Menu Plan by Melody of This Beautiful Frugal Life
We are a family of four, including two toddler boys who eat their body weight in food every day. We eat a Paleo-ish diet, with the majority of our meals and snacks made with whole foods. We don’t eat pasta, beans or grains of any kind and very little dairy. We are super busy during the week, with trips to the gym most afternoons, so are constantly on the lookout for meals that can be prepared ahead of time or thrown in the crock pot.
Meal planning is very important for our family, as the last minute options we used to rely on (grilled cheese, PB&J, frozen pizza) aren’t in the cards anymore. I try to do as much prep as possible early in the week, making up a big batch of homemade salsa, some kind of protein (shredded chicken, hard boiled eggs or ground beef), easy breakfast options for my husband before work and post-workout snacks. This also saves us from those last minute choices that aren’t as healthy as we’d like them to be.
While my kids are fantastic eaters and do love most vegetables, I still take every chance I get to sneak some in. I know there is a big debate about whether to sneak vegetables or let your kids acquire a taste for them naturally. I say do both! I like to make a big batch of cauliflower puree and add it in to scrambled eggs or throw it in some breakfast muffins.
Here’s what’s for dinner at my house this week:
Tuesday — Ham and Vegetable Frittata Muffins
Friday — Leftovers
Saturday — Meatza with peppers, mushrooms, and olives
Sunday — French Toast Breakfast Scramble
For my husband’s lunch, I usually pack him leftovers or a big salad with tons of veggies and a hard boiled egg or two, topped with homemade salsa and mashed avocado.
What are you making for dinner this week? Be sure to leave a link to any recipes in the comments!