Here’s the Weekly Meal Plan 29 for July 25-31. This week it's all about loads of goodness and easy meals! Are you hungry? Let's dig in!
If you want to spend less money on groceries and save time in the kitchen, then this is for you!
Weekly Meal Plan 29 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.
- Go grocery shopping!
One you get home, prep the items that you can - if you have time of course! If there are vegetables that can be cleaned, diced or chopped - do that before you put them away. Store them in reusable containers or ziplock bags in the refrigerator so they are ready when you need them.
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 you want and cross off the recipes you won't be using
Pro Tip: Don’t forget before you go grocery shopping, check your refrigerator, freezer and pantry first!
Items to prep in advance
This week's meal prep is quite simple!
Yellow and red onions can be diced. Bell Peppers, carrots and celery can be diced as well. You can grate the parmesan and mozzarella cheese in advance.
What's your best tip for meal planning or meal prep? Please comment below, I'd love to hear from you!
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.
It's easy to make, leftovers are better on day two and it freezes great. Speaking of freezing, be sure to free a quart for those days you don't want to cook.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy
This is a recipe that you just have to try! Crockpot Chicken and Gravy is a dump and go recipe.
Serve it over rice, buttered noodles or mashed potatoes. Or.... these cheddar biscuits! They are super easy to make! Don't forget to add the ingredients to your grocery list!
Save about two cups of the chicken for Thursdays meal!
Easy Green Salad
I love this salad, it's filled with loads of crunch from the nuts and with citrus being in season it's the perfect time to enjoy a great salad.
Prep the greens and citrus on Sunday and enjoy this citrus salad recipe with the chicken and gravy - what a great 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!
Even my Dad who isn't a big pasta lover had seconds of this meal when they were visiting. If you prefer some meat add some rotisserie chicken or grilled shrimp to this lemon pasta recipe - either way, it's delicious!
Leftover salad from yesterday? It will go great with this meal!
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. There's no need to put a crust on the bottom (they just get soggy). Just add a crust on top. OR if you have leftover mashed potatoes, add that instead and you'll have shepherds pie!
You'll need about two cups of leftover chicken and gravy or rotisserie chicken. Then simply follow the recipe for Turkey Pot Pie.
Grilled or Roasted Asparagus
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 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 store-bought garlic bread. But only use the top of the bread. Save the bottom for pizza bread on Saturday night!
Chili Mac n Cheese
This is such a great one-pan meal! It's cheesy and delicious and super easy to make too, only 30 minutes!
Chile Mac n Cheese is a meal your whole family will enjoy!
Easy Pizza Bread
This is one of my favorite "dinnertime hacks"! Using the bottom of garlic bread, topping it with pizza sauce or leftover spaghetti sauce and your favorite fixings!
Use a good mozzarella cheese makes all the difference. That melty cheese is so delicious!
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 this caramel popcorn recipe. It's a great snack all week long.
Weekly Meal Plan Worksheet
Click on the link below to download a PDF of the meal planning worksheet for Weekly Meal Plan 29 so you can easily make notes and put together your grocery list for this week's recipes!