Menu Planning

Weekly Menu Plan – Sept. 25, 2015

Having a weekly menu plan saves money on groceries and eating out. See my weekly menu plan with recipe links, info on Plan to Eat menu planning tool and free menu planning printables.I may not have blogged my weekly menu plan in a few months but that does not mean I have not been doing it. Devising a weekly menu plan is essential for me especially with all 3 kids in school, soccer and church classes. Why is it that their practices and games are all around dinner time? The kids’ activity schedule has forced me to change up how I do my weekly menu plan. With less time on the evenings and weekends, I need to make sure I have fresh food on hand and know what I plan to cook so we aren’t tempted to eat out. It also means quite a few evenings of slow cooker meals! 

The only topic I like to chat about as much as books is food! If you have a menu plan or a delicious recipe you want to share, feel free to link it up with our Small Victories Sunday Linkup. I’m always looking for new recipes to try.

This Week’s Menu Plan:

Friday:

Homemade pizzas – cheese for the kids and barbecued chicken pizza for us using leftover Rotisserie Roast Chicken that I cooked last week in a bundt pan. 

Salad

Saturday:

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken from Skinnytaste, sandwich for Superhubby and a salad version for me.

Slow Cooker Barbecued Chicken sandwiches for kiddos since we have two slow cookers and they don’t care for buffalo chicken.

Tater tots

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Sunday:

Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes from Mirlanda’s Kitchen with bacon and fruit. I double the recipe  so we can have quick breakfasts throughout the week.

Burgers Superhubby’s way (topped with avocado, bacon, and chipotle mayo) and Slow Cooker Baked Beans. Kids requested these beans, sweet, tangy and so delicious!

Monday:

We have an abundance of basil in our garden so time to try out some homemade pesto with this Basil Pesto Recipe from She Wears Many Hats. Smother some penne with this pesto and add some cooked chicken and broccoli and we have a meal the kids are sure to love.

Tuesday:

Kiddos requested banana bread so going to make our favorite Banana Pineapple Muffins. With extra fruit hidden in the muffins, these are wonderful for breakfast or a decadent dessert topped with ice cream and drizzled with caramel.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup from Cupcake Diaries with Paninis

Wednesday:

Bistec Encebollado (Steak with Carmelized Onions) from Food Network and Arroz Con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas) from Skinnytaste

Thursday:

Leftovers

 

Menu Planning Tools

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat
I have been loving Plan to Eat* to get my menu plan, recipes and shopping lists printed up fast! Highly recommend and you can try it out free for 30 days to see if you like it. It’s one of the perpetual goals to get my recipe hoarding collection organized so I have been using Plan to Eat a LOT. It makes it so much easier to search for a recipe and know where to find it! We can share recipes there too if you’re a Plan to Eat member, just send me a friend request.

I created a couple weekly planner printables to incorporate my menu plans into my week. Check them out and download for free if it will help you with your weekly goal and menu planning.

Free Weekly Planner printable with menu planner based on 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Free Weekly Planner Printable with Menu Plan, Daily Goals and Small Victories & Gratitude Tracker

 

Note: This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk (*). These are cookbooks and tools I own myself and recommend. Should you purchase from an affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

All Linked Up

This post linked up with Sunday Social Linky Party, Weekend Cooking, Menu Plan Monday and SITS Sharefest .

What’s on your menu plan for this week?

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8 Comments

  1. With a tight budget and a family of 6, I meal plan too. This past week the menu included Slow Cooker Chunky Steak Pie, Parmesan Ranch Chicken, Burrito’s, Homemade Pizza and Gravy Sausages

    Happy cooking
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  2. I tried Plan to Eat for the 30 days, and can see how it could be really useful. In the end, I decided I didn’t use it enough to justify paying for it. Though it’s recipe clipper is pretty cool.

    1. I understand. I need to do a post about how I use it, I’ve got 150+ recipes in there already and add more each week. Thanks for stopping by and hosting Weekend Cooking, I love getting new foodie book and recipe ideas!

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