Using a weekly meal plan is the best way to cook healthier for your family, save money, and time! This week’s menu includes our popular easy cajun chicken pasta, fajitas, egg salad, Hawaiian haystacks, and shrimp tacos.

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We’ve been sharing 5 day weekly meal plans for many years now and we love the feedback we get from those of you who found our meal plans and who are using them regularly.

Each meal plan has 5 dinner recipes that will serve approximately 4 adults.  We’ve tried to be thoughtful about including recipes that the whole family will love as well as varying the recipes to include a variety of different meals so that you’re not having chicken every night!

Why Meal Plan?

If you’re reading this, you probably already have your own ideas about why meal planning is a good idea for your family, but here’s what we think:

1. Save Money:

We’ve included the estimated cost per recipe and cost for the entire meal plan, making it even easier to budget and see exactly how much you’re saving when you cook from scratch and use a meal plan!  You’ll also save money by dining out less often, avoiding impulse purchases, and wasting less food!

*note that recipe costs are an estimate based on ingredient prices at my local grocer.  They will likely vary depending on where you live.

2. Eat Healthier:

Cooking from scratch is a great way to manage your health goals.  Both take-out and pre-made meals from your local grocer are going to have more fat, sugar, and sodium than the same foods cooked at home.

3. Save time:

The hardest part of meal planning is finding the ideas and creating a shopping list, and we’ve done that for you!  Our Shopping lists include categories like “pantry staples”, and “spices,” and hopefully those are items you already have on hand so you can cross them off of the list. Then you can use the categories to help you find what you need quickly and easily.

Don’t forget to search for appetizers, sides, or dessert recipes to add to your list.  Often a post will offer suggestions for sides that might accompany the recipe, and if you would like to swap any meals for a different meal, visit our main dish recipes or search our recipe index.

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**NOTE: You’ll notice the shopping list includes categories like “pantry staples”, and “spices”. Hopefully, those are items you already have on hand, and you can cross them off of the list.

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Monday: Fajitas $8.53

Tuesday: Easy Cajun Chicken Pasta $8.18

Wednesday: Classic Egg Salad Sandwich $2.08

Thursday: Hawaiian Haystack  $10.66

Friday: Shrimp Tacos $21.52

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Close up photo of a bowl of rice, chicken, pineapple, red bell peppers and zucchini.Day 1
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Mongolian beef on a plate with rice and chopped green onion on top.Day 3
Chicken Fajita Pasta served in a skillet with a scoop of salsa on top.Day 4
Five chicken taquitos lined on a plate with a bowl of salsa on the side.Day 5

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Lauren Allen

Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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  1. Thank you so much I’ve been using your recipes for two weeks and I didn’t think I could do it not a good cook but they’re very easy and I did cheat and substitute things that weren’t from scratch but just till I get better at this! A merry Christmas to you and thank you for my family to yours, my son is really glad because he’s getting food that taste better LOL

  2. I just miraculously found your website while doing a Google search for a recipe (that I do not even remember). I have been so sidetracked for now 2 hrs amazed at the incredible recipes you have on your site. I started printing the recipes, but I now know this will be impossible. Your recipes are so simple, everyday applied and I am so impressed with them. Of course, I signed up for your emails. I really need to share a number of these and I have pinpointed several to cook immediately! Thank you so much!

  3. Laura,

    You are absolutely amazing! I decided to make a cake from scratch with my young grandchildren and found your website and I am so happy I did. It’s as if you saved all the recipes my mom used to make but I had never written down. Most are in my ahead and I was so into my career I didn’t cook as much as I wanted to. Now that I can slow down a bit and cook with my grandchildren we’re making all these delicious recipes from your site. So far we made the yellow cake with homemade chocolate frosting, the peach cobbler and the paella! It’s exactly like my mom made it.

    You’re weekly plans have made my life so much easier too! You have everything laid out for us. You’re a gem!

    Thank you thank you thank you and many many blessing to you and your family!

  4. This is so helpful. I’ve run out of ideas for healthy meals that the whole family will enjoy. Thank you for making it easier for me to shop and to cook for my family.