2 Week Dinner Meal Plan

Sunday, February 21, 2016


 It's that time again. Yup. Meal Planning. We. Can. Do. This.

I am really trying to stick with this. It's not always easy but always so comforting to know what I am going to make to feed my always hungry family. So every two weeks I have been determined to sit down, look for new meal ideas and write them down on my 2 week meal planner. I am also sharing them here to give me extra accountability and hopefully give you some ideas also. You would think with all the resources we have at our fingertips it would be easy but sometimes it just isn't. I am hoping the more I do this the easier it will get! Here goes! You might recognize some of the meals from my last meal planning post because I am not going to make something new every night.

Week 1

Sunday- Swedish Meatballs from Serious Eats

Monday- Basil Lime Chicken from Goodness Gracious. One of our favs! Goes great on salads or in tacos.

Tuesday-Sauteed Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce with green beans and rice from the Pioneer Woman

Wednesday- Beef and Mushroom Rice Casserole from Turning It Home. I used ground turkey and white rice and half chicken broth, half water. I also put in green beans instead of mushrooms.

Thursday- Homemade Chicken Nuggets and Mac and Cheese- my recipe:) My kids all time favorite!

Friday- Homemade Pizza my recipe

Saturday- Crockpot Carne Asada Beer Chili from Half Baked Harvest (I used venison)

Week 2

Sunday- Crockpot Butter Chicken from Half Baked Harvest

Monday- Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap from Crem de la Crumb

Tuesday-Pesto Pasta - simply boil pasta of choice and add pesto. We like to add feta. Serve with salad.

Wednesday- Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana from the Chunky Chef

Thursday- Lasagna- usually good recipe on back of noodle box. I don't boil the noodles but bake in oven. Just be sure to cover all of noodles with sauce. Serve with garlic bread and salad.

Friday-Chicken Red Curry from Thai Kitchen. I kind of came up with  my own recipe that I'll have to post soon but this is pretty close. Serve with rice.

Saturday-Honey Roast Chicken with peas and rice from Better Homes and Gardens

I don't know about you but after cooking all week I like a little break on the weekends. So we usually get doughnuts for breakfast on the weekends( don't judge me;P) and eat out for lunch. Usually subs from Publix and Panda Express. So with all the time I saved from not having to cook all weekend I try to use it to meal plan and hang out with family and friends. I hope these meals help inspire you to cook for your family but know it's okay to take a break from cooking too!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Do you meal plan?

Have you been able to do it consistently?

What has helped you to stick with it?

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12 comments:

  1. Yes, we've become Panda Express people since I've gotten serious about my meal prepping on Sundays and Chik-fil-a isn't open, the kids love the teriyaki chicken and the beef and broccoli :)

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    1. We all need a day of rest from cooking, especially if we need to prep for cooking;)

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  2. Yesterday I made a big dinner (enough for leftovers today) and cooked 2lbs of breaded chicken. Plus I put together a ginormous salad with extra toppings already chopped and set aside in plastic bags. It felt good getting so much done for the week!

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    1. Awesome! I also have found it helps to cook a couple meals at a time. Good for you!

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  3. That's impressive you meal plan 2 weeks ahead! I can barely do one week...and I don't have 5 kids!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ha ha. I find it helps to plan ahead and it saves us money. I spend more money when I go shopping every week so planning 2 weeks at a time seems to work good for us right now.

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  4. What a fabulous and diverse 2 week meal plan! I only plan 1 week at a time but I wonder if I should make the switch to 2 week planning.

    I'm intrigued by that crockpot butter chicken - I LOVE crockpot recipes!

    Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Jen! I try to keep it exciting;) I shop every two weeks so it seemed natural to plan every two weeks since 1 week flies by. Crock pot recipes are my favorite and that recipe couldn't be easier!

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  5. I do normally meal plan, week by week. I have been considering going to a month, but I tend to buy the meat that is on sale so I don't think a month would be a good fit. I may have to give your two-week idea a try. I love the meals you have, too. They sound yummy!

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    1. I have tried week by week and monthly and they didn't really work for us. Right now shopping and planning 2 weeks at a time is working really well for us. Hope you find what works for you!

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  6. Yum! These are great recipes. I hear ya on the breaks too. After a full week of cooking, we usually have left overs or take out on weekends. I meal plan as much as I can because it certainly saves a ton of money and time too. Thanks so much for sharing this on #SHINEbloghop this week!

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  7. Meal planning is the only way to go. Some great ideas here!! Thank you for sharing with Faith Filled Parenting.

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