Meal Plan #81

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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WEEKLY MEAL PLAN #81

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

Panna Cotta is similar to a vanilla pudding, but much more fancy!

A few tips when making:

  1. con­tinually whisk so that the mixture doesn’t split/separate
  2. give it PLENTY of time to chill (4-8 hours)
  3. serve in individual portions OR in one large portion (but that will require even more time to chill)
  4. switch up the topping – use your favorite berry sauce, chocolate or caramel – but make sure it is not warm or the Panna Cotta will melt.

For more fancy desserts, try our Creme Brule or Chocolate Mousse!

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 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!


Monday

Chicken Taco Soup

Perfectly spiced Chicken Taco Soup can be enjoyed all year long. It’s hearty, delicious, and packed with flavor!

We love eating this yummy soup with store-bought or homemade tortilla chips or flour tortillas. Sometimes we mix it and serve it with Jalapeño Cornbread or Mexican Cornbread. They’re all great options!

Tuesday

Zucchini Boats

Stuffed Zucchini Boats are filled with Italian sausage and tomatoes. They are a delish go-to healthy dinner idea.

If you’re trying to keep this a low-carb meal, try serving these alongside a green salad with your favorite homemade salad dressing. If not, our Cheesy Garlic Bread goes great with this meal!

wednesday

Flatbread Breakfast Pizza

Deliciously Healthy Flatbread Breakfast Pizzas are customizable and delicious and only 210 calories per serving!

Our Best Green Smoothie Recipe is the perfect complement for this hearty dish. It’s one of our featured sides this week and is a great way to get some vitamins any time of the day!

Thursday

Cheesy Spinach Roll Ups

These crescent rolls stuffed with spinach and cheese make for a quick and simple lunch, dinner or appetizer! Cheesy Spinach Roll Ups are so yummy, the kids won’t even mind the spinach!

Some sides that pair well with these cheesy rolls ups are Honey Glazed Carrots, Baked Parmesan Asparagus or a Veggie Tray with Homemade Ranch. They’re all delicious ways to eat your veggies!

Weekend

Country Style Pork Ribs

Tender + delicious Country Style Pork Ribs are finger-licking good! They are perfect for a BBQ, or any night of the week.

A tasty side to serve with these mouth-watering ribs is our Fresh Green Bean Casserole, one of our sides this week. We think you’re going to love this meal!

Sides of the week

Our Top Two Choices

Fresh Green Bean Casserole is bright and flavorful. It is easy to make, and takes this beloved classic to a new level of yum!!

Love green beans? Try our Roasted Green Beans, Fried Green Beans, Crockpot Green Beans with Bacon and Green Bean Casserole with Bacon. They’re all tasty ways to prepare green beans!


This quick and easy 5 minute Best Green Smoothie is fresh and YUMMY! It is filled with fruit goodness & vitamin-rich spinach.

We have so many delicious and healthy smoothie recipes! Some of our all-time favorites are Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie, Orange Juice Smoothie and Aloha Tropical Smoothie. Check out our collection of breakfast (or anytime!) smoothie recipes.

Dessert of the WEek

Panna Cotta

Silky and creamy vanilla Panna Cotta is a showstopper dessert sure to turn heads, but is actually quite easy to make!

For more Creamy 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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