The Easy Meal Plan Series- week 1

After I wrote this post about becoming a single income family I had a lot of people comment and e-mail me about how effective meal planning can be on tightening the budget, but also how time consuming it is. So, I had the idea to share my family’s weekly meal plan with you! I plan on posting our meal plan on Thursdays. This way you can do all your grocery shopping on the weekend, which I hope works well for you. I will include an ingredient list so you know exactly what you’ll need for groceries for each meal. On top of this list you will only be left to purchase what you’ll need for breakfasts and lunches. After that, you should be set!

WEEKLY TIP: Only buy in bulk if it’s something you will use up relatively quickly. I bought two huge vats of vinegar once at Costco. Seriously, why did I ever do that?! Two years later we still have vinegar. I suppose that’s a good thing, but my theory is this: food that sits in your cupboard is money that could be in your pocket. Or your bank account.

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MONDAY- Ravioli Lasagna
Groceries: two small bags (or one big) ravioli, one jar of pasta sauce, bunch of spinach, small container of cottage cheese, one egg, grated cheese to sprinkle on top.

Quick Recipe: In 9×13 inch pan spread a layer of pasta sauce. Top with a layer of ravioli. Add cottage cheese & egg mixture on top. Add another layer of ravioli. Top with remaining sauce and grated cheese of your choice. Cook 1 hour @ 350 degrees.

TUESDAY- Pork Stir Fry
Groceries: two cups of rice, cubed pork, stir fry veggies, 1/3 cup Kraft Asian sesame dressing, 1/3 cup BBQ sauce

stir fry, pork stir fry

Quick Recipe: Steam rice. Cook pork on low heat in a deep pan. Steam veggies. Add dressing and BBQ sauce to the meat. Incorporate rice and veggies into the meat and sauce. Simmer and serve!

WEDNESDAY- BBQ Chicken Avocado Quesadillas
Groceries: 4 tortilla shells, 4 chicken thighs (cooked and shredded), 1 avocado, 1 cup grated cheese, BBQ sauce to taste

bbq chicken avocado quessadila

Quick Recipe: Cook and shred chicken. Toss with BBQ sauce. Spread on to tortilla shell. Top with sliced avocado, grated cheese and another tortilla shell. Grill both sides on a hot oiled pan until brown. Cut and serve!

Groceries: 1 package ground meat, 1 onion, chili powder to taste, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 can mushrooms, 1 can kidney beans, 1 can tomatoes, 1 cup frozen corn.

chili recipe

Quick Recipe: Brown meat and onion in a skillet. In a large pot or crock pot add meat and onion, chili powder, ketchup, mushrooms, kidney beans, corn, and tomatoes. Simmer for at least two hours. Serve with buns, corn bread, or tossed salad!

FRIDAY- Leftover Chili

SATURDAY- Pizza Groceries: Ingredients for crust (flour, yeast, & salt), meat, veggies, pizza sauce, grated cheese.

pizza recipe

Quick Recipe: Make the crust the night before so pizza assembly is even easier! Layer pizza sauce, meat, veggies, and cheese on top of crust. Bake 10 minutes @ 450 degrees.

SUNDAY- Leftover Pizza

The above menu is intended for a family of four, please adjust it to your needs. In the future I intend on trying to have pictures of every meal’s ingredients. The Easy Meal Plan series will be on Thursdays, this week was an exception! I have included a quick recipe below each meal. If you need any clarification or if you have any questions, please let me know!

I hope this helps you and your family have stress free dinner time next week! Be sure to check back next Thursday for another meal plan! You can download a printable version of this plan here: menu-week-one.doc (14 downloads) .

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