I have been following a minimalist meal plan the past few months (I got the idea from Miranda at Live Free Creative!) and it has been such a game changer for how I feel about feeding my family every day. I love to cook, but the task of menu planning, grocery shopping, and keeping up with differing dietary needs has been draining me this past year. Now I pick 7 meals for the month and we essentially eat the same thing every week.
At first I thought this would be boring, but changing it up monthly helps us all from getting sick of any of the recipes. Also, on days I have a wild hair and want to try something new, I actually get excited about cooking and have a lot of fun in the kitchen. The monthly plan just saves me so much energy in the long run and has made me not dread meal time.
This month’s meals are:
Monday: Manicotti. I will share my recipe for this later this month! It’s really easy and a great family meal!
Tuesday: Chicken tacos. I plan on cooking the chicken in the instant pot with some seasonings and shredding it up to use throughout the week (Sam loves shredded chicken!). I also always have beans and rice and lots of veggies so everyone can build their own taco.
Wednesday: Greek Pita Pizzas from the Well Plated Cookbook
Thursday: Sheet Pan Sticky Ginger Sesame Chicken and Crispy Brussels Sprouts from Half Baked Harvest. I plan to add some other veggies for my vegetarian and serve it all over rice.
Friday: Pizza night! I love to make my own pizzas. The kids’ usually just want cheese on theirs but I play around and make different ones for Chris and me!
Saturday: This no knead bread and stew. Saturdays are usually ski days so I make the stew the night before (basically using whatever I have in my fridge!) and warm it up Saturday night.
Sunday: On toast! Basically leftover night, except with yummy bread from the night before to put things on.
Do you have any tips and tricks for how you meal plan? I’ll be using Tuesdays to share cooking and food here on the blog this month and will be reporting back on any recipes from this month that become our favorite!