Weekly Meal Plan March 31-April 6, 2013

 

Happy Monday! Here we are again with another week of organized meal planning! It’s amazing, April is here! Spring is in full bloom around here and the blossoms on the trees are in full bloom and look so pretty. We had our first bit of rain yesterday with a thunder and lightning show later in the afternoon. We usually get quite a show being in a valley with the mountains surrounding us.  It was a very relaxing Easter for us and I hope you all enjoyed the time with your family.

It’s going to be a busy month for us as we work on adding more inventory to our thrift store and Spring break comes to an end and the kids are back to school on Tuesday.

That being said, I’ve got a meal plan in place this week that incorporates some leftovers from our turkey dinner on Sunday. We decided not to purchase a ham this year and went with a roasted turkey.

On with the meal plan. Here’s what I’m doing this week:

Using a Menu Plan is essential to the success of having consistent and stress-free family dinners.

Meal Plan

I meal plan at the beginning of each week. For me, it’s Sunday mornings when the house is quite and everyone’s still sleeping. I try and manage a decent frugal grocery budget and not go to the grocery store on a weekly basis unless we need dairy products like milk. Weekly meal planning saves our family money, reduces food waste, and keeps us from the urge to say, “Let’s eat out!”

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

weekly-meal-plan

Breakfast options:

(served with fruit)

French toast casserole
Pancakes
Waffles
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Cereal
Scrambled, Fried, or Hard-Boiled Eggs
Breakfast Burritos
Quiche
English Muffins
Homemade Bread
Biscuits
Muffins
Breakfast Cookies
Breakfast Potatoes
Mini Apple Pies or Turnovers

 Lunch options:

Sandwiches or Wraps (Tuna salad, egg saladchicken salad, turkey salad, leftover meats, grilled cheese, blt, pb&j)
Quesadillas
Smoothies
Leftovers from dinner
Salad
Baked Potato
Homemade Pizza Pockets

Suppers Your Family Will Love

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.

Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week, given time to cook and photograph :) )

Note: an asterisk* means it’s from the freezer

Sunday:  Sunday Supper~Roasted Turkey, Apple Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce and Rolls- shred turkey for tomorrow night, Thursday night and for sandwiches during the week.

Monday: Loaded Potato, Broccoli and Corn Chowder, Skillet Cornbread -soak black  pinto beans for the week

Tuesday:  Fiesta Lime Rice Bowls- a new recipe for us!

Wednesday: Crock Pot Spaghetti-we tried this recipe while we were on vacation and loved it. So simple!

Thursday: Turkey Enchilada Casserole with Beans and Rice, Green Salad- using leftover turkey and black  pinto beans

Friday: Family Favorites Night~ Crock Pot Taco Meat with all the fixings

Saturday: Quick Sloppy Joe Salad

Dessert of the Week: 

Caramel Cheesecake Shooters- I found these great tall  glasses at the thrift store that will be perfect for this dessert. Can’t wait to share it with you!

For more great family recipes, be sure to visit my new recipe box page.

What’s cooking at your house this week?


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