Planning out our weekly meals has saved us thousands of dollars over the last couple of years. I’ve cut our weekly grocery bills almost in half because I’m no longer making frivolous purchases, throwing away food items that have gone bad because I didn’t use them, or buying pre-prepared foods. I attribute all of these mistakes to the fact that I didn’t have a plan when making my trips to the grocery store.
I’ve planned out weekly menus for 30 weeks. Each week, 5-6 recipes are linked to the recipe source. I try to vary the proteins within any given week, as well as cooking techniques. You’ll also find a weekly shopping list that includes the meals and all the ingredients you’ll need to buy for that week. I don’t think a recipe is repeated in these plans, so you should have a variety of meals to choose from.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a food blogger, nor a food photographer (as clearly evident in the images below). Rather, I’m simply a mom trying to save money and feed her family homemade meals. I’m hopeful that some of these weekly meal plans will help your family as well!
Now that I’ve spent all this time on developing these meal plans, I can focus my efforts on “DIYing” just about everything. If you love to decorate on a budget, you should check out all the rest of my projects in the top menu bar. I think I like taking pictures of furniture much better than I do of food. 😉
Just click on the image of the shopping list to view and print the list.
Obviously, all of these meal plans and shopping lists are completely free. I’m posting them here because I really don’t want anything in return, just for people to use them! However, if you are one who loves to show thanks, a simple follow on Pinterest, Facebook, or Instagram will be thanks enough for me.
Almond Crusted Tilapia
* I doubled the recipe on the shopping list because, as written, it only serves two.Chili Cornbread CasseroleChicken, Rice & Artichoke Casserole
Crunchy Onion Chicken with Green Beans
Pesto Lasagna with Spinach & Mushroom
* This recipe makes 8 servings. I follow the recipe and freeze half for a later meal. You could also divide the recipe (and items on shopping list) in half.
Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken with Broccoli
Healthy Mini Corn Dog Muffins with Macaroni Salad
Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Broccoli
Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup
Black Bean & Quinoa Enchilada Bake
* I love to use frozen slow cooker black beans and enchilada sauce for this recipe!
Avocado, Cheddar, & Sun-Dried Tomato Quesadilla
Healthy Breaded Shrimp with Lemon Garlic Green Beans
*I add 2 tbsp. of flaxseed to the breadcrumb mixture to give it extra fiber and protein.
Cheesy Spinach Baked Penne
Southwest Quinoa & Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Stewed Pork & Squash
Slow Cooker Meatball Sandwiches
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Bourbon Glazed Salmon with Brown Rice and Broccoli
*I substituted 1 tsp. vanilla + 2 tbsp. water for the 3 tbsp. of Bourbon. We thought it was delicious, but I don’t know how far off from the original flavor we strayed.
Vegetable Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes
*This recipes makes 10 servings, so I split the recipe in half and used the new amount in the shopping list. The glaze on top is fairly spicy, so if some of your family members don’t like heat, you could lower or omit the red pepper flakes.
Red Pepper & Parmesan Tilapia with Asparagus
Pasta with Gorgonzola & Ham
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Chicken, Edamame, & Noodle Stir-Fry
* This is a family favorite. We always use whole wheat linguine instead of udon noodles and love it!
Corned Beef and Cabbage (Happy St. Paddy’s Day!)
Soy Sauce, Ginger, Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli
Sausage and Red Pepper Quiche
Oven Fried Fritos Chicken Fingers
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Pesto Artichoke Red Pepper Flatbread Pizzas
Panera Style Broccoli Cheese Soup
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
*Using batch cooked chicken makes the prep of this meal take less than 15 minutes!
Turkey and Spinach Lasagna
Buffalo Chicken Chili Mac
*Use batch cooked chicken with this meal too!
Asian Spaghetti Pasta
Tilapia Tacos with Roasted Corn Avocado Black Bean Salad
*I use batch cooked black beans instead of canned, and topped with queso fresco!
*It’s not listed on the shopping list, but I add spinach and it’s delicious!
*I use my batch cooked black beans instead of canned beans. Easier and cheaper!
*I use a batch of my homemade pizza sauce for easy dinners like this one.
Philly Cheese Stuffed Peppers
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
*I used 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and it was still delicious.
*Instead of ground sirloin, I used sirloin steak as a nice little weeknight treat!
BBQ Chicken and Gouda Flatbread Pizza
Garlicky Shrimp with White Beans
Crock Pot Chicken Gyros
*The shopping list includes ingredients to make the Tzatziki sauce, but I cut that recipe in half and it made plenty of sauce.
Strata with Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Slow Cooker Taco Casserole
Turkey Tenderloin with Butternut Squash and Kale
*Instead of wild rice, I used Trader Joe’s Harvest Grain Blend.
Applesauce Mac and Cheese with Apple Sausage
Sausage & Red Pepper Pizza
*I use homemade batch-cooked pizza sauce for this recipe.
Crock Pot Asian Lettuce Wraps
Spinach, Ham & Rice Casserole
Baked Penne with Chicken, Broccoli and Smoked Mozzarella
Pretzel Crusted Chicken with Broccoli
Baked Shrimp with Feta and Orzo
Crock Pot Steak Blue Cheese Roll Ups with Mashed Potatoes
Crock Pot Brown and Maple Sugar Pork Tenderloin & Cheesy Potatoes
Baked Pasta with Sausage & Spinach
* Save some Italian chicken sausage as a pizza topping on Friday. I used a frozen batch of my veggie loaded pasta sauce.
Quinoa with Egg, Parmesan, Edamame & Avocado
* I quadrupled the recipe in the meal plan to serve 4.
* I used a frozen batch of my homemade enchilada sauce and of batch cooked shredded chicken.
Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot with Broccoli
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
* Try making pizza sauce at home and freezing it. You’ll never want to buy another jar/can of it at the store again! (I doubled this recipe in the meal plan to serve 4.)
Santa Fe Chicken Pita Pizzas
*Using batch-cooked chicken and black beans makes this meal super fast and easy!
Potato-Sausage-Pepper Foil Packets
Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu
Asian Fried Quinoa with Shrimp
*I added shrimp to this recipe and the shopping list.
Sausage, Mozzarella & Broccoli Rabe with Shells
Spinach & Feta Burgers with Garlic Aioli and Spinach Salad
Grilled Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin with Baked Beans & Grilled Asparagus
Triple Citrus Glazed Salmon with Green Beans
Grilled Flank Steak with Avocado and Tomato Salsa
Caprese-Style Stuffed Chicken Rolls with Greens
Couscous with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Artichokes, and Spinach
Chicken and Summer Vegetables Tostadas
* I love using batch-cooked chicken for this easy summer recipe.
Sunday Beef Rib Roast
Chicken Zucchini Casserole
Baked Tilapia and Veggie Foil Packets
Grilled Brie-Stuffed Burgers with Bacon and Grilled Red Potatoes
Rigatoni with Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Grilled Veggie Hummus Pizzas
Chicken and Noodles Skillet
Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw
Tomato & Spinach Pizzas
* I honestly don’t use a recipe for this one. Because I know Wednesday night is a busy one, I’ll buy pre-made pizza dough, and defrost a batch of my pizza sauce.
Shrimp Pasta with Tomatoes, Lemon, & Spinach
Feel free to download or print your own weekly meal planning menu. You may choose between a 6-day or a 5-day menu. Just click the image for a printable version!