Hi! In case we haven’t met, I’m Brooke:) As a busy mom of three, the only way that I can get a healthy dinner on the table each night is to meal plan in advance and it’s my hope that my weekly meal plans will help you and your family as well.
This week’s Meal Plan with Brooke Menu was specifically made with busy families in mind (because that’s my life right now with three children, sports schedules, church activities, and workouts). All of the recipes can either be prepared in the slow cooker or made in advance, making it easy to prepare the casseroles in less than 25 minutes. All of the meals are lightened-up versions of some of my favorite classic suppers that I enjoyed growing up that still taste delicious and come in at less than 400 calories per serving.
As you start to follow my meal plans, you will notice that I include 6 recipes per week and not 7 recipes and this is because at our house, we like to either go out for dinner one day per week or my husband and I still believe in DATE NIGHTS and we hire a sitter for the kids and order pizza for them while we go out and enjoy a night away (I would recommend this option😍). The meal plans that I share with you are the actual meal plans that I follow each week and serve for my family so be encouraged that we are doing this dinnertime thing together.💪❤️
My Meal Planning Tips:
- Power Plan: Try to find one day per week that you can meal plan and set aside time to either order your groceries online (I love this option!) or go to your grocery store and pick up your groceries. I suggest printing out this post so that you have all of the recipes that you will be preparing for the week in advance and in front of you. I find it helpful to print the actual recipe card for each recipe as well. To do this, simply go to the recipe and click the card on the bottom of the page and print.
- Buy in Bulk: I like to purchase my meats and poultry in bulk when possible and store in the freezer and this requires that I set up time in advance to thaw out any meat that might be frozen. I like to do this a few days before by placing the meat in the refrigerator. I also make sure to prepare and portion out any meat or poultry that I have bought in bulk at the store. For beef I always portion out 1.5 pounds per ziplock bag and for chicken, I will trim the chicken and place 3-4 chicken breasts into separate ziplock bags for easy storage.
- Make Ahead: On the day that I set aside to power plan for my week of meals, I also like to prepare and make ahead as much as possible. What this looks like for me, is that I wash, dice, and chop any vegetables that I will be using that week and store in the refrigerator. I will also do as much as I can to make casseroles, like the ones that I have listed, in advance and cover and store in the refrigerator so that all I have to do is put them in the oven for 20-25 minutes to heat on busy weeknights. For any recipe that calls for shredded chicken, I like to make the chicken in my slow cooker in advance and store in ziplock bag in the fridge or freezer until I’m ready to use in a recipe.
Meal Planning Encouragement:
As a busy mom myself, I know how crazy life can be and how overwhelming it can feel to try to cook a healthy dinner 6 nights a week! That is why I hope my meal plans encourage you and help make the process easier.
I also want to encourage you with one of my favorite scriptures this week which says “The Joy of the Lord is my Strength” Nehemiah 8:10. Sometimes we aren’t always going to feel “Joy” in our present circumstances and if we’re being honest, many of us may feel weak and discouraged most days, I know because I’ve been there! But this week as you meal plan and make dinner for your family, I want you to think about choosing “Joy” and I say choosing because it’s a choice that we have to make every day over and over again.
I want you to begin to find joy in being present over a meal that you cook for your family, start finding joy in being thankful for at least three things that God has done for you (write them down if you have to), and most importantly find joy in knowing that you have a Heavenly Father that loves you more than you can imagine and He’s got BIG plans for you! I can guarantee that He’s up in Heaven smiling down on you as you serve your family this week. If this post has encouraged you, please share with your friends and family on Pinterest!
Monday: Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie
Serving Suggestion: I like to serve this meal with a green leafy salad or broccoli salad.
Serving Suggestion: I like to serve this meal with green beans or roasted asparagus.
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serving Suggestion: I like to serve this meal with Whole Grain Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and salsa. I also will slice up fresh avocados or make guacamole as a side for the chips.
Thursday: Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Serving Suggestion: I like to serve this meal with green beans, brussel sprouts, or roasted asparagus.
Friday: Stuffed Pepper Casserole
Serving Suggestion: I like to serve this meal with skillet corn or corn on the cob or mixed vegetables (you can select your favorite frozen mixed vegetable).
Saturday: Slow Cooker Chicken and Pepperoni
Serving Suggestion: I like to serve this meal with a green leafy salad and whole grain bread drizzled with a light amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
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