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 taco soup, chicken noodle casserole, pot roast, southwest egg rolls, and Thai chicken lettuce wraps.
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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!
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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:
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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: Southwest Egg Rolls $11.68
Tuesday: Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps $11.20
Wednesday: Taco Soup $12.08
Thursday: Chicken Noodle Casserole $15.98
Friday: Pot Roast $29.81
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Lookiing forward to seeing your Chicken and Dump;ing recipe.
We went shopping with this list last night, and I was thinking about making the eggrolls tonight, but bell peppers weren’t on the shopping list. 🙁 Other than that, I can’t wait to try everything.
Hi Susan! I’m so sorry that item was left off the shopping list. Thank you for letting me know. I hope it wasn’t too much of an inconvenience for you. I’ve updated the post and shopping list now. Hope you love the eggrolls!
It was all delicious!
I was surprised at how rich the pot roast “gravy” was. I think next time I’ll just use one can of condensed soup and add a can of water. Tasty, but definitely rich!
Thanks for posting this meal plan. We enjoyed it all. 🙂 The kids’ favorites were the lettuce cups, taco soup (my oldest couldn’t get enough of this) and the egg rolls.
Thanks for sharing Amy, I’m so happy you liked all of the meals!
Thanks this is exactly what I needed ?
It looks so wonderful. I am very excited to use this recipe for my next family get together.
I can’t wait to cook