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New Year Real Food Menu Plan

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday season. I love the holiday but I’m ready to get back on a schedule. Everyone is going back to school and work on Monday and I’m finally getting back into planning out our weekly meals. The past few weeks throughout the holidays have been loosey goosey. With Christmas, all the leftovers and taking fun day trips I didn’t want to buy too much food and then have it go to waste in the fridge. The leftovers and cookies are gone….thank goodness! Now we are ready to get back to healthy eating.

If you are just starting out with healthy eating my best advice is to make a healthy weekly menu plan. It will keep you on track and also save you money each week because you are only purchasing the foods you need. Each week before heading to the grocery store I search through my pantry, fridge and freezers to see what we have on hand and our meals around those foods. I try to keep our budget at $150 weekly with purchasing mostly organic foods. It can be done with a little planning!

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New Year Real Food Menu Plan

Monday: We’ve gotten away from Meatless Monday and I’m ready to start it up again. I found this awesome looking recipe using sweet potatoes. We have a whole bag just waiting to be used so I thought this Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes would be a great Meatless Monday meal.

Tuesday: My son requested one of our favorite one pot meals and is super easy to make on those busy weekday nights. Beans with Sausage and Kale.  With the leftover Kale I plan on making some yummy smoothies for the mornings.

Wednesday: Over the holidays we had ham and part of the leftovers including the bone went into the freezer for Bean Soup. I am really excited about this meal, one of my favorite soups when I was growing up. Serving it up with homemade bread.

Thursday: This is my favorite night of the week….LEFTOVER NIGHT! Whatever is in the fridge we heat up and if the kids don’t like what we have to eat then they can make themselves a PBJ sandwich. One thing I do know is that I will not be making anything new.

Friday: I made a big batch of meatballs and sausages with sauce on Sunday and I always make enough so we have plenty of leftovers for other meals. We will use some of it for meatball and sausage sandwiches served with sweet potato fries. This is also a perfect Friday night meal, because by the end of the week I don’t want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen.

Saturday: My husband requested Chicken Tacos.  I love taco night because we make a little buffet with tons of fun toppings so everyone can make their own tacos just the way they want.

Sunday: I’ve been craving meatloaf, and to me this is a perfect winter Sunday meal. Serving it up with traditional mashed potatoes and garlic green beans.

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So that’s my menu plan for this week…hope it’s inspired you to think outside the box when feeding your family. Just remember when you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with “life” a little organization goes a long way. Most of these meals can be prepared in less than 30 minutes and some can even be fully cooked within that time. If you are still looking for inspiration head over to my Menu PlansOn Pinterest? Head over and check out my Family Meals Board for more real food inspiration and become inspired over at Org.Junkie

 

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3 Responses to New Year Real Food Menu Plan

  1. Tiffany @ The Crunchy Mom Next Door January 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    These look delicious and I’m really dying to try some of them out myself! Our meal plan needs some new things!

  2. Stephanie January 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your menu plan! Ham & Bean soup is one of my favorites from growing up too. There is just something so satisfying about a big bowl of warm soup, with a chunk of fresh bread, on a cold winter day. Surprisingly, we didn’t eat all of it the last time I made it, so now I have a few pints in the freezer. I think tomorrow’s lunch is looking good for a soup day.

  3. Amy January 5, 2016 at 7:20 pm #

    Such a great idea to schedule a leftover night – I need to do that more! We love Turkey Taco night here!

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