Basic tips for meal planning + Menu Plan

Now that we’ve been back in school for about a month (and many of you more), you’re finally getting to the point of a routine… or maybe close to one. Or, perhaps, you’re dying to get there and need a little guidance. To help, I pulled out some of my most popular menu and meal planning strategy, as well as family organization posts.

Many of the posts listed below use momAgenda products. If you’re already set and comfortable with your calendar system, it’s easy to mesh with the tips below. But if you’re looking for a new system, MomAgenda fits so very easily into most moms lives.

How a Regular Mom of 3 Gets Organized lists the most essential products I use to in my organization routine, and how to use them together. It focuses on products from MomAgenda, such as their Family Planner, Desktop Calendars and essential notepads.

Menu Planning Strategies delves deeper into the concept of menu planning and offers assistance in how I plan meals each week through a video blog.

I’m a big proponent of weekly meal planning (I tried monthly and, with three kids and a busy schedule, just couldn’t get it to work for me.) The Importance of Timely Meal Planning discusses why  it’s so important to align your meal plan with your calendar.

Organize Your Week in 5 Easy Steps is the post to consider if you are overwhelmed but meal planning. If you break it down into steps you’ll see just how easy it is to get into the habit and make it routine.

No one is perfect, and Dinner Time Isn’t Always Easy proves that no matter how planned and focused you are, things will go wrong. But there are solutions to help you wiggle out. So, put on a happy face and read one of my meal plan #fails.

menu plan

On this week’s menu plan (September, week 4)

Monday: Ravioli with Meat Sauce
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Break the Fast Favorites! (Bagels with all the favorite fixins)
Thursday: Chicken & White Bean Casserole
Weekend: Pizza night and Butternut Squash Soup

 

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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  1. […] to know more about meal planning? Read my basic tips for meal planning post. And to get meal plans in your email inbox, subscribe to the Julieverse daily emails (plus […]

  2. […] Welcome to Julieverse.com! Below, you’ll find a meal plan for September: 4 weeks of balanced, healthy meals for your family, taking the stress of planning out of your busy schedule. The monthly meal plan is posted each Monday and usually floats on the right sidebar of the site. Please give this post a like on facebook or pin it to share it with your friends. If you’re new to Meal Planning, click here for meal planning tips. […]

  3. […] Every Monday, Julieverse.com reposts the monthly meal plan and, as we finish up September, we’re already working hard to pull together a month of chilies, stews, fresh vegetables and more for a healthy-family-friendly month of October meals.   Below, you’ll find a meal plan for September: 4 weeks of balanced, healthy meals for your family, taking the stress of planning out of your busy schedule. The monthly meal plan usually floats on the right sidebar of the site, so it’s easy for you to find anytime you need a recipe for the night. Please give this post a like on facebook or pin it to share it with your friends. If you’re new to Meal Planning, click here for meal planning tips. […]

  4. […] to know more about meal planning? Read my basic tips for meal planning post. And to get meal plans in your email inbox, subscribe to the Julieverse daily emails (plus you’ll […]

  5. […] Each month, Julieverse publishes a new meal plan.   Below, you’ll find a meal plan for September. This month, as we transition into Fall, you’ll find 4 weeks of balanced, healthy meals for your family, taking the stress of planning out of your busy schedule. Please give this post a like on facebook or pin it to share it with your friends. If you’re new to Meal Planning, click here for meal planning tips. […]

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