Happy Monday y’all! I am going to keep this week short. I have struggled a little this week with planning what I wanted to talk about next. So I thought I would talk about the most simple way to do your first week meal plan.
I know my meal plans are a little much for most people. I am able to be at home and cook more than most, so I don’t want you to think that just because I have a crazy menu that yours has to be the same way. It can be as simple or as detailed as you want it to be.
So let’s start with knowing what your week looks like. Think about what your work/school schedule is, what plans you have with friends and family, and how much time you will have to cook.
If you work late 1 day a week, make that leftover day or crock pot day. If you have off for the whole day plan on doing something that will take a little more work.
Some days when I do my grocery shopping I don’t feel like coming home and cooking for an hour. Those are the days I cook hot dogs, baked beans, and mac & cheese or a frozen pizza. Some days you just need to feed your family and take it easy and that’s perfectly fine! I bet your kids will be just fine and be pretty happy about that pizza for a change.
Here’s a super easy and fast meal plan to give you some examples.
- Baked chicken tenders and fries
- Chicken, potatoes, green beans, covered in ranch powder and baked (can be fixed before hand and just popped in the oven.)
- Hot dogs, baked beans, mac & cheese
- Crock pot chicken covered in cream of chicken soup and served over rice
- Fish sticks and fries
- Sauteed chicken, corn, black eyed peas
The main reason to meal plan is to know what you’re doing each day so you don’t have to worry about it, what you need to buy so you don’t have last minute trips to the store all the time, maybe have a little less fighting about who’s turn it is to pick something to eat, and take away a little stress!
So try to make it as easy as you can to start with and grow from there! You can do it if you really want to, I promise.