Meal Planning Ideas


Keeping the grocery shopping and out to eat budgets under control is such a huge part of keeping our whole budget.

Meal Planning, Even When You Hate It

Ive really gotten into the swing and habit of meal planning lately and thats really helped, but sometimes its a challenge to keep it fresh.

I really want to do more posts like this, so here’s the first meal planning post of 2018! These are a few meals I’ve tried lately that we really like and aren’t outrageously expensive.


Personal Pot Pies or “pot pie guts.” This one is super easy. I put half a package of chicken tenderloins in the crock put with salt and pepper, about 1c. chicken broth and a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and leave it there for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.

Then I drain the broth out, and stir in a jar of chicken or turkey gravy and let it sit on warm for like a half an hour.

Put into bowls and top with a biscuit! Done.



Bang Bang Chicken This one is new to the meal plan and is SOOO good.

I found it on Pinterest here.

I might have cheated out a little bit and not gotten the sweet chili sauce or the fresh chopped parsley, but it was still good with just using things I already had or could find easily.

It also stores well and makes for great leftovers.


IMG_7329Garlic Cheddar Chicken Bake This one I found on the Pillsbury website when I was randomly searching for “easy family dinners.”

It only has a couple of ingredients, five of them are probably in your pantry right now.

Everyone loves it and I make it weekly (for now) with mashed potatoes as a side.

This is another one that stores perfectly and is a hit again on leftover night.


I hope maybe one of these piqued your fancy and made this weeks meal plan a little easier. I have another one of these posts planned. And I definitely have to get a new bulb for my dining room light because I hate the yucky yellow color it gives everything.

Bon appetit!


Author: Christina

I'm Christina! A 20-something wife to Jeff, mother of 3, just trying to take over the family finances, drink coffee and raise babies.

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