I’ve had countless people ask me what they can eat or make for their families that is easy, healthy and affordable. I also know we all get in a rut sometimes when it comes to meal planning, that having some fresh inspiration from others can be very helpful. So if that sounds like you, I have some good news. From now on, each Monday, I will post 5 dinners that my family enjoys.
Around here, we consume pastured/grass fed meats at every meal, lots of veggies, very little grains or starches, something raw or fermented at every meal if possible, and as much in season as possible. We eat soup or stew as a family at least one meal per week in the winter, as it is a total budget saver. Often we’ll have leftovers on the weekend so I can take a break from cooking. We don’t have desserts very often, perhaps once per week. All our food is gluten free as well. If that sounds like the way you would like to eat, then be sure to subscribe to my feed and have a week of meals in your inbox each Monday. I may or may not include links to the actual recipes I post. The point of this is mainly to inspire ideas to implement.
Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (with brown rice noodles for the kids – I used a variation of the recipe that I linked to for the Meat sauce, I’ll be posting my version soon!)
Grated Raw Parmesan Cheese
Mixed Baby Green Salad with whatever veggies I have on hand chopped up and thrown in
Homemade Salad Dressing (my kids love my Poppyseed dressing, but usually it’s just a very basic vinaigrette)
Dinner #2 (for a busy night!)
Applegate Farms Grassfed Beef Hot Dogs, pan fried in lard and served on skewers with no bun. Organic ketchup and mustard for dipping.
Sliced veggies (We always have carrots and celery, sometimes cucumbers, peppers or snap peas.)
Popsicles (made from leftover smoothies)
Fish in Parchment Packets (We use Wild Dover Sole or Cod and lots of fresh veggies and herbs. My kids love to help make this meal!)
Sauteed Veggies (whatever you have on hand)
OR, a side of rice (soaked or cooked in broth)
Braised Country Style Ribs (These were SO good!)
Broccoli Steamed in Chicken Stock
Roasted Butternut Squash
Slow cooked beef roast cut into cubes with beets, turnips, leeks and kale.
Raw Fermented Sauerkraut
These dinners were actually my meal plan for last week. I have 5 people in my family and the last two meals gave me some leftovers which we then ate on the weekend. Get more of my meal planning tips here, along with my FREE printable meal plan template.
My kids did not love the beets and turnips, but ate the meat in the stew I made. I often make meals that I know may not go over well, just to keep introducing a variety of foods to them, in the hopes that one day they will try it. It has worked often! Besides, they need to know the world doesn’t revolve around them and I LOVE beets and turnips, and they are in season right now!
Hopefully, this week of meal ideas has fueled you to create some wonderful dinners for your own family.
If you’re interested in using a meal planning service, I highly recommend Real Plans. I have been using them lately and they have been a true lifesaver. It’s a meal planning service that you can join (monthly or annually) and have access to their amazing database of recipes. Each week, they map out a meal plan for 5 breakfasts and 6 dinners and some extras to have on hand. It’s very customizable and user-friendly.
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