Meal planning is a great way to save time and money. By planning out your meals, you can focus on including more healthy real foods, create a grocery list, and avoid overspending by eating out. Little Family Adventure is taking part in the Real Food Experience which encourages people to add more real foods to their diet. Every Real Food Experience Meal Plan includes 7 dinners, most with recipes, to help you and your family answer the question “What’s for Dinner?”. This week’s Real Food Experience focuses on kitchen organization and ways to help you save time in the kitchen.
This week’s meal plan is a little different than most. It’s a “Kitchen Sink Week” which means we’re getting creative with food. Over time, we get a build up of staples, freezer meals, and other foods that need to be used. This week, I won’t be going to the grocery store, but will focus on using foods in the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. This week’s meals may be a little creative and may include everything including the “Kitchen Sink”. We do this every 2 or 3 months. A Kitchen Sink Week is a great way to ensure you aren’t throwing money away but letting food go to waste. You should consider doing this too. What new recipes will you come up with to clear out the pantry and freezer?
I don’t know where I would be without the internet on weeks like this. I love that I can go through my pantry and freezer, then had to Google and find recipes using the ingredients I have. What you see below are the results of those searches. Two recipes are my own, but most are from other sources. We’ll travel the world by taste this week with dinners from Indonesian, Netherlands, Korea, Spain, and the United States. I love that Kitchen Sink Week let’s us try new recipes. I see a few that are destined to become new family favorites. Can you guess which ones?
So without further ado, here’s my meal plan for the week.
Monday – Spanish Fish Stew (Shrimp, Salmon, tomatoes, potatoes, chickpeas), spinach salad
Tuesday– Bibimbap: Korean Rice Dish with tofu, fried egg, carrots, bell pepper, scallions, spinach, and red chili sauce (Sriracha), sliced mangoes sprinkled with chili powder and lime juice
Wednesday – Dutch Poffertjes (Mini pancake puffs) with molasses, sauteed cinnamon apples
Friday – Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole, sliced raw vegetables with homemade ranch dressing
Saturday – Dutch Split Pea Soup with Prosciutto, Fresh baked wheat bread
So what do you think? There is a little bit of everything on this week’s meal plan. I hope this will inspire you to get in the kitchen and have fun!
More Meal Planning Resources:
- How to Create a Weekly Meal Plan
- Weekly Meal Planning (Collection of all meal plans at Little Family Adventure)
- 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake (affiliate link)
What are you cooking this week?