I’m one of those nerdy people who enjoys making a weekly meal plan. It’s weird but honestly, it comes in pretty handy with our family of six. As I was putting together meals several weeks ago, it occurred to me some of you might like meal ideas for the week!
The meals in this plan have been tried by me or our family. This way I know the recipes cook well, and I can give you some tips and shortcuts. If I remember, I’ll even throw a photo or two of what I’ve cooked in the mix!
Before we get started, a little about my planning. I don’t assign meals to certain days. In my experience, life rarely goes according to plan. This allows flexibility based on changing schedules, meal prep time or an unexpected dinner out (those can be nice, too!).
I also plan for 5 meals instead of 7. If you have enough energy to cook all seven nights, power to you! (And would you like to cook for me, too???) I make plans for one leftover night plus a dinner out or something pulled out of my freezer or pantry that can be used up.
Ok, you probably aren’t as excited about meal planning as I am, so enough small talk! Here we go!!!!!!
Weekly Meal Plan – Week 1
Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup from Emily Bites
Grilled (or Pan Cooked) Pork Chops with Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
Sloppy Joes from This Farm Girl Cooks
Migas from Lodge Cast Iron
Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken by Carlsbad Cravings
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – This is similar to the soup at Panera. Not the exact one, but the same creaminess and a great taste. Our kids say it’s the best soup I’ve made (so much for my chili recipe, I guess?!?)
The recipe makes 10 1-cup servings, so plan on having some leftovers. Oh, and random fact, but why not??? If you’re on Weight Watchers a one-cup serving is 6 points.
Grilled Pork Chops – Use whatever seasoning you’d like and whatever method you’d like. Pair them with Parmesan Roasted Broccoli for a quick and easy dinner!
Sloppy Joes – A nostalgic favorite of mine. Leftovers freeze well, so you can cook a double recipe to stock up for a night you don’t feel like messing the whole cooking gig! This is a predictable side idea, but pair it with Tator Tots and apple slices and you’re good to go.
Migas – If you love Tex-Mex, you’ll like these! They’re great as a meatless dinner option. When I made these I didn’t use a serrano pepper. Top with avocado and some hot sauce, if you like. Also, calling all Catholic followers – this is great for Lent Fridays!
Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken is a family friendly slow cooker meal! It’s easy to prepare, and you’ll likely have leftovers, which taste even better the next day. It is a bit on the sweet side, so throw a few drops of Siracha or chili sauce on top if you’d like. If you have picky eaters who are afraid to venture beyond chicken nuggets and grilled cheese, this may be a gateway to exotic foods! I serve this with one of my go-tos – steamable broccoli.
Alright, that’s our weekly meal plan for this week! Going forward I’ll try to keep it short and simple!
I’d love to hear what you think! Going forward, what types of recipes and ideas would you like to see? Feel free to comment with ideas, suggestions, or recipe recommendations.