Meal Planning for Dummies

I have wanted to set up a meal plan for our family for a very long time.  It has been challenging for me because I worried a plan with no flexibility would cause me to feel restrained and rebel, like someone on a diet who craves only the things they can’t have.  To be honest, though, nothing else was working, and I knew something had to change. When I decided to set a meal plan based on specific calendar dates, and Hubby Bumpkin’s work schedule, things became so much simpler.  I grocery shop once a week to pick up only what we need for those meals, and try to use up what is left over in our cupboards!

Once I am more confident that our plan is working for us, I will focus more on the health aspect.  (You may notice I’m a little carb happy!)

Here is one weeks worth of lunches and suppers in the Bumpkin house:

Day 1

Lunch: Homemade Bread and Chilli.                    Supper: Quesadillas with chicken, peppers, spinach, and cheese

Day 2

Lunch: Quiche (with broccoli and spinach)            Supper: Left over Chilli

Day 3

Lunch: Homemade Cream of Tomato soup           Supper: Lasagna & garden salad

Day 4

Lunch: Chicken Ranch Wraps with baby kale        Supper: Homemade Pizza with basil pesto, shrimp, spinach and feta

Day 5

Lunch: Quinoa salad (corn, beans, tomato, cheese)    Supper: Chicken Parm with fettucine Alfredo, caesar salad

Day 6

Lunch: Spinach salad, with hard-boiled egg, bacon, cheese and poppy seed dressing     Supper: Tacos with salsa and guacamole

Day 7

Lunch: Leftovers or bump one of the other meals to here if leftovers made up another meal.  French Toast if no leftovers were available.

Supper: Mac n Cheese bake

 

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