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 chicken pot pie, chicken enchilada soup, lasagna stuffed shells, creamy pesto tortellini pasta, and pork chops with creamy mustard sauce.
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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: Chicken Enchilada Soup $14.95
Tuesday: Lasagna Stuffed Shells $14.76
Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie $10.84
Thursday: Creamy Pesto Tortellini $17.35
Friday: Pork Chop with Creamy Mustard Sauce $7.93
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I totally agree with everything that has been said, I love these meals plans. To be honest this is the first year I’ve really started to cook actual meals for myself and the first year I have had to make food for someone else, and these meals plans have been lifesavers! They have made living doable when money is tight right now and time is limited, and have taken away my dread to go out for the groceries, and instead given me actual peace when it comes to cooking each night! We have already found several favourite recipes that we have love so much and will be making over and over for years to come. Also, we love raving about their cost effectiveness and seeing how much we save on groceries!
Thank you Lauren for your hard work in putting these together!
I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to create all these meal plans! I’m only on week 9 but my family has been enjoying every dinner. I also love that you have done all the prep work of planning for me and I have found myself looking forward to cooking dinner! WHAT!? From my family to yours, THANK YOU! P.S. If you ever decide to create a cookbook that is meal plan organized, I’d purchase it! 😀
We absolutely love your meal plans. I work full-time and am taking 6 classes so finding time to meal plan is hard. My girlfriend and I would eat out a lot. Your meal plans are made for a family of 4-5, which is perfect because we always have enough leftovers to use for lunch the next day. Your already-made meal plans are such time savers and we feel so much healthier now that we aren’t eating out. It really does taste better from scratch! Thank you!
All of these look so good! I need to try that chipotle pesto pasta…and that garlic ranch chicken pizza! *-*