Maker’s Diet in Action: Sample Meal Plans
By: Catherine Slezinger
Hi! Happy Monday! We had a busy weekend of grocery shopping and playing at the park, thunderstorms and dinner with friends. As usual, I spent most of Saturday morning grocery shopping with my little partner in crime, our 2 year old, Micah. Every Saturday hubby watches our 4 year old and 1 year old, and Micah comes with me.
Another weekly tradition of mine is spending 30 minutes on Fridays to meal plan and make an extensive shopping list before my trip. If you want some help getting started with meal planning, see my previous articles to learn how to get going.
Meal planning does take time, but it ends up saving me money and time in the end. To help you get going, or to give you some fresh ideas, here’s a glimpse of what my weekly meal plan might look like for our family.
I hope this encourages you and shows you just how do-able it is to eat well in real life.
Keep in mind that I make my meal plans based on several factors in our lives right now:
1) Optimal nutrition for our family and growing children
3) All meals must be easily prepared amidst 3 little ones around! Meals need to take 30-40 minutes at most.
This means you won’t find a lot of fussy exotic cuisine at my house with fancy names. Maybe as the kids get older though!
4) Meals must be easy to double and use as leftovers. We do leftovers (planned overs, rather!) several times a week. This is how I survive- I use "off days" to make our kombucha, water kefir, stock, bread, various snacks, etc, in addition to breakfast and lunch, which are always homemade daily too. Without leftovers I couldn’t do it! Everyone’s just gotten used to it.
Without further ado, here’s what a week of dinners might look like at our house!
Sample Menu For Week of 5/5-5/11
Saturday: Grass fed beef meatballs with organic brown rice spaghetti
Sunday: (My day off!) Leftover spaghetti & meatballs
Monday: Tortilla soup from homemade stock, (with a roasted chicken shredded into it) pinto beans in the slow cooker, and quesadillas
Tuesday: Grass fed beef chili, make a large salad for the week, and "fried" tortillas
Wednesday: Leftover tortilla soup & beans, leftover salad, probably more "fried" tortillas
Thursday: Roast chicken with vegetables: sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots, potatoes, maybe some brown rice, any leftover salad
Friday: Fridays are usually leftovers of all sorts- so someone might have leftover chili, someone else tortilla soup, or even grass fed beef hot dogs. I also usually make bread on Friday afternoons, so we might have some sliced bread & butter as well with dinner.
Saturday: Shopping day!
There you have it! That would be a pretty typical week around here. If you would want to see what breakfast and lunch would look like too, let me know!
I hope this helps give you some ideas- sometimes just having a base idea gives you a place to tweak things from for your family. The important thing is finding what does work so you don’t fall back on processed foods when they’re convenient.
Have a great day and happy meal planning!