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 Baked Tacos, Roasted Red Pepper Pasta, Chicken Bacon Avocado Wrap, Lasagna Stuffed Shells and Chicken Alfredo Pizza.
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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: Baked Tacos $13.55
Tuesday: Roasted Red Pepper Pasta $8.35
Wednesday: Chicken Bacon Avocado Wrap $8.67
Thursday: Lasagna Stuffed Shells $12.30
Friday: Chicken Alfredo Pizza $5.25
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I’ve printed off your weekly meal plan #14 and I’m excited to do this next week for my family. As this is #14, do you have other weekly plans already created? I looked around on your website but couldn’t find any more. Help!
Hi Kim, I currently have 45 pre-set meal plans available, you can find them here: https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/category/meal-plan/
This is so helpful – thank you. I hope you don’t mind if I link to this from my blog about meal plans and shopping lists. I know my readers would love more examples! I got hungry just looking at the menu!
Thanks so much for sharing!
So far, we had the Baked Tacos which were the best I’ve ever tasted! Just wanted to let everyone know that the shopping list is missing one can of pinto beans for this particular recipe.
This has been fixed! thanks for letting me know!