Menu Plan for the Week {31 Days to Real Food Reality ~ Day 12}

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How have you been enjoying the 31 Days of Real Food Reality series so far? I pray it’s been helpful to you!

My Real Food Reality Tip for you today has to do with organization:  When planning what meals to serve to your family, keep it simple. Pick a main dish, then choose one or two veggies to go with it. Easy as that! You’ll see in my menu plan below that there is nothing fancy about our Real Food Reality. Don’t make eating a healthy diet difficult! Remember…it’s just food. :)

On another note, I have to give a big shout out to the Homemade Instant Oatmeal recipe. A healthy breakfast (or snack) does not get any easier than this. It takes about five minutes for me to mix up a double batch of this oatmeal. I store it in a jar in my pantry, then scoop it out and add boiling water when we want it for breakfast. Better yet, my kids can make a bowl of oatmeal for themselves. Love this!

Instant Oatmeal in a Jar 2

Here is my very non-fancy, but still very real food and family friendly meal plan for the week:

Sunday, January 12
Homemade instant oatmeal, dried fruit
Cheesy pasta bake, already prepared and in the freezer, ready to bake! (Recipe in {Healthy} Make-Ahead Meals and Snacks eBook), tossed salad
Small group – Chicken pot pie, with side dishes provided by others

Monday, January 13
Bacon cheese muffins, oranges
Baked potato with broccoli cheese sauce
Roast, carrots, gravy, green beans

Tuesday, January 14
Cinnamon swirl bread, apples
Black bean salsa with corn chips, pineapple
Chicken burritos, tossed salad

Wednesday, January 15
Oatmeal breakfast bars, applesauce
Chicken salad on pita bread, cottage cheese with peaches
Cheesy salsa enchiladas, tossed salad

Thursday, January 16
Pumpkin chocolate chip bread, pears
Chicken noodle soup, carrot sticks
Lasagna casserole, tossed salad, steamed broccoli

Friday, January 17
Pancake and sausage muffins, applesauce
Pizza boats, green beans, olives, blueberries
Shepherds pie, tossed salad

Saturday, January 18 – Elias’ b-day!
Still waiting for him to decide his birthday meal choices. :)

What’s on your menu this week? 


  1. amy ellen says

    I have been wondering… this doesn’t seem like very much food for a family with growing, hungry boys. Do you guys just eat really big portions? I have a large family… with large appetites… we work hard, play hard and have to replenish all that fuel. I would imagine with soccer and all your family would be pretty similar… so, the original question… do your boys just eat huge portions? Say, for example, on the day you have black bean salsa for lunch… or muffins and fruit for breakfast… how much do they eat? Thanks!


    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I just put out the simple meal, and they eat huge portions! I usually double or triple the recipes I make. We also eat snacks as needed. Then, after they get home from soccer or basketball in the evenings, they eat more. So let’s see…pretty much we eat all day. :)


  2. Stacy Williams says

    Happy birthday to Elias, we share the same birthday! And yes there are days that we feel overwhelmed or just tired (when all four kids are sick) to make a healthy meal of any sorts. But I know we always feel at our best when we make our own healthy meals. I just enjoy this site it is my morning ritual with my coffee!


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