Family Meal Plan – Week 1

Family Meal Plan - Week 1

Let’s talk about family meal plans and how helpful they are. Meal Plans have become more and more popular and there are so many great ones that you can find on Pinterest. It also really helps us to eat more healthy and nutritious meals. If we plan meals in advance, we are less likely to dash to the shops last minute and buy junk food. My husband and daughter rarely have a dinner request and I’m rubbish at last-minute meal ideas. So I really couldn’t go without ours and always have it ready for Saturdays, as that’s the day we do our big food shop for the following week.

We have our meal plan in the kitchen and I update it every week. It helps avoid those constant nagging questions of ‘what’s for dinner’? Let me know if you want me to upload my meal plan template, you only need to print it once.

I will be uploading the meal plan for the following week every Saturday morning. You can find my meal plans also over on my pinterest. So let’s get to the meal plan for this week.


Gnocchis are one of these foods that people tend to forget about. We really like them, it’s nice alternative to rice, normal potatoes or pasta. I used this dish to introduce butternut squash and goats cheese to my family, they wouldn’t have touched it otherwise. You can find it here.


One Pan Dish? Yes please, anything to reduce the amount of dishes I have to clean up. Everything can be cooked in one pan and this is a definite winner for even the fussiest eater. You can find the recipe here.


A really nice gyros is something that I miss from Germany. But this is such a nice and healthy recipe, you can use wraps or pitta bread. We add extra salad and somethings some chips on the side. You can find the recipe here.


This is one of our favorite pasta dishes, it’s so easy to make and I always have the ingredients at home. The recipe calls for half-and-half, but I just substitute it with milk or cream. – We serve it with garlic bread and salad. You can find the recipe here.


Another One Pan Dinner, I just love them. You can prepare these in the morning and just put them in the oven later on in the day. We also like to add pancetta to green beans. You can find the recipe here.


Saturday is always so busy in our house, I like to prepare meals in the morning, as we are normally out all day. Shepherd’s pie has got to be my daughter’s favourite. I normally make an extra big portions and freeze leftovers for my husband to take to work. This isn’t my own recipe that I use, but it’s just as good. You can find it here.


We love a big meal on Sunday, but it gets boring when you have a roast every weekend. It took me years to finally find a meatloaf recipe that I love, but this is the best one there is! We serve it with mash and our favourite veg. You can find the recipe here.

That’s it for this weeks meal plan, let me know what you think of the meals. I would love to hear your favourite recipes, we are always looking for new ones to try.

I will be uploading the meal plan for the following week every Saturday morning. And here is the link to my pinterest board with this week’s meal plan.



  1. 29th October 2019 / 1:05 am

    Meal planning is a lifesaver for me. I have found I need to keep lots of flexibility in it because – well, life is just unpredictable sometimes, but nonetheless a lifesaver. Thanks for sharing these recipes too! I need new inspiration regularly.

  2. 29th October 2019 / 12:46 am

    All of these look awesome! I try to meal plan every Sunday! It helps a ton!

  3. 28th October 2019 / 10:55 pm

    So cool! Meal Planning makes it so easy to get through the week.Thanks for sharing those wonderful recipes.

  4. kmguthrie
    28th October 2019 / 6:11 pm

    Yes please!! I’m all about meal planning! These recipes look delish too!

    • This German Mama
      4th November 2019 / 10:48 pm

      Thank you. Would love to hear some or the meals that you love?

      • kmguthrie
        4th November 2019 / 10:52 pm

        I love gnocchi, great alternative!

  5. 28th October 2019 / 4:38 pm

    Omg so good!!! Thanks for doing this!


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