Happy Monday! I’m excited to share my menu plan for this week for Menu Plan Monday. I hope to keep this series going for a long time. If you have favorite recipes or meal planning tips, be sure to share them in the comments below.
The week can be a whirlwind of activities for the busy homemaker. Between running errands, taking the kids to school, and working around the house, it can be tough to find time to plan out a healthy, home-cooked meal. That’s why I’m sharing my favorite menu planning ideas for the busy homemaker!
Menu Planning Tips for Homemakers
#1 Family Favorites
One of the easiest ways to get started with menu planning is to make a list of your family’s favorite meals. This can be a good starting point for figuring out what you’ll want to cook during the week.
Another tip is to take advantage of leftovers! If you have leftover chicken from Sunday dinner, for example, you can use it to make chicken salad for lunch during the week. Or if you have some extra ground beef, you can turn it into tacos or enchiladas. Not only will this save you time, but it will also save you money.
#3 Batch Cooking
Another great tip is to batch cook! doubling or tripling your recipe and then freezing the extras is a great way to have quick and easy meals on hand when you’re short on time. Simply pull a meal from the freezer and reheat it when you’re ready to eat. This is also a great way to save money, as cooking in bulk is usually cheaper than buying individual meals.
And last but not least, don’t forget about breakfast! A nutritious breakfast will give you the energy you need to power through your day. So make sure to include some breakfast recipes in your menu planning. It’s also the perfect solution for a busy weeknight meal!
Some of What’s on This Week’s Menu
Here are a few photos of some of these recipes I’ve made in the past:
Easy Meal Planning eBook
Be sure to download my free Easy Meal Planning eBook (32 pages) at the bottom of this post – it includes a free printable meal planner too!
Menu Plan Monday #2
Sunday: hamburgers, tater tots, steamed peas
Monday: shepherd’s pie, steamed veggies
Tuesday: upside down pizza casserole and salad
Wednesday: hot dogs, cole slaw, sweet potato fries + maple mustard dipping sauce
Thursday: french toast bake, eggs, and sausage
Friday: chicken noodle soup
Saturday: leftovers, fruit, and popcorn
I hope these menu planning ideas have inspired you to get started on planning out your meals for the week. Meal planning can seem daunting at first, but once you get into the habit of it, it will become second nature. And before you know it, you’ll be wondering how you ever managed without it!