I’ve got something fun for you and I’m so excited to share it, a 5 day family meal plan & shopping list! I bet a lot of us are having challenges coming up with creative meals to cook, especially during this time. So my hope is that this 5 day family meal plan and shopping list is helpful for you!
Sometimes coming up with what to cook day in and day out gets exhausting. And since many of us are spending much more time at home, instead of making 1-2 meals a day, you are now probably making 3 fulls meals, plus plenty of snacks. I hope you enjoy this family meal plan and that it will make things a touch easier for you!
I’ve been working on this project for weeks and now seemed like the perfect time to share it. I’ve put together five days of recipes; breakfast, lunch and dinner. And I’ve even included a few snack options to enjoy throughout the week.
To design this 5- day family meal plan, I thought through each day and what foods might compliment each other, make the best leftovers (if there are any), not make you eat eggs four days in a row etc. Plus, these are all things we make in our house weekly so I know they are all delicious and many of them are kid-approved!
HERE ARE THE RECIPES IN THE 5-DAY FAMILY MEAL PLAN
- Quick and healthy breakfast cookies – enjoy with smoothies!
- Ham and Swiss sandwich with maple mustard mayo
- Hot honey baked chicken sheet pan dinner
BONUS 5-DAY FAMILY MEAL PLAN & SHOPPING LIST
I loved putting this list together and it was so useful for me and our family, that I decided to put together another week of bonus recipes! These recipes are ones that I felt like you needed to know and I think you’ll have fun making. Enjoy 5 extra breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes, along with more snacks for you to choose from! And the bonus recipes even include dessert options, which we all love, and a shopping list!.
You can download the bonus recipe and shopping list below
RECIPES IN THE BONUS 5-DAY FAMILY MEAL PLAN
- Sweet cream iced coffee
- Make ahead freezer quiche
- Easy banana bread muffins
- 5 ingredient healthy yogurt breakfast bowls
- Sour cherry muffins
- 5 ingredient tomato, white bean and noodle soup
- 5 ingredient healthy slow cooker buffalo chicken and quinoa
- Pepperoni pasta salad
- 5 ingredient spinach, hummus, feta wraps
- Grilled chicken green goddess cobb salad
- 5 ingredient pesto salmon
- 5 ingredient cheesy beef and egg noodle casserole
- Chicken tacos with pineapple salsa
- 5 ingredient baked chicken parmesan pasta
- Sweet and Spicy turkey sloppy joes
- Almond butter date pepita granola bars
- Bananas foster chex mix
- Kids snack ideas
- Banana snack cake with greek yogurt frosting
- 5 ingredient peanut butter pretzel energy bites
- Best salted caramel chocolate chip cookies
- Raspberry cream cheese swirl brownies
- Easy dessert recipe with pie peaches
If this sounds great to you, click here to get your full copy of the meal plan, including a grocery list (and click here for the bonus meal plan & shopping list)! With the meal plan and grocery lists, you can easily place your online grocery order, wait for your delivery (or curbside pickup) and get cooking in no time – no extra thought required! Cheers to making cooking during quarantine fun and stress free!
Jessica Fout says
Our favorite family meal is lasagna. (I use the lazy, no boil recipe that goes together in about 5 minutes!) Everyone loves it & it’s quick and easy!
Oh I love the lazy version too!!!
Our family favorite probably would be grilled pizza. Followed closely by pulled pork tacos. 🙂
Oh yum, both sound amazing!
Linda Bick says
Taco night is my absolute favorite! It’s not always on Tuesday! I’m going to try your pineapple tacos next!
I love taco night too! Let me know how you like the pineapple tacos – we love them, they’re also such a great ‘summery’ dish!
Jennifer Shafer says
Hi – Our favorite meal lately is seared tuna steak and Asian inspired potatoes.
We live near the shore in a area with many lively dockside seafood markets and local seafood has been very affordable lately- so much so that we are able to get fresh tuna, lobsters, and scallops for less than chicken and beef at the supermarket! So I have been getting creative with seafood and the family is loving it! It feels great to support the local fishermen (and women) too!
I marinate a fresh tuna steak in a tablespoon of soy sauce, a tablespoon of fresh lime juice and fresh ground pepper for about 10 minutes. Then I sear it for 3-4 minutes per side in a hot pan with a little olive oil and set aside covered to keep warm.
For the potatoes I take tiny fingerlings (they have been a special at my local farm this spring) and slice them in half, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and saute until they start to get crispy and a little browned. When they are just about done- I add chopped fresh ginger, garlic and scallions. Toss to get them coated and cook a few minutes to soften the garlic and ginger. Then I shake in a bit of soy sauce and sesame oil.
I cut the tuna into slices and serve with the potatoes and a little wasabi vinaigrette (wasabi paste, honey, olive oil and rice wine vinegar).
It is so delicious I get asked to cook it at least once a week. My daughter calls the potatoes my ‘claim to fame!’ lol!
Ok, I’m drooling after reading your amazing creations. That tuna steak – and fresh nonetheless – and those potatoes!!! Thank you for sharing!
Leann G says
Our favorite meal lately is poblano veggie enchiladas. I got a Home Chef box with this as one of the meals – to which my husband said he wasn’t even going to try them because he HATES enchiladas and anything with sauce. Well, I made them for supper thinking I would be the only one to eat them…hubby LOVED them and raved about them so much, I’ve since made them several times and tried out our own variations.
Oh yum! You know, I’ve done the exact same thing with Home Chef before, I get something I really love, and then I’ll teak it to be just right but remake it!
My favorite family meals is seafood gumbo. Unfortunately, I don’t make it often enough.
Sara Williams says
My favorite family meal is a big, hearty lasagna with salad and garlic bread!
Oh yum, I love a good lasagna too!!
I don’t have seafood gumbo nearly enough either, and I’ve never made it at home, I definitely need to try it – thank you for the inspiration.
Kim Henrichs says
Lately it’s ground turkey and onion mixed with a couple boxes of annie’s mac and cheese!
Oh that sounds amazing! I’ve been making this crazy good homemade version of cheesy hamburger noodles with ground turkey!
The meal plan looks wonderful; how thoughtful of you to provide it.
My favorite meal is a low carb short rib recipe made in the slow cooker. I eat it with roasted cauliflower.
Thank you so much for your kind words. That low carb short rib recipe sounds great!
Sara Williams says
My favorite family meal is pretty no frills. Spaghetti with Italian sausage sauce, garlic bread, and a big salad with lots of veggies! Total comfort food.
Yum, love a good spaghetti!
Amy Cooley says
Lately, my family gets the most excited when I make biscuits and gravy casserole. It’s definitely hearty and the perfect comfort meal.
Sara Williams says
That sounds amazing! Would you mind sharing the recipe? My son LOVES biscuits and gravy!
It’s always so hard to select what our favourite family meal is because it definitely changes monthly!! This month we have been absolutely LIVING for some good Ol’ fashioned cabbage rolls. It’s not only a hearty meal, but also something the whole family can get involved in!!
Oh I love that, how unique, and I love that the whole family can get involved!
Love your blog. Lots of doable recipes. Our favorite family meal is spaghetti with meat sauce and Italian sausage. Actually making it on Sunday. Side of garlic bread. Yummy
Thank you so so much for your lovely comment!! I love a good spaghetti and meat sauce, it’s such a classic/easy/comforting dish!
Our fave meal is a super-easy Veggie Pot Pie – frozen mixed veggies + onion + simple roux + Pillsbury biscuits on top.
I love the sound of this!!
Have only done it a couple times but the kids and the wife loved it. I replicate Japanese steakhouses night. Starting with a steaming bowl of seasoned chicken stock with thinly sliced mushrooms and thin sliced green onion tops added just before serving to cook slightly yet still have texture. At the same time serving small bowls of basic lettuce salad with some shredded carrots and homemade ginger dressing. In a hot pan, I sear green and yellow squash with sliced onion, garlic, mushroom and a little soy sauce. I use 2 really big KC Strip steaks and some large shrimp that I have mostly already cooked and set to rest. Cut the steak thinly across the grain adding the shrimp and steak to the pan with the veggies, cover to let steam for a couple and serve right from the skillet with a soy based and ginger based dipping sauces. Served with a small bowl of white rice.
Oh my goodness, this sounds like such an amazing experience, and what a fun idea!
Dawn H. says
Thank you for your great recipes! I often follow you because your recipes are amazing! Favorite meal is anything with salmon.
You are so kind, I’m so glad you enjoy my recipes!! And I love salmon too, I don’t eat it nearly enough!
One of my families favorite meals is chicken tacos! The younger kids enjoy the quesadillas I make as well. We usually have some rice, black beans, and of course guacamole!!
We love tacos at our house too! I love that you do quesadillas for the younger kids too! And guacamole is the best!!!
Tacos are one of my favorite meals!
We love tacos in our house too!
I love pizza night at home. I do a 72 hour cold fermentation on the dough, which I use a bit of yeast and my sourdough starter. The kids have been making up their own pizzas for quite a while now. My oldest son always has chicken barbecue pizza and my youngest mixes it up often. I do a wide range of creations and like to use fresh ingredients when they are available.
Oh wow, I love that you do a 72 hour cold fermentation, that sounds amazing!! I’ve just recently started working with sourdough starter so it’s been a very interesting experience.
TACO ? NIGHT = FAVORITE ❤️
Totally agree!!! We love tacos in our house too!
Thanks a lot for this post – it’s definitely been a huge help with all that’s going on right now. Our favorite family meal – or at least for now! – is probably a simple banana and oatmeal smoothie. The kids enjoy adding coco powder to theirs, so it tastes like ‘chocolate’, but I love the fact that’s it’s really easy to make in the mornings ?
Oh that smoothie sounds amazing, thank you for sharing, I’ll have to make that for Breakfast!
Thank you for your amazing recipes and ideas, makes cooking all that more fun while I continue to learn how to cook. My favorite so far is a melt in your mouth chicken I learned how to make a couple years back.
Thank you for commenting, so happy you enjoy my recipes and ideas 🙂 the melt in your mouth chicken sounds amazing, I’d love to know what’s in it!
First thanks for your blog and this post, I was needing more ideas, I like cooking but not coming up with new ideas. We are loving 3 chicken meals, (all quick and easy) baked mustard chicken or chicken piccata or chicken marsala with a vegetable(s) and mashed.
Thank you for commenting!! And I love the sound of those three meals, they sound amazing!
Kelly Heslip says
We live in Texas so of course Mexican food is our favorite! I make SkinnyTaste’s Chicken Taco Chili (minus the beans) at least once a week, and a local meat market sells chicken fajita meat already cooked and seasoned, so we are having Chicken Fajitas about once a week too! My daughter has started making tortillas (thanks for the tip on the shrinking dough…we’ll try to let it sit longer next time and see if that works), so once those are made (usually in the morning of the day we have this dinner), it’s a quick meal to put together.
I love Ginas (Skinnytaste) recipes too, I’ll have to try the chili, that’s one I haven’t made yet, sounds delicious!
Monica M says
One of my favorite meals is grilled chicken, and grilled veggies (or roasted, depending on the weather).
I love grilled chicken and veggies too!!