Here's your FREE Weekly Meal Plan 50 Christmas Week December 19-25. Can you believe it's been almost a year since we've been doing the meals plan? Isn't it a relief knowing what' son the menu and not fussing over "What's for dinner?"
If you have any suggestions or needs, let me know. I'd love your input. Together we can enjoy delicious affordable meals! Send me an email at [email protected] or leave a comment below!
Meal planning and prepping tips
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Every week, I share a free meal plan for you to use the following week. You'll have seven main dish recipes, along with a few extras and of course dessert.
Typically the weekly meal plans are named by number of the week and date. For example, if the plan is for the first week of January, I'll name it Weekly Meal Plan 1 - Jan 3-9. Next year the plans will be updated for the corresponding dates and tasty new recipes!
Don't forget - if you have a busy day and plan on eating out, just drop a day off the menu and adjust the meal plan to fit YOUR busy life!
Weekly Meal Plan 50 - shortcuts and tips
- This week has some great casseroles - bonus? They freeze well! Consider making a double batch when you put them together and freeze one.
Stretch your budget - grocery shopping
Since the start of the pandemic I have been ordering groceries through a delivery service. Well, that's how it started anyway!
Now that things have opened up, you know what? I still use a delivery service.... why? Because even though it's more expensive, I know that if I don't walk in the grocery store I will automatically save money! I will impulse buy $30-$50 every visit. Delivery works for me!
Here are more money saving ideas -
- Buy in bulk - divide and freeze portions. Don't forget to label them before you putt them in the freezer.
- If you're shopping the big box stores, it's a great place to buy frozen shrimp and fish. You'll save a ton of money!
- Buy generic! Yes there are some name brands you'll prefer, but there are many that offer the same quality. Don't be afraid to check them out!
- Shop your pantry first before going to the grocery store. A well organized pantry can save you money.
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- Freezer containers stack well. I love the sizes available here.
- Still a big fan of these perforated plastic bags to keep fruit fresh longer.
- Are you meal prepping? These are perfect for planning ahead!
Got a tip for me? Please comment below, I'd love to hear it!
Weekly Meal Plan Category
Weekly Meal Plans Category - This is where you'll find all of this years meal plans.
Tuna Casserole Recipe
Simple and classic Tuna Casserole Recipe is a fantastic pantry meal that comes together in minutes.
It's an easy, family-friendly, comforting meal every loves!
Pizza Bread Recipe
Dan and I were talking about traditional food for Christmas Eve. When we were kids it was pizza and the big meal was saved for Christmas Day.
So whether you're doing take out of making some yummy pizza bread - keep it easy on yourself, ok?
Steakhouse Salad Recipe
This is our family Bone in Prime Rib Recipe and it's dynamite. I've been making this for over 20 years. It's delicious every time!
Serve it with this steakhouse salad recipe is filled with veggies, crunch, olives and tons flavor - enjoy! Perfect with the rich roast beef.
Bracioli with Sunday Gravy
A prime rib roast is expensive, so it's not for everyone. Instead - how about making this meal. Bracioli Stuffed Beef - it's thinly pounded meat rolled around a lovely stuffing.
Top it with Mom's Sunday Gravy - which is really the BEST red sauce you've ever had.
This is an AMAZING meal, but good news - you can make the gravy 2-3 days before and it will taste even better! Put the meat together in the morning and bake it off before dinner.
You know.... this is where I'm leaning for Christmas dinner. It is SO GOOD! Serve it with steamed green beans - yum!
Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats
Super fun, everyone will enjoy these for dessert! 🎄
Reindeer Rice Krispie Treats are perfect for the holiday and the big bonus?
Santa will be happy as well because obviously you've been a good boy or girl this year! Enjoy!!
Meal Planning Worksheet
Click on the link below to download a PDF of the meal planning worksheet so you can easily make notes and your grocery list for this week's recipes!