Using a weekly meal plan is the best way to cook healthier for your family, save money, and time! This week’s menu includes slow cooker Chicken tikka masala, slow cooker lasagna, pad Thai, burgers, and vegetable tortellini soup.

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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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**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: Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala $16.09

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Lasagna $15.60

Wednesday: Classic Juicy Hamburger $14.72

Thursday: Pad Thai $12.64

Friday: Vegetable Tortellini Soup $7.04

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Chicken Fajita Pasta served in a skillet with a scoop of salsa on top.Day 4
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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 for your great meal plans and recipes!! My husband and kids love them and so do I!! They are simple, and delicious! Thank you a ton!

  2. Thank you for your great ideas! My daughter shared your website with me and loves your recipes … I am looking forward to trying your meal plans and instant pot recipes!

  3. Omg! I’m so glad I found your website! Five day meal plan, great recipes (yes I’ve made them 😍), and a grocery list in categories, and included is a projected cost, all for free! Thank you so much. I am a single mom working long 10 hour days and sitting down to dinner with my child having great meals together is important to me. Your website cut down so much time I lose searching for meals, creating a plan, and more. Every website I have found charges for their plans. Thank you a million times over for providing it free.