Weekly Meal Plan to Print & Cook #9

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Take the week off cooking with this easy, very make-ahead menu. Just print the recipes and the grocery list and you’re good to go.

This week’s menu plan is a nod to easy meals. It’s chock-full of delicious, budget-friendly meals, many of which you can make in advance to enjoy an even easier week.

As in all the free weekly meal plans, there are five main dishes, a salad, a side dish, a bread, and a dessert. I’ve found that planning this kind of week allows you to have a night of leftovers as well as a night out or one to call chef’s choice. Following my theme nights pattern, the main dishes include those that are packable, meatless, pasta, pizza, and grilled or broiled.

This meal plan is easy, easy, easy. Nothing is too difficult, everything is delicious, and of course, it’s all kid-approved.

Weekly Meal Plan with Grocery List #9 | Life as MOM

If your children aren’t fans of very spicy stuff, you can tone down the chiles in the Chile-Cheese Bake. Consider dividing the mixture in two if your house is divided in terms of heat.

Got leftover chicken from the sliders? You can easily stir that into the casserole or top a salad with it. You can also go off plan with your calzone filling and make one chicken.

Be sure to bake up the chocolate cookies. They are divine!

Here are the recipes featured in this week’s meal plant to print and cook. You’ll need to print each one out as well as print the meal plan and grocery list. After that, you’re good to go.

Weekly Meal Plan to Print & Cook #9

Packable Meal: Pulled Chicken Sliders

I love having a dinner that’s easy to cart to practice or game nights. This one is it! Serve this tender pulled chicken with homemade buns and a few sides.

Get the recipe here.

Meatless Meal: Chile Cheese Bake

Chile Cheese Bake is a quick alternative to traditional, rolled enchiladas — and perfect for meatless Mondays. This chile and cheese enchilada casserole comes together simply for a quick and delicious meal. Add rice, beans, and a salad to round it out.

Get the recipe here.

Pasta Meal: Creamy Chicken Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes

Humble chicken and pasta in a simple cream sauce get dressed up with fresh spinach and sundried tomatoes for a fantastic meal that feels extra special. Make this Creamy Chicken Pasta dish this week! Add a salad or vegetable on the side.

Get the recipe here.

Pizza Meal: Fish-Shaped Calzones

This is such a fun way to serve pizza! Adjust the filling however you like. Meatless Fish-Shaped Calzones make a great Friday night in Lent! Make three and be sure to add a salad or veggie dippers on the side.

Get the recipe here.

Grilled Meal: Your choice of meat grilled with Jamie’s Spice Mix as a rub

This is a super easy meal. If weather permits you from grilling, you can use the broiler or an indoor grill pan. Add sides.

Get the spice mix recipe here.

Salad: Tossed Salad with Ranch Dressing

Bottled dressing is for the birds! Make your own Ranch Dressing for a tastier, healthier, more economical option. It’s delicious on salad or for dipping veggies.

Get the recipe here.

Side Dish: Crockpot Potatoes

Recipes that let you “set it and forget it” are some of the best. These Crockpot Potatoes are no exception. Come home to a pot full of baked potatoes all set for dinner!

Get the recipe here.

Bread: Homemade Hamburger Buns

Homemade Hamburger Buns are something that you must make at least once. Just know that these tastier, healthier, often cheaper alternatives to spongy store-bought buns will have you hooked. You’ll never look back when you see how easy it is to make your own.

Get the recipe here.

Dessert: Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Enjoy salted toffee, chocolate-y goodness with these Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies. You’ll be a hit with the family when you fill the cookie jar with these this week.

Get the recipe here.

So that’s the lineup for this week’s meal plan. Ya ready to get cooking? All these recipes make part of this easy, make-ahead, budget-friendly, kid-approved meal plan. You get the grocery lists and all the prep tips in the free, printable meal plan.

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Originally published April 21, 2013. Updated February 10, 2018.

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  1. Have you done a post on stretching your meat? I know your pulled chicken sliders call for 1-2 pounds of chicken, does that really feed all 8 of you? We had a pound of stew meat for me, hubby and our toddler. We all ate dinner and I packed our lunches, but I didn’t get any beef for myself for lunch. We mostly use ground meats or I dice up our chicken because I know that it makes it seem like more.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I try to keep to 1 to 2 pounds of meat if the price requires it. I would love to be more liberal with it, but not yet. So, yes, I try to make sure that there are enough vegetable sides to make it more filling. That’s better anyway. Not sure what I’ll do when I have more teenage boys, though.

  2. I love your meal plans. I was just wondering if you are creating them differently lately, the last few I have not been able to download. When I click on the download button, it says I need a plug-in installed but that there is not one available for the Mac. I was just wondering if anyone else is having this problem. I would really like to download the plans. Thanks so much!!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I’ve edited all the download pages so that there are several ways to grab the pdf. Thanks for pointing out that glitch.

  3. Theresa Ellis says:

    I love you’re site so much. I LOVE all of these recipes.

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