How to Make a Weekly Meal Plan

Making a meal plan is a huge lifesaver, time saver and money saver for us. It takes a little bit of planning but the benefits of knowing what you will make for dinner each night is totally worth it.

Here is how I create my weekly meal plan.

  1. Research Recipes – There are always new recipes I want to try (on Pinterest) but I never have all of the ingredients. So I do a little research and select 1 new recipe to try (not every week). Once I’ve selected a new recipe I add the ingredients to my shopping list.
  2. Make a shopping list – We have a list of essentials that we buy each week like bananas, milk, orange juice, etc…
  3.  Shop the sales – If Harris Teeter has a special on London Broil I’ll buy one or two and freeze them.
  4. Survey your stock and make a list of possible meals – After I’ve gone shopping I make a list of all the possible meals I could make.
  5. Select meals based on your calendar of events for the week. – If we have a really busy day I usually plan a slow cooker meal for that day. On weekends in the summer we usually grill out.
  6. Write down your plan and post it on the fridge, calendar or somewhere everyone can see it.
  7. Every morning look at the meal plan – I look at my meal plan each morning so I can set out meat to thaw, prep food or pick up any extras I might need. This prevents a 5 o’clock panic.

It’s really simple and such a huge help with keeping my family well fed. PB&J every night gets old.

My Meal Plan for this week….

Possible Meals

  • Chicken Tacos
  • Spaghetti
  • Slow Cooked Cuban Pork
  • Sandwiches
  • Pork Ribs
  • Stir Fry Beef

This week:

Monday – Pork Ribs (because they are thawed and need to be cooked)

Tuesday  – Sandwiches (because Jude has a swim meet)

WednesdaySlow Cooked Cuban Pork (because it’s a busy day) *new recipe

Thursday – Spaghetti (because the kids love it)

Friday – ? (This is usually family movie night with a pizza and popcorn)

Saturday – Beef Stir Fry

Sunday – Chicken Tacos (Because Pastor Tyler talked about them at church this morning and we haven’t had them in awhile.)

Jessica is a family lifestyle blogger living in Raleigh, NC with her husband and four sons (7, 4, 3 and 1). Jessica started in November of 2009, but has been blogging since 2003. Jessica writes about family life, recipes, travel and products for families. She is also a Work-from-home-mom who manages marketing and social media for a local accounting company.

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