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Meal Planning: Easy Meals for Busy Days

Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 20, 2010 @ 6:05 pm In Good Eats,Meal Planning | 4 Comments

[4]Pesto Pizza with Tomatoes and Feta [5]

So, did you make a meal plan last week? If you’re not sure how to go about it, read my tutorial on meal planning for beginners [6]. It really isn’t hard and it will save you time and a little stress. Promise.

This week I’m planning to have fun [7] with my kids. And that involves a few outings, a free movie or two [8], and all around busy days. So, I want dinner to be quick and easy. That means making use of freezer meals [9] or dinners that come together very quickly.

Rather than assign each meal to a day, I’ve created a list of choices for the week, based on items we already have. This is a great way to give yourself more flexibility at dinnertime.

Here’s our meal plan for the week:

Burritos [10], Fruit Salad
Queso Fundido [11], Beans, Rice [12], and Green Salad
Grilled Fish [13], Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli
Chili [14] and Cornbread, Veggies and Dip
Pizza [15] and Salad
Meatloaf [16] and Mac and Cheese [17]
Chicken – Bacon Subs [18], Fruit Salad

What’s your plan? How do YOU make it easy?

For more meal planning inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [19].


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[5] Pesto Pizza with Tomatoes and Feta: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/ultimate-recipe-swap-anything-goes-2.html

[6] tutorial on meal planning for beginners: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/meal-planning-for-the-beginner.html

[7] planning to have fun: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/summers-here-plan-to-have-fun.html

[8] a free movie or two: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/catch-a-free-flick-every-week-this-summer.html

[9] freezer meals: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/preparing-for-freezer-cooking.html

[10] Burritos: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/05/chimichangas.html

[11] Queso Fundido: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/05/queso-fundido.html

[12] Beans, Rice: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/good-cheap-eat-beans-and-rice.html

[13] Grilled Fish: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/ultimate-recipe-swap-using-herbs-and-spices.html

[14] Chili: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/chihuahua-chili.html

[15] Pizza: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/basic-homemade-pizza.html

[16] Meatloaf: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/more-ground-beef-freezer-meals.html

[17] Mac and Cheese: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/01/recipe-swap-comfort-food.html

[18] Chicken – Bacon Subs: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/freezer-cooking-with-bone-in-chicken-breast.html

[19] I’m an Organizing Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com/category/menu-plan-monday

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