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5 Simple Meals & A Shopping List

Skip trying to figure out what your family’s going to eat this week.  It’s all right here!


  • Follow the Recipe links and print the recipes
  • Print the Shopping List provided
  • Follow the cooking suggestions



  • 3 small onions
  • 2 fresh jalapeños
  • 1 head of green leaf lettuce
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 fresh lime
  • 1 box Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 (26 oz.) can/jar Spaghetti sauce
  • 4 oz. whole kernel corn, small can
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Southwest Style tomatoes
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans
  • 1 jar of your favorite salsa
  • 1 package of Mission Zesty Garlic Flour Tortillas
  • 1 package Mama Mary’s Gourmet Thin & Crispy Pizza Crusts, comes with two medium crusts
  • Corn Tortilla chips for dipping
  • 1 to 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 8 oz. container sour cream
  • 16 oz. container small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 package (2 cups) Mexican Blend shredded cheese
  • 1 package (2 cups) Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 package (2 cups) Italian Blend shredded cheese
  • 1 package (2 cups) Pizza Blend shredded cheese



  1. Roast the chicken breasts and cook the ground beef.  Divide up the cooked meats to use in the recipes, and store in airtight containers or freezer bags to have ready.  You’ll have 2 extra cooked chicken breasts to use as you wish.
  2. Wash, prepare and store green leaf lettuce and cilantro in airtight containers to have ready to use.
  3. Make the Black Bean Salad, Chicken Quesadillas before the chicken fajitas, there will be plenty of black bean salad to add as a side for the fajitas.
  4. Reserve 1/3 cup spaghetti sauce from the lasagna recipe to use on the Hamburger pizzas.  You can add 1/3 cup water/vegetable/chicken broth back to the lasagna sauce and no one will know the difference.
  5. The Rich & Meaty Lasagna will make enough to eat for two dinners.  So, there’s one night you don’t need to cook, just reheat leftovers.

Okay, now I’ve done all the planning, list building, and given you easy to follow instructions.  Go live it!


Come back and tell me if this meal plan worked for you and your family.  Should I make more of these? You gotta speak up.  This was a bigger task than I thought it would be, but I would do it again and again, if I knew it would help you through the week.

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  • cybergal

    This looks awesome. I’m definitely going to try this for next week!

  • Laura Brittain

    That is a GREAT idea, Jill! As soon as we use down some of the stuff I have in my freezer, I am DEFINITELY going to start doing your week of recipes. You are so smart … and you have stuff listed that my kids would actually attempt to eat. It was embarrassing when we moved to see how much food I have! I have a bunch in the freezer I need to use before it gets old … it is just hard to remember to get stuff out to thaw ahead of time. I need to make a list of what I have and keep it handy and mark it off as I use it. Anyway, keep up the good work as always! :o)

  • Francie

    Jill, this looks great. I’ve marked some of these recipes to try anyway. This is as good a time as any. Thanks!

  • Jill

    Thank you Ladies!

    This post was all compiled with human brain power. I didn’t have special software to help me calculate servings, measurements and what not.

    THIS IS MY DISCLAIMER: It’s not perfect. But, it’s the start of helping you all with your busy work weeks.

    If it doesn’t pan out (no pun intended), that’s cool. It’s like any new recipe, I’ll try it out, and see how everyone likes it or dislikes it.

    I really would love ya’lls help in making it a ROCKIN COOL feature to SDR.

    (Thank you for your friendship and support.)

  • Anne

    oh yeah – I’m copying the list right now. Thanks for doing all my work for me :)

  • Lisa

    I am definitely going to give this a try next week. This is exactly what I have looking for. I will let you know how everything is.
    Thank you!!

    • Jill

      YEAH!!! This is so exciting…teeheehee! I have other great ideas in development. This meal planning bit is just the beginning.

  • Lisa

    I tried all the recipes, but the chicken fajitas. I like the concept of the grocery list and recipes, but I thought that this week had too many Tex-Mex type meals, quesadillas and fajitas. So that is why I did not make the fajitas. I think the week should have more variety of the ethnicity of foods you have. This is first time I had tried cooking meat ahead and I just LOVE it!! I think you are on the right track.

    • Jill

      THANK YOU for living this out and sharing your honest feedback. You Rock!

      That’s cool that you didn’t want two Tex Mex dinners in one week. Being my first menu plan,
      I planned exactly what my family likes to eat and we could eat Tex Mex everyday. Honestly,
      I tried to break it up with two Italian dishes (the lasagna and the pizza). I could Italian everyday, personally.
      If I lived in Italy, I would eat Italian meals everyday. (~~daydreaming about pasta~~)

      *I’m back!*
      I’m glad you dig cooking meat ahead. It really helps to have it on hand for those crazy weeknight dinners.
      Again, thank you, thank you for the feedback. I will remember it in the next meal planning session.

  • Mintie

    Wow, thank you , thank you, thank you! You are a lifesaver ;) I ran out of ideas and web sites for 5 meals and 1 list(yup, I like the easy way) It’s the only way I found not to order take-out.

  • Kory

    I’ve been looking for something like this for hours online and finally found what I was looking for. I can’t wait to try out your recipes! Thanks a Bunch!

  • Jill

    Yeah! I love it when this place helps others!

    Kory, come back and gently tell me how the plan worked for you.

  • Lori

    I love that the recipes are based on ingredients most of us would generally buy or keep on hand or that arent too expensive to buy-I have tried other menu plans and found that my costs were almost always double of what they said and that was only buying the menu items-I am trying to keep costs down by cooking at home and am compiling a binder filled with new and interesting recipes for breakfast lunch and dinner-my old one while tried and true needs some new inspiration!

    • Jill

      Hi Lori!
      It’s time I try making another meal plan. It wasn’t an easy task; I admire anyone who can do off the top of their head. Don’t get wrong, mapping out meals for my own family while standing between my pantry & frig is a mental juggle & a reshuffle; Planning, organizing and walking another cook through a menu does not feel the same.

  • Amy

    Hi Jill,
    Yes! Great ideas … you saved me a bunch of time this week, and so far, the meals are a hit with kids and hubby alike. Nice work!

  • Jill McKeever

    YEAAAH AMY!!! Thank you for the positive feedback. That’s very encouraging. Let me know if you add anything to the recipes or come up with something to throw into the plan.

  • Erin

    Hi! Thank you so much for these! I hate planning, even more than that I hate grocery shopping. This allows me to get in and out in one trip and not have to run back for the one item I have forgotten. I have not tried out the recipes yet, but they seem realistic and appeal to many tastes. I hope you have more!
    Thanks again…this rocks! :-D

  • heather

    think it is a great idea for busy moms. can’t wait to try it this week. do you change them each week? just added u to fb.

  • jessica

    this was awesome i thought id try it for the week and it worked out great and it saved me money from just buying what i always do… my shopping list is always in a rut! and a shopping cart full of useless things… this was great i look forward to seeing more weekly shopping lists and recipes!!! :)

    Thanks from a family of three!