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Healthy Meals Made Simple


Inspired by a class I attended at CBC#10 (which was fabulous), I decided to simplify our meals for awhile.  Sarah (my amazing sister and the Home Organization guru) along with Marie Ricks (House of Order) spoke a bit about meal planning and using a consistent pattern.  It will probably take your kids and your husband at least 5 years to notice there is a pattern at all, but will make your life so much easier.

So, this is what I came up with to simplify the meals and be more organized.

  Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Smoothies Sandwiches Fruit Mexican
Tuesday Oatmeal Green salads Nuts and dried fruit Italian
Wednesday Eggs Wraps Vegetables Chinese
Thursday Pancakes/ waffles Pasta Grains American
Friday Muffins/ fruit salad Soup Fruits or veggies Vegetarian

So, with that menu as my template, this is our meal plan for the week.

  Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Power Gold Smoothie Turkey, cranberry sandwiches Canteloupe balls on skewers Burritos with refried beans
Tuesday Apple cinnamon Oatmeal Spinach salad and whole wheat rolls Cashews and dried apricots Spinach Pesto Pasta with green salad
Wednesday Scrambled Eggs with feta cheese and mushrooms Chicken salad wraps Sliced cucumbers marinated in yogurt, vinegar, and sugar Fried Rice AWESOME Meal! So fast and easy!
Thursday Banana Nut Waffles Pasta Pizza Pita chips in hummus Hamburgers and homemade fries
Friday Blueberry muffins and canteloupe Turkey and Rice Soup Frozen fruit puree popsicles Flaky Pizza Purses and Sheeze

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Well, that’s it for today.  I loved the blogging conference. Met some awesome ladies.  And I’m excited all over again about blogging!  So, thank you readers for visiting my blog and sharing your ideas. I couldn’t do it without you all!

Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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I like the idea of creating a pattern to meal plans. I often feel like my plans don’t have direction and I’m just pulling recipes out of the air. This would definitely solve that to some extent. Thanks!

I love the pattern idea! Sometimes my work day/activities for kids dictate the amount of time I have to cook dinner (so I choose by amount of prep time), but I am definitely going to try a pattern for breakfast and lunches.

This is such a great idea. I love meal planning, but sometimes it feels so overwhelming. This would totally help to simplify. Especially with snacks and lunch.
My husband (Rustin Banks, BlogFrog) was also at CBC. He said it was a really fun conference.

Hooray!! Very serendipitous that I found your blog AND this menu plan on the most recent post. Am just tackling my weeks’ plan/grocery list and searcing for idears. 😉