Here's Weekly Meal Plan 3 for January 16-22. We're going to use some of the leftovers we tucked into the freezer the last two weeks to make fresh new meals plus a couple more easy recipes to enjoy!
Tips for meal prepping
One thing I'm trying to do for you (and me!) is establish small habits that will soon become second nature when it comes to planning on the week's meal. The goal is to get the meal on the table quickly, without a ton of work or expense.
Most meals include a protein, starch and vegetables. We're trying to keep meals balanced while emphasizing vegetables in the plan. By all means, if there's something you'd prefer, don't hesitate to substitute!
Weekly Meal Prep
If you have time on Sunday, there are a few items you can prepare in advance.
Dice the onions, carrots and celery - place them in reusable plastic containers or ziplock bags in preparation for your meals throughout the week.
For the banana bread, the darker the bananas the sweeter they will be! If the skin isn't dark, place the bananas in a paper bag on the counter. In just a couple of days they will turn dark and be perfect for baking later in the week.
Lemon Pepper Chicken
This lemon pepper marinade for chicken is so good! It tenderizes the chicken while imparting amazing flavor. Marinade the chicken (or pork, it's great for that as well!) for about an hour and it's good to go!
Reserve one chicken breast for use later this week!
Sheet Pan Chili Nachos
Remember that quart of chili we froze last week? Now's the time to thaw it! This will be an easy meal that everyone will love.
If you didn't end up freezing some, no worries! Add a couple of cans to the grocery list. Top it with your favorite goodies and enjoy this easy meal!
Nacho directions: Preheat the oven tot 400 degrees. Spread the chips on a sheet pan. Top with chili, cheese and bake until hot and bubbly - about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with your favorite fixin's. Don't worry I'll give you some suggestions below!
Chicken Tortellini Soup
This soup is tasty! It has all the flavors of a slowly simmered meal but only takes 30 minutes to make.
Chicken tortellini soup recipe is really simple! It’s delicious and savory filled vegetables and deep rich broth – hearty and satisfying!
Use the chicken breast we reserved earlier this week for the protein in this meal!
Slow Cooker Roast Beef
Easy to make with only a handful of ingredients, this roast beef is tasty and delicious.
Slow cooker roast beef with french onion soup keeps it moist and tender. It's a great recipe that is simple to make.
Split Pea Soup
Do you still have leftover ham in the freezer? If not, add a ham steak to your grocery list.
It's the start to the amazing split pea soup recipe! You can save some time by meal prepping a few items and get this soup on the table for a yummy dinner! If you have some leftover dinner rolls, enjoy them with this meal! If not make Cheesy Breadsticks!
Asian Beef and Broccoli
Yum, yum, yum! I love the flavors in this beef and broccoli rice bowl. It's just delicious, easy to make and 100 times better than takeout! Skip the delivery and make this at home instead. Perfect for a yummy Friday night meal!
Serve this over buttered noodles or steamed white rice.
Eggs, scrambled or over-easy?
No matter how you like your eggs, we're keeping it simple tonight and making eggs - fried or scrambled, your choice!
If you'd like step by step directions for the perfect scrambled eggs - click here, it's a great tutorial!
Leftover cheesy potatoes, will pair perfectly with your meal. Saturday night will be super easy, enjoy!
Banana Nut Bread
This week's dessert is also a great snack or even a delicious breakfast.
Now I might be biased, but this old fashion Banana Nut Bread recipe has been handed down for generations. It's hands down my favorite! It's moist and tender and a real treat!
Meal Planning Worksheet
Click on the link below to download a PDF of the meal planning worksheet for Weekly Meal Plan 3 so you can easily make notes and your grocery list for this week's recipes!