Having inspiration can make meal planning much easier! These 4 easy simple meal plans from our family are full of dinner ideas for you! Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of Meal Planning Made Easy to get eight MORE weeks of dinners for your simple meal plans!
It’s one of my kids’ favorite questions to ask. And honestly, it’s one that I used to frequently ask myself at 5pm from the middle of the grocery store.
You know the one.
If you’re anything like me, it’s the question that can leave you wide-eyed, thinking, “You mean these people want to eat tonight?”
The question that manages to perplex you sometimes. The one that causes you to make unplanned trips to the grocery store, extra stops at the fast food drive-through, and last-minute calls to your favorite local takeout joint.
It’s the question that wrecks your best attempts at a budget and causes you too much stress.
I know, because I’ve been there too many times.
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that I don’t have to live like this! And you don’t either. The solution is really so simple.
But no matter how you do it, the truth is, having a simple meal plan each week can reduce stress, cut down on waste in your grocery budget, and eliminate the overwhelming question, “What’s for dinner?”
Having a plan means you already know what’s for dinner before the day even starts.
And having inspiration makes meal planning way more fun, so I thought I’d share 4 weeks of actual meal plans from my own home.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about these 4 weekly simple meal plans:
- I’ve found that it’s easier to stick to my meal plan if the meals are simple and easy to prepare, relatively inexpensive, and if my family enjoys them. So you won’t find elaborate, time-intensive meals here. There’s nothing wrong with those, but they don’t fit our lifestyle right now.
I only make a meal plan for our dinner meals. We typically eat the same few things for breakfast, and our lunches are simple (sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, cheese, etc.).
- We are a family of 5, and our kids are currently ages 5, 2.5, and 16 months. Many of the meals I make end up feeding us twice for dinner. Obviously, if you have a family with three teenagers, you may need to adjust quantities to have enough leftovers.
Sunday: Takeout pizza
Monday: Cheeseburger soup with homemade rolls
Wednesday: Chicken enchiladas with beans, Mexican rice, and corn
Friday: Pesto gnocchi, green beans, and potatoes
Saturday: Breakfast for dinner (eggs and bacon with these pancakes)
Sunday: Spaghetti with salad
Tuesday: Bean and corn quesadillas with Mexican rice
Wednesday: Taco baked potatoes
Thursday: Veggie fried rice
Saturday: Dinner with extended family
Sunday: Homemade pizza margherita
Monday: Hot dogs with fresh fruit and pretzels & hummus
Friday: Beef and veggie stir fry
Sunday: Takeout pizza
Wednesday: Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana
Friday: Pot roast with Instant Pot mashed potatoes and carrots
Just remember, meal planning doesn’t have to be complicated! In fact, it shouldn’t be. By including easy, tried and true recipes in your plan, you’re setting yourself up for success. Use these easy weekly simple meal plans as a guide to get started.
Having an answer to the question, “What’s for dinner” allows you to save time, money, and sanity! I hope these 4 simple meal plans give you a little bit of inspiration and show you how simple meal planning can be.