I love seeing all the different ways people plan their meals. Some people like to stick with a particular theme on each night, like Meatless Monday, Mexican Tuesday, Pasta Thursday, or Soup Friday. Others like to sketch out four or five main dishes for the week, and then they see what they feel like eating as each night approaches. There are even some people who are organized enough to plan out their meals for a month at a time.
Our schedule can be all over the map given sports practices and evening work meetings, so I plan our weekly dinners according to what’s on the calendar. I tend to include a Mexican meal, a pasta meal, and several vegetarian meals each week. If we have a tricky dinnertime schedule one night, I make sure we’re eating something easy and low-stress that night. On nights when everyone is home and things are peaceful, I’m more inclined to try out a new recipe.
I also try to include at least 4 dinners that I know my children will like. They’re more willing to try a new, “challenging” dish if it’s flanked by something like pizza the night before and waffles the night after. This week, I’m trying a layered cabbage casserole from Barefeet in the Kitchen. The kids don’t usually go for cabbage, but I’m hoping this will work. We’re going out to dinner the night before, and we’re having a meal they like the night after. Fingers crossed.
Real Food Meal Plan
Saturday: Layered cabbage casserole, green beans
Sunday: Black bean soup, cheese quesadillas
Monday: Pizza, veggie sticks
Wednesday: Pasta with marinara, salad
Thursday: Waffles with fruit
Here are some other real food weekly meal plans to give you more ideas:
Real Food Menu Week One
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Real Food Menu Week Seven
Real Food Menu Week Eight
Real Food Menu Week Nine