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).

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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144 comments on “Menus”

  1. Hi Mel,
    I’m Mel:) My friends always think I’m kidding when I say….”Look on” They also call my kitchen…Melscafe:) So a quick question for you:) Do you have a cook book? or are you planning one? I would love to be a buyer:)

  2. Will you create a meal plan / recipes for singles? I struggle with most recipes because I get sick of eating them by myself every day of the week.

  3. I’m excited to try these. Menu planning has not been my strong suit. thank you for a place to start.

  4. I used one of your weekly menus once and I loved it, so when I found this page I was overjoyed. However, these downloads don’t look the same as the other menu plan I used. They show the recipes, but the section listing what to buy at the store just has the headers and not the ingredients. Is this intentional? Or am I doing something wrong?

    • Hey Traci – these are totally different menu plans than the ones I’ve been sending out in my newsletter (which it sounds like that’s the menu you used). They don’t provide the full grocery list like the ones in my newsletter.

  5. Yay !! I love this post. A great way to be sure that the week ahead is tasty, healthy and well organized. The meals look very inviting. The best time to deal with the weekly meal plan is the prepare it beforehand. Thanks for putting these stuff altogether. It is so easy to take a look at it. Keep up the great site and inspiration!!! Thanks 🙂


  6. Hey Mel!
    Long time lover of your site and recipes! My husband recently started law school (coming from a great paying job) and my budget is pretty tight. I’ve heard to spend 100 per person, per month (no matter the age of the child). So my family of 4 should get $400 a month. According to this source, this amount includes everything you can buy at a grocery store…food, paper towels, toothpaste, etc. I was just wondering if you budget per week/biweekly for your family and if it’s pretty similar to the 100 per person/ per month rule.

    Thanks for all the great inspiration! I always come to you for dinner ideas!!

    • Hi Abby, I’m probably the wrong person to ask for food budgeting advice since my food budget is a little skewed thanks to my food blog (and all the new recipes I try out). I will say that even in our lean, budgeting years, I found it hard to stick to $100 per person if that included all the personal hygiene needs as well, but I’ve also not been very diligent at couponing/shopping sales. Maybe if you did, it could be very doable?

  7. Hi Mel! I’m new to your site and love your blog and your recipes!
    Is the Weekly Menu on the bottom of your site just another meal plan we are able to follow? Does it change weekly?
    Thanks for all the yummy dinners!

  8. I just made the “Here Comes Company” menu for a group of about 25 (6 young children) yesterday. I one and a halved each recipe, except the cake which I didn’t make because I didn’t need dessert. Everything came out very well. Each recipe was wonderful and they all went together very appetizingly. The corn and tomato salad probably got the most positive comments, followed by the corn bread and honey butter. Thank-you Mel for helping me out again! Would you consider putting together more big group meal plans? I regularly host a group of this size and coming up with the menu is the hardest part.

  9. I just wanted to say thank you so very much for sharing these meal plans! I’m on week 4 of your summer meals and it has been a absolute god send for my family, as I just gave birth to my second child June 8th. I use your meal plans in combination with the AnyList app and it’s made my life a little easier in that department. I won’t get into details of the app on here, but between your delicious meals, and the app I import them to…. My family is pretty full and happy! Thank you again so much!

  10. Thank you so much for all of these! I am so grateful!

  11. 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!!!

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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

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

    • 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.

      • Hi I do enjoy your forum but wonder if you
        have meals planned for two. I have always cooked 
        for 4 or more and it is now difficult for me to just cook for two

  15. 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?

    • 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

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

      • 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. =)

        • 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. 🙂

    • 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. 🙂

      • 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?

        • 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!

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

  20. 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!

  21. This is Wonderful!!! Thanks so much for all of your work on this 🙂 I’ve really wanted to start menu planning so this will help me out so much!

  22. A full scale menu planner?! And for free?! “Behold” indeed!
    Thank you very much – very awesome of you to share!

  23. Mel, I found your website 6 months ago and it has helped me so much. Thank you for the menu plans and tips. I love your pantry staples section. I was feeling overwhelmed with how to start my food storage and now I don’t feel so overwhelmed. Thanks again.

  24. Hi. You have some wonderful recipes I’d love to try – especially the cinnamon rolls. My only problem is I’m gluten free. Have you any experience with making gluten free versions of the pumpkin cinnamon pull apart bread or the cinnamon rolls?



    • mindy – I haven’t, unfortunately, but there are a lot of great gluten-free blogs/cookbooks that might be of help. Sorry I’m not more familiar with gluten-free baking!

  25. Thanks for the awesome menus.

  26. I LOVE all of you recipes, thank you so much for sharing! Would you ever consider doing a vegetarian menu plan?

  27. You are amazing! My sisters-in-law rave about your website…and for good reason! All the recipes I’ve made have been AMAZING and I just can’t get over all of the menu planning and kitchen tips you’ve posted. You are going to make my life TOO easy 🙂 Thanks!!!!

  28. Can you just put together a cookbook? It would make it so much easier on my printer!! Your recipes are fantastic! I’m a cookbook collector and love to cook, so I know from experience that your recipes meet that fine line between being easy to make and the whole family loves it. I had not seen a recipe collection that does that until my friend told me about your site. Thank you!! (Think about the cookbook idea…:))

  29. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the side dish planner!!!! What an awesome idea!! Thank you so much for all of the menus as well!

  30. I can not tell you how much this has helped me. I am trying so hard to get health and establish a schedule for meals that do not come from McDonalds or Pizza place. You are helping so many people. I had run out of ideas for dinners and was just bored with the whole cooking thing but you have lit a fire here. Thanks so much for all your hard work Shannon

  31. You are an amazing person for doing this! I will definitely try to use these menu plans. I’m aiming for at least one month of meals planned in advance… 🙂

  32. I’m a diehard menu planner too. I love to cook, but cooking for other people really makes me anxious for some reason, so I’m excited to see the menus for guests and crowds!

    In fact, this week I included your guest meal plan with my weekly plan because I offered to bring dinner to a family later in the week. The food was halfway through cooking when I was notified the family doesn’t eat pork! (Sorry chile verde!)

    So, my new hope, dream, wish, and challenge for you is to create a magical menu for guests that is egg, gluten, nut and dairy free, otherwise healthy (probably chicken or turkey to be safe), and possibly with a vegetarian option. And it might be cool if you could squeeze kid friendly, oh, and tasty in there too, but I know those are usually default for you. Then I will make it over and over and over to feed to everyone I know and sing your praises every time. And I sing pretty well, so that’s a good thing! 🙂

  33. For Regina – I copy all recipes to text files, then I can search my hard drive recipe files by ingredient. No elaborate database is necessary. I just tried that, searching for cumin, and found 113 recipes that use it. (Who knew I liked it so much?) I also use PhotoShop Elements to make pretty digital scrapbook style cards with the recipes on them, which I am now laminating. When I finish a large enough category, I will make them into a recipe-removable album. When Hubs retired and took over KP duty after dinner, my recipe cards were frequently water/cleaner/? splattered, so lamination has saved my work! I highly recommend it for those that don’t have a kitchen computer. My big desktop just won’t go there.

  34. just, seriously: THANK YOU! You make this seem so possible.

  35. This is amazing! Thanks for having these available. I’m excited to try them out this week.

  36. I would love a non-cheese version. Oh, how I need this!

  37. I have been looking for free menu plans! You should do breakfast and lunches too (I know you include some breakfast ideas). Thanks~

  38. I want to thank you for the awesome menus! It helps us stay on track with eating dinner at home and having leftovers at lunch. You are the best Mel!

  39. I never knew this resource was here! I love the ‘in a pitch’ section. I’m a single working mom with three young kids. This could save me some serious dinner time stress!

  40. Mel! 🙂

    So excited to see the healthy menus — thank you so much!! You totally rock! <3 Including lightened up treats was a great idea too!

  41. My family and I love your menus — we’ve been pretty much following them for the last 2 months. Then comes January and those pesky resolutions to lose weight, so I tried another website, thinking I’d try their menu for a week and see… well, ONE meal, and I have got to come back to your recipes (it’s pretty pitiful when the best item on the plate was plain steamed rice… and you have to scrape the topping off the salmon just to get it down.) I didn’t even have to say anything, the guys just knew I’d changed recipe sources. 🙂 Then when I came back to the Cafe, and checked out your salmon recipes I knew we could do better right here.

    I’ve been checking out the Healthy recipes section and just have a question — personally, I find all your stuff to be what I would call healthy — lots of variety, no chemicals, scratch cooking, no box mixes — but what gets a recipe into the healthy section? Lower in calories/fat? Better choices for weight loss perhaps? Also, I love how you put the menus together, (and obviously my family does too!) –Would you consider putting out a couple weeks of menus using recipes picked from the healthy section? I’ll be trying to make some myself in the meantime, but I’d love to see the mains and sides you’d put together. Thanks for all you do for all of us — have a very happy 2014! :).

    • Maureen – thanks for your comment! The recipes I put in the healthy section are ones that are probably lower in fat/calories than some of my other ones. While I try to stay away from processed foods, the dishes that call for a lot of cheese/cream, etc, usually don’t make the cut to the healthy recipes section. I’ll definitely give the healthy menus some thought. Thanks for the suggestion!

  42. Hey, Mel! Thank you so much for the menu planning guides. I have baby number one just days from arrival, and I have been wondering how I will have time to plan menus while adjusting to mommydom. This is perfect! I do have a question: I read your blog post about training adventurous eaters, and I was very inspired. I remember you said you always try to have one dish that everyone will like with a meal. On your meal plans, there is one entree and one cooked side dish. Is this typically all you prepare, or do you also try to do a green salad or fruit salad with each meal? Also, how much prep work do you do ahead of time (like, on a weekend) vs. the night of the meal? Thanks for sharing your time and talents. It is a blessing for many! 🙂

    • Hi Brittney – although the menu plans only show a main dish and a side, I usually have other bits and pieces on the table, like cottage cheese or fruit or something like that. I don’t include them on the menu plan because I feel like those are things that everyone can customize to their own liking, does that make sense? I usually don’t spend a lot of time “cooking” side dishes, especially during the week, but we do a lot of green salads, fresh fruit/fruit salads, applesauce, cottage cheese, and always some type of vegetable, etc. If I do any advance prep work it is usually the night before or during the afternoon when my kids are napping. Does that help? Feel free to shoot me any other questions!

  43. I just heard about your awesome website from friends and am so excited to dig in! This is a great place to start so I can try out a variety of your meals! Thanks so much for sharing!

  44. Hey Mel, Just thought I’d let you know how much I appreciated you having these weekly menus up. We just moved across the country, and when I sat down to figure out what we’d be eating for the next week, I felt like crying. And then…your menus! So, THANK YOU!

  45. Were a group of volunteers as well as starting up the latest plan in the area. Your web site provided us with useful info to function with. You’ve conducted a notable work as well as each of our entire party will most likely be grateful to your account.

  46. Thanks so much for sharing these recipes. I love that they are simple….but look oh so good.
    PS Your family is darling too!!! Love all those boys!

  47. You are a true answer to prayer…no seriously! I’m so tired of searching menu plan websites and trying to come up with order out of chaos.!! Something about your style and your blog, just hit me! I’ve found the one!!!! Yes, Let there be light!!
    Thanks for letting me move on in life!! 🙂 and provide my family with a nutritious…and ready to serve meal!

  48. I’m a newly devoted stay at home mother of two and have realized how neglected my poor husband has been all these years! I will basically be copying your menus to the ‘T’ every day of the week until I’m more comfortable to venture out! Thank you for your talent, dedication and very tasty palette!

  49. Mel, I want to know what you serve when you have company. I keep trying to find some good menus for when we have company over, you know– impressive and delicious, not too different so everyone is comfortable, not too fussy so the host can have a good time too– is that too tall an order? I would love to know what menus work for you when entertaining friends and feeding your own family at the same time (I figure it’s the next best thing to actually being invited over to your house for dinner!)

  50. I think the recipes are great. I have two kids under the age of four I work full time. Your menu’s seem quick and inspire me to take the time to make dinners on more than a few nights a week for my family. I loved your editorial with the garlic alfredo recipe. Which I did make by the way and it was great. Thank you again for you time. Please continue to write.

  51. Yes- thank you for explaining!

  52. I’ve been following your blog for a while, but I’m just now reading through your menu-planning tips! My mom was (and still is) a great example for making a homemade dinner every night, but I’ve just never been able to get it together on a consistent basis. We don’t have kids yet, and I just hadn’t been that motivated. You have really inspired me to do better! Thanks for all of the great recipes and tips! So- do I understand correctly that you make a hot breakfast most mornings? Do you plan a menu for those also? Do you make a grocery list for lunch items, or rely on your staples? Thanks!

  53. General suggestion is to try Evernote. It is a top rated app (IOS, Android, PC’s and Macs) and you can find your stuff from each device. Plus, if you tag your recipes, you can then search “mushrooms” and all the relevant recipes are there.

    Great blog! I am impressed with this blog. Very much appreciate your good work.

  54. Wow what a site yaaaaa, i too just fell into here some how lol ..Dont ask me how I got here, but im here to stay. I live in New zealand..Will im trying to look at menu plans (yep this could be fatal) lol..Thanks Brenda

  55. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful meal plans, I love your blog and am excited about cooking again, i can’t wait to try all your recipes. everything looks soo good. Thank you again for saving my sanity, I’m always tearing my hair out when I have to plan a meal for the week.

  56. I just stumbled upon your site and I am in love–this is probably the most well-organized cooking blog I’ve ever been to. Thanks for all your work putting it together and sharing!

  57. Just found your site and I love it! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful ideas. 🙂

  58. I love these menu guides, perfect timing!

  59. I’m so glad I finally found your menu plans! They are going to make life soooo much easier. I can’t wait to see more of these. Thanks, and a big hug!

  60. Your recipes are the best! Thank you!

  61. Thank you this is the best thing since sugar….lol. This is the answer to a lot of my problems for the magic question..”what will I cook tonight/today”. If I could give you an award I would…once again Thank You again.


  62. Hey Melanie,

    I love your Menus. It would be awesome to have a summer menu. I love grilling and cooking in the summer, I would love to see a week of summer recipes. I hope you and Bri are doing well,


  63. I’ve been missing in action lately but I’m so happy to see how far your website has come! These menus are great. I’m gonna use them for next week’s planning. I always have the problem of thinking of new stuff to cook. Melanie always knows!! Your so great at what you do 🙂

  64. Thank you so much for posting the refrigerator bran muffin recipe, I have been looking for it for years, it was a staple when my kids were growing up. Do you think there is a way to make waffles with this recipe? I have to follow all cooking directions, experimentation by me will run my family away so any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.

  65. Meal planning is a the key to sticking with healthy items. Many times we just run to the store having no idea what we are doing and end up with processed foods which are not good for us. I do specialized meal planning and diets for diabetics, cardiac and renal patients and this is a great tool for anyone to use. This will help all persons on this site

  66. Thanks so much for posting these menus. I am trying out the first one this week and making a shopping list for all the ingredients i don’t have. Trying to stay on a food budget… stay away from processed food and make things healthy! I tweaked it a little and am so excited and looking forward to eating next week! 🙂 Oh and I’ve been making your parker house rolls as my “go to” rolls, even with wheat flour this week and they were a hit at the latest dinner party… even burnt a little..oops! 🙂 Thanks again!

  67. Wow…this is wonderful!!! Discovered your website this week and I am loving it!!!! Planning my grocery list tonight and I am so glad I found this and some great recipes to try out!!!!!!

  68. This is going to make my shopping and menu planning so easy thank you thank you thank you thank you!!! 🙂

  69. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful menus. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, but have never gotten around to it. You have saved me so much time. I’m just sorry that I am just now finding your blog. (Thank you to someone on Pinterest!)

    Before this I have used I even joined their membership to allow me to make weekly menus and shopping lists. Mel and Regina, you may want to try this out. I used it for years for free! This is the first time I have paid for a membership to use the meal planning part.

  70. So awesome! Thank-you for sharing your hard work and wonderful recipes and helpful menus. 10 thumbs up from my family!

  71. Ah love it! It’s new but familiar foods and right now I’m figuring out what works at 17 weeks pregnant! Thanks so much for the great ideas. Eating some homemade fajitas but really craving the pizza now! 🙂

  72. This is really nice of you.

  73. I am a long-time menu planner (even post them on my blog to share with others!) but I am loving your menu plans – thank you for giving me some new ideas and recipes to try! I can’t wait… going to add the dinner rolls to the menu tonight as our family favorite beef stew is on the menu and in the crock pot cooking now.

  74. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! You have inspired me to do a little menu planning at our house. We are now on week 5 and I can not believe how much simplier our lives are at dinner time. I work 4-10’s and our family does not get home until close to 6:00, making meals in themselves a struggle. On top of it we have a 1 & 3 year old who are HUNGRY! After reaching a point of complete frustration I decided to use your template and give menu planning a try. Never going back to the way things were before that is for sure! I can now plan simple fast things and do any necessary prep work the night before. Even better my husband or I don’t have to stand and stare into the pantry thinking “what should I make for dinner tonight”. So thank you from the bottom of the Hansen family’s heart!

  75. Thanks for sharing your recipes!! I was in a meal making funk and your blog jumpstarted my thought process. My family LOVED the sweet and sour chicken! Your blog is very user friendly!!! Thanks again!!

  76. YAY to more menu plans. Thanks so much for creating and sharing these!!!

  77. is another cool, free website for putting in ingredients and finding recipes you need. =)

  78. Mel, this site looks awesome! Just found it today. I’m a Mom of 3 boys and have been known to sneak chocolate chips, too 🙂
    Mel and Regina – If you’re looking to be able to search cookbooks, or food blogs, is the place. You can enter your cookbooks, and save the food blogs they’ve indexed, on your bookshelf. Once you do this, you can search on whatever you want. I searched for Tiramisu one time and found I had 14 recipes for it :). Then you just go to your book (or the food blog) to look at the recipe. This works for all of the recipes they’ve indexed (that is, entered in recipe names and key ingredients).

  79. You’re a household name around my place thanks to these menus. I’ve been using them for three weeks and I no longer dread dinner time AND we rarely eat out anymore – because I already have aw plan for dinner and all the stuff to make it, or yummy leftovers. Thank you for being my Internet friend and bringing out rave reviews from my kids like tonight (over the honey lime fruit salad): “Mom, this salad is AWESOME.” that boy then proceeded to eat four helpings of salad and had an extra SW egg roll to snack on after dinner. Thank you for making me a menu plan believer. Big high fives from our family of five.

  80. regina, and mel, try I love, LOVE their site, and you can search by ingredient to find a recipe or inspiration to make something new!!! It used to be recipezaar, but is now NOT food networks’s site…

  81. Oh my gosh I just found this menu post and am so happy. My real wish is that you would live at my house and cook for me, but I’ll take these menus as the next best thing. 🙂 More please!

  82. Thank you, thank you for sharing!! Every week I am on the search for healthy, kid friendly meals and this just made my night!

  83. I love you. This is such a help to me since when or if I make a menu they are usually all from your site anyway. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  84. I am so excited to find this, I have been asked to teach a relief society class on menu planning and this is absolutely perfect, you have done all the hard work for me, and your recipes are wonderful, thank you for sharing your talents! Love your website!

  85. You read my mind! This is exactly what I was searching for this week – your timing is point on. Thanks

  86. Wow! These look amazing! Half of the dinner battle is deciding what to make. Thanks for doing this for your blog readers. You are great!

  87. Thanks so much for these. They are incredible. My family is enjoying week 1!

  88. Wow, Mel, you are amazing! Thank you for sharing all your good work. I am pregnant right now and not feeling fabulous, so my meal-planning has been pretty lame lately–in fact, just sitting down to do it makes me nauseous. But when it comes time for dinner, I am HUNGRY for something GOOD! Your meal plans should carry me through the next few weeks of yuckiness, and I’m sure I’ll be back for more even when I’m feeling great just because these are so awesome. Thank you!

  89. I like to echo all of these good sentiments! Thank you for sharing your talent and blessing our lives.

  90. I can’t even tell you how much I love you right now. This is awesome! THANK YOU.

  91. Mel, you are a genius! Thanks for helping with this seemingly tedious task!

  92. So I’ve been looking for a website that you can just list ingredients you want to use and have it suggest recipes and finally found one: I just started playing around with it and haven’t actually tried any of the recipes (they are from an array of various food blogs i think.) Anyway just wanted to let you know that something like that does exist (you can even list things you don’t like so they won’t show up.) Thanks for sharing your recipes and menu planning ideas. I’ haven’t been a planner but i’m trying to start. Many of my favorites have come from your blog!

  93. forgive my stupidity, but I can’t open your word docs. I have winzip, but am not very familiar with it. When I click on the word doc link it opens my winzip file and I don’t see any kind of word document in the zipped file. Any ideas?

  94. THANK YOU for putting these in Word documents. I love printing your recipes, but the google documents don’t allow me to make any changes and sometimes I alter the recipes slightly. A word doc. allows me to keep your picture and recipe without having to retype them. I would love it if all your recipes went to word doc. as well.

  95. You are WONDERFUL! Thank you so, so much! I am such a huge fan. I’ve yet to find a recipe that I don’t love. Thank you for sharing your talents!

  96. You are my hero! Thank you for making my life a bit easier! I, too, believe in menu planning, but I’m on the “it’s the bane of my existence” side. Love that the menu includes sides, treats, and breakfast! You are wonderful!

  97. This is great!!! I am a huge menu planner and will be using these menus without a doubt… You rock! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

  98. Thank you so much for taking your time to do this. You are awesome!!!!

  99. My mom was telling me that my kids are going to be sick of pizza because we have it once a week. So happy to see that Mel the Magnificent does that too!! Thank for the menus and ALL the fabulous recipes!!!

  100. I love your blog! Menu planning has always been hard for me to do, but with your help it should make life easier! Thank you!

  101. Lovely. Just like your blog. Thank you. I’ve made no fewer than five dishes from your blog in the past week…coming back for more and then you present this – I meal plan, but it takes me soooooooooooo long and I despise it!

  102. Has anyone ever told you that you’re brilliant? I can’t wait to take a look at this. I trust all of your recipes so it will be fun to use these!

  103. I just recently found your blog and we have loved every recipe we have tried! I can’t wait to use these menu plans. I am sure this took a lot of time and work to put together. Thank you for sharing!!

  104. Seriously? This is exactly what I needed! I go back to work (I’m a teacher) in a month and wanted to get meal planning under control, but I’m just not good at it. Now I can just use yours!

  105. Thank you! Your recipes are fantastic! I have loved every one that I have tried!

  106. This is great! I love menu planning. I always have a few things from your blog to try. This week we made Skillet Chicken with Mexican Green rice and we are going to try the Curried Cauliflower.

  107. Very helpful – thank you!

  108. Even though I love to cook, making menu’s is always challenging for me. These are WONDERFUL!!!!!
    Thank you for all you hard work, I love following your blog.
    You do a GREAT job!!!!

  109. I am a HUGE fan of meal planning! I really don’t know what I would do without it. It makes life so much easier. Thanks for these ready-made plans! They will come in handy once life gets busy again in the fall.

  110. Thanks, I will def use this as a template!

    I was wondering if you might know of a database or program that holds my recipes & then I could search for an ingredient or 2 that I want to cook with. A lot of time I find that I will make something new, and then have lots of those ingredients left & nothing else to make with it. It’s very hard to look through the 100s of recipes I want to try to find that 1 or 2 ingredient haha

    • Regina – I’m not familiar with a database of that sort but whenever I’m faced with the same conundrum, I use the SEARCH toolbar in my right sidebar and simply type in the ingredient I want (say, cilantro or black beans). The search function will pull up the recipes that have those ingredients. Any food blog that has a search toolbar should be able to do the same thing so that may help you a bit.

  111. Nice! I plan your recipes into my plan often, so this is right up my alley. Thanks for putting them together…

  112. This is Wonderful!!! Thanks so much for all of your work on this 🙂 I’ve really wanted to start menu planning so this will help me out so much!

  113. Thank you for taking the time to put these menu plans together, Melanie! I am so grateful to have stumbled on your blog years ago (how long has it been?). You are so creative and talented- thank you for sharing your love of great food (and great menus) with us!

  114. You rawk!

  115. This is too good to be true!!!! Thanks!

  116. Honestly – this just made me happy from the inside! I was sitting down to work out my meal plan for next week and -voila- there this is this post. Thank you for sharing!!!

  117. I think I will try this as soon as my kids go back to school. Thanks so much for sharing all your recipes and ideas with the rest of us. I am sure it definitely takes some work and time. I greatly appreciate it!

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