\Using a weekly meal plan is the best way to cook healthier for your family, and save money, and time! This week’s menu includes our popular roasted tomato soup, meatloaf, baked tacos, black bean quesadillas, and Tuscan chicken pasta.
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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.
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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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Monday: Tuscan Chicken Pasta $12.88
Tuesday: Roasted Tomato Soup $18.73
Wednesday: Meatloaf $14.99
Thursday: Baked Tacos $16.26
Friday: Black Bean Quesadilla $6.98
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how many plum tomato’s are 3 pounds. also are plum and roma the same
Looking forward to your meal plans. Thank You!
do you have any meal plans for a single? I always find it easier to cook for 4 rather than 1
We don’t currently but will pass it on to the team as something to look into. We do have a custom meal plan option where you can build your own meal plan with any of the recipes on the site! You can find that here: https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/custom-meal-plan/#
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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!
Stacy, Thank you for fixing it!
FYI: When I click the shopping list to print it, it links to a different list from a different week.
Thanks Jake! I’ve fixed it, hope it wasn’t too much trouble for you!!
We can not access #70 recipes.
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?