Meal Plan #70

Save yourself some time, money and stress by using this FREE Meal Plan that is full of amazing recipes. Each plan includes 5 dinner ideas, 2 side dishes, 1 dessert and a shopping list making meal planning easier than ever!!

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Each week, I share with you a FREE meal plan that consists of 5 dinner ideas (Monday-Thursday plus one Weekend meal), 2 side dishes, and 1 dessert!

Included is a grocery list with EVERY ingredient you need for all the items on the meal plan.

This is meant to help simplify menu planning, shopping, and cooking so you can more easily enjoy meals with your family throughout the week!


Cornbread is the perfect companion to chili! But not all cornbread is created equal.

This week’s Buttermilk Cornbread is tender with an added layer of flavor from the buttermilk. We also love our Sweet Cornbread made with a box mix & creamed corn. It’s Grandma’s Famous recipe!

If you like a little heat, you may want to try our sweet & spicy Jalapeno Cornbread.

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of these!


There’s nothing worse than the dread every time a family members asks, “What’s for dinner??” And your answer is “I have no clue.” Having a meal plan for the week eliminates that completely, which is the number one benefit in my book!

Besides having a game plan in place, there are several other benefits of meal planning, including:

  • Cost: When you have a plan set in place, and a specific list of groceries, you eliminate cost wasted on impulse items or produce that never gets used.
  • Decrease Waste: No wasted money, and no wasted food! Having a set grocery list will help to avoid both of those issues.
  • Variety: Our meal plans specifically include a lot of variety, with MexicanItalianBreakfast for Dinner, and so much more! You can expose your family’s palates to all kinds of meals.
  • No Indecision: Did you know there’s such thing as “indecision fatigue”? The idea is that when you can’t make a decision on something (like what to make for dinner) it actually makes you mentally fatigued. When dinners are already planned out, though, you avoid indecision completely!
  • Health: When you plan for/anticipate making well-rounded meals, you’re much more likely to actually make them rather than defaulting to convenient boxed meals, or unhealthy fast food!

As you can see, there are so many benefits to meal planning!

And if you want to create your own menu, be sure to check out all our recipes and visit our recipe pages, including: Main DishSide DishesDessertsAppetizers and Breakfast!



King Ranch Chicken Casserole is creamy, cheesy, and bursting with spicy flavors. This delicious casserole is basically a Texan lasagna and is favorite family dinner recipe.

We love to eat this flavorful casserole with homemade refried beans and Spanish rice.

Sometimes we even snack on Black Bean and Corn Salsa with store-bought chips or Homemade tortilla chips before dinner. Appetizer or no appetizer, we promise this meal will leave everyone’s belly happy and full!


Cheesy spinach lasagna rolls

Everything you love about a lasagna, but EASIER! With a delicious spinach and three-cheese mixture rolled up in lasagna noodles and smothered in marinara sauce, whats not to love?!

If you’re not a fan of spinach in your lasagna, try our Easy Lasagna Recipe, Crockpot Lasagna or Skillet Lasagna. All of these recipes are easy and yummy!


protein pancakes

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! These protein-packed pancakes are your new favorite recipe. Fluffy, healthy, and incredibly delicious!

We love to top these pancakes with Lemon Curd, Cinnamon Buttermilk Syrup or fruit and Homemade Whipped Cream. Everyone will love this breakfast for dinner!


Sweet potato chili

Hearty and filling sweet potato chili is a delicious take on a classic chili recipe, especially if you’re a fan of sweet potatoes!

But what’s chili without cornbread? Be sure to whip up some Buttermilk Cornbread, one of our featured sides this week, to go with this delicious chili. It’s the perfect fall meal!


baked parmesan chicken

This Baked Parmesan Crusted Chicken has the perfect hint of lemon, and is oven baked to perfection – crispy on the outside, tender on the inside!

Roasted Cauliflower, one of our featured sides this week, goes great with this parmesan chicken. Other sides we love to serve with this meal include Parmesan Potatoes and Baked Parmesan Asparagus.

We promise you’ll love this healthy and tasty meal!

Sides of the week

Our Top Two Choices

Southern style Buttermilk Cornbread is tender and delicious, perfect for serving with soup and chili! It’s the perfect comfort food.

We’re making lots of soups and chilis this time of year, so, naturally, we’re also making lots of cornbread to go with it.

Some of our favorite cornbread recipes are Sweet Cornbread, Mexican Cornbread, Cornbread Muffins and our classic Homemade Cornbread. You can’t go wrong with any of these!

Roasted Cauliflower is the perfect healthy side dish for so many dinner meals. It’s simple to throw into the oven and comes out golden brown with a little crunch. YUM!

For more cauliflower-based recipes, check out our Mashed Cauliflower, Buffalo Cauliflower bites, Cauliflower Rice and Cauliflower Casserole. They’re all delicious ways to get your veggies!

Dessert of the WEek


This Pumpkin Lasagna dessert is stacked with the most delicious layers – a Pumpkin Oreo crust, cream cheese layer, pumpkin pudding layer, and topped off with cream and white chocolate curls.

For more Pumpkin Desserts, try:

Download the Meal Plan!

Click the link below to download this week’s FREE Meal Plan!

And remember – if you want to create your own menu, be sure to check out all our recipes and visit our recipe pages, including: Main DishSide DishesDessertsAppetizers and Breakfast!

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Printable version of Meal Plan #70 with grocery list.


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