Do you hate/love menu planning as much as I do?
I love having a menu plan because it keeps me organized and saves me money.
But actually making a menu plan? It’s the pits.
I’ve mentioned before how I hate to menu plan and how I’m successful at avoiding.
Part of my plan to not menu plan is having lots of menu resources up my sleeve.
There are so many wonderful websites out there that are curating menus for us as we speak. Why go to all that trouble yourself when the work has been done for you?
Here are some of my favorite websites that offer free menu plans:
Traditional and Inexpensive Menus
Life as Mom has an extensive database of menu plans. They are made up of traditional family-friendly meals. I especially love that she has 5 weeks of menus that cost under $70 for 7 days.
Another great resource is 5 Dollar Dinners. When you sign up to be an email subscriber, you get a free sample menu with shopping list. The best thing is that all the meals cost only $5 each to prepare. You also have the option to purchase a subscription for $5 a month to get these easy to prepare, frugal menus delivered to your inbox every week. You get the first two weeks free and there is also a gluten free menu plan subscription option.
Organic and Unprocessed Whole Foods Menus
If you are looking to use more organic foods in your cooking, then you may want to check out 100 days of real food. For their email subscribers they give away 5 free healthy menu plans that are easy to prepare and will cost less than $167 a week for a family of four (including organic products).
Or if the $167/week price tag is more than you can handle, try these real food menu plans for the broke. She has 6 weeks of menus that will feed a family of four for around $80 a week (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The menus focus on using healthy, real food that is also extremely budget friendly. The only downside is that it takes a bit more prep than a more expensive menu. You would be required to do things like make your own broth and cook dry beans from scratch- both of which are really easy once you learn how (especially if you invest in a crockpot).
Low Carb/Keto Friendly Menu Plan
If you happen to be on a keto or low carb diet, this site, I Breathe I’m Hungry has 12 weeks of breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Plus, a 3 day kick-start menu, and an egg fast plateau fighting menu. The menus have daily calorie counts and linked recipes.
Healthy Freezer to Slow Cooker Menus
New Leaf Wellness offers free healthy freezer to slow cooker menus with free printable recipes and shopping lists. The site has freezer meal plans for lots of different diets, including gluten free, dairy free, and whole30. And they are always coming up with new recipes and ideas.
I’m a huge fan of new leaf wellness. The Author, Kelly, has four kids and she tries to make her menus as easy as possible for real life. Most of the menus can be done in a couple of hours on the weekend so dinner is done the rest of the week. Who doesn’t love that?!
She has wonderfully organized e-cookbooks that are budget-friendly and will help you stay on top of things as you make all the easy, healthy meals.
If you are looking for more customization in your freezer menu planning, or if freezer meals are just your jam, you will want to check out my post on once a month meals. The site lets you curate your own menu and then creates a shopping list, cooking day step-by-step plans, and recipe cards for you from your personalized menu. They also offer great free trial menus.
Even if your family is extremely picky and you like to customize your own menus, these resources will still be an inspiration as you strive to feed your family healthy budget-friendly meals. Otherwise, these will help you never have to menu plan again. All you will have to do is print off the recipes and shopping list and go.
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