“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: April 19-25

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: April 19-25

A major key to eating healthier and saving money is meal planning. When I plan my meals, I feel less stress throughout the week, spend less time and money at the grocery store, and usually serve my family a fairly well-rounded diet throughout the week. My hope is that my mostly “real food” meal plans each Saturday will help you do the same!

P.S. Please don’t feel overwhelmed when you look at my plan. I certainly do NOT get to all of my plans each week. I do what I can with the time I have and then we eat a lot of leftovers.



Steak Kabobs
Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
Oven Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Monday: Meatless

whole wheat spaghetti with marinara sauce
Pesto Cheese Bread (on whole grain bread)
green salad with Balsamic Parmesan Dressing
pear slices



Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner

Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast*
No Fail Bacon
sliced strawberries

*Double to have leftovers for breakfast.


Tomato Bisque
grilled cheese sandwiches
raw veggies with dip


Baked Chicken Parmesan*
whole wheat egg noodles (tossed with a little butter)
apple slices

*Double and save extra for future freezer meal.


Eat out (Reality is…I’m tired after cooking all week!)

Breakfast Ideas:

Copabanana Cake
yogurt parfaits
fried eggs and whole wheat toast
whole grain cereal with milk

Free Printable Menu Planner

Here’s an easy way to get started on saving money and eating healthier–download our free printable menu planner!

menu planner

Friday Funny: Blame

A short video that is good for a laugh but also has wisdom.This video gave me a great big ‘ol chuckle. It also has some honest wisdom on what blame really does to our own hearts and to those around us.

*It does have one minor curse word in it so if that offends you, my apologies. I just thought it was too good not to share. 

Marshmallows + Toothpicks = Rainy Day Activity

Rainy Day Activity with marshmallows and toothpicks

This activity isn’t rocket science…but it might further your child toward that career.

Simply give your child toothpicks. Gasp! You mean hand my child those sharp pointy objects!? They will poke their sibling’s eye out! Yes, hand them toothpicks. And then hand them a bizillion little marshmallows and watch the miracle of their imaginations come to life. Or, if yours is like my 8-year-old son, you can watch him happily eat half of the unnaturally green and pink pieces of fluff, too.

This Marshmallow and Toothpick Project provided a good 45 minutes of constructive engineering work one rainy day. My 4, 6, and 8 year-olds tried to figure out how to make a bridge and a skyscraper that would support it’s own weight, as well as made a Super Hero Hideout inspired by Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.

Hand over the potential torture objects to little hands and be prepared to learn from your kids.