As I’ve mentioned before, I love to plan my meals for two weeks at a time. It seems like a lot, but it really takes the stress out of thinking about dinner every day. Think about it: I take 2 days every month to plan meals and I’ve got the whole month covered. In addition, I make my grocery list when I make my meal plan. So I’m doing “big” food shopping twice a month. I do still have to run to the store to pick up a few things each week like milk, fruit, and bread, but at least it’s a quick trip – in and out. I bet you’re wondering how long this “meal planning” takes. Since I’ve been doing it for a few years now, it only takes me about 60 minutes.
So how do I plan these meals? Like many of you, I spend time pinning recipes, so I have lots of recipes pinned that are favorites and then there are some that I want to try. I typically go to my boards and pick out what I want to make. I check the recipe for ingredients and start adding items to my grocery list. I write down every ingredient needed and then do a quick pantry check when I’m finished my list to see if there’s anything I don’t need to buy.
What about the recipes? I print them out if I need them. If I’ve already made the meal, I already have the recipe printed. A word of advice: If you find a recipe you LOVE, make sure you SAVE it! Print it and put it in a safe spot or copy and paste it into a document and save it on your computer. Do not think just because it’s on the internet it will stay there. Sometimes recipes disappear. Trust me. I had it happen to me and it took a lot of digging for me to find the original that I loved.
I’m going to share our Meal Plan for 2 Weeks. I’m warning you… we like chicken. We eat a lot of chicken prepared different ways. Each recipe can be found through my Pinterest boards, but I’m going to link to them here to make it easier.
Sunday: Alfredo Soup – I like to prep this one the night before or earlier in the day so that it’s less work at dinner time.
Monday: Smothered Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes
Tuesday: Crockpot Lasagna Soup with Garlic and Herb Pull Apart Bread
Wednesday: Chicken Patty Sandwiches with French Fries (Easy Meal: Check your grocer’s freezer!)
Thursday: Ravioli Bake – Super easy “go-to” meal that can be prepared in about 10 minutes and there’s only 1 dish to clean!
Friday: Chicken Taquitos with Chips and Salsa
Saturday: Loaded Potato Soup – I’ve tried a lot of potato soup recipes and this one is thee best in my book.
Sunday: Baked Penne with Garlic Bread
Monday: Chicken Fajita Bubble Up Bake with Cilantro Lime Rice – This meal is one of our favorites! I also like to use my Homemade Fajita Seasoning for this . This is another meal I like to prep the night before or earlier in the day. If you prep it ahead of time, just put the seasoned biscuit pieces in a separate bowl until it’s time to bake the dish.
Tuesday: Meatball Sandwiches (Easy Meal: Frozen Meatballs, Rolls, and Cheese – optional)
Wednesday: Chicken Cacciatore – Cook up some red and green peppers in olive oil, pour in a big jar of pasta sauce, fry up 4 boneless chicken breasts and cut into pieces; toss into peppers and sauce. Add a little garlic powder, a little onion powder. Cook until all is combined. Serve over egg noodles. 🙂
Thursday: Breakfast or Take-Out! (Mom might need a break!)
Friday: Chicken Tetrazzini – This is one of my husband’s favorites.
Saturday: Homemade Pizza (Frozen Pizza Dough, Sauce, Cheese, and Toppings of your choice)
And there you have it… 14 Meals that are fairly simple to make – especially the Crockpot Recipes. I’m a big fan of throwing everything together in the morning and having a meal at dinner time. Besides, it gives me more free time to whip up a dessert. We all know there’s always room for dessert! 😉