Menu Plan Monday ~ January 2/18 Weekly Dinner Inspiration

Weekly Dinner Inspiration for the week of Jan 1/18 - get dinner on the table each night with less stress and chaos!

Happy New Year friends!! Here we are in 2018 and it’s time to put together our first menu plan of the new year! Yay! I’m not so good at flying by the seat of my pants when it comes to dinner and by that I mean if there is no plan we don’t eat near as well and I spend way too much money on groceries. And both of those things make life a little more stressful so a menu plan is of utmost importance to me. Are you ready to join me? I’m telling you once you see what a difference menu planning can make in your life, you’ll be hooked!

As for Christmas, it was a nice holiday break. We had our two oldest home from college but gosh does time fly. It felt like they just arrived and then they were leaving again. Goodbyes are tough especially when one of them in particular isn’t so good about staying in touch. Kids! It was so nice to have some time off to just hang out and relax with my family. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday as well.

Recipe Motivation:

One of the things I wanted to talk about with you today is one of the biggest stumbling blocks that I find people run into when it comes to menu planning. To avoid getting stuck in a rut it’s important to stay motivated and inspired by the recipes you choose and by that I don’t mean fancy or difficult at all. Sometimes we can just get into the routine of eating the same recipes over and over which can lead to boredom. Or we get over zealous by picking recipes that take too long to prepare and we run out of the steam we need to actually make them.

Having good sources for recipes is also especially important if you follow a certain diet or have made some healthy eating goals for 2018. As you know I eat Paleo and I totally know for a fact that it wouldn’t be possible AT ALL if I didn’t menu plan ahead of time each week. I couldn’t do it. I hate cooking so with a little advance prep I can choose recipes that will get me in and out of the kitchen fast while still maintaining my Paleo diet. Healthy meals don’t just happen, at least not for me. The path to health begins with a plan.

If healthy recipes is something that interests you, the Ultimate Bundles team has put together a HUGE selection of some pretty awesome recipes. How do I know? Because I created the menu plans for them using the recipes from this bundle. This is the project I was working on before Christmas. I literally went page by page through EVERY single recipe book included and there are many. They’ve been organized into a variety of healthy categories. You actually have the option this time of purchasing the entire bundle OR just the category (and meal plans) that work for you and your family.

It’s called the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle and today, you can get your hands on ready-made meal plans (affiliate link) for just the way you eat – complete with shopping lists and fresh recipes – for a ridiculously low price.

It’s a complete meal planning solution made up of 10 mini-bundles.

Each bundle contains digital cookbooks, fresh meal ideas, and ready-made plans (and even grocery lists!). No matter how you eat, there’s a mini-bundle that’s perfect for you and there are two buying options:

Option 1: Pick up just one mini-bundle that works best for your life right now – quick & healthy, budget-friendly, Instant Pot & slow cooker OR diet-specific options like vegan, real food, paleo, keto, gluten-free… there’s one that’s right for you.

Option 2: For less than the price of two mini-bundles, get the ENTIRE package with over 3,000 recipes and 100 weeks of made-for-you meal plans, so you’ve got total control no matter how your food needs change.

You really can get healthier, starting today. Start your New Year right by picking up your copy of the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle (or any of the mini-bundles) right HERE (sale ends Friday).

See bloggers in action:

Need some more menu plan inspiration? Want a chance to get a behind-the-scenes peek into the kitchens and brilliant meal-planning minds of some top-tier food and health bloggers?

Tomorrow (January 3rd), you can sign up for a free Meal-Plan-Along where you’ll be invited into the kitchens of bloggers like:

  • Wardee Harmon of Traditional Cooking School
  • Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship
  • Kresha Faber of Nourishing Joy
  • Susan Heid of The Confident Mom
  • and Elise New of Frugal Farm Wife

To spend 30 minutes with each blogger and get their best meal planning tips, just sign up for the FREE simulcast HERE.

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Tuesday: Healthy Beef & Broccoli

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Ham with Honey-Mustard Glaze (I’ll use coconut sugar) served with potatoes and asparagus

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Baked French Fries with Paleo Chipotle Ranch Dip

Saturday: Creamy Whole 30 Bacon Mushroom Chicken Thighs served with carrots

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

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My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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