Here is my free weekly meal planner for the week of October 5, 2015.
It shocked me that I haven’t posted a meal plan since the beginning of the year, but I’m fully committed now.
That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been meal planning, but sometimes it’s all I can to get meals on my family’s table, let alone get them posted here.
But when our good friends moved here to Nashville a few weeks ago with a similar family situation (her husband is often on the road as well), we decided to combine our mutual desire yet lack of time to cook healthy meals for our family.
So last week, we spent a great deal of time coming up with our meal plan for the week and tomorrow we’ll be batch cooking 2 meals, along with some condiments and dressing to start building up our families’ meal stockpile.
The key we’re learning is not to introduce too many new things, but rather make sure we know exactly what we’re cooking/eating each day and begin to have more home-prepared food (such as soup & taco meat) readily available for whatever may come our way during the week so we’re not having to run out to fast food at the last minute.
The other thing we’re trying is that instead of cooking everything together on one day, we’ll also be making a double batch of one meal so that our family can eat off it one night and then we can share the rest with the other family for later that week (I’ve noted it below with “DB).
If you also want some help on breakfast & lunch, check out my meal plan archives for help in that category or these Make Ahead AND Freezer Friendly breakfasts & snacks from the $5 Dinner Mom.
You also may remember that I shared about our Soup Food Swap on Talk of the Town not long ago in case you’re wanting to try something similar with your friends.
As always, I hope you take what’s helpful for you and just leave what’s not. Here you go:
Free Weekly Meal Planner: October 5, 2015
Monday: Breakfast for Dinner
Tuesday: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili (DB) (a variation on this Whole Foods recipe)
Thursday: Beef Stew (What we’re receiving from our friend’s)
Friday: Pizza & Salad
Saturday: BBQ ribs (it’s my first time making these from this Southern living recipe!)
Sunday: Eat out after church
If you’re wanting to go for the gusto, try my friend Erin’s “20 Freezer to Slow Cooker Meals in Under 2 Hours” plan!
And if you’re trying to reset your budget, click the banner below to see my 30 meals for under $30.