Menu Plan


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Menu Plan

In life I believe the key to success is being organized. In real life I need help with being organized. I decided I would develop a menu plan for myself. Then I thought it might be nice to help you do the same. The steps I took to be successful are:

1) Look at what I have

2) Look quickly at a sales flyer to see what is on sale

3) Look at the coupons that are out and check the coupon database if I know something usually has a coupon

4) Think about my menu meaning can I buy a larger amount of meat and split it between two meals?

5) Write down my menu

6) Grab my reusable bags, coupons, and my calculator (I usually do not need this but I like to have it to determine if I am getting the best deal

7) Then I come home and usually take Sunday to cook ahead at least two meals so I can be organized

8) Then I post my menu If you like the board in the picture above you can pin it from MENU BOARD <—–

Menu Plan for November 25th-December 1st



Breakfast- Protein Shakes

Lunch- Baked Chicken Nuggets

Dinner-Cream Cheese Pasta Bake

Snack- Apples


Breakfast- Waffles

Lunch-grilled chicken salad

Dinner-Low Calorie Buffalo Chicken Wontons

Dessert- Low Calorie Mini Lemon Cheesecakes


Breakfast-crock-pot oatmeal

Lunch- Mini Taco Bowls

Dinner- Ham and Low Calorie Cheddar Biscuits

Snack- pita chips and hummus


Breakfast- Omlets


Dinner- Turkey and gluten free dressing

Dessert- Low Calorie Pumpkin Pie


Breakfast-Pumpkin Muffins

Lunch-Left overs

Dinner-Turkey Croquettes (using leftovers!)

Snack- Peppermint Bark



Lunch-Low Calorie Crock Pot Tomato Soup


Dessert-Spiced Pumpkin Cake


Breakfast- Breakfast Out

Lunch- Fend for yourself

Dinner- Low Calorie Spinach Stuffed Chicken

Snack- fruit salad



Menu Plan November 18, 2013 – November 24, 2013


Menu- Advocare.. I am not sure that some of you are aware but I am on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. I decided I would share my menu plan.

advocare 24 day challenge


Breakfast- fiber drink, protein, complex carb, Fruit (hard boiled egg, strawberries and oatmeal)  Crockpot oatmeal with strawberries

Lunch- Protein, Complex Carb,  Tuna fish  (hummus no mayo) , Cucumbers and carrots, wheat toast

Dinner- Protein, Vegetables, Complex carb  Homemade Spaghetti sauce has everything in it over wheat pasta

Snack- almonds


Breakfast- fiber drink, protein, complex carb, fruit  Crockpot oatmeal with apples in it

Lunch- Protein, Complex Carb, Veggie  Pasta with sauce again taste better the second day

Dinner- Protein, Vegetables, Complex carb  Fish, Veggies and Polenta

Snack- avocado with lemon and cucumbers


Breakfast- fiber drink, protein, complex carb 

Lunch- Protein, Complex Carb, Fruit

Dinner- Protein, Vegetables, Complex carb

Snack- Lemon Hummus and carrots


Breakfast- Meal replacement shake

Lunch- protein, vegetables, complex carb chicken breast salsa and low fat cheese and a wrap with carrots

Dinner- Protein, Vegetable, Complex Carb Ham Potato and asparagus 

Snack-  Green Fruit smoothie 


Breakfast- Meal replacement shake

Lunch- protein, vegetables, complex carb  Salmon on toast with a salad

Dinner- Protein, Vegetable, Complex Carb Tuna with salsa with rice

Snack- almonds


Breakfast- Meal replacement shake

Lunch- protein, vegetables, complex carb

Dinner- Protein, Vegetable, Complex Carb Baked lime Talapia and yellow rice

Snack- Berry homemade ice cream (using lowfat milk and a frozen banana for the sweetner)


Breakfast- Meal replacement shake

Lunch- protein, vegetables, complex carb  Turkey bacon,  potato, broccolli and low fat cheese

Dinner- Protein, Vegetable, Complex Carb Turkey, sweet potato, and green beans 

Follow my advocare 24 day challenge

Snack- Pear and almonds

Menu Plan November 11, 2013 – November 17, 2013

Menu Plan 1111


Breakfast- Pancakes 

Lunch-Twice Baked Loaded Potatoes 

Dinner- Low Calorie Buffalo Chicken Wontons

Dessert- Leftover Birthday Cake


Breakfast- Strawberry Shake

Lunch- Sandwiches

Dinner-Slow Cooker Sausage and Potato Casserole

Snack-Ice Cream Sundaes


Breakfast- Cereal

Lunch- Spinach Salad

Dinner- Slow Cooker Chicken

Dessert-Apple Crumble Bake


Breakfast- Eggs and Toast

Lunch- Chicken and Rice Soup

Dinner- Chicken Biscuits with Gravy (using leftovers from Wednesday)



Breakfast- Yogurt and Fruit 

Lunch- Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Dinner- Pizza Stuffed Chicken

Snack- 2 Minute Microwave Fudge


Breakfast- Eating Out!

Lunch-Fajita Nachos

Dinner- Shrimp Tarragon with Tomatoes

Snack- Cheese and Crackers


Breakfast-French Toast Bake 

Lunch- Eating Out

Dinner-Slow Cooker Lasagna

Snack- Apple Pie with Cookie Butter

Menu Plan November 4, 2013 – November 10, 2013



Breakfast-Pumpkin Bread

Lunch-Chicken Salad

Dinner- Fast Food (dance night!)



Breakfast-Peach Pancakes

Lunch- Protein Shake

Dinner-Squash Soup

Snack-Jello Covered Pineapples



Lunch-Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Dinner-Grilled Chicken with Herb Roasted Potatoes

Dessert-Fruit Salad


Breakfast-Protein Shakes

Lunch-Turkey Subs

Dinner-Low Calorie Stuffed Chicken Parmesan 

Snack-Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke dip


Breakfast-Crockpot Oatmeal

Lunch-Frozen Meals

Dinner-Grilled Pesto Chicken Kebabs

Dessert-Homemade Berry Icecream


Breakfast-Breakfast casserole

Lunch-Out to eat

Dinner-Slow cooker spicy Mexican minestrone soup

Snack- Low Calorie Cheddar Biscuits


Breakfast-Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Lunch- On your own!

Dinner-Low Calorie Spaghetti and Meatballs

Dessert-Hot chocolate


Menu Plan October 28, 2013 – November 3, 2013

menu plan

Breakfast- Cereal and toast
Lunch- Chicken Strawberry wraps  >>> Pin It
Dinner- Breakfast for dinner Oven Baked French Toast
Snack- carrots and cucumbers with ranch

Breakfast- pumpkin easy bread >>> Pin It
Lunch- tuna sandwich
Dinner- chili
Snack- smoothie rootie tuttie fresh fruit smoothie >>> Pin It

Breakfast- Monkey bread this amazing  >>>Pin It
Lunch-  Homemade Chicken Soup >>> Pin It
Dinner- Mac and Cheese home made >>> Pin It
Snack- Pumpkin Fluff 

Breakfast- trader joes scones they are yummy
Lunch-Mac and cheese left overs with a salad
Dinner- Mini hot dogs “mummy dogs” >>> Pin It
Snack- Chocolate Mousse  >>> Pin It

Breakfast- Haunt Chocolate  White hot chocolate >>> Pin It  and bagels and cream cheese
Lunch- Apples and brie on a roll
Dinner- Zombie brains or Mac and Cheese >>> Pin it

Breakfast- what ever my husband makes usually eggs and bacon.. I know yes, my husband cooks me breakfast.
Lunch- anything we can grab after soccer
Dinner- Crockpot crab soup  >>> Pin It
Snack- grapes and crackers and cheese

Breakfast- pancakes sandwich >>> Pin It
Lunch- Yogurt and fresh fruit
Dinner- Chicken Kabob  >>> Pin It
Dessert-Carmel Apple cake  >>>> Pin It

Menu Plan October 21, 2013 – October 27, 2013



Breakfast – Mini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Lunch- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Dinner- Angel Hair Pasta with Spaghetti Sauce 

Snack- Popcorn


Breakfast – Cereal

Lunch- Lunch out with friends

Dinner-Spaghetti Pizza Bake

Snack- Veggie and Dips


Breakfast – Yogurt and Fruit

Lunch-  Sandwiches (Check out these 25 Great Sandwich Ideas)

Dinner- Eating Out

Snack-Caramel Apple Milky Way Cake


Breakfast – Toast and Banana

Lunch- Grilled Chicken Salad

Dinner- Baked Salmon

Snack- Caramel Apples


Breakfast – Yogurt Parfait

Lunch- Macaroni and Cheese with Hot Dogs

Dinner- Minnesota Casserole

Snack- Hummus and Pita Chips


Breakfast – Oatmeal and Fruit

Lunch- Seven Can Pantry Soup 

Dinner-  Corned Beef

Snack- Ice Cream


Breakfast – French Toast 

Lunch- Lettuce Boats

Dinner- BBQ Beer Chicken

Snack-  Cheese and Crackers

Menu Plan October 14th – October 20th



Breakfast- Toaster Strudel

Lunch- Protein Shake

Dinner- Fast Food

Dessert-Low Calorie Peanut Butter Pie


Breakfast- Cereal

Lunch- Salad

Dinner- Low Calorie Chicken Nachos

Snack- Ants on a Log


Breakfast-Cinnamon Latte

Lunch-Low Calorie Zesty Tuna Melt

Dinner- Jaiden’s pick!

Snack-Low Calorie Cheesy Bacon Dip


Breakfast-Bagels and cream cheese

Lunch-Chicken Wrap

Dinner- Low Calorie Spinach Stuffed Chicken

Dessert- Cakepops


Breakfast-Fruit Smoothie

Lunch-Halloween Mummy Dogs

Dinner- Ham with Low Calorie Scalloped Potatoes

Dessert- Fruit salad


Breakfast-Turkey Bacon and eggs

Lunch- Taco bar

Dinner-Low Calorie Meatballs

Snack- Peanut butter crackers


Breakfast- Ihop

Lunch- “worm” sandwich

Dinner- Leftovers

Dessert- Pumpkin Icecream




menu planMenu Plan October 7th – October 13th


Breakfast- Lemon poppy seed waffles

Lunch- Harvest Salad

Dinner – I will unfreeze my Gravy… Spaghetti sauce

Dessert- Pumpkin ice cream


Breakfast- Smoothie with my blendtec

Lunch- mini pizzas on muffins and using my Spaghetti sauce

Snack- veggies and dip

Dinner-Low Calorie Chicken Enchiladas with a harvest salad


Breakfast- Lemon Poppy seed waffles with blueberries   ( I will make double on Monday and reheat)

Lunch-  yogurt and granola

Dinner- Pizza it is soccer night and I give into $12 for two pizzas

Dessert- Monkey bread


Breakfast-Mini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Lunch- Egg muffins

Dinner- Chicken with Zucchini soup

Snack-Hummus and pita chips


Breakfast-Fruit Salad and yogurt

Lunch- quiche bacon, ham, swiss

Dinner- Calzones

Snack- low cal smores 


Breakfast-Pumpkin Bread


Breakfast- whatever my husband cooks

Lunch- grill cheese and salad

Dinner-Grilled Pesto Chicken and Pepper Kebabs

Menu Plan September 30th – October 6th



Breakfast-Bacon and Eggs

Lunch-Low Calorie Chicken Nachos

Dinner- Ham and potatoes

Dessert- Low Calorie Funfetti Cookies


Breakfast- Smoothie!

Lunch- Frozen Meal

Snack- veggies and dip

Dinner-Low Calorie Chicken Enchiladas



Lunch-Lettuce Wraps

Dinner- Leftovers

Dessert- Fruit Pizza


Breakfast-Mini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Lunch-Protein Shake

Dinner-Pizza Balls

Snack-Hummus and pita chips


Breakfast-Fruit Salad

Lunch-Strawberry Walnut Salad

Dinner-Low Calorie Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup

Snack-Jaiden’s choice. (My little one)


Breakfast-Homemade Donuts

Lunch- Sandwiches in the car!

Dinner-Dinner out

Snack-Pumpkin Bread


Breakfast- Out to eat on the way home

Lunch- Lunchabales in the car!

Dinner-Grilled Pesto Chicken and Pepper Kebabs


Menu Plan September 23rd – September 29th

Menu Plan 2


Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs and French Toast — use Gluten Free Bread

Lunch- Grilled Chicken Salad

Dinner-Low Calorie Taco Layer Dip – serve with Rudi’s Gluten Free Tortillas

Snack- Veggies and Dip


Breakfast – Crockpot Oatmeal

Lunch- Tuna Salad on Lettuce Wraps

Dinner-Baked Salmon

Snack- Fruit Salad


Breakfast – Yogurt and Fruit

Lunch-  Strawberry Walnut Salad

Dinner-Crab Parmesan Alfredo – Substitute Gluten Free Pasta 

Snack-Cheesy Banana Peppers


Breakfast –Scrambled Eggs with Ham

Lunch- Leftovers from Dinner Wednesday Night

Dinner-Low Calorie Salmon Patties — Use oats ground in your blender instead of crackers.

Snack- Pumpkin Fluff – Serve with Gluten Free Cookies


Breakfast -Rice Chex and Almond Milk

Lunch-Acai Chicken Wrap — use Rudi’s Gluten Free Wraps

Dinner-Spicy Mexican Minestrone Soup

Snack- Hershey’s Mice


Breakfast –Muffinless Egg Sandwich

Lunch-Crock Pot Tomato Soup

Dinner-  Go out to Dinner

Snack- Air Popped Popcorn with Cheese


Breakfast – White Rabbit Salad Recipe

Lunch- Go out to lunch.

Dinner-Pork Garlic Butter Stir Fry – Substitute Gluten Free Pasta or Rice

Snack- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip 

Menu Plan September 16th – September 22nd

weekly menu plan


Breakfast: Egg Recipes for Kids    Egg Muffins

Lunch- Greek Yogurt with Fresh fruit

Snack- popcorn with sprinkle cheese or cheese and crackers kids choice

Dinner- Baked Ham


Breakfast: Easy Recipes for Kids Pumpkin Bread

Lunch- Harvest Salad

Snack-  Kids Easy Recipes: Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Dinner- Slow cooker Lasagna


Breakfast: Toast, Fruit, and Bacon

Lunch- I grab a chicken taco

Snack- Easy Recipes for Kids Pumpkin Bread with vanilla yogurt

Dinner- Pizza it is soccer night and at buy one get one free for $12. I am not bothering to try to add cooking into Wednesday


Breakfast: Crockpot Oatmeal

Lunch- Ham Sandwich topped with leftover harvest salad

Snack- Vegan Kid recipe : Lemon Hummus

Dinner- Baked Maple Bourbon Salmon  because after seeing this recipe on my site well I just have to try it yummy with mash potatoes and asparagus


Breakfast: Bagels, turkey bacon, and fruit

Lunch-  Spaghetti

Snack-Fun Easy Recipes For Kids: Monkey Food

Dinner- Kids Appetizer Recipes: Mini Taco Bowls   and I will just make taco salad for my husband and myself



Breakfast: muffins and fruit

Lunch- Quick Pizza with veggies and Lemon Hummus

Snack- chips and whatever the kids receive after they play soccer

Dinner- Family Dinner out using a coupon



Breakfast: Pancakes

Lunch- Tuna sandwiches and veggies

Snack- chips with cheddar cheese and mango salsa

Dinner- Crockpot chicken this stuff is amazing…


Desserts…. Peach Crumble Bars , Ice Cream, fresh fruit, and easy cake recipes with strawberry shortcake with stevia, and Kids Easy Recipes yogurt with fruit kabobs

Menu Plan September 9th – September 15th

NOTE: Anything underlined you can click on to see the recipes….



Breakfast: Rooty Tooty Fresh and fruity Green Smoothie 

Lunch- Lean Cuisine Frozen Meals

Snack- Apple

Dinner- Low Calorie Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup


Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza 

Lunch- Sandwiches

Snack- Lemon Hummus and pita chips

Dinner- Left overs from Monday


Breakfast- Cereal

Lunch- Low Calorie Pigs in a Blanket

Snack-Gluten Free Peanut butter cookies

Dinner- Turkey Tacos


Breakfast-Protein Shakes

Lunch- Shrimp Cocktail

Snack- Peach Mango Pops

Dinner-Low Calorie Salmon Patties


Breakfast- Lemon Poppyseed Waffles

Lunch-Lean Cuisine frozen meals

Snack- Homemade Peach Leather

Dinner- Dinner out (We eat out once a week)


Breakfast- Eggs, Bacon, and toast

Lunch- Turkey Roll ups

Snack- Low calorie Buffalo Chicken Dip



Breakfast- Pancakes

Lunch-  Salads

Snack- Pumpkin Fluff

Dinner-Turkey Burgers


 Menu Plan September 2nd – September 8th

NOTE: Anything underlined you can click on to see the recipes….

Menu Plan


Breakfast- Toast and Low Fat Yogurt

Lunch- Sandwiches

Dinner- Perfect Party Sliders

Snack- Vegetables and Hummus


Breakfast- Crockpot Oatmeal (This is a great way to be one step ahead of the day after a long holiday weekend.)

Lunch- Sandwiches

Dinner- Mexican Pork Roast

Snack- Chips and Salsa


Breakfast- Cereal

Lunch-Eating Lunch out

Dinner- Cream Cheese Chicken Pasta

Snack- Popsicles


Breakfast- Green Eggs and Ham with Toast

Lunch- Leftovers from dinner on Wednesday

Dinner-Sausage Rice Pilaf and Caesar Salad

Snack-Sweet Potato Custard


Breakfast- Cereal

Lunch- Grilled Cheese

Dinner- Beer BBQ Chicken

Snack- Dunkaroo Dip with Animal Crackers


Breakfast- French Toast Bake

Lunch- Chicken Nuggets and Macaroni and Cheese

Dinner-Pineapple Chicken Soft Tacos

Snack- Popcorn


Breakfast- Eating out for Brunch

Lunch- Sandwiches

Dinner- Super Cheesy Rotini

Snack- Homemade Vanilla Cake

Menu Plan August 26th – September 1st

NOTE: Anything underlined you can click on to see the recipes….

Menu Plan 12Monday

Breakfast- Pop Tarts and Bananas

Lunch- Ham and Cheese Sushi Rolls

Dinner- Grilled Hotdogs and Chips

Snack-Tortilla Chips and Salsa


Breakfast- Cereal

Lunch- Sandwiches

Dinner-Rotisserie Chicken (from Sam’s Club) with Rice (I use my rice cooker and some Chicken Bouillon to the water)

Snack-Strawberry Shortcake


Breakfast-Strawberry Parfait

Lunch- Pizza Balls

Dinner-Easy Mexican Lasagna (using leftovers from last night)

Snack- Hummus and Crackers



Lunch- Peanut Butter and Banana Sushi

Dinner-Going out for dinner.

Snack- Dessert with dinner.


Breakfast-Scrambled Eggs and Toast

Lunch- Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Dinner-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Marsala and Polenta

Snack-Blueberry Shortcakes (so easy my daughter will assemble these for everyone)


Breakfast- Cereal


Dinner-Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese with Cornbread

Snack- Air Popped Pop Corn with Seasoning


Breakfast-Sugar Free Banana Bread (I will make it Saturday Night)

Lunch- Eating out

Dinner-Parmesan Crusted Fish with Bowtie Pasta

Snack- Sugar Free Popsicles

Menu Plan August 19th-25th  

NOTE: Anything underlined you can click on to see the recipes….

menu plan


Breakfast- waffles

Lunch- hot lunch school, Salad for me

Dinner- Chicken wild rice soup

Snack- Cream cheese pita spread  This is SOOOOOO Yummy



Breakfast- Cereal

Lunch- Hot lunch school, Tuna Sandwich

Dinner- Crockpot chicken Pitas

Snack- Cheesy Banana Peppers



Breakfast- Crockpot oatmeal

Lunch Hot lunch, Mascarpone and Peach Sandwich   – THIS IS MY FAVORITE!!!!

Dinner- Chili so easy the kids can make it  (I will add the recipe since we are making it tonight)

Snack- Air popcorn with sprinkle cheese



Breakfast- Cereal

Lunch- hot lunch, Strawberry Walnut Salad

Dinner Slow cooker chicken Dumplings

Snack- Lettuce Boats 



Breakfast- Blueberry Muffins. I will make these Thursday night.

Lunch hot lunch, slow cooker chicken dumpling leftover

Dinner- Steak on the grill and green beans, baked potatoes

Snack- These are so good Fried Low cal pickles



Breakfast- Peachy Pancakes

Lunch- BLTS

Dinner-  Steak on the grill and green beans, baked potatoes

Snack- cheese, grapes,  and crackers



Breakfast- fruit salad and bagels

Lunch- Sandwiches

Dinner- Going out for dinner

Snack- Strawberry shake

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  1. Kathleen says

    This is seriously AWESOME! Do you actually stick to the plan verbatim? I wish I was this organized. I really should just follow your lead because I HATE deciding what’s for dinner every night!

  2. Candy Stearns says

    I added the bacon cheese sandwiches to my recipies because I have never tried them like that before and they look good!

  3. says

    You have so many great menu ideas! I really need help with quick, easy and fun for kids. I have a seven yr old and a five month old so it’s very hard to cook dinner…

  4. says

    Holy WOW! You are 10 steps ahead of me when it comes to planning and actually executing meals. Okay, probably more like a THOUSAND steps ahead. This is truly awesome 🙂

  5. Mahdi M says

    Holy moly you are organized! I feel accomplished if I manage to throw together dinner at all! I love your ideas, and in the end it saves time. Way to be prepared!

  6. Mippy/Sabrina says

    Wow! I love that you give a menu AND the recipes. Thank you to one of your readers that is not this organized..not even 🙂

  7. laurie nykaza says

    I love all the recipes especially the Blueberry Muffins my kids love them in the morning! I will have to give some of them a try.

  8. Dorothy Teel says

    I enjoy your weekly menu page as it gives me some ideas for meals, I don’t do a menu, since it is just me and my hubby, but Iike yours with the recipes helps also. Thank you for caring and taking the time.

  9. says

    I especially like your Saturday,October 6th dinner menu. Homemade donuts are fun to make and delightful to eat. Dinner out sounds perfect! Pumpkin bread is a family favorite and gives a fall feeling right away from just looking at it.

  10. Holly Uhler says

    This is awesome! I personally do not have the patience to do it and I certainly wouldn’t stick to it but Kudos to you for having such discipline

  11. Annette H says

    Nice! I have trouble planning one meal ahead, much less everything for a whole week. I am guessing you are Italian by the way you call spaghetti sauce gravy : )

  12. Renee Stough says

    Why do you feed your kids low calorie crap? Kids need calories, they play hard, especially if they are in sports..Some of this stuff you are feeding your family is just gross.. YOUR the one on a diet or whatever, and have issues with your weight, why make it your families issue? Sheesh let them eat real food, what kid eats and actually likes lemon poppy muffins, then MORE lemon poppy whatever? YUCK!

  13. Natosha Zachary says

    Thanks for sharing your menu planning. It sure helps to have it all planned out. I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes.

  14. says

    wow- you are one organized lady! Thanks for sharing this, it really helped me to think of ideas for my family.
    As for the person that commented that you are feeding your family ‘gross’ low calorie crap- You are making the right decision feeding your kids the right amount of calories. They don’t need low cal but they also don’t need the huge amounts of calories that is around them in every day American life…. and my kid loves poppy muffins… so 😛

  15. amanda whitley says

    i love your menu board. i got a victorias chart company menu planner so i use that but your way is much cuter. i think the whole point of being organized is the main focus and it absolutely is true. i try to plan out everything ahead of time and it saves me time in the long run.

  16. amanda whitley says

    you are awesome for being so well planned out down to the snack and the majority of it is all homade.. i need to start getting my menu as detailed as you.

  17. Mallory McNeely says

    I have tried so many times to meal plan and I’m terrible about sticking to it. This gave me some great ideas (and new dishes to try!)

  18. john hutchens says

    wonderful menu ideas. it has inspired me to make my own, it really helps making a meal faster and having everything on hand

  19. Erika Messer says

    I must say – you had me at the sign that says “Pretzel Chicken” LOL! But seriously, most of these recipes look AWESOME and I will be trying some of them. My daughter is very picky and probably won’t eat most of them but I will 😀 I normally end up cooking 2 meals each night because she eats mostly cheeseburger macaroni and chicken fingers and I can’t eat those anymore because I have just had them too much! So I cook myself something very easy and cheap. I want to try that sausage and potato crock pot recipe though that sounds great! YUMMMMMMERS! Thanks for the awesome menu plans 🙂

  20. says

    Well thought out, diverse, and complete. What strikes me is this is not a handful of things repeating themselves. I am bookmarking this page for future reference.

    Thank you.

  21. Paula Weintraut says

    What a great bunch of recipies and meals , you are trully gifted. Now if I can get everyone to eat Squash and spinich like I do!

  22. Lisa L. says

    Potluck everynight at my home. I like to invent things. No names for them but usually a hit or miss. Sometimes I should write down the recipe though because it might be hard to recreate it again in case it turned out awesome.

  23. says

    Love these ideas!!! I have the hardest time with putting together meal ideas for my family!! I am always trying to come up with a new recipe because I get so tired of the same thing every week!! Thanks so much for this blog, you have helped me more than you know.

  24. Amanda Roby says

    With two under two in the home, my days are not predictable enough to menu plan per day. So I create a week of menus with only one or two time or labor intensive meals. The rest are either made ahead on a good day or thrown in the crock pot before hand. This helps me out so much. My infant is really clingy and hates to be parted from me and the toddler is into everything, like a toddler should be! Being flexible allows me to focus on my kids better than a specific menu would. That’s just what works for me. I still love having my meals for the week planned out, though!

  25. suzanne says

    this is amazing! maybe i should try this some time so everyone knows what it is and if they dont like it they make there stuff before hand!

  26. Terry K says

    When all of my kids were at home, I used to menu plan 5 days a week and leave the weekends free. Planning ahead of time really cut down on the stess of what to make as well as cut down on the grocery bill as I knew what I needed to purchase to make the menus. I did not deviate from the list as long as I shopped alone (without the kids). It was a life saver.

  27. chelle lynn says

    The stuffed chicken breasts sounds wonderful..and the meal plan idea is great I really need to figure one out for myself

  28. Brandy says

    I have to be on a very strict diet due to food allergies, which eliminates a lot of dairy and all gluten from my diet, but most of your recipes allow me to substitute with either gluten free products or eliminating the dairy from the recipe.

  29. Carol L says

    I love the menu plan. I used a menu plan when my 7 were all still home before they married and had their own families. Not only did it save me money it allowed the kids to see what we were having. 🙂 I think it’s time I got back to menu planning since my youngest is still at home. Thanks for sharing.
    Carol L

  30. Krista Grandstaff says

    I have a rough menu plan each week… but I can see where this would come in handy to be so organized…I could actually count on other people to start something before I get home from work…( yea, right! 😉

  31. Claudia M says

    great ideas! i use my crockpot a lot in the Winter. Turn it on before i leave for work and dinner is done when i get home 🙂

  32. Mary Mosier says

    wonderful ideas. I love to crock pot cook, love to get it all together, throw it in the pot and dinner when we get home. I love your organization skills. I’m the only one in my family with organization, so I’ll make more effort to plan ahead 😀

  33. cynthia says

    Looks good.. thanks for taking the time to put these ideas together for us! This is an area of my life that I really, really need to improve on.

  34. says

    Some great menu ideas & recipes! It definitely makes shopping a lot easier when you have a plan. Have you thought about including calories, fiber, protein, etc to make sure that your plan is balanced?

  35. Brandi Brennan says

    I am normally a very organized person – until it comes to meals. I only have to think about meals for myself and my husband, so I usually don’t put much thought into them, even though I like to cook and love to see my husband enjoying my meals. Meal planning has always seemed daunting because I’m always afraid that I’m going to fail because I have overlooked or forgotten something (despite my best-laid plans). So, we usually just wind up doing “on your own” nights – where we each just make whatever we want for dinner. But, I now have hope! With your tips and especially with your detailed specific meals laid out, I think this is do-able. It seems like I don’t need to worry about missing something anymore and now my husband and I will be able to eat better and healthier.

  36. Lisa Felger says

    Wow! You ARE organized! And here I was proud of my organization…lol. I have a large notebook that seems to go everywhere with me. In it I keep all the meals that I cook in a master list, and then on each page I plan out what I’m going to make for two weeks and what I need to make them. All I plan for are dinners. Breakfast is normally cereal, I pack the kid’s lunches and sometimes I’ll cook breakfast and lunch on the weekends but it’s normally a sandwich and soup or leftovers. My husband it paid bi-weekly so I shop for two weeks at a time. I always run out of something, like bread or milk and have to make a trip or two during that second week but it works out really well. If I made daily trips…..whoa, that gets really expensive for our family of 7!

  37. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says

    All the menus sound great. Menu planning is a fantastic idea for families. But it is just my hubby and me. We are both disabled living on a limited income with monthly medical expenses that take half our income.
    Some months are worse than others that towards the end of the month we are eating Ramen Noodles abd Peanut Butter Sandwiches.
    Meal menus are great if you can afford the food.

  38. VictoriaM says

    Pumpkin Fluff looks tasty but the best hint was to look at what you already have before I go shopping. I often forget to do that and end up with 8 cans of beans or 4 cans of crushed tomatoes.

  39. Seth says

    Making a menu plan is the way to go. So many weeks go by where I don’t prepare meals ahead of time and it’s frustrating.

  40. Jordan Smith says

    I am looking up recipes for the Buffalo Chicken Wontons now 🙂 I think having a menu for the week is essential if you are trying to stay on a good eating plan, or even for financial reasons. Thinking ahead helps save money rather than running out to “Grab a quick dinner” because you were unprepared. I love the organization!

  41. Lani says

    Thank you for all the great menus posted. I will definitely be using this as my guide to getting meals organized 🙂 !!!

  42. says

    I use to plan menus carefully (not perfectly) when the family was all at home. I have always used my coupons against the grocery flyers to plan food shopping. After so many years of planned cooking, I now most often like to wing-it. This allows me to cook foods that I really want. Your highly organized food preparation methods are amazing.

  43. Laura Harper says

    Sounds like menu planning is a lot of work, but has a great payoff in the end.
    I use coupons, not as good as I’d like, but every penny helps, but organizing
    this much might be hard for me with little down time to prepare such a plan.

  44. Katt Lewis says

    My life is not so busy that I need to plan meals. I usually eat simple through the week, and ribs or steak on the weekend. I did stop buying frozen meals, I have to make everything now. I am wishing for a bigger crockpot since my brother visits more often.

  45. Amber Morgan says

    I have been making menu plans for about a year now. We plan our meals our every two weeks. I then go through what I have and what I need to buy. I also plan the meals around what is on sale and in season. We went from spending 600 a month on food to about 350 a month. That is for a family of 3. We have cut back so much on what we waste and not buying so many extras is great too. Not to mention is helps with the often question “what’s for dinner tonight?”

  46. Adam Morgan says

    Planning ahead you can really save a lot of money. And get double duty of of ingredients which cuts costs even more.

  47. Christina says

    I love the techniques you use for planning and shopping. Yours are very similar to mine. I find that I definitely save money and no one goes hungry due to poor planning when I stay on task and plan and shop accordingly.

  48. Barb H says

    Our family is on a very tight budget and we prefer to eat high quality, organic, nutrient dense foods so a meal plan is essential. I know I get some funny looks with my printed spreadsheet food shopping list but hey, it works for us!

  49. Cynthia Cover says

    That is really amazing that you are so organized and determined to provide healthy meals for your family. I have very pick eaters and wind up making 3 different meals or so each night.

  50. Norma says

    Wow! We do a little menu planning, mainly figuring out how to stretch meat into multiple meal. For example we have grilled chicken one night and know we’ll have an extra breast which we slice up the next day over salad for lunch. A pound of hamburger makes burgers one night and leaves a handful of meat to flavor spaghetti sauce the next day.

  51. Amber says

    This is really neat and very detailed. Thanks for the thoughtful post and your great photo collages! I’m going to use this to start planning my family meals next week 🙂

  52. Tonya Yingling says

    This is a great idea. With 6 kids I should really start planning menus instead of trying to figure it out each day.

  53. Alana Vester says

    There are some great recipes on here! I will be bookmarking this page so I can come back and use some. It’s very helpful when we have a menu planned so everyone knows what to expect.

  54. Charity Johnson says

    My hubby has done a protein diet a few times-if he were home to actually eat all this I know it would be great for him! The few times that I really did stick to a meal plan it was a huge help…

  55. Sylvia Zajis says

    Usually I don’t make a menu because I don’t ever know if we will have a “leftover night” that week or a “fend for yourself” night if I am not feeling well (I have a chronic illness that makes me very sick). However, I am interested in getting more familiar with couponing, this may be a great habit to get into.

  56. Ayana Pendergrass says

    Wow so organized! I used to be like this but college has taken up all my time that I barely have enough time to complete assignments

  57. Yvette Travers says

    This site has great recipes. I already use pinterest to find different recipes and I have a chalkboard in my kitchen to see whats for dinner everyday. It reminds me to take out certain meats to thaw out each day for dinner

  58. says

    You are so organized. I get my plans thrown out the window so quickly by the families changing plans I can’t do anything like this. I have planned on doing breakfast for dinner since Monday. Finally doing tonight.

  59. Doorsie Morrison says

    That’s a GREAT variety!! You work in fun foods, splurges, snacks, healthy.. great balances.. veggies… proteins…
    Thank you for posting links & recipes & even more ideas!! Alot of work went into this, thank you!

  60. Maria Iemma says

    I wish I was as organized, I should follow your lead and make a menu at least once a week so I do not have to scramble every night figuring out what I am going to feed my crew. I appreciate your ideas/suggestions

  61. becca riley says

    I love your menus! I’m going to incorporate some of your ideas into my own family’s menu! Thanks for some great ideas!!!

  62. Donna P. says

    We tried doing the menu planning but failed to stick to it before but this looks interesting I think we will try again.

  63. Anita L says

    I have never done a menu plan, but I do believe it would be a great idea, especially if funds were available. I have learned to live on a very tight budget, so being organized, using coupons and searching for the best deal in town is something that I do on a regular basis. It’s amazing how much you can save this way!!

  64. Julia Cosgrove says

    I love your planning. I wish this was something I was able to do. I do everything except the actual meal planning as I cook daily based on how I or my family is feeling that day.

  65. Adrienne Sydnor says

    that is very well organized. I somewhat plan….dinner anyway. On Wednesday’s, we have breakfast for dinner. On Friday’s, we have Nacho night. Sunday dinner is chicken. The rest of the week is whatever I feel like cooking. With it being cold, we will be eating a lot of soups and stews.

  66. Tracy Cohee says

    I love the ideas here and because funds are tight we always plan meals weekly and budget. But once a week on Sunday mornings my husband always makes a big breakfast. He changes it up every time time because he’s a baconholic there is ALWAYS that lol. On holidays this is expanded on to include just about any breakfast item under the sun and either the kids come early to eat with us or they stay over the night before to wake up to it. Its just another tradition in our house.

  67. Kevin W P says

    I don’t believe in menu plans,… since I am at the grocery store three times/day, I grab the discounted items and just wing it.

    That said, hats off to you for the extensive menus that you posted!

    Either I suck at cooking, or you have too much passion (and time) to make all these varieties of food.

  68. Sarah Elyce says

    Menu planning is something I really want to get into- to be more organized and save money. I have the couponing down, now I just need to organize a bit more to maximize the benefits.

  69. Robyn says

    looks like an awesome menu, I am impressed that you planned out breakfast and lunch too! I don’t know if I could stick to that since we normally eat whatever sounds good at the time, but it would be nice if I could be that organized!

  70. Lisa Konieczke says

    I can only wish to be that organized. You do have a nice way of doing things. I would be lucky to have the time to come up with a menu, let alone try to cook a couple meals ahead of time. And then the kids would not want to eat it because it was cooked yesterday. I’ve heard that before, lol. I like your plan… I just dont think its possible for my Family lifestyle.

  71. Karen says

    This is something that I need to work on. My husband is so good at throwing together meal plans. He’s good at mentally counting what is in the freezer and fridge and then figuring out what to buy at the farmer’s market. I’m learning too, slowly but surely. I’m the one who checks the flyers and collects coupons. Then I throw my knowledge in with my husband’s knowledge, and we usually come up with a decent meal plan together!

  72. Faye Mc says

    Wow! quite a menu plan! I will be reviewing it carefully and use some of your ideas and recipes; I can always use some inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

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