“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: February 1-7

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

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!



Hearty Turkey Veggie Crock Pot Chili, Homemade Corn Bread Muffins, raw veggies and ranch dip, apple slices

*Double the chili and corn bread muffins and freeze the extras as a Freezer Meal for the future.


Meatless Monday: Make-Ahead Lunch Wraps*, Guacamole and chips/veggies, pineapple slices

*Make extras for the kids’ lunches this week. This post has tips for sending hot food in lunch boxes.


Rosemary Shrimp Scampi, quinoa, Roasted Purple Potatoes and Carrots, grapes


Breakfast for Dinner: Fake-Out Starbucks Breakfast Sandwiches*, Green Smoothie

*Double and refrigerate or freeze the extras for breakfast throughout the week or to send in lunches.


Leftovers/clean out the fridge night


Homemade Pizza Night (Pizza Dough + Pizza Sauce + cheese + various toppings), fruit salad


No Peek Stew, Homemade Wheat Bread, green salad, pear slices

Breakfast Ideas:

Breakfast Cake

extra Starbucks Fake-Out Breakfast Sandwiches (above)

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packs


Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Muffins*

*Double and freeze the extras as a Freezer Meal for the future.

 Homemade Popcorn + 3 Ingredient Hot Chocolate

Free Printable Menu Planner

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

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  1. Angelia says

    Question what kind of lunch box do you use that it keeps food hot? Inquiring minds want to know…thanks

    • Rachel says

      You know, we have really cheapola ones from Target. Just the kid ones that are sort of insulated. But, what I do to keep foods hot is wrap in foil, wrap in a paper towel or cloth napkin (for their napkin), and put a hot sandwich in a sandwich-sized tupperware container with lid. The layers keep it warm. I’m sure there’s a better lunch box situation, though, and I’m all ears!

  2. Libby says

    This is probably much more work on your end, but have you thought of including pictures for menu planning posts?

    • Rachel says

      Great idea, Libby! I might see if I can make that my next step. Sometimes it’s tricky when it’s not my recipe is the only problem.