A Meal Planner is a part of my weekly routine – and I am determined to make it part of yours. It will save your time and money by planning ahead for the week’s dinners.
Each week I will be sharing one Weekly Meal Planner each Sunday to help you get a jump start on your meal planning. I also want to provide you with the blank version of the Meal Planner so that you can make your own menu using other recipes (egads!) than those from my cookbook! Maybe even incorporate some of the free recipes I provide right here on this blog
Hopefully by now you have purchased your copy of the Homemade on a Weeknight Cookbook – if you haven’t you can get it as a Paperback or an eBook on Amazon! All of the full recipes for these meals are found in the cookbook. As mentioned in the cookbook, you can easily create weekly mean plans by simply selecting a recipe from each of the five categories in the book:
Here is the free printable Blank Homemade on a Weeknight Meal Planner (pdf):
And here is this week’s Meal Plan!
This Week’s Meal Planner
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (get the recipe here!)
Taco Pasta (Watch the Recipe Video here)
Thai Inspired Coconut Shrimp Soup
Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers
Tips for Meal Planning
Some people shy away from meal planning because they think it makes things too scheduled. But here’s the deal – you have to eat every day! If you take the time to plan ahead what you will eat, you will actually eat healthier more complete meals. So here are some tips when picking out what you are going to put on your plan:
- Try to alternate your proteins – unless the preparation is completely different try not to plan on chicken three nights in a row
- Same goes for the starches – don’t plan for pasta or rice several days in a row.
- Make an effort to pick at least one meal that is a bit adventurous for your family.