Meal Plan for the Week

Okay, so last week I didn’t do any meal planning. Hence why you didn’t see a blog post about it.


The week prior, when I did do meal planning, it was so much better.

This week, without any planning, we:

  • spent more dolla’ dolla’ bills 
  • ate unhealthy (ate frozen pizza, for example, because it was 7:30 and we were hungry.) 
  • had some hectic & stressful nights 
If that isn’t proof that meal planning is good and good and good — then, what is? 
SO- this week, I am back at it!  
I wrote up a game plan… then Lucas (accidentally, I guess) ripped up the paper. I think I can remember every thing….. I am using several meals from Pinterest. That’s where I’ve been getting a lot of my ideas and recipes lately. Love it. 



Salmon — Alaskan Red Salmon that my husband caught from Kenai River. 
I’m also going to bake these chocolate chip cookies. 
side note: what is up with all the different types of sugar?? Granulated sugar, (which I had to buy for this recipe) powdered sugar, organic sugar, cane sugar and lots more that confused me and gave me diabetes at the grocery store. 

Pasta — I have over half a jar of red/spaghetti sauce I need to use. Any ideas? I don’t really want to make spaghetti, so what else could I do with pasta and sauce? 

Leftovers or something frozen and easy


Salmon again! We need to eat it twice a week. I’ve heard that this stuff doesn’t last too long in the freezer. So, twice a week it is. Such a shame, I know. 
What are you eating this week?? Share any good ideas or recipes please! 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

12 thoughts on “Meal Plan for the Week

  1. You're totally right about the salmon- after 3 or 4 months, it starts to lose it's freshness and great flavor. The good news is that salmon is awesome for you and super tasty and pretty easy to eat often. 🙂 Not sure what to do with the pasta sauce… the only thing I make with it is lasagna. And I love lasagna. Anyways… no meal planning yet for the week but I hope to. Things are finally slowing down enough to breathe and think. Whew, fall! I love it!

  2. One thing a little different I like to do with spaghetti sauce is make meat loaf. I take:

    Raw ground meat,

    A raw egg, (or more than one depending on how much meat you use)

    Bread crumbs, crushed crackers or cereal, something like that, (Our fave is crushed Rice Chex.)

    Maybe some chopped onion and/or any other chopped up veggies you want to add,

    Some spaghetti sauce,

    Mix it together really well and put in a baking dish. (I spray the dish with Pam first.) Top with more spaghetti sauce and bake.

    I like to serve it with rice. 🙂

  3. LOVE that picture of Joshua! Hilarious!

    I love Pinterest for meal planning too, we just did a Costco run to get some things for the menu this week. Costco on Sunday afternoons is dangerous. Not just for the crowds, but they always seem to have the best samples out. I revised my menu mid trip because of said sample stands 😉

  4. Oh hey, concerning meatloaf, I saw something recently that looked good, although I haven't tried it yet. Take whole potatoes and cut them into quarters or so, and place them around the edges of the pan you are cooking meatloaf in. Sounds yummy to me. I plan on trying it next time I make meatloaf.

  5. I think that chicken baked in spaghetti sauce is really delicious. Just cut up your chicken into strips and put it in a small baking dish with the spaghetti sauce covering it. It's good served over pasta.

  6. I usually use red sauce as a base for another sauce. Pioneer Woman has a really awesome tomato cream sauce recipe on her website. You can also use it for stuffed shells or lasagna (and lasagna is super-easy if you use the noodles that you don't have to cook first).

  7. I know I am late to the comments, lol. But I had an idea for the spaghetti sauce.
    I like to fry up some ground beef with onions and green peppers, throw in the spaghetti sauce, then top with mozzarella cheese (cover your skillet to let it get all melty).
    We call it “pizza burger.”
    I found the recipe when I was doing a low-carb diet one time.

    *I use one skillet (with a lid) from start to finish which makes for an easy clean up.

    *you could always add some pepperoni or other pizza toppings.

    *I have also used ground sausage, or mixed beef with sausage which is also good:)

    Good Luck!

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