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7-day Family Meal Plan That Will Set You Up with Healthy Eats

7-day Family Meal Plan That Will Set You Up with Healthy Eats

You’re busy but you have to eat.  You want to make quick and healthy meals for you and your family without crashing your grocery budget.  Here is a 7-day family meal plan that fits all that and is super delicious!

7 Day Family Meal Plan on a Budget

Pop tarts and tater tots do not a healthy diet make.  They might be fast and cheap and okay in a pinch but that kind of eating isn’t great for you long term.  But it’s easy to reach for food like that when you’re hungry and have no idea what to make for dinner.

You are busy and want to feed yourself and your family and not spend an hour in the kitchen and lots of time planning or prepping.

Enter this cheap meal plan for families on a budget!  All these meals are well-rounded, delicious, and quick to make.

The meals feature a good mix of pantry staples (pasta, oats, spices) so you can save money by eating out of your pantry, as well as fresh ingredients (fruits and veggies, eggs, chicken) to give lots of flavor and staying power.

You can find out 12 ways to save money on groceries here.

If you have a big family, check out these dirt cheap meals for large families.


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Healthy Family Meal Plan Kitchen Tools

These are my absolute favorite kitchen tools for quick and easy meal prep (check out my HelloFresh review for the EASIEST meal prep).  Having a few good pieces of kitchen equipment makes it so much easier to cook, and will actually make you want to cook more at home too.

Dutch oven

Aka: a ceramic pot with a lid. I use the dutch oven all the time from fall through spring, just not in the hottest summer months.  Throw a bunch of ingredients in the pot, cover with enough liquid, and cook on low heat for a couple of hours.  Veggies and meats come out so tender and flavorful, and it warms your house and makes it smell delicious.  I love this thing.  I use it to make no-knead breads too.

It’s not news that slow cookers are super popular.  This is a great inexpensive slow cooker, but for now I am sticking with my good old dutch oven.


Large cast iron pan

I can’t say enough about cast iron cookware.  It’s sturdy, lasts practically forever, cooks evenly, and goes inside the oven or on the stovetop.  Love love love my cast iron cookware.  At the minimum get a large cast iron pan – they’re great for stir fry, cooking eggs, one-dish chicken recipes, pancakes, making skillet cookies, and so much more.  This cast iron skillet is my favorite – we have tons of cast iron cookware in our kitchen from this brand.

Immersion blender

Another meal prep tool that I love is the immersion blender.  It can take 10 minutes to make and puree a soup with an immersion blender and I find it easier and way less messy than transferring to a regular blender.

That’s it!  Just a few basics to make meal planning easier.

Now to the family meal plan!

7 Day Family Meal Plan

This 7-day meal plan includes breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.  Just add 2-3 snacks per day and you’ll have a well-rounded day of eats!

Some of the dinner recipes are vegetarian (but all hearty and delicious, so don’t worry my meat-loving friends).  If you want to add more protein to make it more filling, buy a free-range roasted chicken and shred and add to any of the dinner recipes.

Some dinner recipes in this 7-day family meal plan should make leftovers (the lasagna recipes make a lot).  I’m a huge fan of dinner leftovers for lunch the next day.  If you are too and you end up with leftovers, you might not need to make lunch at all the next day.

If you work outside of the home and everyone wings it for lunch, then skip the lunch recipes and look at the delish breakfast and dinner recipes in this family meal plan. You could also swap one of the lunch recipes in this meal plan and use it for dinner instead.

This weekly dinner menu is kid-friendly, and parent-friendly too, meaning a good amount of variety and different flavors to keep things interesting.


Breakfast: English Muffin with Apple and Cheddar

Lunch: Three-Ingredient Tomato Soup with toast

Dinner: Easy Meat Lasagna OR Easy Vegetarian Lasagna


Breakfast: Breakfast Banana Pops

Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwich with carrots on the side

Dinner: Spanish Tortilla


Breakfast: Cherry Chocolate Overnight Oats

Lunch: Tomato and Basil Omelet

Dinner:  Dragon Noodles with mixed side salad


Breakfast: Eggs with Tortilla Chips, Salsa, and Cheese

Lunch: Broccoli Soup with crackers and cheese

Dinner: Tomato and Caper Linguine


Breakfast: Yogurt and Granola Parfaits

Lunch: Quesadillas

Dinner: Garlic Noodles with mixed vegetables


Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bake

Lunch: Broccoli with Bow Tie Pasta and Peas

Dinner: Sesame Chicken


Breakfast: Healthy Pumpkin Scones

Lunch: Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes

Dinner: Pasta Frittata

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Sarah@ The DIY Mommy

Thursday 29th of August 2019

With back to school coming fast, this sure has some great ideas that sound so yummy! Thanks.


Friday 30th of August 2019

Glad you found some ideas in this meal plan that sound good to you! Even though my daughter isn't in school yet, we seem to eat more unstructured over the summer and then get into more of a routine starting in September :)


Sunday 18th of August 2019

Thank you for the meal plan ideas! Today is my meal planning day, so I was very happy to have found your post. I love that the menus are easy to follow, and dont require a lot of expensive ingredients (plus kids will love them!).


Sunday 18th of August 2019

Yay! Glad this family meal plan came at the right time :) I loooove simple recipes, cooking or baking.

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