• Ashleigh Byrne

Weekly Meal Planning: Dinner time















Today I'm sharing how I create a weekly meal plan for our family, and how I keep it simple. In this season of having little ones at home and a busy schedule, I don't have time to cook as much as I would like. On Friday afternoons, I sit down and write out our menu for the week ahead. I go the farmers market on Saturday mornings and then will go to the store sometime that weekend(Trader Joe's, Costco, or Whole Foods). This is what a typical week looks like for dinners in our house.

- Sunday, I cook a Sunday dinner and I make enough to last us for Monday night.

- Tuesday, I make something to last through Wednesday night.

- Troster and I usually go out for a weekly date night on Thursdays, so I make something easy for the kids.

- Friday night is pizza night, but for the winter I'm making a different soup each week, or I'll get takeout soup from my favorite, Souper Jenny.

- Saturday night we go out to one of our favorite restaurants with the kids.


Some weeks look much different than above. We try to eat together as a family most nights, but we also have nights out for us to get together with friends and other events etc.

I try to make a few new recipes every month, but I have my favorite tried and true recipes listed below:

- White Bean Chicken Soup

- Butternut Red Lentil Soup served with Garlic Naan

- Baked Chicken Meatballs served with Focaccia and Roasted Broccoli

- Turkey Pumpkin Chili (I used frozen cubed butternut squash instead of pumpkin)

- Sausage and Peppers

- Tortellini Soup

- Pasta and White Beans with Garlic + Rosemary Oil

- Slow Roasted Sweet Potatoes (I serve it with black beans on top + cheddar to make it an easy meal)

- Quick Pasta and Chickpeas

- Chicken with Olives/Tomatoes

- Crispy Smashed Potatoes (My kids devour these, they are so good with chicken/ and a salad)

I'd love to hear about your favorite recipes, post some links below!

Do you want to know what breakfast + lunch look like in our house? Lookout for another post on that soon. Happy planning!




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