Eating Proteins and a Weekly Family Friendly Menu Plan June 2-8, 2013


As summertime quickly approaches, I find myself amped up and looking forward to a new outlook on our family meal plan. This week, we’re trying out a new meal plan focusing on more healthy food choices. After doing some research, the hubby and I decided that we would start off by putting our focus on healthy proteins. The main purpose of this week’s meal plan is to introduce good eating habits while also focusing on diet and exercise.

Noel’s Kitchen Tips menu plans will continue to still be family friendly, you will just need to adjust the portions to suit your family’s calorie and nutritional needs.

Another feature I’m going to add to future weekly menu plans are tips to prepare meals and snacks ahead of time to make it easier to stay on track. This will also help us to stay accountable and on track for our family’s eating goals.

You’ll see I’ve added certain meals for this week for breakfast and lunch for the hubby and I.  But WOW am I going to want bread. And cheese. And fruit.

Meal Plan

I meal plan at the beginning of each week. For me, it’s usually on Sunday mornings 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:


Beverages (throughout the day):

Black coffee, unsweetened tea and of course water.

Breakfast options:

Protein Week: Black CoffeeLow Fat Cottage Cheese, 2 slices of grilled chicken breasts

Kids will continue to have any of the following:

(served with fruit) French toast casserolePancakes,  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:

Protein Week: Steamed fish (Tilapia), Low-fat yogurt with 1 1/2 Tablespoons Oat Bran (If we don’t have oat bran at lunch, we’ll have it at breakfast, dinner or snack.)

Kids will continue to have any of the following:

Sandwiches or Wraps (Tuna salad, egg saladchicken salad, turkey salad, leftover meats, grilled cheese, blt, pb&j),  QuesadillasSmoothies, 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 :) )

Here’s where it gets a bit tricky. I didn’t get to the grocery store until Tuesday so Sunday and Monday are not protein meals.

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

Sunday:  Sunday Supper~Sausage and Peppers Sandwiches on Homemade Hot Dog Buns

Monday: Taco Salad~Frugal and Easy!

Tuesday:  Steamed Tilapia with seasonings, sliced tomato and onion, 1 1/2 Tablespoons Oat bran (didn’t have at lunch)

Wednesday: Garlic Chicken Slices– simple recipe to make; it’s affordable and a dollar stretching meal!

Thursday: Hard Boiled Eggs, will add fruit in or veggies for the kids

Friday: Family Favorites Night~ Baked Turkey Meatballs (Our daughter is making dinner tonight)

Saturday:  Peppered beef Steak, (Our son is making dinner tonight)

Dessert of the Week:

Plain yogurt with lemon zest

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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