This is how I begin my week! When it comes to getting real food on the table with the least amount of stress, I need a map. Every Monday morning, I use a meal planning sheet to sketch out our dinners, lunches, snacks, etc. I open up my Google calendar and plan dinners based on what we’ve got going on. I usually grocery shop on Mondays (and Fridays), so it’s also a good way to add items to my shopping list. Also, keep in mind that it’s a rare week that we follow our scheduled dinners exactly as planned. Plans change, leftovers happen, and sometimes I’m tired and pull out a meal that I have previously frozen.
My meal plans also follow a template that I change from time to time depending on our current schedule. This makes meal planning so much easier.
FRIDAY: Homemade Pizza
This is what I am planning this week:
MONDAY: Roast chickens, plantains, salad
TUESDAY: Leftover burgers from Sunday’s dinner, tomato and cucumber salad
WEDNESDAY: Leftover roast chicken from Monday’s dinner, quinoa with veggies
THURSDAY: Fish sticks, sweet potato fries, some veggies
FRIDAY: Grilled cheese sandwiches and smoothies (babysitter night!)
SATURDAY: Grilled skirt steak with grilled veggies
SUNDAY: Arroz con Pollo
Find a printer-friendly PDF version of this weekly plan here!
How I use this:
Weekly Menu – I plan our dinners based on our schedule each week.
Weekly Prep – I list quick and easy pantry staples that I want to make, and foods that need to be chopped/baked/prepped when I find pockets of time throughout the week.
Lunchbox – I jot down some school lunch ideas for my girls.
Easy Favorites – I keep a list of easy, kid-friendly, family favorites to remind me to keep them in rotation.
Meals in Freezer – I double (and sometimes triple) recipes so that I can have leftovers for the freezer. This is a good way to keep track of what we have.