Free Weekly Meal Plan with Printable Grocery List – 4/13

Free Weekly Meal Plan with Printable List

The $5 Dinners Weekly Meal Plan with Printable Grocery List

Every week I will post 5 links to archived recipes, plus an additional 1 or 2 recipes for breakfast, snacks or batch cooking recipes.  You can click through to see the original recipe and print that recipe if you like. (Or go green and just come back to this post to get to the recipe.)

There are just some weeks when you don’t feel like meal planning…because the schedule is so beyond overwhelming and life keeps throwing curveballs at you. But PLEASE make a meal plan. Here’s what happened to us last week. 

At the beginning of last week, I looked at the schedule and wanted to cry. We had several times when I had to ‘kid juggle’ beyond the normal times in the week when I have to do that and our babysitter is here. But I made a meal plan and boy, oh boy, am I glad I had that at least written out. I planned several slow cooker meals because we had 3 afternoons when we had appointments and swim lessons.

Both of my older 2 boys were born with Chiari 1 Malformations. They are both stable and must be checked every 2 years with an MRI to make sure they aren’t causing trouble that we can’t see in external symtpoms. Both boys were scheduled for their MRIs on Tuesday, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. So I started the slow cooker on Tuesday morning, knowing it would be a long day of driving back and forth across down, deliver different kids to different friends who helped me out. Ryan (almost 9) and I arrived at the hospital in the morning, got checked in, made it into the MRI machine room to discover that they didn’t have the ‘movie goggles’ and that he would have to lay there for over an hour in the tube with nothing (but looking at me through the mirror) to distract him. (HUGE FAIL….what children’s hospital doesn’t have these googles?!?!?)

He managed to make it through with only having to stop once. And I almost exploded with pride, watching my child do a very difficult thing, under very difficult circumstances.

Later in the afternoon it was Charlie’s turn and he made it half way through the scans before breaking down. I had originally opted them both out of being sedated because at our old hospital in Cincinnati they had the movie goggles and Ryan used them without needed sedation as young as 5. Silly me for not asking and assuming that they would have them here.

I rescheduled Charlie’s part 2 scan with sedation for Friday afternoon, shifted the meal plan slightly so we could have another slow cooker meal on Friday. And of course, he spiked a fever overnight Thursday-Friday and ended up having strep throat. MRI rescheduled again. And I spent the morning shuffling from pediatrician to pharmacy, all while grateful that dinner is taking care of itself. This MRI has since been rescheduled for this coming week so we can get the results at the end of the week.

More slow cooker meals on this week’s menu for us :) But as you can see, it was a week of many crazy moments of uncertainty and frustration and had I had that ‘what’s for dinner’ thought running around in my head all the while, I might have ended up in the looney bin. 😉

And now, some recipe ideas and meals for you to enjoy!

The Recipes

And feel free to check out all the previous weekly meal plans with printable grocery list for other options!

Scroll down and you’ll see a list of ingredients for each of the recipes included, in the order they are listed above. I’ll include ALL ingredients, including many that you already have in your pantry, refrigerator, or freezer. If you have those ingredients, just don’t click them!

Put a check mark by each of the ingredients, and then print your grocery list and be on your way to the grocery store!

Grilled Pork Chops with Peaches & Red Onions

4 small pork chops
Garlic powder, sprinkles
Onion powder, sprinkles
3 large peaches
1 medium to large red onion
Side of homemade rolls or store bought rolls/bread loaf

Citrus Teriyaki Chicken

4- 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 c low sodium soy sauce
Zest of 1 orange
1/2 c sugar or honey
1/2 c wine vinegar
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp minced garlic
dash red pepper flakes

Ranch Chicken & Potato Casserole

(Recipe is doubled!)

2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
about 6 lbs potatoes, 3 lbs in each
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dill
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder or minced onion
1-2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon
Optional toppings – green onions, chives, sour cream

Zesty Easter Ham & Beans in the Slow Cooker

1 package Hurst’s Great Northern HamBeens
Leftover ham bone, with a good amount of meat still on the bone, or 3 cups diced ham
1 large onion
2 cups carrot
1 cup celery
2 cloves garlic
2 poblano peppers
1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
2 cups chicken stock
Garnish ideas: sour cream, fresh chopped cilantro
Homemade or store bought rolls

Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro

1 lb. dried black beans
2 mangoes
About 10 cilantro stems with leaves
1 tsp ground cumin
Optional: 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth)

Avocado Egg Breakfast Sandwiches

6 eggs
6 English Muffins
6 slices cheese (I used Monterrey Jack)
6 Spoonfuls of Salsa
1 avocado
Lemon or lime juice
Side of fresh fruit

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

2 cups Peanut Butter
8 oz cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
4 cups powdered sugar
1-2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

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  1. Jennifer says

    Sorry to hear your sons have chiari, but so glad to hear they are stable!! Will pray it continues that way!


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