Here is a sample weekly dinner meal plan for our family dinners. Sometimes, knowing what is for dinner is the hardest thing! Planning ahead for our dinners takes the stress out of the weeknight.
I wrote a meal plan out for our weekly dinners a week or two ago, and I shared it. I had a lot of comments from readers on how helpful it was to them as well. So, I thought I’d share more!
Why Should You Meal Plan?
The main reason for meal planning (for me) is it makes things a little easier in general. If there could be an easy button, I’d take it!
You can have all of the decision making done and also have all the ingredients at hand. By having the decision made and all your healthy ingredients nearby, it helps avoid the pitfalls of takeout or unhealthy choices.
You can take it one step further, by making your own DIY meal kits ahead of time on the weekend! I used to subscribe to a weekly dinner meal kit, and I loved it at the time. It’s since gone out of business, and I haven’t found another dinner service that I’ve enjoyed as much. Then, I realized I can sort of make my own!
Meal planning will also limit the time you use running out to the store for groceries and also help save money by not getting last-minute take-out food.
Weekly Dinner Meal Plan for August 23rd – August 30th
Note, these are only the dinner plans for my family.
I tend to intermittent fast, so I usually don’t eat breakfast. If you’d be interested in my lunches, let me know. I’ll be honest – lunches are my hardest meal. I tend to eat at my desk and I find it hard to be full and stay healthy. It’s a work in progress.
When I want to do something really different with the bacon, I spice it up a little with spicy candied bacon!
It’s still hot in KY! I don’t really want to get the kitchen too hot, so I’m really grabbing for those recipes that just require gadgets and not the oven. And don’t equate food made by gadgets to poor taste! They can be super delicious!
I served this with a side salad and a piece of garlic bread. (I make my garlic bread in the air fryer too, so as not to heat up the kitchen. I do the bread first!)
Super easy crockpot food, staying in theme with the gadgetry.
I serve this with tortilla chips and a sprinkling of Mexican blend cheese on the top. You can also add a dollop of sour cream and slices of avocado to round it out!
It’s back to the instant pot tonight, with super easy beef tips! Serve over mashed potatoes for a complete and filling meal!
Toward the end of the week, I’m tired! My brain (and body) really don’t want to do a lot other than coming home to crash.
Eating leftovers is also a good way to avoid food waste.
Almost every Friday, we order pizza.
So this is a night out. We have a local pizza pub that makes amazing cauliflower crust pizzas!
Absolutely delicious comfort food! Serve with a side salad and bread to top it off!
Previous weekly dinner meal plans:
I hope this meal plan inspires you and helps you come up with ideas for your own weekly dinner plan. Meal planning helps with the stress of what to make every night, helps you stay healthy and do more mindful eating, and keeps your meals from being the same thing over and over!
What is your favorite weeknight meal? What is your family’s favorite? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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