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Weekly Meal Plan

Baby bok choy
Baby bok choy ready for roasting.

When someone tells me they don’t meal plan because they don’t cook elaborate or fancy meals but instead simple ones, it makes me smile. There’s nothing fancy about the meals that are being cooked at our house but I still meal plan. It’s a money saver, time saver, and keeps me on track for using our food instead of it going bad.

Weekly Meal Plan

I meal plan at the beginning of each week, before heading to the grocery store. Weekly meal planning saves money, reduces food waste, and keeps me from saying, “Let’s go out to eat!” If you need more reasons to meal plan every week, check HERE. Both of my kids cook dinner once-a-week and do the clean up after the meal. If you want to learn how to pull that off at your house, check HERE. If you’re looking for more meal planning ideas, check HERE.

Baby bok choy ready for roasting

This meal plan is from Monday, February 4, 2013 to Sunday, February 10, 2013.

Monday: pan seared salmon, brown rice, green salad

Tuesday: vegetarian chili (from the freezer)

Wednesday: huevos rancheros with fresh salsa, in burritos

Thursday: sauteed  shrimp with Asian barbeque sauce, brown rice, and roasted baby bok choy (my daughter made dinner this night)

Friday: seafood stew (shrimp, grouper, potatoes, onions, garlic etc )

Saturday: fish stew (leftovers) biscuits with cheddar cheese, chives, and bacon

Sunday: whole wheat pasta with pesto (from the freezer) and green salad (my son made dinner tonight)

What didn’t work:

  • I had to buy eggs. Hardly news but truly annoying since there are hens in our backyard who are not quite into the spring-time laying routine.

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

Go Gingham related links:

National Match-Up Day: A step-by-step on how to clean and organize your food storage containers!
Grocery shopping from the bulk bins and food storage containers
Reusing glass jars and how to get them ready for re-use
Frugal grocery shopping – without coupons!

4 thoughts on “Weekly Meal Plan

    1. Fabiola, thank you! What a nice comment! I just know if I don’t make a plan, there’s a lot of looking at the contents of the refrigerator without a lot of cooking going on….
      Thanks! Love your photos on instagram 😉 and your soup sounds amazing.


  1. I meal plan to keep me on track and on budget too! I do check out what’s on sale when I’m at the store and switch things up if it’s a better deal though. And I do tend to deviate a bit, based on what I’m craving that night, but I keep close to the plan, and make due with what I have on hand. This week we’re having:
    – mexican meatloaf, rosemary homefries and salad
    – tempeh stir fry
    – sprouted chickpea patty wraps
    – stewed cabbage and baked fish
    – broccoli-quinoa-cheese crustless quiche
    – red lentil+ veggie soup
    – garlic pasta with peas, caramelized onions and bacon

    Darn! now I’m hungry! 🙂


    1. Kristin, I’m coming over for dinner! Your dinners sound great. That is the best part about meal planning is that it’s a plan and net set in stone. I take advantage of what’s on sale, too. Or, I just list “veg” and then see what’s the best price at the market.
      Thanks, Kristin. Have a great week!


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