March Meal Plan: 4 weeks of family dinners, planned

I’ve fallen behind, off my wagon, even. I can list a million excuses, or I can list one and the one is the only one that really matters: I just haven’t followed my routine lately. I’m getting things done, but not in the order I’m used to, and not with the priorities that have so been embedded into my routine. In some ways, this is good: I’m focusing on other things that need to get done, rather than sticking with a routine that just works. And I know it’s healthy for my brain to jump things around a little bit. But in other ways, not so good. Because nothing makes me realize I’m off routine more than waking up Monday morning without my weekly plan complete. I’m a little lost, a little shaken. So, I sit here, with 5 minutes to spare before rushing off to a dentist appointment, stressed because, for the first Monday in who knows how long, I don’t have a dinner already planned.

So, naturally, I’m checking my blog because, luckily, I have prepared the meal plan for the month and I quickly know that tonight’s dinner is supposed to be Roasted Salmon with Pesto Vegetables, which is almost eerie because that’s what Middle asked me to make. Now, I just need to squeeze grocery shopping into my day so that I feel more inline with my week when I wake tomorrow morning.

March meal plan. One month of family dinners, planned. A monthly menu of healthy dinners for the family.

If you’re new to meal planning, then check out my how to meal plan post which will give you the basic instructions on how to organize your week and get started. Of course, here at Julieverse, I make it easy for you. Each week, I repost the monthly plans, highlighting 5-7 well-rounded, family-friendly meals for you to fit into your plan. Once you get into the habit of planning, you’ll find yourself less stressed, spending less money and having to go to the store only once a week.

Week 1

Monday: New England Clam Chowder
Tuesday: Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
Wednesday: Mexican Chicken Casserole
Thursday: leftovers
Weekend: Smoky Beef & Bean Chili, Salmon Tacos

Week 2

Monday: Chicken Parmigiano Soup
Tuesday: Asian Beef with Mandarin Oranges (Slow Cooker)
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata
Weekend: mini-ranch burgers

Week 3

Monday: Roasted Salmon with Pesto Vegetables
Tuesday: St. Patrick’s Day Dinner (see below)
Wednesday: Slow-Cooker Squash Lasagna
Thursday: Leftovers
Weekend: Pizza;  Chicken, Bean & Cheese Quesadillas

Week 4

Monday:  Grilled Pork Chops with Sesame Slaw
Tuesday: Creamy Spinach Enchiladas
Wednesday:  Unstuffed Pepper “Salad
Thursday: leftovers
Weekend: Chicken Tortilla soup and Chef Salad

St. Patrick’s Day dinner menu

Corned Beef and Cabbage
Colcannon Potatoes or Green Rice (which has a lot of vegetables)
Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread

… and check out all of the dessert ideas at Betty Crocker

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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