Real Food Meal Plan Week 3

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My schedule has been more hectic than usual over the last month. I like to be as present as possible to my children when they’re not in school, so I try to stay off the computer as much as possible when they’re home with me. This means I need to get most of my writing work done while the kids are at school. Right now, my work includes freelance grant writing and developing new content for Real Food Real Deals. On top of that normal workload, I’m also in the process of writing a book.

The book is a guidebook about how to cook. It’s full of recipes and tips for maintaining a homemade, real food lifestyle. I’m writing it over a three-month period, and I’m about two-thirds of the way done. My publisher and editor will take over in March, but until then, I’m spending every free minute plugging away at the book. There’s some irony in the fact that I barely have time to make dinner for my family because I’m too busy writing a book that teaches people how to make dinner for their families. If it weren’t for these meal plans, I would be tempted to order takeout several nights a week.

This week’s real food meal plan includes a couple recipes that will be in the book. One is the Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken with Bacon and Apples, which we tried a few weeks ago and my family loved it. The other one is the Tuna Kidney Bean Pie, a recipe that was given to me many years ago by a special mentor in college. I’m multitasking here by testing recipes for the book and feeding my family at the same time. That’s the benefit of being a food writer. 🙂

Real Food Meal Plan

Saturday: Leftover lasagna, carrot soup (from freezer)

Sunday: Slow cooker barbecue chicken with bacon and apples, mashed potatoes, salad

Monday: Pancakes, berries

Tuesday: Tuna kidney bean pie, peas, sweet potato fries

Wednesday: Taco Salad

Thursday: Quiche, mashed potatoes, broccoli

Friday: Out with friends

For guidance about how to build your own meal plans, read this clean eating meal plan post.

Are you trying any new recipes this week? I’d love to hear about them in the comments. Check out my “Recipes to Try” Pinterest board for new inspiration.

Linking to Menu Plan Monday.


  1. I just found your blog via the menu planning link up. You have some great meals coming up! Thank you for sharing. We also like to eat clean at my house, but I often feel like I’m cooking the same things over and over.
    Good luck with your book – it definitely sounds like something we’d like to have on hand!

    1. Thanks, Yuliya. Variety is so important, but it can be difficult to coordinate. That’s why I love having a meal plan! It forces me to mix things up.

  2. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! And good luck with this week! I am struggling too with all of these changes and not sticking to a routine:/

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