We ate pretty well this week – even in the midst of all of life’s “busyness!” I know that if I didn’t have a menu plan in place, we would be eating from my limited selection of “dinner rut” ideas. While I love pancakes, spaghetti, and tacos – it’s nice to add a few more things to our rotation!

I hope this week’s menu gives you a few ideas to try! Have a great week everyone, and thanks for stopping by Meal Plan Monday!




Church Potluck

*Ahh the church potluck. A veritable smorgasbord of casseroles, soups, and desserts. Pretty blessed to attend where I do.



Nutella Banana Bread

Waffles, Eggs, Sausage

*We love having breakfast for dinner! My friend Becky got us a Belgian Waffle Maker (aff link) last year and we just LOVE it! And what’s better than a strawberry waffle?!




Teddy Bear Toast

“Olive Garden” Fettuccini with Chicken, Bread, Veggie

*The fettuccini is one of my most popular posts, and is SO delicious! I can’t make it very often because it’s not the best for you, but it’s oh so good. Totally cheat-worthy!




*This day was a total cheat day. I had a breakfast planned that needed to be started the night before and completely forgot! Then, we got busy doing house projects and packing and what I had planned for dinner sounded gross. So I totally broke protocol, made the kids mac and cheese, and my husband went and got us Taco Bell later that night!

I wanted you guys to see that even the most dedicated menu planner takes a day off once in awhile! Life happens. If you stay on track most of the time, you’re still going to make it!




BLT Grilled Cheese, Fries, Butterscotch Apples

*BLT grilled cheese sandwiches are AWESOME! Whoever thought of adding bacon to a grilled cheese deserves an award. This was a simple and affordable dinner too! Doesn’t get much easier than making grilled cheese!





Fish Tacos, Rice


*Family night!! We watched Earth to Echo and tried our first ever fish tacos. I made a seasoned cornmeal crust for our tilapia and cut up some fresh veggies. 3 out of 4 kids gobbled them up! (That’s pretty much a big win at our house!) I also made some to-die-for brownies that I’ll be posting this week!



Toast and Fruit

“Grown-Up” Homemade Spaghettios with Chicken Pesto Meatballs, Homemade Wheat Bread

*This was pretty good! I haven’t decided if I’ll post this yet or not, but all of the kids ate their dinner without complaint, and it was fun to elevate a pantry dish and make it with fresh ingredients! (Plus, I got to use my Dutch Oven, which is one of my favorite things in the world!)


Until next week! Remember that you can always check out the Meal Plan Archives if you get stuck for an idea! I’m here to help! Have a great week and happy planning!