If you’ve been a Chasing Supermom reader in the past, you know just how much I advocate for meal planning. (Want to know why? Check out: 10 Reasons Why I Love Meal Planning?)
I’ve been meal planning our dinners for about 15 years. (Pro Tip: Save your past menus! I do!)
But, a few years ago, I started noticing that we never had anything to make lunch with. Sure, I had everything I needed to make some great dinners – but when lunchtime rolled around, I found myself back in that space of staring at the refrigerator or the pantry, going, “what on earth am I going to make?!” So I started planning for lunch as well. And it wasn’t long before I started planning out breakfasts too.
I plan for 2 weeks at a time, and post the menu on the refrigerator. The family enjoys knowing what’s coming up and it’s always fun to see them get excited for things like, “Taco Night” or knowing that coffee cake is in their future.
Bottom line? Meal planning is a win for everyone.
Things to Note:
*I do not plan breakfasts on the weekends. I always make sure to have plenty of cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, etc. on hand.
*Our church (where my husband is the pastor!) meets on Sunday evenings, and starts with a family meal. So our Sunday dinners are eaten at church. I’ve included the theme we’re following to spark inspiration for you.
*We do one BIG grocery shop the Friday before a new 2 week menu starts and an auxiliary shop in the middle to restock on fresh items like produce, milk, etc.
*We aren’t gluten-free, paleo, etc. We eat healthy(ish) and enjoy all good things in moderation.
*I meal plan my side dishes. I haven’t always done this, but similarly to not having food on hand for lunches, I often found that I wasn’t buying anything for sides. Planning for them helps me out a ton!
*Any meal ideas featured on the blog are linked so you can find the recipe!
Happy meal planning everyone! I hope my menu sparks an idea or two for yours!
Something on my menu plan that you’d like a recipe for? Let me know and I’ll do my best to feature it on the blog!
Lunch: Homemade Lunchables
Dinner: Chicken Schwarma Gyros w/ Berry Yogurt Salad
Lunch: Turkey Sandwiches w/ chips and fruit
Dinner: Deluxe Chicken Breast Sandwiches w/ Fries
Lunch: Sandwiches or Left-overs
Lunch: Sandwiches or Left-overs
Breakfast: Belgian Waffles w/ Fresh Berry Topping
Lunch: Grilled Hot Dogs w/ JELL-O jigglers
Dinner: Turkey Burgers w/ corn on the cob and melon
Breakfast: Banana Muffins
Lunch: Corn Dogs
Dinner: Sweet and Sour Crockpot Meatballs w/ Rice
Breakfast: Breakfast Banana Splits (yogurt, NOT ice cream!)
Lunch: Taco Salad
Dinner: Ground Pork Lo Mein
Breakfast: 2 Ingredient Baked Donuts (recipe coming!)
Lunch: TikTok Macaroni & Cheese
Dinner: Grilled Citrus Pork Chops with orzo and roasted carrots
Breakfast: Toast Bar (I put out lots of toppings!)
Lunch: Chicken Peanut Wraps
Dinner: Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken w/ Cauliflower “Hashbrown” Casserole and green beans
Breakfast: Cereal or Oatmeal
Lunch: Pita Pizza
Dinner: Layered Taco Bake w/ Cherry Pie JELL-O
Breakfast: Mango Smoothies
Lunch: Pita Sandwiches w/ cheese sticks
Dinner: Homemade Deep Dish Pizza
Breakfast: Frozen Waffles
Lunch: Chicken Burgers
Dinner: Green Chile Mac & Cheese with Blackened Chicken
Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Lunch: Pasta Salad
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies
Lunch: Copycat Taco Bell Meximelts
Dinner: Homemade Deli Subs w/ kettle chips
Featured in Today’s Menu: