Today is the first day of the new weekly meal planning series! Each week I’ll be sharing a new meal plan to inspire your own meal planning efforts!
I’m all about saving time and money, so I wanted to put an emphasis on easy meals that are wallet-friendly. So in each weekly meal plan you’ll find at least …
- One Slow Cooker Recipe OR a One Pan/Skillet Meal
- One Meatless Recipe
- One Meal that is 30 Minutes or Less
- As a whole, the meal plan will be fairly frugal
I usually define “frugal” in this sense as containing standard cuts of meat (if any), containing few ingredients OR if there are a fair amount of ingredients, they’re mainly kitchen staples like olive oil, garlic or spices.
This is usually how I make my own meal plans — I always tend to overestimate how much time I’ll have in a day and how willing I’ll be to cook a super involved dinner, so I’ve since learned to account for a margin for busy nights.
So those slow cooker/one pan meals are the budget savers! Because those are the meals that you’ll turn to (instead of ordering take out!) on the nights when you don’t have much time or energy to spend in the kitchen! And let’s be real, we all have at least one of those nights a week (if you don’t, at least you’ll have an easy night of cooking)!
I’ll call out the nights on the meal plan that fit one of the above categories (e.g. Meatless Meal, One Pan Meal, etc.) so you can just choose those if you’re only using this as a starting point for your own meal planning!
And of course, no meal plan would be complete without a pretty meal planner! I’ve included a printable meal planner that I’ve created below.
So let’s get to it!
Monday – One Pan Meal
One Dish Ranch Chicken & Veggie Bake by Persnickety Plates
Tuesday – Slow Cooker
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup via Mama Loves Food
Wednesday – Meatless Meal
20-Minute Black Beans + Brown Rice
Stuffed Pepper Casserole via Like Mother Like Daughter Food
Friday – Under 30 Minutes
Paleo One Pan Italian Chicken via Just Us Four
Saturday – One Pan Meal
Easy One Pot Chicken Stroganoff via Clarks Condensed
Spaghetti with Peppers and Onions via Just Us Four
Use this free printable meal planner to plan the week’s meals!