Whole-grain toast or a bagel with jam and a piece of fresh fruit, Brown Rice Pudding with Fruit, maybe some Whole-Wheat Buttermilk biscuits with nonfat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, or skim milk with fresh fruit.

Lunches are usually a bit more flexible, but this week we’ll start off with a  Farmer’s Market Salad, Low-Fat Nachos, Turkey Sandwiches and Beanwiches (similar to the Low-Fat Nachos recipe but we’ll be using pita pockets.)

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.

Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week)

Sunday: Southwest Turkey Meat Loaf, Creamed Corn, Fresh Salad Greens

Monday: Grilled Chicken, Garlicky Kale Salad

Tuesday: Spinach Strawberry Salad

Wednesday: Roasted Vegetable Quesadillas

Thursday: Turkey Burgers

Friday: Mediterranean Pizza on a Multigrain Pizza Dough

Saturday: Chicken Tacos, Easy Black Beans, Mexican Vegetable Salad

A majority of these recipes, I’ll try and post as many as I can throughout the week. I normally don’t watch every single calorie or nutrient when I cook for my family so these are new for us and we’re looking forward to a healthy eating and living lifestyle.

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Weekly Meal Plan and Shopping List

What’s cooking at your house this week?


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