Our Meal Plan for the Week

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Our Meal Plan for the Week - How we're feeding a family of 8 on a budget, healthier food.

It’s Sunday afternoon. As I type, home fries are cooking on the stove for a “breakfast-for-lunch” midday meal. I’ve spent several hours inputting financial data into the computer, something I’m loathe to do. So, here’s for an easy, albeit late, lunch.

Yesterday was full of grocery shopping, hockey game, granola making, and pizza night. I forgot the leftover pizza in the fridge. That could have meant an easier lunch. C’est la vie.

That’s life. Especially when you don’t have your meal plan squared away. Ahem.

In my defense, I’ve been dreaming of tonight’s dinner: an all-you-can-eat taco and enchilada bar. I found this rocking homemade enchilada sauce recipe, and I can’t wait to make it again. I sorted and soaked beans for Healthier Refried Beans last night. They’re cooking in the slow cooker as we speak.

The rest of the week? Well, I’ve got a vague list in my head; there’s lots of recipe development on my horizon. I’m a little behind schedule on book #4, so I need to step it up. The grocery total yesterday afternoon was pretty high so I could make sure I had what I needed. Oy!

Anywho, here’s the vague list written down so maybe I won’t be making eggs for every meal of the week.

Our Meal Plan for the Week - How we're feeding a family of 8 on a budget, healthier food.


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

Our Meal Plan for the Week - How we're feeding a family of 8 on a budget, healthier food.


Our Meal Plan for the Week - How we're feeding a family of 8 on a budget, healthier food.


I can’t get into great detail about our dinners this week since a lot will be experiments. I never know what we’re going to have until we sit down!

But, I have a basic formula for our week’s evening meals that revolves around our afternoon and evening activities.

  • Date night – Hubs and I go out and the kids have quesadillas and fruit.
  • Hockey practice/Ballet – I’m gone during dinner so I make something in the slow cooker. This week we’ll be gone all day at Legoland, so it will be really important to get the crock going.
  • Karate night – I’m gone during dinner, but I do a recipe experiment that’s make-ahead and leave it for the fam to eat.
  • Saturday – This is our new pizza night since we have hockey late on Friday.
  • The three other nights of the week – lots of experiments. 🙂

meal-planning-101How to Meal Plan

If you’re looking for instruction in guidance in making your own meal plans, you’ve come to the right place. Meal planning is a sure-fire strategy to help you serve meals in a timely manner, avoid extra trips to the grocery store, and save money by using up what you have.

Meal Planning 101 covers everything you need to know in order to plan and execute successful meal plans that help you eat well and stay under budget. Be sure to scroll through the archives because we’ve addressed quite a few meal planning basics as well as common challenges and stumbling blocks to meal plans that work.

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  1. Jennifer Hoffman says:

    Would you say the chespoest snacks to keep on hand would be fruit/veg, cheese & crackers, pb, rice cakes, popcorn, etc? I know this is an area where we really have to watch our budget

    • I thi it really depends on how you source it. We do air popped popcorn, home baked goods, rice cakes, veggie dippers, fruit, ans sunbutter or jam on toast. The junkier snacks are the ones that we want to eat to infinity, so I avoid those. Ha!

      • Jennifer Hoffman says:

        Very true!! My 2 year old could eat a whole bag of chips himself…hence why we don’t keep these things in the house 🙂 thanks again for sharing the meal plans!!

  2. This is off topic, but I have a full gallon of milk dated april 2nd. It tastes perfectly fine to me but I can’t drink the entire gallon by myself in a couple of days and I don’t want to have my 4 year old drinking it. I also don’t have time to use it up by baking/cooking with it since I’ll be gone for the next day or two. Do you have any suggestions as to what I can use it for when I get back? (Of course I’d just toss it if it’s totally nasty by then, but if I can save it I would much rather not throw away my hard earned dollars). Thanks in advance ! 🙂

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