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 beef stroganoff, mini meatloaf, chicken Caprese, tuna noodle casserole, and crusted honey mustard chicken salad.
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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.
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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: Tuna Noodle Casserole $7.63
Tuesday: Easy Beef Stroganoff $11.58
Wednesday: Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken Salad $12.38
Thursday: Chicken Caprese $14.27
Friday: Mini Meatloaf $11.54
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Hi! Love these.
Just a quick question about the meal plans, if the first meal of five uses spinich let’s say, will any of the others use it as well? I can’t exactly buy a single cup of spinich here and would hate for some of it to go bad.
No, they don’t necessarily work that way! I’d use the extra spinach in a side salad for one of the meals.
You are a gift from God!! So glad I led to this ty for the recipies and easy to print! No pain no hassle! I’m homeschooling and a mom of 4 what a life saver! Bless you!
3 recipe s so far. And nothing but rave reviews frim the family. Can’t wait to try others
These are great! There is a variety of foods, cost efficiency and everything is in one place. I absolutely love how organized the meal plans are. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for putting this together and making it available 🙂 I’ve already made 5 different meal plans and my family loved them all.
Sending you warm wishes from Lithuania,
P.S. Do you happen to have less meaty meal plans as well? 🙂
Thanks! I do. If you search my Meal Plan archives, I have a few vegetarian meal plans here: https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/category/meal-plan