Meal Planning: We’ve All Got To Eat!

I struggled if this was worth a post, but decided to go with it. Because if you’re like me, meal planning can be a major area of stress for you.

Every week my thought process looks something like this: What can I make that doesn’t have a million ingredients?  I don’t want to be standing at the stove all afternoon for everyone to turn up their noses and say ‘yuck!’ when they get to the table. Groceries are expensive. Maybe I should just make Mac & Cheese again? 

My sister and I started a tradition of meal planning together every Thursday night. It held each of us accountable to make our plans with the other. And it was fun. If it’s fun to do with two of us, it is sure to be more fun with a whole blog in on it, right? So here is what our family is serving up this week. Before I post, a couple notes on my meal planing method:

  • We are not huge eaters, so I try to make one meal stretch into two days when possible. I budget based on four meals per week.
  • I am not a master at coming up with fancy new recipes. The majority of what I cook are either recipes passed down from family or things I have found online. I will be linking to these other awesome sites when necessary (which is most of the time).
  • We are pretty simple folks when it comes to meals. If I can get a balanced meal into a casserole dish, I am beyond thrilled.

Now without further ado, here is what is on our family’s map covered kitchen table for dinner this week. (I can start adding breakfasts and lunches too if anyone is interested).

Garlic Spaghetti  with green beans
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
BBQ Chicken with corn and french fries

Amish White Bread
Chocolate Crackled Cookies

So that is what we are eating this week. The BBQ Chicken, Amish White Bread, and Chocolate Crackled Cookies are all new recipes for me this week, so hopefully we get some new things to add to our rotation.  What is on your menu this week? Please share! It’s always fun to hear what others are doing.

3 thoughts on “Meal Planning: We’ve All Got To Eat!

  1. Garlic spaghetti sounds delish! For tonight I am making what I call Baby Pizzas. I cut english muffins in half and lightly toast them. Spread each slice with a smaall amount of pizza sauce. Then i cook 1 # of hamburger and 1/2 cup onions and drain. while still warm I add cut up mushrooms and cut up pepperoni.Add more pizza sauce to the meat mixture and spread on muffin halves top with a mixture of mozzerella and parmesan cheese . Put on baking sheet and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. You can use whatever your family likes for your pizza mixture. They would be easy for your kids to pick up and Noah might like to help you .I use 6 muffins cut in 1/2 and then we have some for lunch the next day.

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