Today is the start of another 3-week meal planning cycle. In order to stay on top of the dinnertime rush, we will be planning, shopping and prepping for three weeks worth of dinners all at once. We will also be doing the shopping for one weeks worth of breakfasts, lunches and snacks.
Last week, I shared how I am automating this whole process, so I can reuse my meal plans and save oodles of time. You can read about it HERE. I highly recommend automating your meal plans if you are finding yourself crunched for time. You can plan your weeks, gather your recipes, and make your shopping list once, then reuse it over and over. With a few of these pre-made plans on hand, you can have some variety without redoing the work over and over again.
Here is one of the six meal plans I am using with my family. I choose the recipes based on how easy, affordable and kid-friendly they are!
DINNER (3 week plan)
- (2) Pizza Pasta Casserole & Veggies
- (3) Smothered Salisbury Steak Tips, Potatoes, Veggies
- (2) Julia Child’s Quiche
- (3) Honey Baked Chicken, Potatoes, Veggies
- (2) Chicken with Mushrooms & Mustard, veggies
- (2) Crock Pot Chili
- (3) Buffalo Chicken Wraps
- (2) Spaghetti & Meatballs (throw 1 can pasta sauce with meatballs into slow cooker, serve over cooked spaghetti)
- (2) Pancakes & Homemade Sausage Patties
BREAKFAST (1 week)
- (2) Yogurt & Granola
- (2) Egg Scrambles – using any meat and veggies we have on hand
- (2) Amish Oatmeal & fresh fruit
- (1) Cinnamon Toast & fresh fruit
LUNCH (1 week)
SNACKS (1 week)
- French Bread Pizza for movie night
- Veggies & Fruit we have on hand
- Peanut Butter Popcorn
- Leftover Granola from breakfast
NOTE: This printable shopping list does not include the following pantry staples (you likely have them on-hand): salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, coriander, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, parsley flakes, italian seasoning, sage, thyme, paprika, nutmeg, prepared mustard, hot sauce (2 Tbs), baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon.
Printable/Digital Coupons to Use:
- Ibotta app
- Checkout 51 app – select fruits & veggies
- Snap app
- Savingstar offer – loose oranges
- Coupons.com – sort by category: food
- Check your local grocery store sale ads to see who has the best deals on meat and dairy this week.
- Shop at Aldi’s or Costco for your fresh produce.
- I highly recommend a Costco membership. They have high quality produce and meat, plenty of organic items, and great prices!
- I suggest printing all coupons, but check other brands (including store brands) before buying to be sure you’re getting the best price.
- If you shop at Walmart, be sure to scan your receipt afterwards to get any Savings Catcher rebates. Details HERE.
- Consider doing some stockpile shopping while you’re out to help build up your pantry. If you participate in the $40 stockpiling challenge, you might get it all for FREE!
If you like the idea of doing three week’s worth of dinner prep at a time, come back every Wednesday for a whole new plan!