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Do You Know What’s for Dinner This Week?

I know what my family is having for dinner this week! Does it feel like you are flying by the seat of your pants when this whole dinner thing comes around? Does it catch you by surprise that it happens every night? It used to be a struggle for me to figure out what was for dinner after work.

Thankfully I have a husband who likes to cook and got off before me when I worked full-time. Now that I’m home full-time I like to keep a plan so I know what’s for dinner every day. It is so much easier having a meal plan. Not only do I save time in the kitchen we save money on groceries. We literally spend about $150 a month less on groceries than we did prior to meal planning! It works!

Just in case you’re running low on ideas, recipes, or time to meal plan I have you covered! It’s Meal Plan Monday and I’ve got a week’s worth of dinner ideas ready to print!

Here’s What’s on the Menu:

Monday – We’re keeping it simple this week with tomato soup and hot sandwiches. I love a good soup and sandwich combo. I need to get back in the habit of baking bread regularly and this is a tasty way to enjoy fresh- baked bread! I’ll be breaking out the old sandwich maker for tonight’s dinner. I will loosely follow this recipe for tomato soup, but largely wing it like usual.

Tuesday – It’s Taco Tuesday! I considered making taco soup, but since it’s not forecast to be that cold this week I think we’ll stick with our traditional tacos with lime oil. My six-year-old will be relieved; while she liked taco casserole for the most part last week she was not a fan of the corn and tomatoes. She also felt like we didn’t quite have taco night. Fair enough kid. I’ll give you a break. Next week though…

Wednesday – We still have some beef in the freezer that needs to be eaten, so I will be slow cooking beef and potatoes. I plan to keep this meal pretty simple.

Thursday – We’re having spaghetti night. It’s been a bit since we had spaghetti night on a regular basis and everybody eats it, so it’s back in rotation for a while! I will make homemade turkey meatballs. Hopefully, I’ll have my tweaked recipe up in time.

Friday – TGIF! Its pizza night! This has become a staple at our house.

Saturday – This is a planned leftover night. If we don’t have enough leftovers we will have breakfast for dinner. Can’t go wrong with a good brinner!

Sunday – I’m making chicken and dumplings. We had chicken noodle soup last week and we started talking about dumplings. I’m still thinking about dumplings, so it made the menu this week!

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Click below to print this week’s menu with space for the shopping list.

Or, if you prefer, here is the blank meal plan.


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It’s Meal Plan Monday!

Welcome to the first edition of Meal Plan Monday! Every Monday in the month of October the #blogtober post will be on our family’s weekly meal plan. I will link to or post recipes used for the week.

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What’s on the Menu?

This week’s menu is simple, easy, and frugal. I do tend to try to make dishes as healthy as possible. It’s not perfect, but it gets better with time.

MondaySheet pan chicken and veggies. This is on fairly regular rotation in our house. It is a very versatile dish. This week I will likely use potatoes and bell pepper.

TuesdayTacos. Most Tuesdays in our house we have Taco Tuesday. It’s quick, healthy, easy to get on the table, and everybody eats it! This week I have scoop tortilla chips so I will likely whip up a little batch of salsa to go with tacos and give the option of taco bowls or traditional soft tacos.

Wednesday – Pasta salad with turkey sausage. This is an easy dish my husband and oldest love. Cook the sausage, cook the rotini pasta, chop up some tomatoes or saute some peppers, and combine with zesty Italian dressing.

Thursday – Beef stew. I have a soup kit I picked up at Aldi and some beef from my cattle raising dad to eat up. I plan to slow cook this all day in the pressure cooker. This would also be simple to do without the kit – just buy some beef and vegetable broth, dice up some tomatoes, and use your favorite spices. Add in some meat and let it simmer for at least 4 hours.

Friday – Pizza Night! Almost every Friday night is pizza night at our house. I make my own dough and sauce.

Saturday – Leftovers or baked pork chops and roasted vegetables.

Sunday – Chicken pot pie. I will loosely follow this recipe from All-Recipes. I have not made any pot pie since last winter so I do not have my own version… yet.

This post was proofread by Grammarly

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Meal Plan: Breakfasts and Lunches:

For breakfasts, I have eggs, waffles, oatmeal, and cereal on hand. My kids prefer Cheerios most days but when as the weather gets cooler I like to try to start the day off with something warm in their bellies. The hubby and I typically have a liquid breakfast of coffee.

For lunches, my husband is happy with a sandwich, apple, yogurt, and chips every day of the world. My daughter gets one of several dairy-free school lunches. I keep most of these foods on hand. I also keep some crackers, pretzels, pistachios, peanuts, granola, and trail mixes on hand for morning snack time at school.

My two-year-old enjoys brunch with me (he’s big on second breakfast) typically a second bowl of Cheerios, or he steals some of my scrambled eggs or breakfast sandwich. I love melting a slice of Colby jack on a slice of homebaked bread and topping with a fried egg. Sometimes he’ll eat some gluten-free chicken nuggets.

How to Make Your Own Weekly Meal Plan

The first step in making a meal plan is to do a full inventory of what it is in your fridge, freezer, and pantry. Throw out any expired or moldy food. Try to think of meals you can make to use up what you have while buying as little as possible. This will help reduce food waste and save money in your budget.

If you want some inspiration for dinner be sure to check out my recipe page. I anticipate it to grow quite a bit during blogtober! Write out your meal plan and make a shopping list with the ingredients needed. When it comes to breakfasts and lunch be realistic about what you have time to prepare and what your family will eat. Add some simple breakfast and lunch options to the shopping list. Once you get to the store stick to the list. It also helps to bring the list!

You can download and print this week’s meal plan and add items needed to the shopping list on this free printable! The blank weekly meal plan printable is also available for download if you’d like to come up with your own meal plan. I like to keep my meal plan and shopping list out where I can see them in the kitchen. Now you can keep them both in the same place! Save yourself some paper and if you like this week’s plan keep it and reuse it. Have a rotating list of meal plans (and corresponding shopping lists) to make life a little easier.