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A WHOLE Week of Busy Weeknight REAL Food Meals


One question I get most here is how to get real food on the table in a hurry – especially on busy weeknights when most families are short on time.   A misconception that a lot of folks have about real food is that it has to take a long time to prepare.  While there are many delicious meals that can take more than 30 minutes to prepare, there are many others that can go from your fridge and pantry to your dining room table in under 30 minutes.

The first trick to getting a clean eating/real food dinner on the table every night is having a PLAN.  Hunting around in your pantry and fridge every night while you could be already on your way to making said dinner is taking precious time that most of us don’t have.  And worse, when we don’t have a plan we are MUCH more likely to hit a drive thru window or call in a pizza…I know first hand!

After a long hard day at work I was literally exhausted and had ZERO inspiration for getting dinner on the table.  If I didn’t have a plan and I was trying to wing it several things happened at my house:

  • I became GRUMPY at the thought of having to prepare dinner
  • My kids starting whining and ransacking my pantry for something to eat NOW
  • I got GRUMPIER because I didn’t want them to eat snacks right before dinner was ready
  • I became even more stressed trying to get dinner to magically cook itself FASTER!

Does any of that sound familiar to any of you?  You don’t have to raise your hand…I’m just keeping it real and staying honest with ya’ll.  This is a REAL scenario that went down at my house – much more often than I care to admit.  I dare not forget to make a plan now – I know it is sabotage!

So, with that in mind, I’m giving you a full week of meal plans – if you’ve got yours ready, pat yourself on the back and print this post out for one of those weeks when inspiration just isn’t coming to you.

These meal plans are packed with nutritious REAL food, all clean eating recipes.  But, you can also be assured that these meals are frugal!  Real, wholesome food doesn’t have to break the bank.  Most of these ingredients I am able to purchase at my conventional grocery store such as Walmart.  To see which real food groceries I buy at my conventional grocery store, read my post here.

10 ways to use roast beef

A Week of REAL food menu plans:

Cook a grass fed beef roast in your crockpot
Serve with mashed potatoes and a green veg for a lovely Sunday dinner
You’ll be using the leftover beef for TWO more meals this week! Hooray! You’re already ahead this week. :)

Grilled Stuft Burritos {see Recipe below}
This recipe uses a bit of leftover roast from yesterday. Serve with chips and salsa.

Vegetable Beef ABC soup
This recipe uses the little bits of roast beef are left along with the drippings from the crockpot to make the broth. Score! You used up every little bit and nothing went to waste!

Salmon Burgers {You’re weekly dose of brain building Omega 3 fish in a kid friendly dish!}
Serve with homemade french fries & some applesauce or fruit

Turkey Sausage and Potato Hash
Serve with Green Beans {or other green veg} or fried eggs for a hearty “breakfast for dinner”

One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta
This is an awesome one pot meal that almost cooks itself…which is a good thing since by the end of the week I am so over being in the kitchen. :)

Make Homemade Pizza Dough {get the kids in on it for a fun family project!}
I have two recipes you can choose from: a whole wheat pizza dough or a white pizza dough
Make a double batch of dough and you’ll already be ahead for next week’s meals!! {Check out this post!}
Top it with some homemade tomato sauce and your favorite toppings for a delicious pizza night.

**Short on time? Here’s a favorite tip of mine: We have a local pizza shop where the dough is made from scratch daily {I know because I used to work there as a teen!}. They use REAL ingredients just like I would. So, when I am short on time, I buy a dough ball from them for just $3 and then go home to make pizza. It is a cheap and healthier alternative to pizza out because I can use my own real food toppings.  In LESS than 30 minutes I’ve got ALMOST homemade pizza. :)

Grilled Stuft Burritos - a REAL FOOD copycat of Taco Bell's Grilled Stuft Burritos - A Simple Clean Eating Recipe for w Weeknight Dinner! From WholesomeMommy.com

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I’m a participant in the Walmart Moms Program. Walmart has provided me with a product sample and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. Participation in this program is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

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  1. I always use my George Forman grill since I don’t have a panini grill, works great and they are pretty cheap

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