Weekly Meal Planning April 29-May 5, 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. 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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About noelskitchen

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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