Bi-Weekly Meal Plan for September 3–16

Welcome to The Better Mom’s bi-weekly meal planning schedule!

FEATURED RECIPE: This easy, no-bake cheesecake recipe makes a wonderful, healthy summertime dessert!

As women striving to serve the Lord and our families better, meal planning is a wonderful strategy to help you provide a healthy,
 home-cooked meal with the awesome added benefit
 of saving time, money and stress!

In addition to the two meal plan charts below, is a list of links to many of the recipes featured.
 Our hope is that this will be a great resource
 and encouragement for you whether you’re just getting started with meal planning, or are a seasoned expert.

We’d also like to provide you with a free meal planning template perfect for creating your own weekly meal plans. Select from the following two options:
• Meal plan template PDF
• Meal plan template EXCEL

To learn more about meal planning, please check out: Mastering Meal Planning. To print the meal plans provided below, simply click on the images and they will open into a new window for easier printing.


Recipe Links for Week of September 3:
(GF)=Grain-free/Gluten-free
(Gluten-free)=Gluten-free, but not grain-free

Monday, Sept 3
• Dinner: Grilled Balsamic Chicken(GF), Scalloped Potatoes(GF) and Steamed Broccoli
• Lunch: Turkey, Spinach & Raw Cheese Wraps(GF Option) and Fruit Salad
• Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Buttermilk Biscuits w/Peach Preserves(GF)

Tuesday, Sept 4
• Dinner:  Turkey Joes(GF), Apple-Carrot Coleslaw(GF) and Cultured Pickles
• Lunch: Chicken Dunkers “Lunchables”(GF) and Peach Slices
• Breakfast: Strawberry Yogurt(GF) w/Fresh Berries, Granola & Nuts and Boiled Eggs

Wednesday, Sept 5
• Breakfast for Dinner: Peach Pancakes(GF Option), Scrambled Eggs and Bacon
• Lunch: Leftover Turkey Joes(GF) and Coleslaw(GF)
• Breakfast: Pineapple-Coconut Muffins(GF) and Eggs Over Easy

Thursday, Sept 6
• Dinner: Taco Salad(GF), Crockpot Pinto Beans(GF) and Guacamole(GF), Lacto-Ferm Salsa(GF) and Cultured Sour Cream
• Lunch: BLAT (Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado & Tomato) Sandwiches and Fresh Berries
• Breakfast: Leftover Peach Pancakes(GF Option) & Eggs and Fruit Smoothie(GF)

Friday, Sept 7
• Dinner: Hearty Minestrone Soup(GF Option), Sourdough Rolls w/Butter and Garden Salad w/Ranch Dressing(GF)
• Dessert: No-Bake Cheesecake(GF)
• Lunch:  Leftover Taco Salad(GF) and Fruit Salad
• Breakfast: Whole Grain Bagel w/Cultured Cream Cheese, Boiled Eggs and Fruit Salad

Saturday, Sept 8
• Dinner: Veggie Penne Sauté(Gluten-Free Option) and Spinach Salad w/Honey-Mustard Dressing(GF)
• Lunch: Leftover Minestrone Soup, Salad and Rolls w/Butter
• Breakfast: Veggie Egg Scramble and Mixed Berry Muffins(GF)

Sunday, Sept 9
• Dinner: Grilled Fish w/Peach-Mango Salsa(GF), Wild Rice and Steamed Asparagus
• Lunch: Leftover Veggie Penne Sauté(Gluten-Free Option) & Salad
• Breakfast: Eggs Over Easy, Leftover Mixed Berry Muffins(GF) and Fruit Smoothie(GF)

Recipe Links for Week of September 10:
(GF)=Grain-free/Gluten-free
(Gluten-free)=Gluten-free, but not grain-free

Monday, Sept 10
• Dinner: Zucchini-Feta Pasta(Gluten-Free) and Spinach Salad w/Ranch Dressing(GF)
• Lunch: Whole Grain Sprouted Bagels w/Turkey Slices & Cultured Cream Cheese and Fresh Cherries
• Breakfast: Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt(GF) w/Peach Preserves(GF) and Boiled Eggs

Tuesday, Sept 11
• Dinner: Grilled Herb Chicken(GF), Cherry Caprese(GF) and Wild Rice
• Lunch: Tuna Salad(GF) w/Grain-Free Crackers(GF) and Grapes
• Breakfast: Spelt English Muffin Egg & Cheese Sandwich and Fresh Diced Peaches

Wednesday, Sept 12
• Dinner: Fully-Loaded Baked Potatoes w/Chives, Cultured Sour Cream, Raw Cheese & Bacon and Garden Salad w/Balsamic Vinaigrette(GF)
• Lunch: Nut Butter, Banana & Raw Honey Wrap(GF Option) and Vanilla Yogurt(GF) w/Peaches
• Breakfast: Soaked Oatmeal(Gluten-Free Option) w/Fresh Raspberries & Raw Honey and Boiled Eggs

Thursday, Sept 13
• Dinner: Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Sandwiches w/Guacamole(GF), Lacto-Ferm Salsa(GF) & Cultured Sour Cream and Refried Beans(GF)
• Lunch: Avocado Egg Salad(GF) Sandwiches and Cultured Pickles
• Breakfast: Lemonberry Muffins(GF), Scrambled Eggs and Fruit Smoothie(GF)

Friday, Sept 14
• Dinner: Seared Scallops(GF) and Saffron Rice w/Peas(Gluten-Free)
• Lunch: Refried 5-Layer Bean Dip w/Homemade Tortillas
• Breakfast: Homemade Granola(Gluten-Free Option) w/Fresh Berries & Almond Milk

Saturday, Sept 15
• Dinner: Carrot-Cheddar(GF) Sandwiches, Tomato Soup(GF) and Cultured Pickles
• Dessert: Lemon Bars
• Lunch: Pizza Bagels and Raw Veggies w/Ranch Dip(GF)
• Breakfast: Strawberry Shortcakes(GF) and Scrambled Eggs

Sunday, Sept 16
• Dinner: Grilled Steak w/Balsamic-Apricot Marinade(GF), Mashed Potatoes(GF) and Steamed Asparagus
• Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches w/Leftover Tomato Soup(GF)
• Breakfast: Cheesy-Basil Eggs(GF) and Shortcake Biscuits w/Peach Preserves(GF)

Always a treat to share ideas and healthy recipes! Let’s give thanks to the Lord for providing us the opportunity to nourish our families in this way!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Labor Day Weekend and a Happy Back-to-School Season!! See you in two weeks!

Joyfully Serving HIM, Kelly @ The Nourishing Home

This meal plan was shared at: Homestead Barn Hop, GraceLaced Mondays, Welcome Home Link-Up, I Gotta Try That!, Meal Plan Monday, Make Your Own Mondays, Monday ManiaTitus 2sdays, Domestically Divine, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Fat Tuesdays, Heart & Soul Hop, Living Well Wednesdays, Works for Me Wednesdays, Allergy-Friendly Wednesdays, Gluten-Free WednesdaysHomemaking Link-Up,

 

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Comments

  1. says

    This plan is great, and I’m looking forward to using it! However, I’m wondering if you have an easier way to create a shopping list? I clicked each recipe, copied and pasted it to a word doc, and then edited that doc to create a list, which took quite a while. Any tips?

    • says

      Yes, my recipes are set-up to work with a free shopping list/meal planning system called ZipList. You can save your favorite online recipes into your own recipe box and create shopping lists that allow you to adjust ingredients, add or delete ingredients, as well as have staples that you can simply click on to add each time you make your list. I highly recommend setting up a ZipList account – it’s SUPER EASY to use and it’s FREE! Blessings, Kelly

  2. Amy says

    Thanks for the ideas! I am wondering why you have dinner listed first on your meal plan, followed by lunch then breakfast? It seems backwards to me, so I wondered if there were a specific reason for your preference to do it that way?

    • says

      Good question! There is a method to the madness – ha ha! It’s just because I always plan what we’re having for dinner first with the mindset of planning dinner so that there can be leftovers for lunch or other dinners. Additionally, sometimes dinner can even cross-over to leftovers being used for lunch. So it’s just a personal preference based on how I meal plan. The free Excel template can easily be adjusted if you prefer it in chronological order. Lots of blessings, Kelly

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