Happy Meal Planning Monday! I totally fell off of the meal planning wagon for a month or so. It happens every so often. But it never takes very long before I miss my menu plan and get back to making one.
Not because I love planning. (I don’t!) But because I hate choosing what meal I’m going to throw together every single day.
So I might reluctantly sit down to write this plan. But I’ll be thanking myself a few times per day for the next 2 weeks. That’s probably worth it.
Our 2 Week Meal Plan
I’m going to stick with planning my meals 2 weeks at a time, for now. I’m making my grocery store runs every other week, and it’s been working out well.
I plan a list of options that are available to eat in our home, but I don’t assign a food to a day. I like to keep it flexible so I can choose a simpler meal on an exhausting day.
- frozen waffles
- pancakes (for Saturdays)
We do a brown bag lunch for everyone nearly every day. Kids pack their own. They choose a main course below plus a fruit or veggie, yogurt or cheese, and one junk food (chips, cookies, pudding, etc.).
- sandwiches (PB&J, lunchmeat, nutella, etc.)
- hard boiled eggs
I supplement these main dishes with a side of potatoes, rice, or pasta. We nearly always have fresh cut veggies and sweet tea with our suppers.
- brats, metts, hot dogs
- brinner (breakfast for dinner)
- pasta dinner at school
- grilled chicken
- whole roasted chicken
- Honey Soy Pork Tenderloin
- chicken tacos
- bean burritos
- homemade pizza
- Crispy Parmesan Chicken with Lemon Garlic Pasta
- chicken kabobs using this marinade
- My birthday dinner!
Snacks and Desserts
- Birthday cake of some sort
- graham crackers (maybe even s’mores!)
- ice cream
- Coca Cola Cake for my son’s extremely belated birthday party
- Triple Berry Cobbler
Keeping our meals simple makes everything easier. Planning, grocery shopping, and cooking are more fun when you don’t have to sort through overwhelming choices.
Because I love simplicity, my favorite way to save money on groceries is Ibotta. This free app is so easy to use! I don’t have to keep track of coupons. I just scan groceries as I put them away (which I’ll admit that I’ve always found fun!). They even save you on milk and produce, which you don’t see very often. Then I take a picture of my receipt and bam! I get money back.
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What’s on your menu this week? Feel free to leave a link if you’ve blogged about it!