Welcome to the Thrive At Five Weekly Meal Plan!
If knowing what to make for your family has utterly stressed you out, then I am here to solve your dinner dilemma! Each week I team up with an awesome group of bloggers who are dedicated to bringing you a healthy-ish, easy, seasonally appropriate meal plan that is developed specifically for busy families who want awesome food but are short on time!
This week I’m breaking out some intentional leftovers! Intentionally making more food in one meal and then saving some to reuse in a different meal helps reduce food waste, and also the time it takes to prepare dinner. Combine that with two crock pot meals, and everything else takes less than 20 minutes and you have a HUGE winning meal plan this week!
Here is your April Meal Plan Week 2
How It Works:
- Every Friday morning a new meal plan will be published with 5 dinners plus 2 extras (like a side, dessert, or special beverage). Come check it out as needed throughout the week or sign up here to have it sent directly to your email inbox!
- All the meals are perfect for busy families – they focus mostly on seasonal whole food dinners (but occasionally something “unhealthy” sneaks in – we aren’t super sticklers here). And desserts don’t count as healthy, because they just shouldn’t.
- Because these are seasonal meal plans based on the month of year, I will be numbering them 1,2,3, etc. based on what week of the month it is, so you will always be able to find awesome meals easily. Go HERE to find even more meal plans!
Thrive At Five Weekly Meal Plan – April Meal Plan Week 2
MONDAY – Slow Cooker Pork Posole – This meal is exceedingly easy to pull together! Just a few simple ingredients and a few minutes are all you need to make this easy yet SO flavorful meal! I would even make a bigger roast than you think you need so that you can use the leftover pork on Tuesday!
TUESDAY – Stuffed Plaintain Cups – This fun cuban-inspired meal is the perfect finger food for a Tuesday night. If you have never had plantains before, then this is a fun way to try them! Frying them up will turn them slightly crispy, slightly chewy, and so tasty! Use leftover shredded pork from Monday to make this meal easier. I would highly suggest making some roasted veggies to go with this meal, and saving leftovers to use on Wednesday!!
WEDNESDAY – 20 Minute Leftover Roasted Veggie – Utilize having some leftovers into a great breakfast for dinner meal! Plus its great warm or cold, so they make for great leftovers. Serve with a giant bowl of fresh fruit.
THURSDAY – Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli – Forget take out! This easy meal is better than anything you could order at a restaurant. Plus, you literally just throw everything in the crock pot and let it do all the work! Serve with lo mien noodles or rice!
FRIDAY – Lemon Butter Salmon – A perfect meal for Lent! This easy yet tasty salmon is done in about 20 minutes! Serve with rice or potatoes and a simple salad or veggie for a perfect meal!
Lemon Thyme Potatoes au Gratin – If you are looking for something new and special to make on Easter this year, I definitely recommend this awesome au gratin! It goes well with just about anything, and the pop of lemon, splash of white wine, and hint of garlic and thyme really add to the depth of flavor you won’t believe.
Bird’s Nest Easter Treats – These endlessly versatile treats are totally necessary for Easter! Make a big batch, because they totally go fast! They are also something fun the kiddos would love to help with.