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Meal Plan Monday – A Week’s Worth of Meals with Gluten Free, Dairy Free Options

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.

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!

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. 

Breakfasts

breakfasts for meal plan monday

Sunday: Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Monday: 3 Ingredient Banana Berry Smoothie

Tuesday: Blueberry Granola Overnight Oatmeal

Wednesday: Grain-Free English Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches

Thursday: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Friday: Basic Egg Muffins

Saturday: Gluten-Free Slow Cooker French Toast

Notes:

  • 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.

Lunches

lunches for meal plan monday

Sunday: Sweet Potato Nachos

Monday: Grilled Chicken Margherita Flatbread Pizza

Tuesday: Vegan Vegetable Fried Rice

Wednesday: Savory Wieners and Beans

Thursday: Loaded Potato Slices

Friday: Asian Inspired Chili Garlic Noodles

Saturday; Leftovers/Raid the Refrigerator Day

Notes:

  • 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!

Dinners

dinners for meal plan monday

Sunday: Beer Can Chicken in the Smoker, Loaded Potatoes Au Gratin, Salad

Monday: Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry with Broccoli and Carrots

TuesdayButternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Wednesday: Slow cooker Roast Beef Dinner

Thursday: Slow Cooker Cabbage Casserole

Friday: Lasagna Roll-Ups, (or our Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Lasaga) and Salad

Saturday: Swedish Chef Meatballs, Fries

Notes:

  • 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. πŸ™‚

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!

 

How’s your meal planning game? Do you have any favorite go-to recipes?

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  1. I’m a BIG fan of meal planning and love getting new recipe options. Thank you for putting the links to the meal plan ideas. I will be checking these out, especially the slow cooker ones. πŸ˜‰ I’ve pinned this to my board as well.