By Kate, Contributing Writer

This is an average meal plan in our home.  We have four kids who are 5.5, 4, 2, and 4 months (the baby doesn’t eat with us yet).  Our goal right now is to increase the quality of food we are eating while keeping our budget down.

I create meal plans two weeks at a time and save them on my computer, as well as printing a copy and sticking it to my fridge.  I literally have over three years’ worth of previous plans saved and organized!  They serve as inspiration sometimes if I’m having trouble coming up with new ideas.

We get paid every other Friday, so I write my plans Friday – Thursday.  The first Friday is shopping day!

My husband has recently decided that we will relax our budget slightly and go out to eat once a week.  We go for Saturday lunch with my parents one week and Sunday lunch after church the other week.  That’s what “OUT” means.  We are lucky enough to live in a major city with a number of excellent, local, organic restaurants!

Week One

Friday

  • Breakfast – Omelets, blueberry muffins
  • Lunch – Chicken and pasta
  • Dinner – Leftovers

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

  • Breakfast – Omelets and smoothies
  • Lunch – Pita pizzas, soup
  • Dinner – Roast chicken legs, mashed potatoes, broccoli

Tuesday

  • Breakfast – Omelets and smoothies
  • Lunch – Pita pizzas, soup
  • Dinner – Sausages, rice, broccoli

Wednesday

  • Breakfast – Carrot cake waffles w/cream cheese frosting
  • Lunch – Pita pizzas, soup
  • Dinner – Grilled white pizza or broccoli cheddar soup

Thursday

  • Breakfast – Waffles, smoothies
  • Lunch – Pita pizzas, soup
  • Dinner – Salmon, fries, broccoli

Week Two

Friday

  • Breakfast – Waffles, smoothies
  • Lunch – Cheeseburger pockets, veggie sticks, fruit
  • Dinner – Meatball subs

Saturday

  • Breakfast – Sausage gravy and biscuits
  • Lunch – Chicken noodle soup
  • Dinner – Scrambled hamburger, mashed potatoes, broccoli

Sunday

  • Breakfast – Leftovers
  • Lunch – OUT
  • Dinner – Chicken nuggets

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Breakfast – Omelets, smoothies
  • Lunch – Pita pizzas
  • Dinner – Spicy chicken sandwiches, sweet potato chips

Thursday

  • Breakfast – Bacon and eggs, English muffins
  • Lunch – Chicken, veggies
  • Dinner – Burgers, buns and fries, fruit

Do you meal plan? What are your favorite meals in your meal plan rotation? Do you have one day per week or month that you go out to eat?