The Meal Planner

Click here to get a printable version of this week's meal plan with recipes

Grocery List:
The grocery list is color coordinated by meal so you can easily pick and choose which meals you would like to make. Either print and use the grocery list as is and make all the meals I have planned, or easily cross off the meals and corresponding ingredients you would rather not make.

Click here to get a printable version of this week's grocery list

This week has been very tough...not such a great start to the New Year.  I woke up on New Year's Day with extreme pain in my left side and ended up in the Emergency Room.  Turns out I have kidney stones.  I spent the rest of the week in agonizing pain trying to pass them.  On top of it all my Grandpa passed away.  The pain managed to subside just in time for our family to travel 10 hours to be at the funeral, but it's been a long tough week.  I haven't stepped foot in the kitchen and my plans of cooking and photographing new recipes went by the wayside.  But it's a new week, and a new start, so I'm hoping things are looking up from here!

All of these recipes I chose this week are some of my favorites and it's an easy way to travel the globe.  Asian, Mexican, Japanese, Mediterranean and Italian and none of them are overcomplicated.

Day 1: Grilled Asian Beef Kebabs with Rice and Teriyaki Bok Choy
These are really quick and easy, and eating sauteed teriyaki bok choy alongside is a super tasty side dish.

Day 2: Taco Soup with Salad and Chipotle Ranch Dressing
This soup can totally be made in the slow cooker, so depending on your schedule, saute the beef and throw everything in the slow cooker to simmer all day, or come home and make a pot right before supper.  Either way it tastes fantastic with mixed greens with a homemade chipotle ranch dressing poured over top.

Day 3: Donburi (Japanese Chicken, Egg and Rice Bowl)
Mmmm, I love this meal.  It's savory and kinda sweet and served over sushi rice.

Day 4: Grilled Beef Skewers with White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Roasted Garlic, Spiced Pita Chips and Sliced Cucumbers
You don't just have to save this white bean dip for appetizers with friends.  It tastes fantastic as part of a meal.  Grilled beef skewers flavored with garlic and cumin are a great choice.

Day 5:  Italian Sausage Meatballs Stuffed with Mozzarella in a Tomato Pesto Sauce with Salad
These meatballs require few ingredients yet taste so yummy!  Bursting with melty cheese in the middle and swimming in a tomato pesto sauce.

For more great meal plans, check out my complete list of meal plans or the Menu Plan Monday links at Orgjunkie.

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6 Responses
  1. Jennifer Says:

    So sorry to hear about your new year. It seems like quite a few people started 2012 crappily.
    Here's to bad beginnings that don't dictate the rest of the year!

  2. Jamie Says:

    I sure hope your year gets better. That does indeed sound like a very rough start.
    I have never thought to make Donburi at home, so I will have to add that to my meal plan. Thanks for all the awesome recipes.

  3. Jamie Says:

    This looks awesome, I may need to try some of these recipes - love ethnic food. Here is my menu for the week:

  4. Kindra,

    Thanks so much for the great website, recipes, and tips. I have just started meal planning and am blogging about it. I have also made two of your recipes and have reviewed them on my blog.

    From a beginner, please know you are so very helpful! <3 God Bless!

  5. Grace Says:

    I've been following your blog for awhile now and have made quite a few of your recipes but have never commented. So sorry to hear about your Grandpa and hope you are feeling better. I just wanted to say thank you for posting this weeks menu even though you have every reason to just put it on the back burner. You are my go-to-girl for weekly dinner ideas! My family loved the Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken that we had for dinner tonight. Thanks again!

  6. MammaLill Says:

    Sincere condolences on the loss of your grandfather. Take care of yourself and be well!