Here it is! My first published meal plan! EEK! 🙂 I’ve been posting my meal plans in my Meal Planning Junkies Facebook Group and sharing with my peeps that have grabbed my Weekly + Monthly planning pages (now with a FREE! email course on how to Jump Start your Meal Planning) for a while now, but I figured this might be the best ‘Home Base’.
This Week’s Meal Plan
Here’s the pic of the meal planner I hang in our kitchen. It’s actually a laminated copy of my weekly planning page, which I like better than having to print it over and over again. For starters, it’s easier to reuse week after week AND, since my meal plan rarely ends up being exactly what I have planned, I can easily move items around, which suits me better.
Sunday-Italian Marinated Flank Steak
Monday-Honey Balsamic Drumsticks
Tuesday-Leftovers, either Steak Sandwiches, Quesadillas or Rice Bowls
Wednesday- Salmon with Brown Sugar + Mustard
Thursday – Ranch Pork Chops
Friday – PIZZA NIGHT! Order in or make at home….TBD!
Saturday – Kitchen Closed! Dinner out or empty the fridge night.
Since this is my first rodeo at sharing a meal plan, you may think I’m a little OCD because I plan breakfasts and lunches, too. That’s fine…and SUPER hilarious! About a month ago, I created a weekly breakfast and lunch meal plan that I use week after week after week. It makes my mornings easier by not having to make those decisions during an already busy time of the day. It’s also great for the kids since they know that I’m not really involved in the breakfast and lunch decision-making, so there’s far fewer requests or complaints. Win. Win.
Dinner recipes for the week
Italian Marinated Flank Steak from Wildtree’s Comfort Foods Freezer Meal Kit
This is, BY FAR, our favorite Flank Steak recipe. We make it without the veggies, usually, and just prep other sides. Since it’s freezing here today, the hubs cooked it inside on our grilling pan. We served it with red potatoes and lima beans and corn. We got a large flank steak from the store, marinated it all, then cut off about a pound to cook and froze the rest for dinner another week. Seriously….if you’re not using freezer meals as a PART of your meal planning, you’re missing out.
If you don’t have the Wildtree ingredients, you could sub in a store bought Italian Dressing mix and grapeseed oil (I’d recommend grapeseed oil over olive oil just because you’ll want to cook the steak at a fairly high temperature to get a good sear). Making these substitutions would change the nutritional info provided, for sure.
Honey Balsamic Drumsticks from Wildtree’s Comfort Foods Freezer Meal Kit
My daughter loves this recipe and calls it ‘chicken on the bone’. She even requested it as her meal of choice for her first day of kindergarten. And, we’ve baked it and grilled it and both are excellent and super easy. If you don’t have the Wildtree European Dipping Oil: Mediterranean Balsamic, I would HIGHLY recommend getting it here. Options for substitutions would be a combination of oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, rosemary, etc. Really, in this case, the best option is to get some. 🙂 And, if you don’t prefer ‘chicken on the bone’, I’d still encourage you to try it…at least once. Then, you could sub in chicken breasts or thighs.
We’ll either make sandwiches or quesadillas with the chicken and flank steak. OR…maybe a rice bowl if I’m feeling especially ambitious.
Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze
Recipe from allrecipes.com
Ranch Pork Chops
This is a great recipe from an older Wildtree Freezer Meal Kit. If you don’t have the Wildtree ingredients, you could sub in a grocery store brand version of ranch dressing mix (keep an eye on the MSG) and an oil of your choice.
4-6 center cut pork chops, ¾” thick
1 medium onion, sliced
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp Wildtree Creamy Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix
2 Tbsp Wildtree Smoky Bacon Flavor Grapeseed Oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Prep: Add all ingredients to a freezer bag and mix. Remove air and seal. If freezing, double bag.
At cook time: Preheat oven to 375°. Empty contents of thawed bag onto a baking sheet & cook 20-35 minutes. Check the internal temperature at 20 minutes to avoid overcooking. The pork is fully cooked when internal temperature reaches 155°.
We’ll either order one in or make our own, usually with a pre-purchased pizza dough from Wegman’s.
We’ll go out to eat or have an ‘Empty the Fridge’ night.
Alright….go get cooking! 🙂 I hope having a little peek into our home helps you come up with some ideas to use in your own. And, if you’d like some help in getting a weekly plan that works for you, be sure to grab my weekly and monthly planning pages WITH my free email course on how to jump-start your planning.
*Since I am an Independent Representative for Wildtree, if you choose to purchase Wildtree products or freezer meal kits through my Wildtree website, I do receive a commission.
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