Meal Planning & a Pantry Challenge

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Meal planning last week was just the ticket to keeping meal times under control last week. I did a thorough job, too, by writing down meal ideas for all three meals, all week. I knew what ingredients I already had as well as what little things I needed to pick up at the store. Cooking was fun — and we made the most of what we already had. You can read how the Pantry Challenge is going here.

One highlight for most of the family was the reintroduction of the Bean Tostada. I used to make these 1 or 2 times a week back when we lived on beans and rice, rice and beans in our “get-out-of-debt” days. FishBoy7 said, “Oh, are we going to have those things that I loved when we lived in Kansas City?” Apparently, he has only happy memories of those days.

His elder brother didn’t think so fondly on the dish — no meat and overkill make this one of his least favorite dishes. But, the others did a happy dance when I said we’d be having it more often. And I may just add a little ground or shredded beef for my carnivore teenager.

Here’s the plan for this week, some are carryover from last week since we didn’t get to them:


Pumpkin Scones (recipe coming this week) and Yogurt
Banana Pancakes and Fresh Fruit
Smoothies and Blueberry Nutmeg Muffins
Cranberry Orange Granola and Milk
Bread and Jam
Cranberry Coffeecake
Chocolate Chip Waffles and Berries


Tuna Sandwiches, Veggies
DIY Pasta Salad, Fruit
Mac and Cheese, Salad
Beans and Rice, Fruit


Hamburgers on Homemade Buns, Veggies and Dip, Fruit Salad
Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Pumpkin Rolls
Baked Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Tossed Green Salad with Peperoncinis, Artisan Bread
Grilled Fish, Quinoa Pilaf, Green Salad
Bean Tostadas
Pasta with Red Sauce, Green Beans, Biscuits
Pizza, Veggies

Have you got a meal plan going?

Don’t forget to visit I’m an Organizing Junkie for more meal planning inspiration.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Overkill on a good thing can really make it bad! My home state is Nebraska, where we have a fast-food Mexican restaurant called Amigo’s. Whenever our family returns to NE, we always have to make an Amigo’s stop. My sister’s family, however, doesn’t feel the magnetism…when her kids were “kid meal” eaters (they’re now all grown), she perfected the art of feeding her family for under $5 by using coupons. It was their standard after-church meal, and usually used sometime during the week, as well. While my kids would say, “Amigo’s!” with a happy smile on their faces, hers would say it in a downcast, bummed voice, “Amigo’s…(ugh)” 😉

  2. I have been planning breakfasts and dinners in my meal plan this summer. It seems like we always have extra food leftover so we just eat it for lunch. It makes the meal plan much easier and I use up our leftovers.

  3. I love meal planning. That and freezer cooking have been key strategies in my 40 pound weight loss and getting my family on track with healthy eating. However, monday always comes up soooo fast. I really need to start thinking about next weeks meal plan the wednesday before. Your menu looks awesome!

  4. Always love to see your meal plans. How do you prepare the green beans? I’m trying to get my boys to eat more veggies and need ideas. Thanks!

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