Why not start the New Year by making life a little easier for yourself. Meal planning is a must for busy moms because it lets us plan our meals ahead of time, make fewer trips to the grocery store and saves money. I’ve even got a week’s worth of meal planning ideas to get us started!
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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to start meal planning again. When I did it regularly, it made my life so much easier. I would write down all my meal planning ideas, make my shopping list and head to the grocery store. Not only did it keep me from scrambling last minute trying to figure out dinner, I could get everything I needed in one grocery trip. That kept the kids happy too because they HATE going to the grocery store. If it weren’t for the free cookie, I don’t know what I’d do! Of course, fewer trips to the grocery store means I also spend less money (and that keeps my hubby happy).
So I’ve decided that this year I’m meal planning again. I’ve even got the first week’s menu ready to go. I’m starting with some of our favorite tried and true recipes, ones that are simple to make and that my family eats willingly (the perfect combination, right?).
Feel free to join me. You can even find a free meal planning printable here, to jot down your dinners and the ingredients that you’ll need. I’m focusing on dinner recipes since during the week, the girls eat cereal every morning and bring a lunch to school but you can do what works best for your own family. I promise that after one week of easy dinners, you’re going to love it!
A Week’s Worth Of Meal Planning Ideas
Monday: Pesto Zucchini Noodles With Chicken & Mushrooms
While this recipe is super easy, it’s the only one that requires a kitchen tool that you may or may not have…a spiralizer. I absolutely love my Ninja Kitchen System but if you don’t need all the extra equipment, you can find plenty of inexpensive spiralizers on Amazon. If you really want to make this an easy recipe, just substitute regular spaghetti for the zucchini noodles.
Tuesday: Cilantro Lime Tacos
For some reason, we seem to have tacos on every other night except Tuesday so I guess I have to schedule it to get it right. While we love these with shrimp, you can also substitute fish to make fish tacos.
It doesn’t get much easier than these 6 ingredient Teriyaki Chicken Skewers. Plan these for when you’re driving the kids to all their after school activities because it’s the perfect meal for when you don’t have a lot of extra time to cook.
Thursday: Cheesy Turkey Meatballs With Spinach
We regularly substitute ground turkey for beef but you can make this recipe with either. The beauty of this recipe is that you don’t have to battle the kids to eat their veggies. The spinach is baked right in to the meatballs and the kids couldn’t care less…a big win for moms everywhere!
Friday: Shrimp & Mushroom Stuffed Peppers
When CountryLiving.com contacted me to ask if they could feature my recipe in their article 10 Of The Most Delicious Meals You Can Make With Mushrooms, I was pretty excited! Of course I said yes! Since then, I’ve made this recipe a few different ways and if you’re not in the mood for shrimp twice in one week, you can easily substitute chicken or sausage instead.
Saturday: Mini Veggie Burgers
I have been dying to make these again, since my family loved them so much the first time. It’s a fun dinner because who doesn’t love party sized food! This is another one that’s easy to change up, though. You can make the burgers full sized or even substitute beef or turkey for the veggie burgers.
Sunday: Baked Ziti With Hidden Veggies
Ever since I made this recipe almost two years ago, it’s been consistently among my top posts. I guess we all just want our kids to eat their veggies without complaining! My girls noticed the “green stuff” but since they couldn’t really taste it, they kept right on eating. Make this recipe and you can even take the next night off since there will be plenty of leftovers.
Have you tried meal planning and want to get back into it or will this be a first for you? Which of these recipes do you think your family will enjoy most? What great meal planning ideas do you have?
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