Weekly Menu Plan with recipe ideas, menu planning tools and free printables to help you save money on groceries and eat well!

Weekly Menu Plan – Family Favorites and Trying More Gluten & Dairy Free

Weekly Menu Plan with recipe ideas, menu planning tools and free printables to help you save money on groceries and eat well!

Note: This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk (*). These are tools I own myself and recommend. Should you purchase from an affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

I’m turning to some family favorites for fall this week’s menu plan. As the weather gets colder we’ll be enjoying comfort foods, slow cooker meals and I’ll be trying some new paleo goodies. Wish me luck!

Have I told you yet how much I love menu planning? Using Plan to Eat* has changed the way I menu plan and saves us so much money on eating good food at home. I bought Plan to Eat’s yearly subscription last Black Friday and was so excited to see they are having another 50% off sale this Black Friday weekend too for new and current subscribers! I highly recommend signing up for a free trial to see if it works for you and then buy it over Black Friday. I’ll be renewing my subscription for sure!

The only topic I like to chat about as much as books is food! If you have a menu plan or a delicious recipe you want to share, feel free to link it up with our Small Victories Sunday Linkup. I’m always looking for new recipes to try.

This Week’s Menu Plan:



Slow Cooker Chicken Mango Curry from Parents.com with rice



Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes from Mirlanda’s Kitchen (yes, again, boys love these!) and Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

Slow Cooker Taco Soup from Ifoodreal and Salmon Quesadillas from Taste of Home



Super Simple Cinnamon Roll Waffles from A Peek Into My Paradise and fruit

Pork Picadillo Empanadas from My Recipes.com (I’ll use ground turkey or grass fed ground beef instead) with refried beans, salsa, avocado and tortilla chips




Easy Rotisserie Style Roast Chicken Cooked in a Bundt Pan – my recipe, super simple. I make this for Thanksgiving too when we have a small gathering. Moist and delicious and much easier than a huge turkey! 

Bacon Parmesan Spaghetti Squash from Home Cooking Memories.



Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Banana Muffins from Eat Good 4 Life (they’re dairy free too)

Italian Sausage Lasagna from Barilla with salad, crusty bread with herb dipping sauce – my boys favorite lasagna and recipe from the box! 

Better than Fried Eggplant Parmesan from Pinot to Pampers. Love these, recipe says for appetizers but I eat them for my meal!



Eat out – school fundraiser





Menu Planning Tools

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Like I said Plan to Eat* is having a 50% off Black Friday Sale from November 27-30, 2015. I bought it and have been loving the tool so much! To date I have 185 recipes in my account and planned 333 meals, that’s a whole lot of good eating! I highly recommend you try it out free for 30 days to see if you like it. We can share recipes there too if you’re a Plan to Eat member, just send me a friend request.

I created a couple simple but FREE weekly planner printables to incorporate my menu plans into my week. Check them out and download for free if it will help you with your weekly goal and menu planning.

Free Weekly Planner printable with menu planner based on 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Free Weekly Planner Printable with Menu Plan, Daily Goals and Small Victories & Gratitude Tracker

All Linked Up

This post linked up with Menu Plan Monday.

What’s on your menu plan for this week?


  1. I love to cook desserts, but “real food” is other subjetc 😉
    I came to tell you that, in the end, I arrived home and cooked a great meal, and I made also for other days, which is kept in the freezer. All of that following your example 😀 I had lunch very late, but well, it was that, or eating earlier but junk food…

  2. Seriously, Tanya, I would apply for you to adopt me!
    I’m just reading this almost at lunch time here, knowing that I’ll arrive home from the office in a while and don’t have anything cooked today, and I see your plan and recipes and how organized you are, and well, the options are: commiting suicide or trying to convince you for the adoption 😛

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