Here’s Weekly Meal Plan 4 for January 23-29. This week it's all about loads of goodness and easy meals! Are you hungry? Let's dig in!
Meal planning and prepping tips
If you stick to the basics, meal planning can be a breeze!
- Choose your recipes.
- Make a list.
- Shop your refrigerator, freezer, pantry and spice cabinet before going to the store.
- Then go grocery shopping.
- Prep what you can in advance.
Check your calendar before going shopping. Are there days when you'll be out late and take out is better? That's ok, just pick the recipes that work for you.
One you get home from thee grocery store, prep the items that you can (if you have time of course). If there are vegetables that can be cleaned and diced - do that now. Store them in reusable containers or ziplock bags in the refrigerator so they are ready when you need them.
You can even measure out ingredients in advance. It's amazing how much that time it saves you when you're in a hurry and have had a busy day.
Items to prep in advance
Weekly Meal Plan 4 meal prep is quite simple!
Yellow and red onions can be diced. Bell Peppers, carrots and celery can be diced as well.
Grate the parmesan and mozzarella cheese in advance.
Weekly Meal Plan Category
I'm such a fan of this meal. Mom has made it for years it's the best taco soup recipe ever! What makes it especially yummy is it's pretty much brown the meat, then dump in the cans.
This really is a meal in itself, but if you're looking for something else, make this recipe for Cast Iron Skillet Corn Bread. It's the best combination!
Lemon Pasta Recipe
No secret how good AND easy this meal is! In the time it takes to boil the pasta, the sauce is done. It's so simple and really flavorful - 20 minutes to make!
Chicken Pot Pie
Remember that leftover chicken from Monday night? Now's the time to make use of it by making Chicken Pot Pie!
Now don't worry if you don't have small ramekins. Just make it in a pie plate. If you have leftover mashed potatoes (from the chicken and gravy meal), add that instead and you'll have shepherds pie!
You'll need about one cup of leftover chicken and gravy, leftover grilled chicken or a cup of rotisserie chicken. Then simply follow the Pot Pie Recipe.
Chicken pot pie is really a meal in itself, but if you'd like a side dish with it, how about some roasted asparagus? One of my favorite veggies! Of course I'm in California and here we'd just fire up the grill, but if you're not enjoying warm weather, here's what you need to do:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the asparagus in olive oil, salt & pepper and roast for about 15 minutes. YUM!
Italian Pepper Soup
I always say something magical happens when bell peppers are cooked! Bell Pepper Stew has the most amazing flavor. It's vegetarian and costs just pennies to make. I know once you try it, you'll enjoy it as much as we do.
Save your leftovers for lunches the rest of the week. It doesn't freeze well, but will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Serve this with some Pizza Hut Breadsticks - this recipe is so easy!
You're thinking what? I buy that, I've never made it! Well let me tell you, it's SO GOOD and simple to make!
Bonus? It freezes great as well, make a double-batch because this is going to go super fast.
We love how easy this caramel popcorn is and how delicious too! It's a great snack all week long.
Meal Planning Worksheet
Click on the link below to download a PDF of the meal planning worksheet for Weekly Meal Plan 4 so you can easily make notes and your grocery list for this week's recipes!
What's your best tip for meal planning or meal prep? Please comment below, I'd love to hear from you!