Our Meal Plan for the Week

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How I’m feeding my family of 8 a diet of no-added sugar this week.


It’s been awhile since I shared our real live meal plan here on Good Cheap Eats, but since I am a firm believer in having a meal plan, I make one faithfully each weekend. I map one up for the coming week and try to do the shopping that goes with it.

Lately, I’ve been testing so many recipes that it really hasn’t made sense to post my plan. Often times I don’t have links or recipes to share along with it. However, a reader wrote and said that it’s helpful to her anyway, to see what we’ve got planned. Since I am doing a regular breakfast and lunch rotation, I definitely have some recipes to share.

Since we’re on a “no-added sugar” eating plan for the next few weeks, having a meal plan is super important. If I don’t plan well, we’ll fall off the wagon. My kids have had SUCH good attitudes about this, I really want them to see success in this.


Homemade Granola

all baked goods are made with honey or maple instead of the sugar in the recipe


Our Meal Plan for the Week - How I'm feeding my family of 8 a diet of no-added sugar this week.

So as not to get into a lunch rut, I’ve diverted some of our old standby dinners to lunchtime.


Our Meal Plan for the Week - How I'm feeding my family of 8 a diet of no-added sugar this week.

* denotes recipes that aren’t available online.

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  1. I have a meal plan myself…it’s called coming to your house. What time should the kids, manchild & I be there? LOL

  2. Love following the sugar stop. We are trying to cut back too but the Lenten Lunches at work/church always feature homemade goodies. Maybe after Lent is over…
    Thanks for all the great options and recipes!

  3. Your meal plans are encouraging. If you can do it with 6 then I should be able to do it with 7! Yes…I…can! Lol

  4. Jessica,
    So lovely how you keep care of your family:) I think it’s so important make your kids eat healthy and let them understand the consequences of junk food on your body and well being.
    Have you tried Diane’s popular sugar cleanse yet(from Tim’s blog: I convinced my husband to do the challenge because we were suffering energy up and downs during the on day 18 without any sweets we realize the what we’ve done with our health all the years.
    Thank you for your inspiration and your recipes,
    Hien Vu

  5. Jennifer Hoffman says:

    Thank you for sharing!! Would love if you would share each week- i agree it is very helpful!! What are you doing for snacks right now?


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