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Fall Weekly Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan Free Printable
Beautiful Fall Design
With Free Fun Fall Stickers

Keeping up with my weekly meal plan with a beautiful fall design printable is how I am going to keep up this fall.🍁  School is in full swing, yard clean up, baseball games, & holiday planning; how am I going to keep up I keep asking myself. You may be asking yourself, how am I going to keep up with a job, kids, and fall activities. After putting all appointments in my phone calendar, my go-to answer to keeping my sanity is Weekly Dinner Meal Planning

Why do I spend my already hectic week on a weekly dinner written plan? Taking just 20 minutes on the weekend helps me keep my work, home, blog, and life balance. After a long day at work (whether at home or in an office), planning the dinner meal allows me to care for my family and keep my evening running smoothly.

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Having on hand all of your ingredients and your recipe where you can find it, speeds up dinner on the table. I want to spend my time when the whole family arrives home listening, talking, and building relationships, and having a preplanned week “sets the table” for me.

Once you get into the routine of a weekly meal plan it does not take much time at all. And the time you spend on Friday night or Sunday save hours during the week. Even if at the last minute we go out to eat, the weekly meal plan gives me a quick reference for what to make the next night.

Fall Weekly Meal Plan

I usually print off my pretty weekly meal plan on Friday night when Jim & I have some downtime. We decide what we want to make on Sunday for dinner.  We pick a bigger meal, perhaps one that takes a little longer to cook but gives us 1 or 2 other dinner meals that week.  Whatever day you have 20 minutes of downtime on the weekend is perfect to set up a weekly meal plan.

Once you have a Sunday dinner meal pick then you can start making the rest of the week’s list and start a grocery list. Collect your recipes and check to see what ingredients you have in the pantry. I go to Pinterest to see if there is any beautiful recipe that looks good for my family to add to our family favorites.

I love to make family activities beautiful, so I design for each season a🍁 new free weekly meal plan printable that you can get for free.  Just send me your email by signing up here, and I will send it to your inbox the password to the printable library.

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I do not know about you, but if you are anything like I am,  I get bored with home tasks that I have to do each and every week.  Having a beautiful printable make all of the boring tasks fresh and new. And for me makes it special.

Fall Weekly Meal Plan

I like to grab a clipboard and pretty colored pens and sit with my favorite cup of coffee ☕️ and make the task special.  For fall I like to add stickers that inspire me or make me smile. I have also designed these cute fun fall stickers for you to download and print on sticker paper.

You will also find the stickers in the printable library and the password is on the way to your inbox by signing up here.

If you have the time on Sunday make one larger meal that will give you enough for a second dinner.  We will make a large pot of chili, or spaghetti sauce 🍝 , or a pan of lasagna or two meatloaves. If you are going to have hamburgers on the grill, buy a large package of meat and form extra burgers, store them in individual zipper baggies, and put them in the freezer and you have your second meal.

Supplies You Will Need:

If you have a Cricut Cutting Machine. You can find my tutorial on how to import the stickers into Design Space and have the Cricut do all the work.

We do not have to be Perfect

I feel the need to make sure you do not think, I think, I am perfect.  We see so many perfect plans, perfect home, perfect kids on Pinterest, I want to make sure you know that I am not perfect at dinners and I do not expect you to be either.

My suggestion to you to start a weekly meal plan is not to make you think this has to be one of those “perfect” ideas.  It is a tool to help you keep from being overwhelmed as a mom.  We all work, at home or away from home, and we all have the major responsibility of what our family eats.

It gets tiring and boring and overwhelming to be making these decisions week after week when all we want to do is sit down and cuddle with our families, laugh, and play and remind each other how much we love each other. Having a written plan is a way to make dinner planning off your “plate” at 5:30 at night and have it all planned out and ready to go.

If you do not follow your plan, as we all know life gets in the way, I give my self, and you, permission to just move on and save that meal for another day.

Dinner Suggestions

If you know me you know I like to say, “After work, make relationships with your family, not make a pile of dishes”. I have a lot of Electric Pressure Cooker recipes that take your hands away from the stove and allows you to let the pressure cooker do the work for you.  This lets you have time to spend with your husband or kids while dinner makes its self.

Steps to Start Your Meal Plan

  • Print out your free meal plan printable
  • BrainStorm main dishes from Pinterest, cookbooks, or favorite recipe cards.
  • Look at your calendar to see what nights you will be home for dinner.
  • Decide what will be for dinner for Sunday through Thursday.
  • Pick 4 side dishes, salad, frozen vegetables in a bag for the microwave, baked beans, or ready to eat salad in a bag.
  • Schedule each meal on a separate day.
  • Look around to see what ingredients you have on hand in the pantry.
  • Start wright down your grocery list of what you need.
  • Remember you are going to be flexible and go with the flow, changing days for each dish as you need.
  • Schedule on Monday & Tuesday foods that are fresh and not frozen so they do not spoil.
  • Transfer your grocery list to your favorite app on your phone for quick reference when you are in the store.

I put in my phone in the Paprika Recipe app all of the recipes for each week.  That way when I am in the store I can double-check if I need any other items. You can find a full tutorial on Keystoinspriation.com by clicking here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know if you have any trick or tips on making your dinnertime less of a chore and more of fun family time for love and laughter and time to pass on your unique life experience to your children.

~Susan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall meal plan printable

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11 Comments

  1. I always feel SO comforted knowing I have a meal plan–it’s like a food hug. Pinned it–thanks for linking up!

  2. Meal planning makes for better meals. I am by myself most of the time and eat whats handy. Your system is much much better. The one pot meals are always a favorite of mine, especially on those busy days.

  3. thanks for sharing you are so right , having a meal plan does help out so much. I have gotten a bit away from it during hectic months but I will be returning fall, winter, and spring Thanks for sharing
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  4. We have many of the same meal planning tips, Susan! Thanks so much for sharing your printables and tips with us at the #happynowlinkup!

  5. I am printing these off! What a great way to keep meals on task. So much easier to start dinner if the first one home knows what we are having! #MerryMonday

  6. These printables are too cute; I like that you try and make it a fun thing to do! I really need to try meal planning more, and DEFINITELY meal prepping!

    -Lauren

    #happynow

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