May the is the time of year when I start to fall off the wagon with meal planning.
School is ending, Summer weather is peeking around the corner, and we are itching to get outdoors and explore. It’s so easy to throw a meal plan out the window and just go with the flow!
But I’ve learned the hard way that I NEED to make a meal plan, even in summer.
Why? Because then we can really be spontaneous and I don’t have to worry about what we are eating! My plan may be more of an idea list with the foods ready in the fridge, but it’s still a plan.
Use the ideas in this healthy food meal plan to get you started on your easy meal list for summer. Then you can be ready in a flash! And truly enjoy those upcoming summer days!
Healthy Food Meal Plan: May 2015
Notes on this Healthy Food Meal Plan:
- This meal plan is for the average family of four, costing approximately $330. You might need to change portion sizes according to your own family size and budget.
- Meals are based around 2 whole chickens, 1 chuck roast, 1 shoulder roast and 2 pounds of ground turkey.
- The meals within this plan were designed to build off of each other, using leftovers when possible and allowing opportunities for batch cooking (i.e. making one big batch of tortillas instead of making “just enough” on two separate days. Take advantage of this to really lower your budget and reduce time spent in the kitchen.
Healthy Food Meal Plan: Week 1
Healthy Food Meal Plan: Week 2
(S) Pasta Fazool with No-knead Overnight Artisan Bread
(M) Bacon Chicken Ranch Sandwiches
(T) Huevos Rancheros Enchiladas
(W) 15 Minute Spaghetti
(T) Tuna Bacon Ranch Salad with Dinner Biscuits
(F) Peanut Fried Rice
(S) Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches with Homemade Buns
Healthy Food Meal Plan: Week 3
(S) Classic Minestrone with Rosemary Olive Oil Bread
(M) Chicken Salad Sandwiches
(T) Panzanella Salad
(W) Squash Pasta Salad
(T) Vegetable Tamale Pie
(F) Asian Beef Tacos with Coconut Rice
(S) Ranch Chicken Nuggets
Healthy Food Meal Plan: Week 4
(S) Tomato Basil Soup with Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese
(M) Meatloaf Muffins
(T) Cheeseburger Helper
(W) Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
(T) Angel Hair Pasta with Homemade Spinach Pesto
(F) Tortilla Pizzas
(S) Southwestern Breakfast Frittata
Breakfasts are usually a variety of meals, based largely on what we have in the kitchen and almost always served with fresh fruit. These are a few basic meal ideas, plus some recommended recipes that should align with the ingredients being purchased for the dinners above. Simple meals like breakfast porridge and baked oatmeal can be flavored based on what you have in your own kitchen.
- Yogurt Parfaits with Chocolate Granola and Strawberries
- Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole
- Strawberry Scones
Similar to breakfast, lunches are usually a variety of meals based on what’s in the fridge and pantry and come with a side of fresh fruit. My first suggestion for lunch is always leftovers (unless the leftovers are already slated for another meal), but here are a few additional lunch ideas that are simple and easy to prepare. As a bonus, all of them can be tailored according to what you currently have on hand, and packed either for school or a picnic lunch on the go.
Since the goal is to not consume too much sugar, let’s keep the options minimal. Still, you’ll be able to enjoy either one of these treats.
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