My meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next two weeks!
I quickly jotted down a meal plan early this morning with my baby sitting in my lap and my toddler trying to climb up next to me on the couch. I was thankful that the process doesn’t have to be complicated. I had printed out my planning page and used my master lunch and dinner lists and went from there.
I had purchased a lot of meat at the beginning of the month, so I did not need to purchase any meat when I went shopping today. All I needed was to replenish some staple ingredients and buy some fresh produce.
I am looking forward to a couple of months from now when meal planning and shopping will get even more simple when we can simply go pick much of our fresh produce from our garden. (Did you see part one of the gardening series that I shared this week? It’s all about planning for success).
Spring and summer make me want to eat LOTS of fresh fruits and vegetables. I also want to spend much more time outside and much less time in the kitchen. I try to prep more on the weekends and at the beginning of the week so that we can be ready to pack a picnic in ten minutes and head out to a park or to the zoo whenever the feeling strikes.
Tell me in the comments at the end of this post what is on your meal plan for the next couple of weeks!
Two Week Meal Plan #4
Keep reading for a list of the meals on my meal plan. I simply listed our meal options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with links to each. I also included a short list of foods that I will prep at the beginning of the week at the top. I do not plan for 14 dinners because I know we will likely eat out at least once and have leftovers too. Breakfasts and lunches will also be repeated.
You can find a video more about how I meal plan and grocery budget, as well as videos for many of the recipes and meals listed below on the Video Index page.
Organic Greek yogurt quarts were on sale buy one get one free at Costco today, so I won’t be making homemade yogurt this week. I also already have a lot of broth in the freezer, so that’s another prep item I won’t need to do.
- Instant Pot (barely) Sweet Tea
- Big Batch Marinara Sauce (for spaghetti and meatballs, pizzas, and dipping sauce)
- Strawberry Chia Seed Jam (for topping on yogurt and pb&j sandwiches)
- Ridiculously Easy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts (for salads and chicken salad)
Our breakfasts do not vary too much, though we may change up what kind of muffins we have, or if we have waffles or cinnamon rolls on special mornings.
- eggs and smoothies
- steel cut oats in the Instant Pot (such an easy weekday breakfast!)
- waffles (it’s been a while since we’ve had these. I like this recipe for a homemade waffle mix that I keep in the fridge until I need it).
Picnic season is in full swing now! We picnic every Friday after co-op, and then at least one more time during the week when we go to the park or the zoo. I try to always have easy grab and go picnic options on hand (see this list for dozens of healthy, easy ideas).
- chicken salad
- tuna salad
- salad (with ranch or Greek dressing, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, cheese, croutons, sliced chicken, sunflower seeds, peppers, etc)
- nacho dip (with homemade salsa, beans, cheese, yogurt, and guacamole)
- peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (with chia seed jam and homemade whole wheat sandwich loaves)
We have a lot going on the rest of the month, so dinners will be simple and I will not need to plan for as many as I usually do. I am also going to be away for a weekend, so I am planning on making a big chicken pot pie for the family to easily reheat while I’m gone.
- Roasted sausages & root vegetables
- Spaghetti with meatballs (hopefully with fresh pasta, but I have boxed on hand too)
- Omelette & oatmeal date apple muffins
- Chicken Pot Pie (Instant Pot freezer meal. I’m going to follow the instructions but refrigerate it instead of freeze it).
- Spinach & bacon Alfredo pizza (subbing sweet Italian sausage for the bacon)
- Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and garlic green beans (watch this video to see how to cook the meatloaf and potatoes at the same time)
- Risotto in the Instant Pot (recipe testing)
- fresh fruit (apples, bananas, oranges, kiwi)
- organic fruit snacks (still working through a large box we splurged on at Costco)
- veggie straws
- yogurt and jam
- snack jars
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