Family Meal Plan 4 with Printable Shopping List

This free Family Meal Plan includes tomatillo ranch burritos, butternut squash macaroni and cheese, roasted tilapia, and more!

Family Meal Plan - Week 4

Welcome to our fourth weekly free family meal plan – it includes a free printable shopping list!

The number one thing that I hear from you is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy, family-friendly meal on the table. This free meal plan is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list to go with it. All you’ll have to do is collect the recipes (just visit the link under each picture and hit print), print off the shopping list, and you know what you are going to make all week long. I thought 5 recipes was ideal because that leaves a night for eating out (or going to Grandma’s for dinner) and a leftover night. So really, you have a whole week squared away! YAY!

This easy free meal plan is full of healthy, real food dinner ideas that don’t have exotic or expensive ingredients. These recipes are quick and easy to make, and the whole family will love them. I hope this is a game-changer for you!

HERE’S THE FREE PRINTABLE MEAL PLAN SHOPPING LIST FOR WEEK 4.

Let’s take a look at this week’s recipes. Under each recipe, I’ve given some tips and tricks on how you can prep the meals or part of the meals in advance if you are into “Food Prep Monday,” as well as other useful information.

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Currently: The First Day of Fall

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  Thinking… There’s so much hope wrapped around today for me. I have had today, the first day of fall 2016, in my mind for a long long time. I’ve even been planning on it, in one way or another, for at least a year. Things have been hard here. Sure, the recipes look delicious, but building a house, raising 5 little souls, and trying to support my husband has been super challenging. I make little goals in my mind that go along the lines of, “I can do *insert hard thing* until the end of school.” When the end of Continue Reading →


The Ultimate Turkey Sandwich

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Sometimes, all you need is a little inspiration to make the perfect simple turkey sandwich. This one is piled high with turkey, cheddar, avocado, and more. Friends, I am posting a super simple yet amazingly tasty sandwich recipe. I know what you are thinking: “I’m pretty sure I already know how to make a sammich.” Let’s me explain just a bit – I know you do, but once in a while you’ll see a little inspiration and just know that you can make THAT sandwich and it’s going to make your day. I’m here to get you out of your weekend Continue Reading →


Naturally Sweetened Low-Sugar Pumpkin Bread

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Naturally sweetened and low-sugar pumpkin bread is full of flavor without the guilt.  America’s Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out, and I’m so excited about it. The book is called Naturally Sweet and it is going to change your baking. The first two chapters in the book are all about sweeteners in all forms, what they are, how they are processed, and how they work in baking. One of the reasons I like America’s Test Kitchen (ATK from here on out) so much is because they take the time to teach you what they did, why it works, and how Continue Reading →


Homemade Pumpkin Noodles

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Aren’t these pumpkin noodles pretty?! You are going to love how much fun they are to make and eat! Few things are more comforting to me than homemade egg noodles. When you grow up eating something simple, filling, and delicious, I think you crave that food whenever you need a little piece of childhood in your life. Egg noodles are one such recipe for me (I also am very sentimental over my mom’s dinner rolls, and my grandma’s cobbler and her chocolate sheet cake). My grandma lives on a gorgeous old farm in Southern Indiana (I wrote about it once Continue Reading →


3 Ways to Make School Mornings Easier

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40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes

40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Week is coming to a close but we are going out with a bang! Today I’m sharing one amazing roundup of 40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes. I’ve worked all week with Cassie from Back to Her Roots and this post is the pinnacle of all of our pumpkin recipes. Every one of these 40 recipes is either from my site or from her’s, so you know that they are bound to be delicious tried and true pumpkin recipes that you’ll love to make again and again. Looking over this list just makes my heart happy! There’s so many hours Continue Reading →


No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites

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Quick healthy pumpkin oatmeal energy bites that taste like cookies but are good for you! No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long. I tell my kids these are no-bake cookie balls because they taste so great. Here’s what I love about No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites: Chances are you have everything on hand to make these. Always a win. Don’t have chia seeds on hand? Leave them out or sub them for something else like hemp seed hearts, chopped nuts, or some coconut flakes (and you can go up to a Continue Reading →


Easy Chicken Pumpkin Pot Pie

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Few things are more delicious than a slice of chicken pot pie on a cool fall day. This hearty one dish meal is one of our favorites. I have made a few changes to this great classic and you are going to love it. Easy Chicken Pumpkin Pot Pie is a fun fall dish because it uses pumpkin cubes in place of the traditional potatoes and puff pastry in place of the pie crust. These two little changes make the dish prettier (hello, orange pumpkin) and easier (hello, store-bought frozen puff pastry). This dish only took me about 20 minutes Continue Reading →


Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

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I’ve been on a healthy smoothie recipe kick lately and I wanted to bring some of my fall favorites into it. This Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie is a little taste of fall that you can have for breakfast! It tastes a lot like a simple pumpkin pie filling or pudding, but it’s thin enough to drink like a normal smoothie. I love this smoothie because it packs in about 20 grams of protein without any protein powder (and if you did add some, you could easily double that amount). The calories and fat will depend a lot on the type Continue Reading →