Make My Menu Monday & Meal Plan Tips 7/8/19

Happy Monday!

Happy Meal Plan Monday! In order to prepare meals and my weekly menu I’m going to take you step by step in what goes into my planning.

1. Taking a survey of what’s in my pantry, fridge and freezer. 


*****Goal- use what I already have- because it’s already been paid for and there is nothing worse then having to throw away something because it didn’t get used before it’s expiration date.

2. Review our schedule (this helps to not plan a meal that has more steps on a night that is super busy)

3. Plan the grocery list at the same time as meal planning and surveying fridge/freezer/pantry


I have tried many different grocery lists. This is my favorite and what we are currently using. On Google Keep making lists and sharing them is super easy! Then multiple people can add to lists and if they pick items up they can select it so that it gets taken off of the list!

4. Prep ahead of time

  • Cook or prep meat
  • Wash and cut veggies
  • Separate things into containers as needed

Basically anything that will take a step or 2 away the night of your meal is helpful to do before hand!

5. Theme nights

Mine that I follow every week are:

Taco Tuesday, Leftovers on Wednesday, & Crockpot meals on Thursday

Now on to our weekly menu and recipes!!!


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Spaghetti & Zoodles

  • 1 lb of hamburger
  • 1 lb of sausage
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  • oregano, parsley, garlic
  • 2 zucchini (or you can buy pre-made zoodles)

Cook hamburger and sausage in a skillet until done.

Add sauce and spices

For the zoodles- you can now buy pre-made zucchini noodles OR you can make your own!!


This one is one of my favorite and most “go-to” recipes. I don’t do any pre-cooking here, everything just goes in the crockpot in the morning.

Cool Ranch Tacos (I make a few edits to her recipe)

These are super, super easy & here is what you need~


  • Chicken Thighs
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Taco seasoning packet (or click here for a homemade version)
  • 1 Ranch seasoning packet (or use a homemade version-1T dried parsley, 1tsp garlic powder, 1tsp onion powder, 1tsp dried onion flakes, 3/4tsp dill, 1/2tsp pepper, and 1/2 tsp salt)

*Throw everything in the crockpot, Cook on low all day, at least 8 hours

Holy Cow- it doesn’t get much easier than that!


BLT Chicken Chopped Salad see recipe here by The Salty Marshmallow 


Grill out!

Burgers (bunless)

Diced Potatoes with olive oil, rosemary,  salt & pepper


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I’d love to hear your meal planning tips or share with me your favorite recipe.

Thanks for stopping by & Happy Meal Planning!!

Faith ♥

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