I really like to meal plan each week because it makes my whole week more organized and it saves a lot of money! I figured since I do this anyway, maybe some of the hive might want to use this meal planner I came up with. If you are busy, maybe this can help you for the next week. Here are 7 recipes plus my grocery list for all of the meals and any extra items you might need. Don’t forget to add sides — I have some ideas within the recipes!

Meal One: Garlic Ranch Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 tomato, sliced and diced
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast halves, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • garlic (to taste)
  • bacon bits (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. I used my Pampered Chef pizza stone and heat it in the oven before putting the pizza on it.
  3. Put pizza crust on stone, drizzle with olive oil and spread over crust with brush.
  4. Saute chicken in skillet with olive oil and garlic (I used 1tsp of jarred minced garlic).
  5. Spread Ranch dressing over crust.
  6. Sprinkle with cooked chicken, cheeses, tomatoes, green onions and bacon bits.
  7. Place in oven for 20 mins. or until cheese is melted. Let rest for several minutes, then cut and serve.

Sides: garden salad

*recipe courtesy of TidyMom

Meal Two: Simple Taco Salad

Ingredients/Directions (layer the following):

  • romaine lettuce, chopped
  • cilantro, chopped
  • black beans, drained and rinsed
  • corn  (I use canned)
  • cherub or grape tomatoes, chopped in half
  • avocado, sliced
  • jack and cheddar cheese blend, finely grated
  • Tostitos chips (or your favorite brand), crushed

Dressing:

Make a package of ranch dressing mix; add Bull’s Eye bar-b-que sauce to taste.

Sides: chips and salsa

*recipe courtesy of  All things Simple

Meal Three: Cheesy Twice Baked Potatoes with Hamburger

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 Large Russet Potatoes
  • Hamburger Meat
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Butter & Milk
  • Sour Cream & Chives

Directions:

  1. Turn oven to broil
  2. Slice potatoes in half long-wise and cook in microwave 6-7 minutes or until fully cooked.
  3. Scrape the inside out of the potato
  4. Mix in a bowl: potato, meat, cheese, a small amount of butter, milk and sour cream, chives, salt & pepper.
  5. Place mixture back into the potato shells.
  6. Bake in oven until crispy and brown on top about 10 minutes.

Sides: garden salad and vegetable of choice

*recipe courtesy of Living Locurto

Meal Four: Italian Crockpot Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • (optional) 1 can (4 oz.) mushroom stems and pieces (drained)
  • hot cooked noodles or rice

Directions:

  1. Cut the chicken into medium sized chunks and place in slow cooker.
  2. Combine salad dressing mix and water – pour over chicken.  Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and soup until blended.
  4. If you like mushrooms, stir them into mix now.
  5. Pour mix over chicken.
  6. Cook 1 hour longer or until juices run clear.
  7. Serve over rice or noodles.

Sides: garden salad

Meal Five: Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 package ground turkey
  • 2 rounded tablespoons horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grill seasonings
  • olive oil
  • Buns, Lettuce & Tomato

Directions

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together meat, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, cheese, onions, and grill seasoning. Form 4 patties and drizzle them with olive oil. Cook the burgers for 5 to 6 minutes each side.
  3. Add burgers to buns, lettuce and tomato

Sides: sweet potato fries and corn on the cob

*recipe courtesy of Living Locurto

Meal Six: Easy Steak Fajitas

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • cooked steak pieces, I use Soules steak fajita packages
  • one medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 c salsa of choice, like La Victoria medium
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • flour tortillas
  • sour cream (optional)
  • guacamole (optional)

Directions

  1. heat olive oil in non-stick skillet
  2. add steak pieces, heat for two minutes
  3. add chopped onion & bell pepper, sautee for 5 minutes
  4. add salsa, stir occasionally for 5 minutes until bubbling
  5. remove from heat, add cheese and allow to melt
  6. serve in flour tortillas with sour cream and guacamole

Sides: chips & refried beans

Meal Seven: Simple Garlic Noodles & Shrimp

Ingredients:

  • 1 Prepared Packaged Noodles like Lipton Creamy Garlic Shells
  • frozen boiled shrimp (popcorn size)
  • Garlic salt to taste

Directions

  1. Mix the noodles according to the package, but set the timer for 2 minutes less than what it calls for.
  2. While the noodles are cooking in the microwave, take 2-3 handfuls of frozen shrimp (I buy the kind with the tails already off) and thaw in a bowl of cold water.
  3. When the microwave goes off, do not remove the noodles from the microwave. Drain the shrimp and add to the noodles and stir, close the microwave and continue cooking for the remaining 2 mins.
  4. Let shrimp and noodles sit for a few mins before removing from microwave.
  5. When I take them out I sprinkle with a little garlic salt and serve.

Sides: garden salad and sourdough toast

*recipe courtesy of TidyMom

Here is my printable grocery list in PDF format also! Enjoy!

7 Day Meal Planner and Grocery List