If you ever wonder if I try and trick my family with meal planning the answer is yes, I do. With weekly meal planning, I’m able to keep track of how many times a week we eat fish, greens, and meat. Weekly meal plan #48 and weekly meal plan #49 each included 6-days in a row of meat-free meals and we are not vegetarians. But, limiting the meat intake in our diets is good for both our health and the food budget.
The truth is, I’d love it if we gave up meat entirely, but my husband is quite the opposite. He’d like to have a grilled rib eye steak in one hand and a fried chicken drumstick in the other for dinner every single night! And, pretty much the same for our kids. That’s what I mean about tricking my family with meal planning. It wasn’t until the 5th or 6th night in a row of meat-free dinners that someone said, “Hey, when’s the last time we had meat for dinner around here?” See what I mean about tricking?
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.
This meal plan is from Monday, February 18, 2013 to Sunday, February, 24, 2013.
Monday: pizza (dough was in freezer) with spinach and veggies (my daughter made dinner this night)
Tuesday: whole wheat pasta with pesto (from freezer), ground pork, and green salad
Wednesday: lentils vegetarian version (from freezer)
Thursday: pinto beans, brown rice with fresh salsa
Friday: seafood stew (from freezer)
Saturday: roasted chicken (from freezer) with barbeque sauce (from freezer), quinoa and roasted cauliflower (my son made dinner this night)
Sunday: whole wheat pasta with garlic sauce and carrot sticks (kids cooked dinner and my husband and I went to a very fun Oscar party!)
What didn’t work:
- I’m trying to clean out our freezer (can you tell?) and we’ve been eating all of our freezer treats. I will not be re-freezing seafood stew with potatoes ever again. The potatoes ended up mushy and the meal sort of lost it’s oomph.
- The pasta with pesto meal was to be made without meat but when the realization hit that I had starved my carnivores, we added ground pork to the dinner.
By the way, that’s 48 and 49 weeks of eating meals cooked at home. We skip going out to dinner so that we can pay for travel instead.
What’s for dinner at your house this week?