Menu Plans for Busy Moms

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend and are looking forward to another week of summer fun…and a week of ready-to-go meal plans ๐Ÿ™‚

dinner table set with plate, knife and fork

We spent last week at Vacation Bible School…my son attending as a student, and my daughter volunteering. It was my daughter’s second time working as a volunteer, and she loved it. She got to follow the preschoolers around all week, and was a favorite of three of the kids, who took turns fighting over who was going to sit in her lap ๐Ÿ™‚

Last year, I was in charge of prepping and serving snacks to the kids all week. The snacks come all pre-designed in the VBS curriculum kit, I just had to buy and prep them each day.

Each day the snacks were full of sugars and unhealthy carbs, not counting the juice we served along with the food. Even the snacks that had healthy berries came with a side of cinnamon sugar chips and sugar-laden yogurt. It was kind of eye-opening, especially after being on Trim Healthy Mama for so long.

Luckily, we’re back to a more normal schedule this week…and more sugar-free snacks in our kitchen for my kids ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m really excited about a breakfast recipe that I tried from the Trim Healthy Table cookbook this morning. I’ve been wanting to get more greens into my diet, so I bought a big bag of pre-washed and chopped organic kale at Aldi, but wasn’t sure what to do with it.

So while looking for a recipe in which I could use my kale, I found the Big Bowl Egg Scram. Oh my goodness, it is SO good. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the kale, since I’ve never really liked it before. The yummy seasonings really made it taste good. Hopefully, you’ll give it a try too!

On another note, last week, I found some grass-fed stew meat on clearance, which was such a huge score! I didn’t think I would be able to use it for a while, since it’s been so hot, but we’re having a weird cold stretch this week, so it was the perfect time to make some stew in the crockpot.

As usual, my menu plan is Trim Healthy Mama-friendly. If you aren’t familiar with Trim Healthy Mama, head over to read all about how I became a Trim Healthy Mama and lost 35 pounds in 7 months.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Breakfasts
Sweatpants Oatmeal, cherries (E)
Big Bowl Egg Scram, berries (S)
Yuck-Yum Bitty (E)

Lunches
Leftovers most days
Turkey or ham and cheese in low-carb wrap (S)

Dinners
Brown Gravy Stew, mashed fotatoes (S)
Reuben in a Bowl (S)
Trim Mac Salad (S)
Tuscan Cream Chicken, broccoli (S)
Homemade pizza night, salad (Crossover)
Hubby Lovin’ Chicken, green fries (S)
Eat Out (S)

I’ve taken most of my dinners from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook and the Food for Life Cookbook (affiliate links). We’ve been using the THM cookbook for practically all our meals for the past few months and we love everything we’ve tried so far.

If you need some inspiration for your own menu plan, check out my past menu plans and the Menu Plan Monday link-up over at Org Junkie. Be sure to grab your free menu planning printable to help make your planning easy.

What’s on your menu this week?

6 thoughts on “Menu Plans for Busy Moms”

  1. Sounds like you guys had fun last week. How nice that your daughter got a chance to volunteer and help out with the little kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your menu looks good, Erin! I hope you and your family have a great week.

  2. How fun your daughter got to volunteer this year. It must have been fun for her.

    The meatball parm casserole sounds good as well as the tacos. My hubby has been craving tacos so we might need to switch a dinner on our meal plan this week so I can include tacos too.

    I hope you have a great week!

    1. Hi Jenna! Thanks so much for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

      The Trim Healthy Mama book can give you more details, but essentially, THM meals are separated into three types: S for Satisfying, E for Energizing, and FP for Fuel Pull. S meals are based on fat + protein, E meals are based on healthy carbs + protein, and FP meals are based on protein only. I just like to label mine so that I can see how many of each I’m getting during the week.

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