Weekly Meal Plan: 1/6/14

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It has been such a long time since I shared a meal plan with you. The past year has been full of so many ups and downs and I truly got away from meal planning for such a long time.  This month I am buckling down and working on my food budget and meal planning once again.  (I am spending almost double what I was this time last year and not eating nearly as well as I would like!)

With it being a new year, and so many of you said you wanted to see them again on my survey, I thought I would *try* to start sharing my meal plans again. Right now I am working on creating more of a monthly meal plan rather than weekly.  Then each week I will choose six-seven meals to share with you.  I don’t typically plan lunches daily; it just doesn’t work for me unless we are all home.  We typically eat leftovers or simple things for lunch, especially during or school weeks.

Creating a meal plan makes my life run just a little bit smoother.  I can make the preparations I need the night before or during the day as we are working on our homeschool for the day.  There is nothing like sitting down at the end of the day with the family and my kids (usually Austin) tell me it was the best dinner.

Weekly Meal Plans

Breakfasts:

  1. Oatmeal, Fruit
  2. Naked Muffins, Fruit
  3. Eggs, Bacon, Fruit
  4. Spinach Omelets, Fruit
  5. Egg & Sausage Burritos, Fruit
  6. Cereal & Fruit
  7. Leftovers

Dinner:

  1. Chili & Crackers
  2. Steak, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Beans
  3. White Chicken Chili, Homemade No-Knead Herb Bread
  4. Broiled Trout, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Potatoes
  5. Homemade Chicken Lo Mein
  6. Homemade Bean Burritos, Chips & Salsa
  7. Sausage & Steamed Cabbage

You can see, we don’t eat a lot of fancy things, all are fairly simple but really wholesome meals.  My goal is to add one new recipe in a week.  We have our favorites but it is still great to mix it up a bit, right?

Do you create meal plans for your family to stay on budget?  If so, do you plan your meals weekly or monthly?

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