Meal Plan for easier meal times, healthier eating and spending time with the family.
Another busy week is upon us as we come to the final weeks of a school year. Our daughter qualified for honor roll this year and is attending a fun trip to sunsplash at the end of the week with fellow honor roll students. She is super excited. A great way to start a birthday weekend. She turns 10 next week. Our son is busy putting together his poster board for his display and report on Poland. His deadline is later in the week. For us, it’s another busy week of shipping off orders for the thrift store and adding new inventory daily. We shipped off 8 orders from this past weekend today.
I want to make sure dinner is on the table and meal planning sure makes it easier for meal times. This week I evaluating our food storage items and rotating stock. In deciding what to make, I opened the pantry and grabbed a few food storage items that I needed to use up and worked them into our menus. Don’t be surprised if I start sharing how we’re rebuilding our pantry and creating an emergency food storage. It’s something that has been on my mind for a while now.
I meal plan at the beginning of each week. For me, it’s Sunday mornings (yes, even on Mother’s Day) when the house is quiet and everyone’s still sleeping. Even though I meal plan every week, (for many reasons I do-here is how I keep it simple) 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!” If you are in need of more reasons to meal plan every week,check HERE.
Cooking and eating together is a great satisfaction that often disappears with the busy schedules of families. Working outside of the home has always been a necessity for most adults these days and enjoying the food we create together is a way of connecting with one another. Our kids cook dinner once-a-week and do the clean-up after the meal. If you want to learn how to pull that off at your house, check HERE.If you’re looking for more meal planning ideas, check HERE.
My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:
(served with fruit)
French toast casserole
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Scrambled, Fried, or Hard-Boiled Eggs
Mini Apple Pies or Turnovers
Sandwiches or Wraps (Tuna salad, egg salad, chicken salad, turkey salad, leftover meats, grilled cheese, blt, pb&j)
Leftovers from dinner
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~Hamburgers, Macaroni Salad
Monday: Bean and Rice Bowls with toppings~Frugal and Easy!
Wednesday: Crock Pot Potatoes topped with chili and cheese– simple recipe to make; it’s affordable and a dollar stretching meal!
Thursday: Crock Pot BBQ Chicken, Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing, Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Mandarin Oranges
Friday: Family Favorites Night~ Swedish Pancakes with fresh fruit (Our daughter is making dinner tonight)
Saturday: Hashbrown Egg Bake, Cantaloupe, Leftover Apple Muffins (Our son is making dinner tonight)
Dessert of the Week:
We still have an abundance of lemons so I’m going to make a Lemon Tart.
For more great family recipes, be sure to visit my new recipe box page.