This week’s meal planning session moved outside to the back porch. The early afternoon is so beautiful and is a perfect time to leisurely go through some magazines and cookbooks for a little while. It worked out so well after the kids were exhausted from playing outside all morning. Finding a quiet time to do your meal planning makes all the difference to feel prepared and organized to take on a new week.
Another handy tool to make meal planning easy is to write down all your family favorites. Categorize them into Chicken/Fish/Meat/Vegetarian/Pasta and you have a great start to planning dinners each week. This printable is one of my favorites as it can help you come up with some dinner ideas you may have forgotten, such as soups and sandwiches. (print it here and pick your favorite color combo!)
On the menu this week…
Sunday~ Sweet Basil dinner with our dear friends
Monday~ Broiled Salmon with Asparagus and Mushrooms. (recipe and image source below). Do you know why you want to pick wild salmon versus farm raised? (hint-it’s because they often dye farmed raised salmon to make it pink. Creepy!)
Tuesday~ Pineapple Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro Lime Slaw. (Cooking Light recipe) A little jasmine rice on the side.
Wednesday~ Whole Chicken cooked in the slow cooker. Super easy and then shred the chicken to use for tostadas. Toppings of everyone’s choosing. Yum.
Thursday~ CORN (also known as Clean Out Refrigerator Night)
Friday~ Off to Storyland with family-like friends for a fun-filled weekend!
When do you try to plan your recipes for the week ahead?
For more inspiration, see three years of past dinner plan here,
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Emily Roach is a culinary nutrition expert and works with clients to create a healthy lifestyle design. She loves teaching her kids how to cook, playing tennis and inspiring women to take control of their health. Emily does one-on-one consulting, cooking workshops and speaking engagements.