Our schools are on Spring Break this week, but we’re not going anywhere since we have a little one in the house—so this week’s meal plan includes a few of our favorite go-to recipes for weeknights. And the family meal plan of course has a few delish options for St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th so you can plan ahead!
Simple Family Meal Plan
Here’s some meal planning inspiration for the week as you head to the grocery store and (maybe?) think about what to feed your family. This family meal plan has 7 suggested dinners and a handful of ideas for what to serve for breakfast and snack time. I hope they help you to spend less time and energy worrying about to cook!
Monday: Salmon Burgers with Parmesan Cauliflower
Call them Salmon Cakes or Salmon Burgers, these are filled with healthy fats that we all need and are super affordable since they’re made with canned salmon. Serve them on or with rolls as burgers or alongside a grain. We like to pair them with a simple veggie like this cauliflower.
This is one of my go-to Instant Pot recipes. I up the nutrition by adding a peeled and diced sweet potato and an additional 1/4 cup water. We’ve eaten it as bowls topped with shredded cheese and salsa and I’ve also used the filling to make quesadillas. (The recipe makes a LOT—it was enough for about 8 when I made it—so you can likely do both since the leftovers store really well!)
Wednesday: Shortcut Butternut Squash Risotto
You don’t have to stand over the stove to make this creamy risotto and you can make the components ahead of time if you’d like to. Win, win! (This is also a great meal for a baby.)
Thursday: Veggie Chili
I love this recipe because it’s packed with nutrients from vegetables and beans and it makes enough for two dinners—so you can stash some in the freezer for a future week. (Or use it for lunches!) Try this with these Cornbread Muffins with Hidden Veggies.
Friday: Pizza Rolls with Spinach
Saturday: Fridge Forage/Sandwich Night/Takeout
Giving yourself one night off from cooking can make the rest of the week a little easier to manage, so consider this the time to clean out whatever’s left in the fridge OR to order in or go out to eat. My girls love sandwich night or having a dinner that’s basically a kid version of a cheese plate. Both can be nutritious and super easy.
Sunday: Spinach Pesto Pasta with Peas
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Raisins: This breakfast has whole grains and two servings of produce!
- Mini Egg Muffins with Cheese and Veggies: I love to make a batch of these on the weekend and warm them for breakfasts (or lunches) throughout the day. So fast and easy!
- Spinach Banana Pancakes: Because a green breakfast for St. Patricks Day is super festive!
Plus, Family Meal Plan: Snack Ideas
- Super Green Banana Muffins: Are you sensing a theme with my green-food-for-Sunday agenda? It’s fun, promise!
- Simple Sauteed Apples with Cinnamon: This is a perfect way to transform any apples lingering in the crisper. My toddler loves them plain as a snack and I love them over yogurt or oatmeal.
- Simple Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt: Homemade drinkable yogurt is easy and affordable and it’s a protein-packed snack for morning or afternoon.
Need Lunch Ideas?
You can find my lunch ideas here.