When the cold, flu, and tons of viruses start to pop up this time of year, eating can be a challenge. Our Weekly Meal Plan January 7 focuses on those healthy comfort foods to get you well.
The crockpot is my best friend during the cold and flu season. Plus, it’s crockpot cooking weather right now, and as our next semester of school starts after the winter break, I love using mine during the school year. It makes dinner so much less stressful. And I can spend that time talking to my family about how their day was when I get home from work, rather than running around trying to prep dinner.
Even better I think is making soup in the Crockpot. There’s really nothing better than sitting down with a nice big bowl of warm soup and crusty bread after a long, cold day. So making soup in the Crockpot? That’s just heaven, right there.
If you are feeling a little under the weather, remember to rest, drink a lot of herbal tea, and be patient with your body.
Now onto the meal plan for the week
Eating meals at home with our families is a great way for families to reconnect and develop relationships as well as customize our families’ meals and nutrition habits. Not to mention, it saves you money!
The Weekly Plan January 7 is Posted
There’s some great recipes in this week’s Weekly Meal Plan! Often times when Sunday rolls around and busy schedules, as moms we don’t have a clue what to make for meals during the week. Let alone always have the time to map out a plan. Lucky for you and me I’ll generally be sharing these healthy weekly meal plans every Sunday night or early Monday mornings!
I hope you enjoy all the delicious recipes (fingers crossed I can get the posts up during the week so check back) and find these posts helpful. Happy week ahead! Enjoy!
We’re keeping organized and putting more effort into frugal living and my hope is to help you all on this journey with me to continually save time in the kitchen, have a weekly meal plan and continue to create those family mealtime memories.
Be sure to check out my post on How We’re Cutting Our Grocery Bill for some frugal tips on your next shopping trip. Now, are you ready for the meal plan?
My Meal Planning Process:
- Prepare for the week: Our family typically meal plans on Sunday (since it’s my first day off from work) and plan out what we are having for breakfast, lunch and dinner each week. Because we know what we are eating each morning (this definitely helps on those crazy school mornings) and night, it means less stress, less money splurged on eating out and the ability to pull anything frozen out of the freezer the night before.
- Save some money: ibotta’s cash back rewards program We save money on items we purchase often when we can combine a sale and a use a coupon, or even the store’s savings app. I tend to use for every grocery store and Target’s Cartwheel for Target combined with ibotta. We also save money by only purchasing the items we plan to eat within a given week, vs. going to the grocery store hungry and winging it… Because we all know how that turns out.
- Weekly schedules: We always keep our weekly schedules and appointments in mind when we meal plan. Some nights the kids go off to Neo (a safe, fun social hangout place for kids) or school functions, which means quick and easy dinners. And on our family nights mean we can pick something new to make and spend a little more time preparing a good meal.
It’s all about finding that balance.
Weekly Meal Plan January 7
My weekly meal plan January 7 and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:
Sandwiches, Chicken Salad Wraps, Tortilla Rollups (aka “Prairie Sushi”), protein shakes, pizza roll ups, salad, fresh cut veggies and/or fruit
- Stovetop Popcorn- made with coconut oil this is still a family favorite snack. And it’s a perfect snack for when you’re craving something to get you by until your next meal.
- Apples and Peanut Butter or Cheese Slices
- Hummus and Pretzels
- Carrots and Yogurt Dill Dip
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 newly designed Recipe Index page.
Sunday: Tuscan Tomato Bisque Soup – a copycat recipe similar to the one from Safeway’s Deli
Monday: Super Healthy Vegetable Soup-packed with superfoods and antioxidants
Tuesday: Homemade Chicken Soup -we all know chicken soup is comforting when you’re sick
Wednesday: Leftovers -whatever soup is leftover from previous nights
Thursday: Baked Sweet Potato and Yogurt -carbs, proteins and antioxidants all in a few bites
Friday: Potato and Cabbage Soup
Saturday: Chicken Pot Pie Soup
- Greek Yogurt Dessert
Hope you find some ideas and recipes from Meal Plan January 7. You’ll find more recipe sharing and tips on my Facebook page. For my previous meal plan ideas, you’ll find them here on my blog or grouped together on my Pinterest board. And don’t forget to check out my newly designed Recipe Index for our family’s favorite recipes.
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