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Simple Menu Planning

white chicken chili

Today is Labor Day, and we are going to celebrate with a not-so-typical meal.  But I cannot wait!

Simple menu planning is so key for busy families to be able to eat at home and spend time with each other across the kitchen table!  Eating healthy does not have to be complicated.

How to Simplify Your Meal Plan (without compromising nutrition)

1. Focus on fruits and vegetables.  They are full of fiber, nutrients, and color.  And don’t feel like you always have to buy fresh.  Frozen fruits and veggies are an easy and inexpensive way to get more of these superfoods in your diet!

2. Eat leftovers.  Leftovers are the only way I survive in the kitchen.  Thankfully, my husband likes leftovers and often takes them for lunch the next day.  Some meals are better the next day than others, but oftentimes I will make a big pot of chili and that’s what we’ll eat for lunch throughout the week.

3. Use the crock pot. That wonderful kitchen tool can save you so much time and can allow you to make one pot wonders that include meat and vegetables!

4. Make a nutrient-packed smoothie for breakfast. I actually will sometimes do this for lunch on the days I don’t work, but most people probably prefer it for breakfast.  My Vita-mix allows me to throw in all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and even whole flax seed for a vitamin-packed meal.

My Weekly Meal Plan


Lunch: Leftover White chicken Chili

Dinner: Spinach and Strawberry Salad (with grilled chicken)


Lunch: Turkey Sandwich on Alvarado Street Complete Protein Bread (flourless with sprouted grains) with light mayo and side of grapes

Dinner: Angel hair pasta with pesto, feta and tomatoes (made with homemade pesto)


Lunch: Leftover angel hair pasta with pesto

Dinner: Balsamic chicken with brussel sprouts and baked potato


Lunch: Turkey sandwich with baby carrots and low fat Ranch dressing

Dinner: Spaghetti (made with homemade spaghetti sauce from the freezer) with salad


Lunch: Leftover spaghetti

Dinner: PIZZA NIGHT!  Homemade pesto pizza!!

(Linking up at Menu Plan Monday!)

I’d love for you to share what your favorite simple meals and simple menu planning tips are!  Leave a comment below!




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Freezer Meals Menu Plan

This week, my Little Buddy is starting a half-day preschool (sniff, sniff).

I have been wanting to try some freezer meals for quite a while now, because I do believe it may take the guesswork out of dinner.  There’s nothing I hate more than getting near dinnertime and just not knowing what to cook on those busy days.

So, here’s my meal plan for a week filled with (mostly) freezer meals:

Monday: Cooking a whole chicken I got for free with an Earth Fare coupon!  Will cook it in the Crock-pot and have carrots and baked potatoes on the side.

Then, I will use part of it to prepare a frozen Mexican dinner from an e-book I purchased at SavingDinner.com.

I will also prep for two more chicken meals using SavingDinner.com’s recipes (Balsamic Blackberry Chicken & Chicken Parmesan)

Tuesday: Chicken Tostados with refried beans (freezer meal)

Wednesday: Chicken Parmesan (freezer meal) with egg noodles and salad

Thursday: Balsamic Blackberry Chicken (freezer meal) with sweet potato and green beans

Friday: PIZZA NIGHT!! Homemade Pesto Pizza with artichoke hearts, tomato and feta (will defrost pesto that I had frozen)

Last week I posted my meatless menu plan, and it was nice to not have to fool with cooking meat last week!  This week is quite opposite, and very chicken-heavy, because we got some awesome deals on fresh chicken this weekend.

I’ll keep you posted on how the freezer meals turn out.  If it makes dinner prep easier, then I’m going to be so thrilled and sold on this form of prep and cooking!




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