Did Somebody Say Meal Plan?

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It’s been awhile since I’ve written, let alone posted a meal plan. I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants for the last few weeks. Now that I’m getting into the groove of a Pantry Challenge, I figured I might as well write down as many meals as I could think of with the things I have on hand.

(You can see what we’ve actually been eating this month over here.)

While I love to be creative with a Pantry Challenge, I also like to have a plan. Just in case.┬áSo, here’s the plan, subject to change.


The morning meal has been killing me. My kids are ravenous — and a little bit picky. My older children must be developing their taste buds or something because they are revolting against the foods that they’ve always eaten just fine. Go figure.

So, I have a little breakfast freezer cooking in mind — to save my sanity. And these ideas to start on, recipes forthcoming on Good Cheap Eats:

  • Pumpkin Scones
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Breakfast Sliders
  • Eggs and Sausage
  • Smoothies
  • Raspberry Baked Oatmeal
  • Banana Pancakes
  • Zucchini Waffles
  • Bread and Jam


There’s a hodge-podge of single serve meals in the freezer, so I think we’re going to be able to use those up this week. I also am finding that I need to be more proactive about the mid-day meal. These kids eat so much!

In my efforts to make the most of what we have, I’m trying to bake more often. My bread last week was a terrible fail, so I’m going to get back to Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day as well as bake more of these homemade buns which work really well for sandwich rolls.

I’m also trying to make sure that the kids have veggies and fruit in abundance at lunch.

  • Pasta Salad
  • Tuna Sandwiches
  • Frozen soup, burritos, and calzones
  • Leftovers
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Macaroni and Cheese


As I rummage through the freezer, I’m finding all sorts of interesting odds and ends. Crusts from sandwiches to turn into bread crumbs, little bits of leftovers to add to soup, 6 whole chickens, 1 turkey, and a partridge in a pear tree. So, dinnertime is going to be creative this week.

What’s cooking at YOUR house this week?

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  1. Stephanie says

    Can’t wait for some of those breakfast freezer recipes! I’m currently employing a ‘baking/freezer’ day this summer. My hopes are to stock the freezer for when baby arrives in about 8 weeks. So far, I love doing it one day a week (not a whole day, just a few select things) and I wonder if you have any suggestions for how to fit that in during a school year.

  2. Since we have gotten back from vacation I haven’t done a meal plan. Guess that’s on today’s to do list! I have tonight down (tri-tip on the grill w/ grilled veggies and salad) but that’s as far as it goes. Looking forward to the breakfast freezer recipes as school starts in less than a month!

  3. i’ve lost my mojo in the kitchen because of the intense heat we’re experience. because of that, it’s created a less than ideal situation for meal times. yesterday, i diligently made a menu plan and shopping list. i’ll have to say that i’m honestly looking forward to this week since i know what’s on the menu! wow, what a difference it makes.

  4. Jenny says

    Oh Nancy, I’m so with you on the heat. I don’t want to cook, eat, or especially go GET the groceries. We’ve been flying with a loose plan, and its time to firm it up again.

    I am also experiencing the picky kids thing. Things they used to love they just won’t touch now. What to do?

  5. That lunch picture looks good. Although I don’t eat meat or bread or cheese or eggs.

    I’m a veggie kinda guy.

  6. Your menu puts mine to shame! I’m always pretty impressed by what you cook and am looking forward to your cookbook. Here’s my plan for the week:



  7. i have a whole chicken that needs to be cooked too. going to try it in the crockpot!
    we are cleaning the freezer out so i can get some freezer cooking done next month.
    I would love if you stopped by my blog and checked out my Menu Plan/summertime pantry update
    Have a great week
    From Cristin To Mommy

  8. It’s been awhile since I made a meal plan as I have been flying by the seat of my pants……

    My meal plan is here: http://thedollarholleringhomemaker.blogspot.com/2011/07/meal-plan.html

  9. Adrianne says

    The bread you have pictured looks amazing – do you have a recipe to go along with it?

  10. awesome ideas!! i am going to be checking out all the wonderful meal plans- I am slacking so bad on the meal planning and cooking…
    This is such an awesome blog! Thank you so much for your work (and doing most of MINE in the food department!)

  11. Adrianne says

    @Jessica Fisher

    Great! Thanks for sharing – I will have to check it out

  12. I’m right there with ya. Summer is difficult to freezer cook as much and my hubby is home all summer with us (he’s a teacher) so it makes it that much harder. I’m trying to keep up with the demand!

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