Weekly Meal Plan and Grocery List #2
One of my least favorite things to do each week is plan the weekly menu for dinner. Although I don’t enjoy it, it’s necessary and super helpful once completed.
Before I go grocery shopping, I always plan out 5 meals for the week (sometimes more) and ensure that at least 2 of those meals will provide leftovers. That way, I have a full week of dinners ready to make and I won’t have to spend time trying to think up what to make for dinner in the middle of the week. I have my meal plan and ingredients ready to go. It really does save me so much time and stress in the week, but that doesn’t mean I love taking the time to search for dinner ideas and plan out the week’s menu.
That’s why I decided to create these weekly dinner meal plan and grocery lists here on the blog for you all so at least one of us doesn’t have to take the time to do the planning. If I know that I’m not only planning out my weekly dinners for my family but also helping you by creating a healthy (ish) dinner meal plan and grocery list for you to use, I’ll feel twice as good about completing the task.
Below, you’ll find 5 meals with a link to the recipe or description on how I make the meal, as well as a complete grocery list to purchase all the ingredients needed for these meals.
Simply bookmark this blog post and refer to it throughout the week when cooking up your delicious dinners.
On the Menu:
(5 dinners – have leftovers 2 nights this week)
1. Cheeseburger Casserole – find the recipe here
2. Caprese Pesto Pasta Bake – find the recipe here
3. Chicken Club Wraps – find the recipe here
4. Skillet Buffalo Chicken – find the recipe here
5. Deviled Egg Pasta Salad – find the recipe here
Find the Complete Grocery List for the Meals Below:
You can copy and paste the grocery list and save it in the notes section of your phone (that’s what I do), print it out to use at the store, or use it however else you desire.
-1/2 cup heavy cream
-3 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
-8 oz wet mozzarella cheese
-6 slices (6 oz.) reduced-fat cheddar
-2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
-8 large eggs
-1 lb ground turkey
-1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed
-3 strips cooked bacon (I used turkey bacon)
-1 pound chicken cutlets
-1 container pre-made pesto (or make your own- you’ll need 3/4 cup)
-2 to 3 cups fresh baby spinach
-3 yellow or white onions
-1 red onion
-3 cups cherry tomatoes
-1 head of garlic
-2 medium tomatoes (1 to chop up and add to the cheeseburger casserole, the other for the chicken club wraps)
-8 large leaves of red or green leaf lettuce
-1 red bell pepper
-1/3 cup fresh chopped herbs (oregano, thyme, or both)
-2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 oz each)
-2 tbsp tomato paste
-1/2 cup black olives (sliced)
-20 oz whole wheat elbow macaroni
-16 oz short cut pasta (any kind)
-four 10-inch flour tortillas, preferably whole-wheat
-3 tablespoons cider vinegar
-frank’s hot sauce
-1 tbsp yellow mustard
-1 tbsp dill pickle relish
-3 dill pickles (chopped)
-1 cup mayonnaise
-Red Pepper Flakes
And That’s a Wrap!
I sincerely hope I’ve saved you time and a headache from planning out your dinner meals for the week. Simply bookmark this blog post, use the grocery list to shop for the items, and come back to my blog post to find the recipes for your meals each night this week. Let me know in the comments below if you enjoy this meal plan and would like to see more in the future. Also, if you have any suggestions on types of dinners you’d like to see on the meal plan, I’d love to know that as well.
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