Meal Planning – May 18-24

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about our Meal Planning for Newbies plan for 2014.  And it’s not like me to post on a Sunday.  But, Jon starts grad school tomorrow, and the main reason I started our Meal Planning journey this past January was to give myself time to get used to having it become a part of our routine.  And, to figure out the kinks – fix what doesn’t work, and improve on what does.

Well, meal planning, when you DON’T do it, DOESN’T make life easier.  In fact, when I was working on my #Powersheets, I added “meal planning (when done) to ease my work week, cut down on multiple grocery stops” under What Worked for 2013.  The key there is when done.  I’ve not been diligent with it, but I need to be now. To save my sanity during the week as Jon will be gone two nights a week and I’ll have dinner/cleanup/bathtime/bedtime/lunchmaking to do by myself. And I don’t want to be scrambling at 4:45 trying to figure out what to do.



So today, after we got home from church, I got to work making my meal plan for the week, as well as grocery list. In fact, to help make my life easier around the grocery store, I should probably stock up on these Notepads from Brittany Garner Design.

Brittany Garner Design - Grocery List Notepad


(Ps she’s a sweetheart, really talented, and actually designed our logo for the SoCal Lady Bloggers.  She’s also about to have baby #2 so if you order, please note her production/shipping times are a bit longer than normal.)

Because I know what does work, and what doesn’t, for meal planning in our house – I know I cannot cook 7 days a week.  Mixed in we have 1 night of leftovers, 1 night of going out, and 1 night of easy dinner (burgers, hot dogs, ya know – the healthy meals. lol).  So here is our lineup for the week:

Sunday: Chipotle Chicken Salad

Monday: Fried Yakisoba Noodles

Tuesday: Cowboy Casserole

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Pork Tacos

Friday: Eat Out/Bring Home (ya know, depending how late Jon is at work, and how the kids’ temperament is that day)

Saturday: Burgers

Sunday – I’m off the hook. BBQ party at someone else’s house!!!

I’ve got most of those pinned on my Recipe board on Pinterest (feel free to peruse & also follow me!)


Oh and feel free to leave a link to a favorite dish in the comments so I can add some more tasty meals to our lineup!


  1. says

    Jon will be gone 2 nights a week!? That’s brutal…wishing you lots of luck on those nights. BTW crock pot meals always seem to be easiest for me as finding time to prepare food right before dinner is tricky (since I’m putting Cici down from 6-6:30 then Brent is working on Lexi right after so there is no great time to eat unless we all eat at 5:30 or 8pm). This pot roast was super easy and it was something that can sit in the crock pot all day. Just FYI it is a little dry so you just have to serve it with some gravy.
    1 tsp salt
    3-4lb chuck roast, browned
    4 med potatoes, cut into quarters
    3 carrots, sliced
    2 celery stalks, sliced
    1 med onion, sliced
    1/2c hot water
    Salt roast. In large skillet, brown roast over medium heat. In slow cooker, place vegetables. Add roast and water. Cover. Cook on low 10 to 12 hours. Makes 6-8 servings.

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