In this post, for us, a menu plan is just one more step to an organized home. Here’s what we’re planning for Meal Plan Monday/Menu Plan Monday this week!
Between homeschooling, renovating, and blogging, our days are full. Having a menu plan:
- ensures that I don’t plan a meal that needs to cook for hours on a day when we only have a little time to cook
- keeps me from losing my ever-loving mind when someone asks “what’s for dinner?” because I can just point to the meal plan
- saves me from forgetting to take something out to thaw (most of the time)
- frees up brain-space all week long because I’ve made a plan that just needs following
The weeks I make a meal plan are so much easier than the weeks I don’t.
Meal Plan Monday – A Week’s Worth of Meals with Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Options
Meal Plan Monday is sort of a thing online, where mommas like you and me share their meal plan for the week in the hopes of helping others to be motivated to plan and eat well.
This meal plan is a fun one because it uses a bunch of recipes from Home Made Lovely!
Maybe it will inspire you to create a creative menu plan of your own.
Sunday: Chocolate Protein Pancakes
Tuesday: Blueberry Granola Overnight Oatmeal
Thursday: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Friday: Basic Egg Muffins
Saturday: Gluten-Free Slow Cooker French Toast
- On Saturdays and Sundays, we have breakfast together, so the protein pancakes make a great family breakfast.
- Smoothies are great for busy days, and pumpkin spice is great any time of year.
- The slow cooker French Toast gives the teenagers the chance to sleep a little late on Saturdays. Everyone can help themselves when they get up.
Sunday: Sweet Potato Nachos
Tuesday: Vegan Vegetable Fried Rice
Wednesday: Savory Wieners and Beans
Thursday: Loaded Potato Slices
Saturday; Leftovers/Raid the Refrigerator Day
- After a big breakfast, sweet potato nachos are a perfect mid-afternoon snacky lunch; not too heavy, but enough to hold us over until dinner.
- For weekday lunches, I plan meals that are quick and easy and often use vegetarian or vegan protein sources for variety and cost-savings.
- Saturday is a great day to use up the leftovers and give the cook a break!
Tuesday: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Wednesday: Slow cooker Roast Beef Dinner
Thursday: Slow Cooker Cabbage Casserole
Saturday: Swedish Chef Meatballs, Fries
- I love simple recipes. Even a big dinner like chicken, veggies, and potatoes can be easy to prepare. For us, family time is the priority, and these recipes make it work!
Of course, there are many other options. But this should give you a bit of a feel for a meal plan for a family for a week. 🙂