WEEKLY MEAL PLANNING FOR A FAMILY
TODAY IS THE DAY YOU ARE GOING TO GET ORGANIZED AND GET STARTED
HERE IS HOW YOU DO IT!
Go to thefoodnanny.com and at the top of the page you will see a button that says MEAL PLANS you are going to want to click. After you have clicked you will see two templates. One says the NANNY PLAN the other is your SHOPPING LIST. Print both.
STEP 1. Get out my cookbooks and other recipes that you love.
STEP 2. I say to cook 5 nights a week. Take 2 days off. It is nice to eat out or order-in
food a couple of nights a week. That gives us a break and makes life enjoyable.
However, when I was raising my family, I was on a budget and could not eat out 2
times a week, so I always planned for the entire 2 weeks. If I happened to go out,
no problem, I saved that meal and incorporated it into my next 2-week plan. If a
night got crazy and I got off my plan, no problem. The next night I picked right
back up. Homemade waffles or grilled cheese sandwiches were my crazy day go-to
STEP 3. Start with Comfort Food Night. Look through the recipes. Choose a meal. Write
the name of the recipe you have chosen in Comfort Food Night. Then write in the
ingredients you will need on your shopping list. If you choose meat then you will
need to pick your sides. Sides will include plenty of veggies, a starch such as
potatoes, rice, quinoa, pasta, salad etc....write down your side dishes. Now go over
and write down on your grocery list what you will need. Don’t serve a starch and
bread with every meal. Sometimes just a starch. Sometimes just bread. Sometimes
both. Often, meat and a salad, or meat and veggies. Leftovers are fine, but not
every other night. (I will give you a 2-week sample menu for you to follow along on
STEP 4. Choose something for the next meal either meatless or a meat that you didn’t
have the night before. Make sure to include fish in your menu plan. (If your family
cannot eat fish, then choose meatless). Just make sure that the star of your meal will
be plenty of veggies, or salad greens along with whatever meat you are serving.
As you create your menu you will see that you are getting this great variety of
food. Red meat, poultry, no meat, plenty of veggies, fruit, salads, breads.
This menu plan has kept my family and me healthy for 3 decades. It has made cooking fun and easy.