I don’t know about you, but life can get crazy pretty quickly between three kids with three different interests and sets of activities. But I have found one way to ease some of the chaos of a busy schedule—meal planning! Who knew it could be so simple?

People often make the comment to me they don’t know how I do it…meaning get all the stuff done I do with three kids in tow. Honestly, most days I’m not sure how I do it either, but I have discovered meal planning contributes to being able to do everything I do successfully. I initially heard about meal planning through Dave Ramsey financial resources. I learned not only  does cut down on your monthly grocery shopping and help you save money, but what I hadn’t accounted for was how much time it saved me in going to the grocery store. Having a meal plan makes list making and meal preparation a breeze, which really helps when I’m in a pinch for time.

Successful meal planning does require some up front effort, organization, and planning, but I’ve started you off for the first 31 days.  I’ve found the easiest way to keep up and ahead of schedule is to sit down and make a list with your family of all the dishes you enjoy eating or would like to try. Then I put these meal names into a Word document and number them for easy access.

After you finish the list of meals, get on Random.org. This website provides different numerical functions for free. Type in the number range of your meal list (mine was 1-64) in the True Random Number Generator box and hit generate. Copy and paste this number list into a separate word document.

You can use the fun and cute calendar we have provided or print your own.

printable calendar

 

I go through and put the numbers in my calendar and then write out a bi-weekly menu for grocery shopping. I use my DIY chalkboard as a menu board to stay on top of food preparation.  Having the menu easily visible also help me have an idea of when I should start cooking dinner. My family enjoys knowing what is for dinner during the week as well.

So use these 31 meal ideas or create your own. But whatever you do make life easy on yourself and your budget—meal plan!

-Tiffany

  1. Stromboli
  2.  Chicken Cordon Bleu
  3. Pasta with Bolognese Sauce
  4. Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  5. Salmon with Avocado
  6. Southwest Chicken Wraps
  7. Slow cooker pepper steak
  8. Bacon Jack Chicken Sandwich
  9. Wedding Soup
  10. Cobb Salad
  11. Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings
  12. Chicken Nachos
  13. Cowboy Meatloaf & Potatoes
  14. Roasted Cauliflower Soup
  15. Chicken & Bacon Lasagna
  16. Slow Cooker Mango Chicken
  17. Indiana Tilapia
  18. Thai Chicken Stir Fry
  19. Tuna Black Bean Quesadillas
  20. Beef Stew
  21. Sweet & Tangy Pulled Pork
  22. Chili
  23. Macaroni & Cheese Bake
  24. Baked Spaghetti
  25. Spanish Rice Bake
  26. Pierogi Casserole
  27. Open Face Cheese Steak sandwiches
  28. Pesto Pasts w/Chicken
  29. Spicy Turkey Tacos
  30. Bacon & Cheddar Strata
  31. White Chicken Chili

 

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