Our Meal Plan for the Week

Create a meal plan so that mealtimes can happen inexpensively and easily.

Our Meal Plan for the Week - Create a meal plan so that mealtimes can happen inexpensively and easily.

Last week I printed out the GCE meal planning calendar. Instead of using it for a month, I used it for a¬†4×7 meal plan. I mapped out the week in breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. I think it just may have been the highlight of my 10 year old son’s week. He consulted that paper on the fridge morning, noon, and night. I heard his brothers consulting with him to find out what the next meal was. Ha!

Clearly meal planning has other benefits besides just putting food on the table. It gives your family the joy of anticipation.

In addition to spending half a day making pickles, I also spent another afternoon baking.

This week should be the final week of photographing meals for cookbook #4. I’m so looking forward to Independence Day! I love the recipes in this book, so it’s not a question of food. More the pressure of a looming deadline is what’s hanging over my head. Yay for being done! Sort of. I still have editing to do, but still. That will be another hurdle jumped. We’ve got much on the docket for the week, including another museum trip, passports, and continued schooling.

All that means that meals need to be planned and shopped for if they are to be on the table in some semblance of sanity.

Here’s the plan for our week:

Our Meal Plan for the Week - Create a meal plan so that mealtimes can happen inexpensively and easily.

Breakfasts:

Our Meal Plan for the Week - Create a meal plan so that mealtimes can happen inexpensively and easily.

Lunches

Our Meal Plan for the Week - Create a meal plan so that mealtimes can happen inexpensively and easily.

Dinners

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  1. Vanessa B says:

    Thanks for the reminder to work on this weeks meal plan. I think I need to make a plan for breakfast and lunch also. Is there a recipe for the bean salad in the top picture?

  2. Stephanie M. says:

    My meal plan for the week is as follows:

    Breakfasts: mini hard roll with cream cheese, yogurt and home made granola. Home made egg mcmuffin. Irish Soda Bread with butter. Cereal and fruit. Home made breakfast bowl layered with roasted potatoes, eggs, ham cubes, cheddar cheese, and scallions.

    Lunches: Various sandwiches and leftovers from dinner

    Dinner: Lasagna leftover from the freezer from a couple of weeks ago. BBQ Pork Chops with home made stuffed potatoes, and roasted cauliflower. Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Pizza night – Home made French bread pizzas. For July 4th BBQ: Appetizers: Grilled Kolbasi, Phyllo cups stuffed with King Crab stuffing, devilled eggs, and Greek meatballs. Dinner: BBQ baby back ribs, baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, and pizza pasta salad. Dessert: Watermelon and home made ricotta donuts with powdered sugar.

  3. Life has been a little hectic here so I haven’t done as much meal planning as I should. I’m also trying to eat up all of the meat we have in the freezer and make meals out of what we have. I made a double batch of Bolognese sauce today as I had things from the veggie delivery I needed to use up. I also have a crockpot full of pinto beans going. I need to put some thought into the meals for the next two weeks. I wish I had a personal chef!!!

  4. We are starting our summer pantry challenge on Tuesday. Instead of the usual 7×4 meal plan, I have spent the time taking an inventory of the fridge, freezer and pantry.

    I have learned so much from your site on saving on groceries while still feeding our family a healthy diet. I would love to hear your advice on saving money on non-food items at the grocery store — toilet paper, tissues, laundry supplies, cleaning supplies, shampoo, deodorant, etc.

  5. Great meal plan. I, too need to plan our breakfasts and lunches. I used to when the kids were younger, it helped use up what we had.

  6. I intended in to ask for the bean salad recipe too! Can’t wait til you can share it.

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