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 sheet pan chicken fajitas, pizza casserole, Swedish meatballs, chicken tortilla soup, and cornbread waffles and chili.

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a collage of 5 recipes from meal plan 51.

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Monday: Sheet pan fajitas $16.62

Tuesday: Pizza casserole $16.94

Wednesday: Swedish meatballs $13.96

Thursday: Cornbread Waffles and Chili $25.26

Friday: Chicken Tortilla Soup $15.38

shopping list for meal plan 51.

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.

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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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Mongolian beef on a plate with rice and chopped green onion on top.Day 3
Chicken Fajita Pasta served in a skillet with a scoop of salsa on top.Day 4
Five chicken taquitos lined on a plate with a bowl of salsa on the side.Day 5

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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. Just a note to say THANK YOU. Your meal plans have kept my family focused and we’ve been able to save money by not eating out as much. The grocery list is a game-changer. The recipes are good and easy enough to make and my picky eater is satisfied. Thanks so much!

    1. Your message has truly made our day! 🌟 We’re thrilled to hear that our meal plans are making a difference for your family and that you’re all enjoying the recipes – picky eaters included! Saving money and satisfying taste buds is what we aim for, and your shout-out is the cherry on top.

  2. I just found this website and this will be my first week trying… but already thank you so much for all the time you have saved going to various sites then creating a grocery list!!! The meals look delicious and I’m looking forward to giving them a try this week!

  3. I found your website printed out 2 weeks grocery list and spent 250$ my normal weekly budget but for two weeks thanks to your meal plans!. I first made the Swedish Meatballs, and they were a big hit with my neighbors and our kiddos! I’m looking forward to the meals to come!
    Thank You!!

  4. I need to thank you for all the work you’ve done – You have made my life and my family’s meals so easy (*and delicious). I go to Tastes Better from Scratch first when I’m looking for inspiration because you’ve earned my trust that the time and effort I put into cooking/baking will yield GREAT results. Thank you, thank you Lauren.