Real Life, Real Menu 3/2/20

My 4 Top Steps to Meal Plan Success

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 have meals that are realistic for what activities are going on
  • looking over the scheduled for the week helps me plan which meals I should make a crockpot meal for, or that I need to cook something ahead of time

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!


Chicken Taco Salad

(I used left over meat from last weeks Cool Ranch Chicken Tacos- click here to find the recipe)






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!! I use an attachment on my mixer- see it linked here.


Out to Eat


Breakfast Bowls


Turkey Burgers & Sweet Potato Hash:

*Using ground turkey make up patties

*Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder

*Cook up on a skillet

Sweet Potato hash~

*Dice  2 sweet potatoes

*Add olive oil or coconut oil to a skillet, heat and then add sweet potatoes.

*Put in some diced garlic, salt and pepper.

*Stir frequently and cook until potatoes are tender (easily poked with a fork, is the rule I use)

Happy Meal Planning & Thanks for stopping by!! If you need even MORE meal planning ideas check out Organizing Junkie


Faith ♥

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