Meal Plans!

     Having a weekly meal plan is probably not a new or unique concept to a lot of people but its something that I’ve made a habit of trying to do each week. It all started almost 9 years ago when I was a young newlywed and for the first time was in charge of cooking 90% of the time. I don’t say “all the time” because my husband Ryan is a really great cook and likes to take the reigns every now and then.

When we were first married I worked full time 9:30am-6pm and a lot of nights I’d come home trying to decide what to have for dinner. I found myself wasting a lot of time and preparing meals that were not thought out, consisted of a lot of  “conveinance foods” and encouraged us to gain the “newlywed 15”. So – I started planning out our meals in advance in order to reverse all of the above and for these reasons below.

  1. Stay within my budget
  2. Quit buying cartloads of random grocery items

Having a meal plan was great for saving time and money and also because it helped me figure out what my husband liked to eat. Strangely enough, my idea of delicious and his varied quite a bit back then. What helped was a bridal shower gift I received called “Simple and Delicious” from Taste of Home. I love a good cooking magazine and it was very helpful to me in finding recipes we both liked.

You’ll find a link to their site Here

 Fast forward a few years and now I utilize Pinterest a lot for meal plans and recipes, as well as my trusty cookbooks and recipe’s from my mom, grandma and mother in-law. I’ve definitely had moments where I’ve been in a pinch with one recipe or another and I’m so thankful to have a mom and mother in law that I can call and ask a question or two at any time!

When my sister Renee got married this Winter, making dinner became a little more fun and slightly entertaining because I’d often get a call from her asking me what we were having for dinner. We both love baking and cooking so its been fun comparing notes and trying new recipes together.

So here it is, what we had for dinner the week of March 16-21. 🙂

Monday: Burrito’s with Chips & Salsa

Tuesday: Chicken Alfredo Bake with a fresh Salad & Broccoli

Wednesday: Brats with Chips & Baked Beans

Thursday: “Subway”

Friday: Spaghetti & Fresh Salad

Saturday: School Auction Dinner

I usually have some leftovers for lunches, and Monday when I made burrito’s I was able to make enough to freeze for a future meal. (Score!) I also like to try and bake a few things during the week for my kids lunches.

Because I got busy last week (shocking I know) I am going to include this weeks meal plan as well!

Meal Plan for the week:  March 23-28

Monday: BBQ’s with grapes & pringles

Tuesday: BBQ Chicken w/ corn & waffle fries (salad for me)

Wednesday: Cheeseburger Pie

Thursday: Garlic Bread Pizza’s

Friday: Taco’s w/ chips & salsa

Here is a link to some of my favorite “meal inspiration” blogs! Hope you enjoy them as well.

Meal Plan Monday’s at Life in the Lofthouse

123 Homeschool for Me  – She lists meal plans for the month including snacks.

I’m always looking for new recipes to try that are both tasty and kid approved – what are some of your favorite meals?

Have a great week!



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