Aside from recovering from another busy weekend, Monday means meal planning.
I plan for 2 weeks at a time, and I post my meal plans every other Monday right here at Medium Sized Family. So you can always come here for ideas that make your planning simpler. If you like, you can look through my whole list of menu plans for ideas.
I’m continuing to feed my family easy meals. During baseball season, the requirement is that a meal must be easy to put together and easy to eat quickly or on the go. Crock Pot meals and sandwiches will continue to be favorites during this busy season!
Before I dig into my meal plan, I want to take a moment to say that I realize that meal planning takes time that some of you just don’t have. Hopefully seeing my meal plan helps you to come up with frugal ideas that will work for your own family. But if my ideas aren’t quite enough, you have options!
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Our 2 Week Meal Plan
- Pop Tarts (celebrating the end of the school year!)
Lunch (with sides of fresh fruit, cheese or yogurt, and one junk food)
- sandwiches (PB&J, Nutella, PB&honey, lunchmeat, apple butter)
- cheese and crackers
- English muffin pizzas
- hard boiled eggs
Supper (with sides of potatoes, pasta salad, chips and/or fresh cut veggies)
- steak (Here’s the story about why you keep seeing steak on a frugal menu.)
- slow cooker chicken and dumplings
- grilled chicken
- Crock Pot ham and ranch potatoes
- meatball sub casserole (this was really yummy, so I’m making it again)
- chicken, black beans, corn, salsa, and cream cheese in the Crock Pot
- roasted whole chicken
- dump and run taco soup in the Crock Pot
- Pancakes for the birthday boy! He turns 11 this week.
- Crock Pot cashew chicken
- bbq chicken sandwiches in the crock pot
- slow cooker chicken burrito bowl (This tastes pretty good, but be aware that there’s an extra step for cooking down the rice. It’s not a dump it and leave it recipe like I prefer when using the Crock Pot!)
- leftover casserole (using anything I can find in the fridge)
Our snacks and extras include
- fresh fruit
- graham crackers
- breakfast bars
- blackberry cobbler (rather than birthday cake)
A bonus is that most of these recipes provided my family with lots of leftovers, so I was able to just serve leftovers on a couple of especially busy nights!
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So, what’s on your menu?