Meal Plan #8

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Weekly Meal Plan #8

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!

Tip of the Week

Frittata 101: A frittata is a breakfast/brunch recipe made of egg and fillings mixed together in a cast iron skillet. It is started on the stove top then finishes cooking in the oven.

It’s one of those recipes where you can get creative with your additions + change it up!

Any additions need to be sautéed before adding it to the egg mixture (especially ingredients with a higher water content like tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, and onions.)

If you fail to precook, then the liquid from the produce will make your egg custard too watery and it may not set correctly. Pre-cook your meats for the same reason. 😉

Benefits of Meal Planning

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 Mexican, Italian, Breakfast 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 Dish, Side Dishes, Desserts, Appetizers and Breakfast!

Monday

bean chimichangas

Easy and delicious Bean Chimichangas are filled with beans, cheese and ROTEL and they taste just like the ones at the restaurants!

The Mexican Rice on the meal plan for this week is meant to be paired with these Chimichangas. You can also serve these up with some sour cream, homemade salsa, or guacamole.

tuesday

healthy chicken piccata

This “Skinny” Chicken Piccata is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight but also fancy enough to make when you have company over! Plus it’s a healthy version, which makes it even better!

Arugula Salad (another side of the week) is a light and refreshing salad that can be made to accompany this pasta. If you don’t want Arugula Salad, Caesar Salad is another great option.

wednesday

frittata

Fluffy frittata stuffed with asparagus, ham, and parmesan cheese. It’s a breakfast dream—so simple and delicious!

Don’t be scared of the veggies contained in this dish! If you want to opt out of the asparagus, you can add any fillings you like to this dish (see this week’s tip of the week)!

thursday

sloppy Joes

Saucy and savory homemade Sloppy Joes are a delicious meat loaded sandwich. They are quick and easy, perfect for feeding a crowd!

A yummy alternative to store bought buns is our Potato Rolls!

weekend

lemon pepper chicken

Flavorful and tender Lemon Pepper Chicken is simple and requires just a few ingredients. Served on its own or over rice, this buttery chicken dish is perfect any night of the week for a simple, quick dinner idea.

For a low carb option, instead of serving over white rice, try our Cauliflower Rice!

Sides of the WEek

Our Top Two Choices

How to make Homemade Spanish Rice (AKA Mexican Rice). Whatever you call it, we’ve got the best and Easiest Spanish Rice Recipe you can find. It tastes like it came straight from the restaurant!


Arugula Salad is loaded with healthy greens, juicy tomatoes, and parmesan shavings with pine nuts and creamy avocado on top!

It’s a fresh and versatile salad that pairs well with almost any of the dishes on the menu for this week!

dessert of the week

Key Lime Cake

This super easy key lime cake is bursting with fresh lime flavor and topped with whipped cream. It’s a delicious summer cake recipe, and if you love key lime pie – then definitely give this recipe a try.

If you like fruity cakes, 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 Dish, Side Dishes, Desserts, Appetizers and Breakfast!

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