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My Weekly Meal Plan & Baking Day: Week #1

on April 16, 2019 by Jami Balmet 0 comments

I have a fun new feature that I’ll be starting here on the blog. Each week I share over on Instagram about my meal plans, what I’m making, and most excitedly my batch baking days. And each time I share, I get about 120 requests to share my recipes and I never have them set up in a way to easily share them. 

So now, before my weekly meal prep, I am going to start sharing my weekly meal plan (plus a super easy way for you to create meal plans out of my meals through Build a Menu if you want). 

My Weekly Meal Plan: Week #1

I feel a little silly titling this “week #1” since it’s neither at the beginning of the year nor at the beginning of a month. But I need a good way to keep track of these meal plans, so welcome to week #1! 

I am a big fan of SIMPLE meal plans. I’ve done the gigantic meal plans where I plan out each specific meal every single day (including snacks) and it just gets too overwhelming and hard to keep up on. I have good intentions about it but it all just falls apart in the end. 

So now, I loosely plan out breakfast and lunch (as you will see) but I do plan a dinner for each night that often gets switched to a different night…but at least I have the ingredients for it right?? 

Breakfast: I like to keep breakfast simple but filling! We don’t do any packaged cereal around here because most cereals are filled with junk and the actual good nourishing ones are way too expensive. I sometimes make my own granola that the kids eat as cereal which is always a huge favorite with them…stay tuned in a future meal plan for these! 

This week for breakfast we will be alternating between eggs with homemade toast, oatmeal, and then some special pancakes at the end of the week. 

Lunch: I don’t plan out lunch. I like to make sure I have certain things on hand (peanut butter, sandwich bread, salad items, etc) but the actual lunches don’t get planner out per se. 

This week our lunches will be: veggies, fruit, and cheese trays, peanut butter & jelly, and smoothies for the kids. Salads, smoothies, and salmon with cauliflower rice for Jason and I. 

Baking Day Agenda: 

I want to note here: I don’t always get all of my baking day to-do’s done. My baking days are usually about 3-4 hours one day a week. I try to start this right after breakfast and wrap up before lunch. Some baking days go terrific and I end up adding in a few things to it. Other times it goes horribly and I get 3 things done. So my baking days go with the flow 😉 Here’s what I plan on getting done on Tuesday: 

  • Sandwich loaf in my bread machine – here’s the recipe I use
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Tortillas
  • Rolls (for soup)
  • Chocolate Zucchini Amaranth Muffins
  • Pumpkin Buckwheat Corn Muffins
  • Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Dinners: 

  • Tuesday: Sausage Lentil Soup (crockpot)
  • Wednesday: Date night out
  • Thursday: Shrimp Pasta Dish with roasted brussel sprouts 
  • Friday: Chicken Burritos 
  • Saturday: Chicken florentine with zucchini noodles
  • Sunday: Left over chicken florentine
  • Monday: Tomato chicken Bisque 

Want to get all my recipes AND save time meal planning? 

Guess what? I’ve been working on ways to limit meal time prep and decided to go back to using Build a Menu. I’ve been using them for years and just got out of the habit. 

BAM has two awesome features: you can use their bank of thousands of recipes AND/OR upload your own recipes to use (and mix and match). 

So when I publish my weekly meal plan, I am also going to start uploading my recipes to BAM to use. And here’s the best part: I can share those uploaded recipes with my FRIENDS!!

So if you are a Build a Menu user, just let me know your user name and I can SHARE all my recipes with you inside the system so you can build your own recipes and meal plans using my recipes, your own recipes, and any recipes in system as well! This is pretty awesome! 

Here’s the other best part: Build a Menu has the best sale of the year going on right now! You can get an entire 12 month subscription to BAM for just $24.99 through Monday April 22nd! 

SIGN up for Build a Menu here!

But hurry! This amazing deal ends in just a few days! 

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Once you sign up, make sure to email me (jami@youngwifesguide.com) and give me your username for BAM and I can instantly share all my recipes with you in the system 😀 

Build a Menu has been my favorite meal planning website for years because it does everything I need/want it to! Other meal planning services may have one or two of these features but I’ve never found another one that combines all of these features. 

Why I Love Build a Menu: 

  • You can choose from their bank of thousands of recipes (THM, budget meals, large family, breakfast, lunch, dinners, cooking with kids, and MORE!) 
  • And you can upload your own recipes to use 
  • It gives you a price estimate along the way so you can build your menu around your budget
  • It fully builds your grocery shopping list for you
  • It even lets you put your meals onto a calendar if you want! 

P.s. Build a Menu has some PRETTY amazing new owners if I do say so myself…so go check it out 😉 

SIGN up for Build a Menu here!

But hurry! This amazing deal ends in just a few days! 

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