Weekly Meal Planning May 20-26, 2012

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

Previously on Family Table Talk, I shared with you all about a wonderful book called The Hour that Matters Most by Les and Leslie Parrott with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna. When I started the book, I had a very hard time putting it down. At one time in my life,I could relate to so many issues they covered. Most of us find great comfort in a tasty meal we’ve grown up with, a meal made from scratch that doesn’t have to be explained by a Gourmet magazine. The book inspired me to keep on cooking and sharing our family meal times and to remember the value of family meal planning, and the comfort in just plain simple home cooked meals. As a family, we all benefit from time spent eating together.

Here’s to more love and laughter with family meal times this week!

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

Breakfasts Getting off to a good start with high-quality, low-fat breakfasts. 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 Roll Pancakes,  French Toast Egg-in-a-Hole, Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Apple, Whole-grain toast or a bagel with strawberry jam and a piece of fresh 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 Deli Style Pasta Salad, Egg Salad Sandwiches.

Snacks Apple-Cheese Snacks, Munchy Crunchy Granola, Raw Veggies Snacks

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: Hot Dogs, Homemade Buns, Cheddar Macaroni Salad, Green Salad, Watermelon

Monday: Super Simple Sloppy Joes, Potato Salad

Tuesday: Asian Chicken Salad

Wednesday: Tomato Bacon Egg Strata

Thursday: Mama’s Comfort Macaroni and Cheese

Friday: Pizza Night

Saturday: Slow Cooked BBQ Short Ribs, Cole Slaw, Bread Rolls

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Weekly Meal Plan and Shopping List

What’s cooking at your house this week?


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