Want to make a simple meal plan?
During the school year, I have always kept a meal plan to avoid the 4 o'clock, "What will I make for dinner?"
When it comes to keeping things simple, meal planning is very helpful.
I started years ago by making a simple meal plan by days of the week. For instance, Tuesdays we are out of the house, so it is always a crockpot day. Fridays are always pizza. Sundays are always some kind of pasta. The other nights are designated as soup night or Mexican, etc.
This way I can vary the dishes, but the themes are the same, making it much easier to plan.
On this plan you can see that Mondays are soup, Tuesdays Crockpot, Wednesdays are "easy" days, Thursdays are Mexican, Fridays are pizza, and Saturdays vary. The colors represent each day of the week and "theme."
I have created a color coded meal plan that you can use in a few ways.
- Print it out and use it as is- of course, substitute your family's likes and favorites.
- Print out the blank template and fill it in
- Use post it notes to plan- this way you can move them around as needed!
Remember, the goal here at Simply Living for Him is to spend more time on things that matter- your family doesn't care if your meals are Pinterest perfect. They just want to eat! ;) So plan ahead, lessen the stress, and enjoy family time at the table.
*These are just suggestions and samples based on our meal plan- we don't eat beef, so you won't see it on here. Substitute your family's favorites!
I have included a few days for things like trying a new recipe when you have the time, or letting kids pick the meal and let them prepare it! There are also spaces for "breakfast for dinner" etc.
Use the printables as you see fit for your family...
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