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.

Collage of 5 dinner images comprising a weekly meal plan

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.

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.

If you love our recipes, please leave a 5 star comment at the bottom of the recipe and join our facebook group, “From Scratch Food Lovers.”

Oh, and joining our email list is the best way to keep up with the latest at TBFS and to receive great cooking tips and tricks!

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: Wet Burrito $9.70

TUESDAY: Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta $8.77

WEDNESDAYVeggie Pesto Pizza $14.94

THURSDAY: Light Mini BBQ Meatloaf $9.62

FRIDAY: Arroz Chaufa $5.27

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shopping list with items in catergories.

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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. Lauren,
    Please keep doing what you’re doing! I’m a full time working mom of one with another on the way and to be able to make dinner (almost) every night has been amazing. Before I would run out of ideas or end up going to the grocery store EVERY DAY. Your recipes are SO easy. I never thought I’d be able to make stir fry before! It always intimidated me. You’ve given me confidence and so much more. Your recipes are so easy to understand!

    P.s. I’d love you to publish a cookbook 😉 I print your recipes every week and currently have a pile of disheveled papers on top of my refrigerator – ha ha! But I’m not complaining. I recommend you to EVERYBODY. And it feels good being able to post awesome pictures of yummy food I make for all my friends to see.

    THANK YOU!!!

    1. Abigail, thank you so, so much for your nice comment! It really means the world to me that you’ve found recipes you like and that you’ve gained confidence in the kitchen–I’m happy I could play a small part. And I’m flattered at your interest in a cookbook. It’s something I’d love to do as well, and may be on my goals list for 2017. Thanks again for following along, for your support, spreading the word, and your sweet comment!

  2. I’m obsessed. Girl, I can cook but I CANNOT organize. I have been looking for something me this for my family. You’re amazing! Thank you!

  3. One day I said to my husband, “I do not want to think of a menu for the week. I’m OVER IT.” Since he’s a great guy and likes to eat dinner, he did some research and found your weekly meal plans. Lifesaver! We’ve used these for about 6 weeks now, and every recipe we’ve tried, we’ve liked. The variety, ease of use, grocery lists, and flavors have kept us coming back for more. Thank you!

  4. These weeks are awesome! I cannot wait to get the goodies and make this week. I start school Monday and this will be a lifesaver!

  5. All I can say is a great big thank-You….
    What you’re doing is wonderful and being free is beyond amazing!
    Thank-You! Thank-you! Thank-You !
    God Bless !
    I’m a grandma just moved in with my daughters family of 4 and we could use all the help we can get!