2 Week Meal Plan for the Whole Family: Fall/Winter Menu

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This family-friendly, two-week healthy meal plan is designed for the fall and winter months and is full of recipes the whole family will love that are easy to make — plus, it comes with a free printable shopping list.

I love having a plan when I’m cooking, if you do too, look at these posts: My Approach to Eating, What to Make for Dinner: Stop the 5 Oclock Dinner Planning and 3 Tips for Making Meal Prep EASY!

Healthy Meal Plan + Tips

If you want to feed your family well but aren’t sure where to start, this is the post for you. I have a whole foods approach to eating that your whole family will gobble up (with no health food store needed… score).

This meal plan is ideal for families because all of the recipes are beyond simple, the ingredients are easy to find, and your whole family will chow down the meals. If you are new to healthy eating or trying to eat with a focus on whole foods, this a great place to start because the recipes are very traditional while also being simply delicious, if I do say so myself.

I do want to mention that “healthy” is a relative term, and we may not agree on what it means. To me, it’s about balance, eating foods that make you feel good, and not restricting yourself. You can check out my food philosophy here (LINK). 

Healthy Eating Meal Plan: Fall and Winter Menu

Let me take the thinking out of feeding your family! This eating clean meal plan is great for busy families who want to eat at home more! You are going to love all of the tried-and-true recipes I’ve been making for my family of seven for years.


Here are 14 breakfast ideas to start your morning off well.

  1. Scrambled Eggs + Muffins 
  2. Whole Wheat Waffles 
  3. Breakfast Burritos
  4. Oatmeal (with frozen berries)
  5. Egg Bake
  6. Pancakes
  7. Granola + berries + milk (like cold cereal)
  8. Scrambled Eggs + Muffins
  9. Belgian Waffles
  10. Breakfast Cookies
  11. Oatmeal or Overnight Oats
  12. Egg Bake
  13. Strawberry Pancakes
  14. Granola + berries + milk 

Tip: Make a double batch of the waffles and pancakes on the first day, and freeze half for the second time you plan to serve them for breakfast. Thaw in the fridge overnight, and reheat in a toaster. Easy as can be!


Here are some simple lunch ideas for your family that can be made at home or taken on the go to work, school, or the park.

  1. Homemade Lunchables
  2. Quesadillas
  3. Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches
  4. Sandwich on a Stick Lunchbox Ideas
  5. Leftovers
  6. Hummus Sandwich
  7. Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Remember: Don’t overthink lunch! I feel like this should be a fuss-free meal in the day.

I’ve made this EVEN EASIER! Sign up here to get a free PDF printable shopping list for the dinners included in this meal plan.

2 Weeks of Dinners the Whole Family Will Love

Dinner is the hardest meal of the day because everyone’s a little bit tired, and there’s still a lot left to do (homework, sports practice, baths, bedtime, cleanup, etc.). Here’s my easy meal plan that is perfect for fall and winter dinners that’ll take the stress out of getting the final meal of the day on the table! They’re hearty and will warm you up from the inside out during the chilly months.

Week 1

Day 1: Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin and Potatoes

Day 2: Ground Beef Enchiladas

Day 3: Tortellini and Vegetable Soup

Day 4: Ground Beef Stroganoff

Day 5: Stove Top Chicken and Rice

Day 6: Sticky Chicken Legs 

Day 7: Leftovers/Eat out

Week 2:

Day 1: Slow Cooker Whole Chicken (use leftovers for chicken tetrazzini night)

Day 2: Slow Cooker pork for tacos 

Day 3: Chicken Tetrazzini

Day 4: Slow Cooker Potato Corn Chowder

Day 5: Pumpkin and Cauliflower Curry

Day 6: Chili and Cornbread

Day 7: Leftovers/Eat out

Sides for dinner:

I rely on frozen veggies a lot in the winter months because there aren’t as many fresh options available as warmer months. If you need a side for your meals, consider adding baked or roasted potatoes, roasted fresh veggies, steamed frozen veggies, or making a simple side salad (with a great dressing) to go with your meal.

Hard squashes like butternut, spaghetti, and acorn are in season, as well as other dark greens like Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage.

Fruits like apples, pomegranates, oranges, and other citrus fruits are also prime in the winter. Frozen fruit such as summer berries or peaches are also great (stock up and freeze them yourself when they are in season for added savings).


If your kids are like mine, I bet they come home hungry from school. This snack list is also great for things to send in school lunches.

  • You have lots of snack options that go beyond sliced fruit, vegetables, and string cheese sticks, but don’t discount those simple options, as well.
  • I always keep a veggie box in my fridge. It’s the best thing ever, and makes it way easier to eat veggies regularly!
  • One of my 8 No-Bake Oatmeal Bites are always in my fridge! My kids LOVE these.
  • Smoothies in all shapes and sizes. Just don’t get tricked into using sugar if your recipe calls for yogurt. Read that label!
  • Popcorn… Did you know you can pop it in a brown paper bag in the microwave?
  • Homemade Graham Crackers.
  • Whole Peanuts. Peanuts in the shell are so much more fun to eat if you don’t mind the mess. Trust me.
  • Popsicles. Rainbow Popsicles are a favorite around here. I make a double-batch of smoothies and freeze half in popshttps://www.blessthismessplease.com/strawberry-banana-popsicles-4/icle molds all the time, but you can also try freezing a 100% fruit juice for easy popsicles. Popsicles are the easiest way for my kids to enjoy fruit and hidden veggies.
  • Boiled Eggs.
  • No-Bake Date Balls. The peanut butter and jelly ones are our favorite.
  • I always have a loaf or two of 100% whole wheat bread ready to slice and butter. Just toast a piece and spread peanut butter on it for a really good and filling snack.
  • Healthy No-Bake Cookies.
  • Healthy Snack Bars.
  • Healthy Fruit Dip. This is perfect with apples for some extra protein and fat.

See? Meal planning is easy… Just let me do it for you!

I’ve made this EVEN EASIER! Sign up here to get a free PDF printable shopping list for the dinners included in this meal plan.

Love a fall and winter meal plan? Don’t worry, I have a summery one too! You can find my summer meal plan here.

I hope this free meal plan for families really helps you out, saves you time, and takes some of the thinking out of “what’s for dinner?”!

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  1. Reginal Murphy says:

    THank you for sharing these great tips for 2 weeks and beyond as these can paired up differently to go even further.

  2. Stephanie says:

    I could do this my husband is the picky eater! He hates season and it kills me so we norohave my dinner and his lol I had gastric bypass 2 years ago and have list over 200lbs I don’t need all the bread and carbs the kids go I to full blown melt down

    1. Melissa says:

      Congrats on the weight loss Stephanie! That is AMAZING and hard earned, I bet it’s super tough to do it too when your family doesn’t eat the same way as you. I’m so proud of you. So you eat mostly low carb then? I feel best when I do too, but like you said, the husband and kids still eat plenty.

  3. Kathy says:

    I used almond milk, the batter seemed too thick so I added approximately 1/2 cup of non concentrate Orange juice to moisten the batter. Perfect addition to the maple flavor. Not sure why the batter was too thick, I used stone ground white wheat flour, which has a heavier consistency than other wheat flour I’ve found. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Cori says:

    My brother and I are starting this tomorrow…we have turned it into a challenge. Your plan is the best one I’ve seen so far. Thanks

  5. Cynthia says:

    If you put the premade salads in a jar and wrap jar in tin foil away from the frig light I got salad to last a month. Try it

  6. Karen says:

    I want to try it I need to lose 30 pounds

  7. Valerie Azinge says:

    This is amazing guide! I usually try to meal prep in advance but sometimes its hard especially when you’re having a lazy day. I’ll have to bookmark this 🙂

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    1. Melissa says:

      I’ve sent you an email about this!

  10. claudia ioanes says:

    Is there winter suggestions
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