My weekly meal plan is full of family friendly dinner ideas that are perfect for busy weeknights!


Hey, hey, happy Tuesday!

I totally dropped the ball on meal planning this week. We got back from Colorado late Saturday night, and spent Sunday and Monday unpacking and back to school shopping! Nothing like the last minute, am I right? (waahhh!)

Jon David started his first day of junior high today, which left me feeling a little bit sorry for myself. He was wearing cologne! And deodorant! Like a man person!

So here we are. Better late than never! I made out shopping list last night and ordered everything from Walmart. My husband picked it up this morning when he dropped Jon David off at school. Have any of you tried that yet? I know that other grocery stores offer that as well, but around here, Walmart is the only place you can order online and pick up. Seriously — life changing. I don’t think I can ever grocery shop the normal way again!

Here’s what we are having for dinner this week. As always, don’t forget to print a grocery list for easy shopping. Just print and head to the store!


Monday: Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

HOW GOOD DOES THIS LOOK. After two weeks of eating out or throwing stuff together in our vacation condo, this looks so yummy and fresh!

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Tuesday: Pizza Pull-Apart Sliders

The kids love pizza but I’m not a big fan of the delivery places around here. This is a happy medium that I think we will all love.

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Wednesday: One Pot Southwestern Alfredo Pasta

Pasta is always a favorite of mine and I love the fun taco twist on this one!

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Thursday: The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken

We have preschool orientation on Thursday, so a simple crockpot meal is perfect.

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Friday: Walking Tacos

I always love a fun meal on a Friday to get us all in a great mood for the weekend!

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And for dessert: Cookie Monster Brownies!

Have a great week! Meal Plan {3/22 – 3/26}

These cherry almond bars are so easy to whip up, they’re dangerous! The combination of tart cherries and sweet almond glaze is impossible to resist.

Cherry Almond Bars Picture Are these babies beautiful, or what?

I’m kind of obsessed with the almond/cherry flavor combo. And when I say obsessed, I literally mean it. I know “obsessed” is kind of a buzzword right now, but staying awake at night thinking of recipes and desserts and flavor combinations is something that happens to me regularly.

Is it normal to lay in bed and think of recipes? I don’t know, man. Normal is overrated.

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So let’s talk about these luscious ladies.

Actually, forget I said that. Luscious is a completely awful word. Can we agree on that?

Another thing we can agree on is that YOU NEED THIS RECIPE!! These cherry almond bars are soft and chewy with the perfect combination of tart and sweet.

Get the recipe HERE where I’m sharing it on Imperial Sugar. Enjoy!

My weekly meal plan is full of family friendly dinner ideas that are perfect for busy weeknights!

Hey, hey, happy weekend!

Actually, it’s Monday. Whomp whomp. We have been in Colorado for the past week for family vacation and it’s been SO hard making myself sit down at my laptop and get work done. The weather here is gorgeous, even though it’s been raining all day today. August is SO hot and humid in Arkansas that I’m not minding a chilly, rainy day in our vacation condo.

We’ve had SO much fun and I can’t wait to share some pictures with you! We haven’t done a ton — we aren’t big fans of over-planned vacations with jam-packed schedules. But whether it’s making “galaxy” slime in the condo kitchen, white water rafting, or going bowling at the local alley, we are relaxed and together and that is the most important thing.

Here’s what I’ve chosen for you for dinner this week! I know some of you have kiddos going back to school this week, which means back to routines. Personally, I’m kind of excited. I love my kids more than life, but my brain needs an hour of silence.

As always, don’t forget to print a grocery list for easy shopping. Just print and head to the store!

Monday: Turkey Avocado BLT Croissant Sandwich

I love LOVE simple recipes like this, especially on a Monday!

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Tuesday: Sheet Pan Nachos

I never turn down a giant pile of nachos. Ever. And my kids LOVE these!

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Wednesday: Layered Doritos Casserole 

Another family favorite — Lucy is a Dorito fanatic, so this is perfect. It makes really good leftovers, too!

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Thursday: Chicken Salad

I LOVE a good chicken salad. Love that this one has lots of crunch.

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Friday: Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Another one of my favorites — spicy, creamy, and cozy.

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And for dessert: My perfect No Bake Cookies!

Have a great week! Meal Plan {3/22 – 3/26}

Take a night off cooking and sample a taste of the tropics with Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen’s Island Favorites!

**this post is brought to you in partnership with Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that help support this site!**

Can we all agree that no one should have to cook in this weather? I mean, good grief, I didn’t sign up for this. Don’t you know that I’m allergic to sweat?

(okay, I’m actually not, but I have told the kids that I am and it comes in quite handy when I need to get out of something in a pinch)

Summer is not a time for cooking. It’s just not. I am actually thinking we should band together and and ban Summer cooking altogether. We can make it happen, don’t you think? Surely our kids can fend for themselves for a couple of months, am I right?

Luckily there are other options besides sadness and peanut butter sandwiches. Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen has lots of tropical-inspired drinks and dishes at affordable prices. Let’s be honest — a tropical cocktail at the end of a long day of kids fighting is not the worst idea in the world. When I’m itching to get out of the house and enjoy a meal out, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is always my top pick due to their large menu, affordable prices, and generous portions. We always have plenty to bring home for leftovers, which comes in handy when the kids are asking what is for lunch the next day.

This summer their hand-crafted island cocktails include Maui Margarita, Presidente Sangria, Island Tiki, Cheddar’s Pina Colada, and my personal favorite — Cheddar’s Painkiller.

Tropical menu inspired items are Sweet Heat Chicken and Shrimp and Grilled Tilapia and Shrimp with Mango Salsa. I try to eat relatively healthy through the week, so I love that these options are low on calories but still allow me to enjoy time out with my family.

Want to stay on top of Cheddar’s seasonal menu offerings and specials? Visit them HERE and don’t forget to sign up for their E-Club! Special offers always help with your budget, and Cheddar’s often has some pretty great specials.

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Have a great day!