Using a weekly meal plan is the best way to cook healthier for your family, save money, and time! Browse all of my free meal plans which include a grocery shopping list and tons of meal planning ideas including healthy and kid-friendly meals.

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.

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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Click the link below to print out your shopping list, and you’re ready to go!

**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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These five meals are popular with adults and kids alike and will serve about 4 people!

Monday: Tuscan Chicken Pasta $10.73

Tuesday: Roasted Tomato Soup $15.61

Wednesday: Meatloaf $12.49

Thursday: Baked Tacos $13.55

Friday: Black Bean Quesadilla $5.82

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Print Shopping List

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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. I love your meal plans! They’re easy to use and well laid out, but this weeks links to the recipes don’t seem to be working? I get an error any time I click one but I can search for the recipe individually, as well as look at other recipes from meal plans.

    1. Alexa,
      I’m sorry you’ve had trouble accessing the recipes. I took a look at the meal plan today and it seems to be working now! Let me know if you’re still having trouble.

    1. Brad, Sorry for the trouble you are having! I’ve looked at the post and everything seems to be working. Can you let me know if you’re still having issues?

  2. hi there!,
    This meal plan looks amazing, but when I click on the “PRINT SHOPPING LIST” the shopping list does not match the one pictured on this meal plan 70. The “PRINT SHOPPING LIST” button takes me to a completely different meal plan with completely different meals listed to make. Please fix this!
    Thanks!

    1. Thanks for bringing this to my attention beverly! I have fixed it. Hope it wasn’t too much trouble for you and that you love the meal plan!