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Weekly Meal Plan

Garden eating
“Garden Eating” which involves picking everything that’s ready to be eaten, chopping it up, and eating it for dinner.

This week’s meal plan was somewhat mixed up and switched around. I heard lots of ideas from my kids about changing meals and swapping lunches for dinners. I think they were suffering from end of summer, going back to school soon trauma. We were supposed to have leftover shrimp scampi for dinner on Monday but the teens wanted it for lunch so we ate it then and enjoyed sandwiches for dinner instead. I can’t argue with shrimp scampi for lunch!

With school starting and some activity or sports every evening, my slow-cooker is ready for it’s annual “soccer season” workout! I used it more this summer because I used it on our side-porch rather than inside our home, where it heats up my little south-facing kitchen too much during the summer. I got this idea from our good friends, Jason and Dalena, who use their slow-cooker outside on their covered patio during the summer. Great idea and I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself!

Slow-cooker on side porch

Weekly Meal Plan

This meal plan is from Monday, August 27, 2012 to Sunday, September 2, 2012.

Monday: sandwich night

Tuesday: summer dinner

Wednesday: pinto beans (from freezer) and cheese burritos with fresh salsa

Thursday: pork and beans, Asian style (recipe coming soon)

Friday: pork and beans, Asian style (leftovers)

Saturday: garden eating

Sunday: dinner group at our house – clam bake

My daughter was in charge of “garden eating” on Saturday and that basically involved picking everything that’s ready from the garden and eating it for dinner. It was fresh and had lots of tomatoes. I baked bread, too, so we had fresh bread as well. The recipe is coming along – whole wheat sourdough. It’s almost ready for sharing!

Weekly Meal Plan

My son made dinner on Sunday night while we hosted dinner group. He made dinner inside the house, whole wheat pasta with a garlic sauce, while we had a clam bake dinner in the backyard. He was supposed to make a green salad, too, but somehow forgot that little part.

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

Go Gingham related links:

Why I cook with pork – several reasons – and one involves sweat
Just say no to baby carrots!
Go Gingham food philosophy – yes, there is one
New to cooking at home? Fear not!

I also really enjoyed this post by Amy (Frugal Mama) titled, “How to save money and get dinner on the table fast.” She has some great tips about quick, healthy meals, and forgetting recipes.

2 thoughts on “Weekly Meal Plan

  1. Sara, I love how you delegate cooking and meal prep duties to your kids. You are an inspiration!

    I place a post-it note on the fridge each Sunday with our daily dinner plan & my kids love it. Even the best laid out plans get changed & I end up switching meals around and my kids always comment & grumble. There’s something to be said for structure and routine. One of these weeks I’ll stick to the plan! HA 🙂


    1. Hi Frieda! Yes, even the best laid plans do change but it does help to have a little routine. Our meal plans look like lots of arrows and cross-offs have been added but it does help with the grocery shopping and keeping our food waste down.
      Thanks, Frieda!!


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