Here’s the week 5 meal plan for January 31-February 6. I hope you're enjoying the weekly menus. If you ever have a suggestion, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Meal planning and prepping tips
There are some really delicious meal on the schedule this week! But what's here, may not work for you.
Print off the recipes you're going to use and keep them in one place. My mom uses a clipboard Velcro'd to a cupboard door and attaches all of the recipes to it. I think it's a brilliant idea! It works great, she can easily find them and organize.
Check your calendar before going shopping. Are there days when you'll be out late and take out will work better? That's ok, just pick the recipes you want and cross off the items you don't need from the grocery list.
Dan's happy with whatever I make but for some families, everyone likes to have input. If that's the case, check with others before your plan is set in stone!
Unstuffed Bell Pepper Casserole
Easy to make without all the muss or fuss of stuffing each bell pepper.
This Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole is one of the most popular recipes on the blog. It's just that good! If there are any leftovers, they are perfect for lunch the next day and freezes great as well.
Your whole family will enjoy this recipe!
Steamed Green Beans
Steamed Green Beans - Easy to make on the stovetop or microwave! All you'll need to do is toss with some butter and soy sauce.
The salty goodness adds a great deal of flavor and butter adds richness. Simple and perfect every time and this recipe only five minutes to make!
Round this meal out with store-bought rolls. I like soft squishy potato or Hawaiian rolls, they are perfect! Heat them in the oven the last 15 minutes while the casserole is baking.
Super yummy and perfect for a light easy meal these spicy sesame noodles take only 15 minutes to make!
I serve them just as-is, but if you're craving more protein, add rotisserie chicken, shrimp or even sautéed mushrooms. Delicious! Just don't forget to add them to your grocery list.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Made in your crockpot these authentic pulled chicken tacos are so simple!
Leftovers can be used in so many ways as well. This meal is perfect for an midweek meals and makes a large amount.
Be sure to save some leftovers for later this week when we make the Chicken Chimichangas. Those are so yummy!!
Still have leftovers? Save them for a chicken sandwich, top a salad or stuffed inside a quesadilla. Leftovers freeze great up to three months, so don't be afraid to make extra!
Easy to make and a great healthy side dish, black beans are delicious and a great source of protein and fiber.
The recipe is for the instant pot, but instructions are also included for the stovetop and slow cooker. No matter how you cook them - yummy, enjoy!
Tacos and black beans - the perfect combination!
Chicken & Dumplings
You're thinking what? No way I can get chicken and dumplings done for a weeknight meal!
Yes you can! For this recipe we use cooked chicken, chicken stock and store-bought biscuits for the dumplings.
These easy shortcuts will give you that cooked all day flavor just like Mom used to make!
Tuna Noodle Casserole
I'll be the first to admit, these pictures aren't the best, HOWEVER this casserole ROCKS!
Tuna Noodle Casserole with egg noodles is a great pantry meal. It's rich and creamy. You don't need a lot of fancy ingredients either.
I like to serve this with a simple salad and I've been using the "pre-made" bag salads quite a bit lately. They are great shortcuts to round out your meal.
I think you'll really love how easy this is to make. It's hearty and comforting as well.
Easy to make, we'll use some leftover chicken from earlier this week. Baked Chicken Chimichangas are easy to make!
They are a perfect weeknight meal and take just over 30 minutes to make. Everyone loves this meal!
You can use some leftover black beans from earlier in the week or canned beans to add to this salad.
Filled with loads of crunch and topped with an easy salad dressing Mexican Coleslaw is one of our favorite slaws!
Another great side and perfect for dipping the baked chimichangas in would be this Queso Velveeta Cheese Dip - so yummy!
I love lentil soup, how about you? It's earthy and filling and cooks up quite quickly.
This greek lentil soup recipe can be made in the pressure cooker or on the stovetop. We love this soup!
Heath Bar Poke Cake
This cake is fabulous! Starting with a box mix with drizzles of chocolate and butterscotch and topped with chopped Heath Bars.
Is a Heath Bar Cake over the top? Absolutely! If you can't finish this during the week, you can freeze it as well.
Grocery list Meal Plan Week 5 - Jan 31 - Feb 6
Don't forget, before you go to the store, shop your pantry, refrigerator and freezer first. Cross-off items you already have on hand. Staying organized will save you time and money!
Condiments and spices: Worcestershire sauce, grill seasoning, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, soy sauce, sesame oil, Better than Bullion - chicken flavor, chili sauce, honey, cumin, garlic powder, bay leaf, chili powder, red chili flakes, coriander, olive oil, rice vinegar, red wine vinegar
- cheddar cheese
- half and half or cream
- parmesan cheese
- sour cream
- potato or Hawaiian rolls
- beef broth
- fire roasted tomatoes
- white rice
- spaghetti noodles
- picante sauce and salsa
- hard and soft taco shells
- dried black beans
- chicken broth
- egg noodles
- canned tuna
- canned sliced mushrooms
- cream of mushroom soup
- bread crumbs
- chili beans or refried beans
- enchilada sauce
- taco seasoning
- dried lentils
- vegetable stock
- tomato paste
- Devil's Food Cake Mix
- caramel sauce
- chocolate sauce
- Heath candy bars (3)
- ground beef
- boneless skinless chicken thighs
Frozen food/Refrigerated section:
- refrigerated bake and serve biscuits
- frozen peas
- whipped topping
Vegetables, Fruits and Nuts:
- bell peppers (2)
- onion (5)
- red onion
- green beans
- green onions
- for the tacos - cabbage, sliced tomatoes, jalepnos and salsa
- pre-made bag salad of your choice to go with Tuna Noodle Casserole
- coleslaw mix
Items to prep in advance:
One you get home, if you have time, prep items when possible. Store them in reusable containers or ziplock bags in the refrigerator so they are ready when you need them.
Chop all of the onions and refrigerate, snap the ends off the green beans, mince the garlic, peel and slice the carrots, dice the celery.
The chicken can be made ahead up to three days and refrigerated. It also freezes really well.
The lentil soup can be made ahead and refrigerated up to 4 days. You can also make and freeze this recipe.