Family Meal Plan #4

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Meal Planning. I’ve got to do it, or I am stressed out every day. Who wants to willingly stress themselves out? I love the motto, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I’m determined to have good food each night, to not be stressed, and it all revolves around 30 or so minutes at the beginning of the week planning. It’s not easy, I’m a procrastinator, but it had to stop!

I posted last weeks family meal plan on Sunday afternoon, and my friend Kelsey texted me Monday morning reaming me that I hadn’t posted it yet. She just didn’t see it on Facebook. SOOOO, if you want to catch the stuff I post when I post it, you can follow by email subscription. Here is what we ate last week. Enjoy this weeks, family meal plan #4.

Family Meal Plan #4

Monday: Beef Stir Fry

Steak and veggies with a little brown rice. I bought the pre-cut steak, but it was a little tough. Did I buy the wrong meat? Cook it too long? I haven’t cooked steak much ever, so it’s a learning process. I also cut up orange, red, and yellow peppers. The kids didn’t care for that part as much, but my husband and I did! I’m trying to get them more acquainted with a variety of vegetables. Baby Steps.



Tuesday: Potato Ham Chowder

We used the leftover ham from last weeks meal plan. We had put it in the freezer. this chowder was scarfed up by the entire family and SO very easy to assemble in 30 minutes or less.


Wednesday: Enchiladas

Always a family favorite, love mixing black beans with the ground beef.


Thursday: Shrimp Pasta Salad

My husband grew up with a very simply shrimp pasta salad that I’d made in the past, but I wanted to spice it up. I added red pepper and celery based off of this recipe. It was delicious, but needed a little extra spices. Not sure what.


Friday: Leftovers!

Saturday: Honey and Pecan Glazed Salmon

I was very pleasantly surprised that my kids loved Salmon! They did well with the tilapia last week, so it made me very happy they liked the Salmon, too. We explained to them how good fish is for their brain development.


Sunday: Spaghetti

This spaghetti sauce from Lemons for Lulu is delicious! We used to have spaghetti once a week or at least every 10 days. I haven’t made it in over a month, as my husband was off of pasta completely. Now it’s coming back in, but just every once in a while. This is our quick, no-fail for the kids recipe.


For dessert, check out some Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (my husband made them for me the night he proposed!)


For more ideas, check out my Family Meal Plan #3 and my friend Leigh Anne’s menu for this week What’s For Dinner #21!

Join The Discussion



  1. Dad says:


    Wow, these look so good. I wanted to jump through the PC monitor and take a bite out of everything. Yum. How lucky your kids are to have you as their Mom–in so many ways.


    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks dad, you’re the best!

  2. I love having a meal plan-they are invaluable! Thank you for including my meat sauce!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      It was delicious! Will have to check out your meal plans, too!

  3. I’m LOVING your meals plans, because I am in a serious rut! Thanks! Pinned!

  4. it all looks so good – pinned~~

  5. Everything looks SO good!! I know exactly what you mean about being less stressed when having a meal plan. Especially being an on the go family! I might just have to steal a few of these dinner ideas! 😉

  6. Nidia says:

    Kristen, thanks for the recipes!!!!
    You are a sweet heart!


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