Let's keep our meals quick and easy! Planning in advance makes all the difference. Here's your complete weekly Meal Plan 1 for Jan 2-8. You'll find the links to the recipes below and a grocery list at the bottom.
Weekly meal plan 1 - planning
Is your first time meal planning, let me give you some tips to make it simple!
Every week, start with a plan - have a list of recipes and write out your grocery list.
Before you go to the store, check your pantry, refrigerator and freezer - cross off anything your don't need to purchase.
Go meatless for a meal (or two!) you'll save $'s and enjoy those veggies!
Start with tried and true recipes. Use food that can be repurposed into several meals. This week it's ham. You'll enjoy a great ham dinner, bean soup and deviled ham sandwiches all using leftovers from that first meal.
Shop once with a full list. I don't know about you, but every time I walk in the door at the grocery store I will spend at least $50 I hadn't planned to spend. Go to the store once.
Keep an inventory of the food you have on-hand or, peruse your pantry, refrigerator and freezer to ensure you're not purchasing ingredients you already have on-hand.
Don't forget... for those days when you know you won't be cooking just drop one of the recipes from your plan. Make it work for YOU!
Ultimate Chicken Noodle Casserole
Cheesy, noodles, easy to make and delicious! Use leftover turkey or rotisserie chicken to make this casserole dish easy to make.
This yummy Chicken Noodle Casserole will be a go-to meal.
You really don't need a side, but if you'd like to serve a salad, I'd recommend the Fall Harvest Salad. Lots of crunch and bright fresh flavor!
These easy cheese biscuits from scratch would be delicious with the casserole.
Ooh and since it's Sunday I bet you're looking for some yummy snacks to enjoy while you're watching the game (it's almost playoff time!), here are some of my favorites!!
- Loaded Velveeta Cheese Dip - this is the ultimate queso - so rich and cheesy. Super simple too!
- Italian Stuffed Mushrooms - hands down the best ever and great finger food.
- Chicken Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pinwheels are the ultimate party food!
Broccoli Beef Bowl
Homemade Broccoli Beef is an easy meal to make in a snap! You'll be making this easy dish like a pro with the simple step-by-step instructions.
Better than takeout and delicious, this is a meal the whole family will enjoy!
Serving with the chipotle white rice recipe because it adds a ton more flavor with simple ingredients like lime, salt and cilantro. Double the recipe for a meal later on this week!
We're going to enjoy that ham again today making Navy Beans and Ham Soup. This recipe includes stove top, slow cooker and pressure cooker directions.
Remove most of the ham from the bone and the toss it into your crockpot. It does all the work for you and makes a great meal.
Leftovers are perfect for lunch. Always freeze a quart (or two!) for those days when you don't want to cook.
Serve with a batch of Homemade Breadsticks would be delicious!! (and don't worry, they won't take all day.)
Turkey Pot Pie
Leftover turkey? Transform your boring Thanksgiving leftovers into a delicious new meal with this Easy Turkey Pot Pie Recipe!
Cozy and filling, it's a fantastic make-ahead meal using simple ingredients and a great way to use up leftover turkey.
This is really a quick complete meal, so let's not worry about sides. Just dessert, ok?
I know we made those yummy brownies earlier this week but if you want a simple tasty sweet, make Pretzel m&m hugs - you don't need the holiday m&m's just grab what's available!
Homemade Fried Rice
Remember when we doubled the rice recipe? Now we're going to put those leftovers to good use. The bonus is fried rice is easier to make with day-old cooked rice!
This easy chicken fried rice has step-by-step directions that will have dinner on the table in a snap! BUT you can go meatless OR use leftover turkey or ham if you want to use up some of those leftovers!
Top the rice with a fried egg for a complete meal. YUM!! Dinner's done!!
Beef Noodle Casserole
Seasoned ground beef and tender noodles in a flavorful Italian tomato sauce that’s baked until hot and bubbly!
This is an easy Ground Beef Noodle Casserole. A delicious make-ahead meal!
Serve this with a great salad - whether that's an easy bag salad or great Outback Wedge Salad you'll have a great meal!
Monterey Ham Spaghetti
We're doing a little switch-o-change-o with one of the recipes today. Now just in case you still have some leftover ham, we're switching up the Monterey Chicken Spaghetti and using leftover ham instead.
It will be fabulous, creamy, cheesy salty and delicious!
Just sub out the chicken for ham - equal swap.
Chocolate Banana Bars
For a little something sweet after dinner bake up a batch of chocolate banana bars!
There's even kinda guilt free as they are packed with bananas, nuts and bran. Deliciously chocolatey they will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!