Meal Plan Monday: 17-21 April

Welcome back for another edition of Meal Plan Monday! Regardless of whether you meal prep or not, having a menu and sticking to it saves tons of time and money – and if you make enough food at dinner to use as lunch the next day, you can save yourself the trouble of last minute rushing around to find food.

As usual, my only slight deviation is lunches for the young one – being in elementary school, he requires a lunch that doesn’t need to be microwaved. So as you can see I’ve added separate school lunches for him, in case you’re in the same boat! (Please note, the lunch includes an afternoon school snack as well).

I’m also only planning for Sunday night through Friday night, because weekends tend to be a free for all in my house.

*Note: I’m feeding two adults and one elementary school age boy, so we try to make enough food for three, plus leftovers.*

This week I’ve added my food prep items for Sunday, as well as a shopping list and approximate cost. I’ve used the current prices for my local Wegmans, but if you shop at Aldi or other discount grocery stores you can definitely get this meal plan for much less!

BEAR FAMILY MEAL PLAN, WEEK THREE

SUNDAY FOOD PREP:

– make your crockpot carnitas

– chop your veggies (onion, potato, pepper, broccoli, zucchini)

– spiralize two zucchini

– cook 2lbs of turkey meatballs

Sunday Dinner: Crockpot Cashew Chicken

Monday:

B: scrambled eggs with crockpot carnitas

L: leftover crockpot chicken

L2: ham and cheese roll-up, grapes, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Build Your Own Hamburgers, oven roasted potato wedges

Tuesday:

B: scrambled eggs, bacon

L: carnitas over salad

L2: tuna snack, apple slices, fruit snacks, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Greek Chicken Salads (recipe coming soon)

Wednesday:

B: overnight oats

L: leftover crockpot chicken

L2: ham and cheese dino sandwich, grapes, chips, oreos, milk, apple juice

D: Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles

Thursday:

B: scrambled eggs with carnitas

L: leftover meatballs and zoodles

L2: hot pocket, apple slices, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: One Pan Chicken and Roast Vegetables

Friday:

B: greek chicken “breakfast salad”

L: leftover one pan chicken and vegetables

L2: chicken apple sausage, grapes, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Homemade Pizza Night

Shopping List (prices based on my local Wegmans)

Proteins

3lbs pork shoulder          $4.47 ($1.49/lb – family pack)

5lbs chicken breast        $9.40 ($1.88/lb – family pack)

hamburger patties         $5.99 (4 patties)

bacon, uncured               $6.99

2lbs ground turkey         $5.98 (2.99/lb – family pack)

sliced deli ham                $3.00

2 doz eggs                         $2.58 (1.29/doz)

Produce

onions (2lb bag)                $1.99

white potatoes (5lb bag) $1.99

bell pepper (6ct)               $5.49 (family pack)

cherry tomato                  $3.99 (family pack)

cucumber (2ea)                $1.32 (3/2.00)

romaine hearts (3pk)      $2.99

parseley, fresh                  $1.99

blueberries, 1pint            $3.99

zucchini, 2lb                      $3.58

broccoli, 1lb                       $1.79

apples                                  $2.99 (approx)

grapes                                  $2.99 (approx)

Dairy

greek yogurt (lg tub)      $4.99

Siggis yogurt drink        $3.99

mozzarella, shredded   $2.99

sliced cheese                    $3.00

tzatziki sauce, tub         $4.49

Other

pizza dough                    $3.57 (*NOTE: I bought the pizza dough at Trader Joe’s                                                    3 individual bags at $1.19 each)

TOTAL COST:                $96.54

NOTE: This shopping list assumes I have the following items in my pantry (which I usually do)

instant rice

spices

olive oil

gluten free quaker oats

protein powder

spaghetti sauce

pizza sauce

pizza toppings (jarred jalapenos, canned pineapple, canned olives, etc)

What are you eating this week? Do you meal plan in advance? Leave a comment and let me know!

Meal Plan Monday: 10-14 April 2017

Welcome back for another edition of Meal Plan Monday! Regardless of whether you meal prep or not, having a menu and sticking to it saves tons of time and money – and if you make enough food at dinner to use as lunch the next day, you can save yourself the trouble of last minute rushing around to find food.

As I mentioned last week, my only slight deviation is lunches for the young one – being in elementary school, he requires a lunch that doesn’t need to be microwaved. So as you can see I’ve added separate school lunches for him, in case you’re in the same boat! (Please note, the lunch includes an afternoon school snack as well).

I’m also only planning for Sunday night through Friday night, because weekends tend to be a free for all in my house.

In the future I’d like to start including the approximate cost of each week and a shopping plan. I did note which items can be made ahead of time in case you do want to prep on a weekend.

*Note: I’m feeding two adults and one elementary school age boy, so we try to make enough food for three, plus leftovers.*

BEAR FAMILY MEAL PLAN, WEEK TWO

Sunday Dinner: Skillet pork chops, roasted green beans, unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon

Monday:

B: Breakfast Cassserole, fruit (casserole can be made ahead!)

L: leftover pork/beans/applesauce

L2: ham and cheese dino sandwich, apple slices, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: One pan chicken thighs with broccoli and sweet potato (chop veggies/potatoes in advance)

Tuesday:

B: scrambled eggs and bacon

L: tuna salads (make mayonnaise ahead)

L2: hot dog wrap, applesauce, granola bar, crackers, milk, apple juice

D: Turkey Enchiladas with Mexican Rice

Wednesday:

B: breakfast casserole, fruit

L: hamburger salad (grill hamburger patties/chop salad veggies in advance)

L2: hummus snack,  cherry tomatoes, apple slices, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: baked grouper, mixed roast vegetables

Thursday:

B: Protein Packed Blueberry Vanilla Overnight Oats (recipe coming soon!)

L: egg salad lettuce cups (great way to use up those decorated Easter eggs!)

L2: ham and cheese dino sandwich, apple slices, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken with carrots and potatoes

Friday:

B: breakfast casserole, fruit

L: leftover chicken/carrots/potatoes

L2: turkey and cheese rollups, grapes, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Homemade Pizza Night (I’m trying to make this a thing!)

Enjoy!

Meal Plan Monday: 3-7 April 2017

Welcome to Meal Plan Monday! I’ve posted meal plans and meal prep (particularly my love of meal planning and food prepping) countless times, but to be honest with you – since becoming a full time mom last year I haven’t had the same amount of free time to fully plan and prep meals as I have in the past. That said, I do still try to have a weekly plan in place for my family, particularly so I know what groceries to buy when I make my weekly trip to Wegmans. (Not that it helps, as I still somehow always end up leaving that store with $50 worth of extra stuff we don’t need!) Regardless of whether you meal prep or not, having a menu and sticking to it saves tons of time and money – and as you can see, we eat leftovers for the majority of our meals, so not sticking to the menu means a lot of last minute rushing around to find food. My only slight deviation is lunches for the young one – he’s not a huge leftover fan to begin with, and I’m not going to send him to elementary school with a lunch that requires a microwave. So as you can see I’ve added separate school lunches for him, in case you’re in the same boat! (Please note, the lunch includes an afternoon school snack as well).

I’m also only planning for Sunday night through Friday night, because weekends tend to be a free for all in my house.

In the future I’d like to start including the approximate cost of each week and a shopping plan. I did note which items can be made ahead of time in case you do want to prep on a weekend.

*Note: I’m feeding two adults and one elementary school age boy, so we try to make enough food for three, plus leftovers.*

BEAR FAMILY MEAL PLAN, WEEK ONE

Sunday DinnerHearty Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes

Monday:

B: scrambled eggs, chicken apple sausage (we prefer Aidells brand)

L: leftover pot roast/carrots/potatoes

L2: ham slice roll-ups, clementine, chips, granola bar, milk and apple juice

D: Turkey Taco Salads (turkey can be made ahead of time)

Tuesday:

B: Breakfast Fritatta over greens (Fritatta can (and should) be made ahead of time)

L: leftover taco salad

L2: little smokies sausages, apple slices, chips, granola bar, milk and apple juice

D: pan fried chicken thighs (boneless/skinless), seasoned rice, mixed vegetables (*20 minute meal!)

Wednesday:

B: Fritatta, greens, fruit

L: leftover chicken/rice/veg

L2: chicken thigh slices, mini apple, chips, granola bar, milk and apple juice

D: stuffed pepper soup (ground beef can be prepped ahead, recipe coming soon!)

Thursday:

B: overnight oats (made the night before, obviously!)

L: leftover stuffed pepper soup

L2: tuna snack, clementine, chips, granola bar, milk and apple juice

D: turkey meatballs over spaghetti squash and sauce (meatballs can be made ahead of time, bake spaghetti squash ahead of time *10 minute meal if prepped!)

Friday:

B: fritatta with greens or overnight oats

L: leftover spaghetti squash and meatballs

L2: individual plain meatballs, apple slices, chips, granola bar, fruit and milk

D: Homemade Pizza Night