Busy Family of 5 Meal Plan – This Week’s Prep & Plan
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If you’re new here, welcome! I love homemade cooking, but for our busy family, that means lots of prep is being done so we can enjoy good food throughout the week while I’m at my musical theatre conservatory.
We have 3 small children, ages 5, 2, and 1. It’s pure chaos over here, but I wouldn’t want it any other way!
I’m always looking for ways to simplify our routine, and what I’ve found is that the number one most important this is to be flexible.
Sound generic? It is. But here’s the thing –
You need to simplify your dinner routine
That ability to be flexible is so important. You also need to have a system in place that you can reference and utilize on a week-by-week basis. Especially with young kids in the house. Things can change at a moment’s notice, and you have to be able to adapt.
It took me years of trial and error to create the system that I now use today. It’s how I’m able to ensure that we’re not having phases of eating out every night for a week, followed up by eating homemade time-consuming meals the next.
It’s also how I’m able to even have the time to share my weekly plans with you all.
So, are you in?
I’ve created this system over the last few years, and I’m thrilled to offer it to you for free! I want to help as many busy families as I can.
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Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at my family’s meal plan this week to give you some inspiration.
In my meal planning system, you’ll get an email that helps guide you through the process of figuring out what your family’s needs are, and how you can realistically meet those needs.
My current meal plan situation is as follows:
Our current dinner plan
- Monday – We eat a prepped dinner, since it’s nice and fresh from the day before.
- Tuesday – I make a fast and easy recipe because I am usually whooped. I have tap class and often go to the gym with all 3 kids on Tuesdays.
- Wednesday – I start a meal in the crockpot before leaving for school. If any aspect of the meal needs to be made separately, my husband cooks it in the afternoon. (Like rice or a salad for example).
- Thursday – I strive to cook a regular meal and enjoy my time in the kitchen. If it’s just one of those days where I can’t pull it off, I have a list of backup options ready. (Like frozen pizza or mac n cheese).
- Friday – We eat something I made at the beginning of the month on a batch freezer meal day. (Like enchiladas or a dump meal).
- Saturday – I alternate every other week. Some weeks I batch cook if need be, and other nights we order takeout and relax. It’s so important to have nights off from worrying about cooking. Prioritize that!
- Sunday – I prep my healthy lunches for the week, as well as Monday’s dinner.
This week I am absolutely burnt out and exhausted, but the show must go on, right?
If you’re going to follow our same meal plan, be sure to work through my email plan so you can figure out which type of meals you should make on different days.
Here is our meal plan:
Dinner Meal Plan
Don’t forget to check out our homeschool lesson plan for this week as well!
What are you having this week? Are you following the same meal plan as us? Let me know in the comments below!