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I sit down every Monday with my trusty stack of 5 x 7 index cards with my favorite recipes scribbled on them. Next, I thumb through each one, looking for a recipe that we haven’t eaten in a while. I try to alternate between recipes that I can make quickly, ones that take longer, and recipes that make good leftovers. This process helps me to organize my grocery list and to be prepared for the week. To save time, I want to share my weekly plans with you! Here I will show you exactly how I plan my meals and plus give you access to 4 printable weekly meal plans (that’s 28 days of recipes), a meal planning template and a grocery list.
How to Make Weekly Meal Plans
1. Create Index Cards
Once I find a recipe that I like. I write down all of the ingredients on an index card to make it easy to plan meals. I also write the name of the recipe at the top and where I found it, so I can quickly reference the recipe.
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2. Use a Planning Template
I like to use a planning template each week. Whether you want to plan one meal like dinners, or all three, a planning template makes it super easy to stay organized during the week. Get your four free weekly meal plans, plus the template and grocery list by clicking the banner, so you can make your own.
3. Make a List
Make a list of the items you will need for the week. I have made an easy grocery list template, that will allow you to quickly add the items you will need for the week.
4 Weeks of Weekly Meal Plans
To save you time, I have assembled four weekly meal plans. With each weekly meal plan, you can find the recipes below. Enjoy!
Week 1 of the Weekly Meal Plans:
Monday| Dinner: Greek Pasta Salad + grilled chicken
Tuesday| Dinner: Four-cheese stuffed shells
Wednesday| Dinner: Garlic Ginger Chicken
Thursday| Breakfast: Faux meal / Dinner: BBQ Ribs
Friday| Lunch: Berry fruit salad / Dinner: Spinach Quesadillas
Saturday| Dinner: Crispy Chicken and Avocado Salad with Corn and Parmesan Cheese
Sunday| Breakfast: Overnight Oats / Dinner: Pulled Tandoori Chicken
Week 2 of the Weekly Meal Plans:
Monday|Breakfast: Yogurt Parfait / Dinner: Ground Turkey Plantain Nachos
Tuesday| Dinner: Paleo Chicken Cobb Salad with Buffalo Ranch
Wednesday| Breakfast: Banana Oat Muffins / Dinner: Greek Pasta Salad + grilled chicken
Thursday| Breakfast: Faux meal / Dinner: Homemade noodles + chicken soup
Friday| Dinner: Four-cheese stuffed shells
Saturday| Dinner: Balsamic Orange Chicken With Basil
Sunday| Breakfast: Overnight Oats / Dinner: Roasted Tomatoes and Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles
Week 3 of the Weekly Meal Plans:
Monday| Dinner: Chicken in Lemon Butter Caper Sauce
Tuesday| Dinner: BBQ Ribs
Wednesday| Dinner: Lemon Dill Salmon
Thursday| Breakfast: Faux meal / Dinner: Thai Coconut Curry Soup
Friday| Dinner: Grilled Marinated Flank Steak Fajitas Recipe
Saturday| Dinner: Cheesy Southwest Taco Sliders
Sunday| Breakfast: Overnight Oats / Dinner: Crispy Chicken and Avocado Salad with Corn and Parmesan Cheese
Week 4 of the Weekly Meal Plans:
Monday| Breakfast: Yogurt Parfait / Dinner: Grilled chicken + Caprese salad
Tuesday| Dinner: Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza
Wednesday| Breakfast: Banana Oat Muffins / Dinner: Baked Pesto Chicken
Thursday| Breakfast: Faux meal / Dinner: Mongolian Beef
Friday| Dinner: Shredded BBQ Chicken Sliders
Saturday| Dinner: Quinoa Asparagus Salad With a Lemon Pesto Drizzle
Sunday| Breakfast: Overnight Oats / Dinner: Greek Pasta Salad + grilled chicken
What are your go-to dishes for your weekly meal plans?
P.S. If you enjoyed this piece, you may also like How to Save Money While Following a Healthy Gluten-Free Diet.