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Weekly Meal Plan

Healthy meal plan

I rarely have meatballs and this week, had them for 2 different meals. On Friday, my husband and I had a lunchtime date and tried out a new spot called, “24th and Meatballs” where we split a meatball hoagie. The restaurant is in a new strip of micro-restaurants, which are small, little spots to eat. There are several different restaurants in the strip and they remind me of food carts only in permanent locations with running water, seating, and heat. While I enjoy going out on a date to a food cart with my sweetie, during the winter, I’m reluctant to dine outside regardless of how good the food is.

For dinner on Sunday, we had planned to have spaghetti with meatballs because that’s what teenagers like to eat – meat and noodles! I made the pasta and my son made the meatballs. He made the meatballs bigger than should be legal but they were delicious. The meatballs were baked in the oven and not fried and tasted incredible. Given that the meatballs are going into the pasta with sauce, it’s so much easier to bake them. The spaghetti sauce was made with roasted tomatoes from this past summer.

Weekly Meal Plan

Weekly meal planning saves money on our food bill, reduces food waste, and keeps me from sighing around dinner time and saying, “Let’s go out to eat,” which I used to proclaim more often. If you’re looking for more reasons to meal plan, check HERE. It’s a short list of 11 reasons why I do it. If you’re looking for more meal planning ideas, check HERE.

This meal plan is from Monday, December 10, 2012 to Sunday, December 17, 2012.

Monday: tuna fish sandwiches

Tuesday: chicken wings, bow-tie pasta, sautéed carrots (my daughter’s birthday meal request)

Wednesday: hummus, carrots and homemade pita chips toast

Thursday: Mediterranean tacos Mediterranean quinoa salad and hummus

Friday: homemade pizza with spinach, onions, and mushrooms and pepperoni

Saturday: pan seared fish, brown rice, and green salad homemade pizza (leftovers) and green salad

Sunday: whole wheat pasta spaghetti and meatballs and green salad  cabbage salad

This was a week of lots of crossing off and quick changes on my weekly meal plan mostly because I forgot to buy items and didn’t want to go back to the grocery store so just made do with what we had at home.

My daughter made diner on Saturday night and my son made dinner on Sunday. My kids each cook a dinner every week. It’s a night off in the kitchen for me. Read more about it HERE.

Do you make a weekly meal plan?

Go Gingham related links:

New to cooking at home? Fear not!
How we keep food waste to a minimum
Confessions of a leftover food lover – that would be me!

4 thoughts on “Weekly Meal Plan

  1. How do you rock a meal plan when schedules change? Is the secret having food on hand for back-up? I serve the main meal at lunchtime, which can vary over a time span of two hours or so. My method is to prepare something ahead of the earliest possible time and reheat when needed.


    1. Hi Karen,
      Because we have the majority of our meals at home, I’ve always got food on hand. Both my husband and I work at home and we don’t have a microwave oven in our little kitchen so planning has proven to be the best method for us to eat healthy meals at home and not have food go bad. My kids eat dinner leftovers for breakfast many times and they love it. They pack their own lunches and devour another meal after school by calling it a snack. My husband and I do our share of eating the little leftover “scraps” in our refrigerator but neither of us can bear to waste food and/or money. Schedule changes happen when but we do roll with it without – and it’s not always glamorous dining! 🙂
      Thanks, Karen! Happy 2013 ~


  2. Hi Sara! I love to keep cooked meatballs in the freezer for quick meals. Besides meatball sandwiches & with pasta, you can add them to soups or serve them as appetizers with dipping sauce. Except for the sandwiches, those all work well with meatballs that are on the small side. Small ones can be baked too!


    1. Hi Maggie,
      I love that idea! I really like to make a bunch of meals ahead of time so that I can have a quick meal and one that’s homemade. The meatballs were delicious although I would make them smaller. I guess that’s what happens when you let 16-year-old boys cook dinner! 🙂
      Happy New Year ~ really liked your tips about making a list after Christmas.


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