Need a little help or jumpstart with your menu planning? I harp on it all the time, but menu planning saves my sanity and my grocery budget.

If you are creating a menu plan from scratch, download this super handy mix-and-match side dish planner. It’s a lifesaver for menu planning (and I’ll be keeping it updated with any new side dishes I blog about).
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If you are looking for already made menu plans, you are in the right place! I tailored these menu plans the same way I create my own (which may or may not work for you): a nicer, larger dinner on Sundays, a miscellaneous/leftover night at least once per week, homemade pizza one night a week with a list of “Treats to Make” below the menu. I also included a list of our favorite breakfast options underneath the menu. As for lunch? Well, you are on your own because we keep things ultra-simple around here for lunch – leftovers, PB&J’s, crackers and cheese, you know…simple, as in no-recipe-needed!

You can download these menu plans as a Word (editable) or PDF (not editable) document and mix and match, delete, cut, paste, hack to pieces, or do whatever your little soul needs to get the menu plan you so desire. The corresponding grocery lists are blank so you can fill them out based on what you already have in your pantry and refrigerator.

I’ll be adding new menu plans every so often so check back for more menu planning inspiration!

summer menu plans

Summer Menu #1 Summer Menu #4 Summer Menu #7  Summer Menu #10 {NEW!} 
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Summer Menu #2 Summer Menu #5 Summer Menu #8  Summer Menu #11 {NEW!}
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Summer Menu #3 Summer Menu #6  Summer Menu #9   Summer Menu #12 {NEW!}
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anytime menu plans

Weekly Menu #1 Weekly Menu #5
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Weekly Menu #2 Weekly Menu #6
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Weekly Menu #3 Weekly Menu #7
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Weekly Menu #4 Weekly Menu #8
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healthy menu plans

Healthy Menu #1
Healthy Menu #3
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Healthy Menu #2
Healthy Menu #4
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dinner in a pinch plans

Entire Week of Slow Cooker Meals All 30-Minutes or Less
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Cook It Once Use it Twice
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fall winter plans

Fall/Winter Menu #1 Fall/Winter Menu #5
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Fall/Winter Menu #2 Fall/Winter Menu #6
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Fall/Winter Menu #3 Fall/Winter Menu #7
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Fall/Winter Menu #4
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specialty menu plans
*These menus contain make-ahead tips and instructions!*

Brilliant Brunch Here Comes Company
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127 Responses to Menus

  1. Ellen says:

    Did the weekly menu from the bottom of your site disappear or has it found a new home somewhere? FYI, there are days here at my house where all 3 meals came from your website–we LOVE your food!

  2. Mel says:

    With summer coming our way and with kids home all day, everyday, can you give some simple lunch ideas that you use?

  3. Gayle says:

    Just a fyi … none of the hyperlinks are working in the pdf versions for your new menus 10, 11 and 12. Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      They seem to be working fine on my end but let me know if you can’t get them to work.

      • Laura says:

        I just tried all the hyperlinks and they’re not working for me either … but only for those 3. BTW just found your site and what a godsend!! Cannot wait to start utilizing all your hard work with these amazing meal plans. =)

        • Mel says:

          Hi Laura – what browser are you using? Are you on a computer or on a mobile device (iPad, smart phone)? I’ve tested it out on my computer, iPad and phone and the links are still working for me so I want to help troubleshoot why they may not be working for you. 🙂

    • Lori says:

      The hyperlinks for summer menus 9-12 in the pdf versions aren’t working. I am trying to access through my computer. I can go into other pdf versions and it works fine.

      As so many others have said, your website is awesome! It is my go-to place for recipes. I have many cookbooks but they are all collecting dust. You have so many great recipes. 🙂

      • Mel says:

        Lori, I checked this out on my end and it seems to be working. Is there any way the links went to your download folder in your browser?

        • Lori says:

          No, I don’t believe so. On the pdfs that do work, the cursor looks like a hand and it allows me to open the recipes right away. On the pdfs that don’t work, the cursor looks like Roman Numeral 1 and doesn’t allow me to open any of the recipes with or without the Ctrl button. (Hope that makes sense!) But that’s okay. There are other ways I can get to the recipes 🙂 Where there’s a will, there’s a way…….. Love your website!

        • Mel says:

          Lori, did you ever get these to work? What browser are you using?

  4. Ashley Bolden says:

    What are you? Some type of mom angel!!?!? OMG! I want to cry right now, i have really been struggling to plan meals for my 2 year old and my husband. I just discovered your blog and I feel so thankful that you are sharing these tips. Bless your heart.

  5. John Kirk says:

    It is the constant ” what will I make” that wears all of us down.
    Even people that don’t work wear out.
    So this is a great idea.
    I wish someone would teach me how to do great meal presentations.
    Half of the enjoyment comes from how the meal comes to you, or is plated.

  6. PM says:

    Hi! My sister and her three kids just moved in with me and I am finding meal time to be a bit of a challenge. The 5-year-old is VERY picky. Do you happen to have a collection of kid-friendly recipes for picky eaters who hate vegetables and would be happy eating cheeseburgers three times a day?

    • Mel says:

      Sounds like quite the endeavor! I don’t have my recipes categorized into “kid-friendly” or not since my kids have learned they just have to eat it (even if they don’t like it!). The garlic alfredo sauce and skillet mac and cheese would be a good place to start though!

  7. Summer Jenkins says:

    Are your menus planned so that ingredients overlap throughout the week?

    • Mel says:

      For the most part, yes. I haven’t developed the menu plans specific to that idea but because it’s on the forefront of my mind, many of the menus were planned with that in mind.

  8. Shonda says:

    Hi Mel! You had a large group menus link that was complete with a chart of sides, desserts and a timeline of when to prepare each in advance. I’m searching and can not find it! Yikes!! Did this go away? I’m certain that I am not overlooking it as I’m here just about EVERYDAY! (: I haven’t said it in awhile, but thanking you for molding me into the fantastic cook that am – TOOT! TOOT! (tooting my own horn 🙂 One more thing, I love the new mom take in – I use that every time – yesterday as a matter of fact and get such pleasure putting that together. Love what you do – THANK YOU

  9. Shonda says:

    Sorry – me again – I should have clarified as you still have the link up “here comes company” but there is only one menu there currently that is Mexican themed. You had multiple previously – one in particular was pasta (lasagna rolls). I used this menu in the past and it was a life saver for a very large group… this is the one I’m hunting down.
    I’m giggling here – please forgive me for the multiple dings 🙂

  10. Crystal says:

    Do you have suggestions for feeding 75 people for a summer wedding rehearsal dinner? Especially the main course, I’m not opposed to store bought sides/ desserts. Thanks, as always I love, love, love your blog!!!

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