Medium Sized Family uses affiliate links. If you click a link, we could earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Read more.

Avoid 5:00 Worry With A Meal Plan

by | Aug 31, 2015 | Grocery Tips, Meal Plans | 3 comments

It’s back to school time.  Summer is ending and soon fall weather will be here.  I myself am more of a summertime girl, but there’s plenty to love about fall, too!  It means more soup, pumpkins, and apples on the meal plan.

Menu Plan

This week I was able to pick up the pork we had processed, so there will be plenty of that on the menu.  I am hoping to be able to go to the apple orchard soon and get some bushels of apples.  And my plan to get less comfortable and plan ahead better mean that I will be making more breakfasts and less cereal.

I meal plan 2 weeks at a time.  I also try to keep it simple and double up on our favorite foods.

scrappy baked oatmeal


  • cereal  (I said I am going to do better, not completely abandon it!)
  • pancakes
  • Scrappy Baked Oatmeal
  • homemade breakfast bars
  • sausage omelets

4 tips for packing lunches and free printable


  • sandwiches (PB&J, lunchmeat, nutella and graham crackers)
  • salads
  • leftovers
  • cold pizza
  • peanut butter or cheese and crackers
  • wraps
  • pumpkin muffins
  • yogurt or cheese
  • fresh fruits and veggies
  • pudding, cookies, chips, pretzels, or some sort of small treat

grilled pork chops


  • grilled pork chops
  • BLTs
  • chicken slop
  • lamb ham
  • hamburgers
  • pizza x 2
  • ham & beans
  • salmon
  • grilled chicken x 2
  • tacos x 2
  • spaghetti
  • Sides will include grilled corn on the cob, grilled peaches, potatoes, rice, homemade mac & cheese, fresh veggies and salads

Treats and Desserts

  • ice cream
  • birthday cake (September is my birth month!  I can’t believe I’m already 29…again…!)
  • apple crisp
  • cookies
  • fresh fruit
  • rice cakes
  • graham crackers
  • s’mores

    If you don't "get it", grab a copy of The Sandlot ASAP!

    If you don’t “get it”, grab a copy of The Sandlot ASAP!

Be sure to share your meal plan in the comments so we can…”borrow” your ideas, too!



The Free Checklist to Kickstart Your Savings Account!

When you join the Medium Sized Family community, you'll learn how to save more (even when life happens).  You'll also get the free guide with simple tips you can use THIS WEEK to start boosing your savings account!

So happy to have you in our community! Now check your inbox! :)