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I wanted to share this meal plan with you today.   It’s week one, the first of eight weeks of meals planned for you.

Menu plan week 1

I am NOT a fancy cook.  I’m pretty basic and I use the crockpot a lot.  We have four kids and we are usually in the middle of a sport’s season, resulting in less time to prep fancy meals.)    Oh- and we eat out once a week at my favorite restaurant where kids eat free (I get the Margherita Flat Bread and it is SO good!)
Ps- before you start.  I have a “Catch All Planner” and there is a section on meal planning.   It might help you to keep your meals organized.   Since I’ve planned two months for you, you can just keep using them over & over. 

A screenshot of a planner.

MONDAY- Sheet Pan Garlic ChickenA tray of food on a plate, with Chicken and potatoes.

Tuesday-  Pasta with homemade sauce (You’ll use part of the sauce tomorrow, so you may want to double this recipe) Great-Grandma's Home-Made Spaghetti Sauce


WEDNESDAY-  My Mom’s Lasagna  (I prep this on Sunday)
My mom and my aunt both make really good lasagna.  (It is super easy!)
You need Sauce, no-cook noodles, part. cheese, Monz. cheese, ricotta cheese, ground meat.
Cover bottom of the pan with the sauce
Layer noodles on the bottom.
Put a layer of all of the cheeses (mixed) – I don’t like ricotta, but Mickey does, so I put it on half and leave it off of the other half.
Layer noodles next
Add meat sauce (just cook you brown meat & add the sauce to it to make your own meat sauce)
Sprinkle cheese mixture again.
Layer of noodles
A layer of the Meat Sauce
Finish with a layer of Cheese
Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
Set out to cook & thicken for 10 minutes.

 2 cups cooked & cut-up chicken breasts,  1 can cream of broccoli soup (condensed), 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, 1/2 sleeve crushed Ritz crackers (or 2 T. breadcrumbs), 1 T butter (melted)

It is easy to make.  Just preheat the oven (350 degrees – I cook everything at 350.)
Cook your broccoli (you can boil it for 5 minutes with just enough water to cover the broccoli)
Put the cooked broccoli in a casserole dish.  Top with cooked chicken.
Sprinkle cheese on top.
Sprinkle crushed Ritz crackers or breadcrumbs on top
Pour melted butter over this.
Bake for 20 min in the oven or until it is bubbly.

FRIDAY- Slow cooker Tuscan Beef Stew Slow cooker tuscan beef stew

SATURDAY- My very favorite meal EVER: Yellow Rice & Beans (add leftover chicken or beef to make it a meal) 
This yellow rice, black bean and pepper recipe is so good!  It is really easy to prep (the rice takes a little while to cook- like 20 minutes) and I eat the left-overs for lunch for days.   This is pretty much what you need (picture below) to make it.
peppers 6

SUNDAY- Dinner out (We have a favorite restaurant where kids eat free on Sunday, so we usually meet my parents & my brother’s family for an early dinner there on Sundays.)

I hope this was helpful!

Ready for Week Two?  Find it here.


Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. This is great Becky! Sometimes I just need a little help with recipe suggestions so I’ll be checking back here on Mondays!