This is the first full week of March. Anyone else really happy to see this month? First of all, I know that spring is right around the corner and I am SO over winter. But also, this is my birthday month. I don’t really do anything big for my birthday but for some reason, my birthday month has always been special. Maybe it’s just knowing that I’ve made it through one more year, through so many more blessings and so many more amazing moments.
The other reason I’m loving the start of March is that this week is also the beginning of Lent. I love Lent and Easter just as much as I love Advent and Christmas. I know for some people it’s a secondary holiday but it’s quite meaningful for me and always brings about positive changes in my life. So, with that, let’s get on with our weekly meal plan.
WEEKLY MEAL PLAN
YOUR GUIDE TO THE MEALS IN MY MENU PLANS:
FF = FREEZER FRIENDLY
SC = SLOW COOKER
MF = MEAT FREE
PLO = PLANNED LEFTOVERS
MA – MAKE AHEAD
BBQ – GRILLED FOOD
Fridays are now ALWAYS going to be meat-free until Easter. I’m also planning extra simple meals on Saturdays and Sundays so that we truly can take a Sabbath and spend some time focusing on family and fun!
This Week’s Meals
You will find that most of these meals are under $10 based on prices (sale prices where possible) in London, Ontario, Canada. We are feeding a family of 4 – 3 adults and 1 toddler, all with healthy appetites. We generally have some leftovers from our meals and if these aren’t being used as part of another meal, they are used for lunches throughout the week.
Prices are based mostly on those at No Frills and FreshCo, the two grocery stores we frequent most often. We did head to Loblaws this week too (my favorite grocery store!) because they had some smoking hot deals on whole chickens and sirloin tip roasts so we have stocked up on several of each.
Lately, Food Basics and Shoppers Drug Mart have had a few good deals and they are very close to our home too. Note: at this time of year, we are mostly using frozen vegetables as they tend to be better quality and have more nutrients than fresh.
Lemon garlic roast chicken, (SS) potatoes, carrots, onions
Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)! We’re eating out at the church dinner but if you’re looking for some yummy pancake recipes, here are a few of my favorites:
Ash Wednesday (MF) – (We don’t eat meat today and we eat lighter meals than usual (many people fast today but we can’t due to health issues). Broccoli and cheese quiche. Tossed salad.
Beef roast (SS) (this is our favorite roast with a garlic rub that is to die for), Yorkshire pudding, roasted sweet potatoes, bacon wrapped green beans
(MF) Neapolitan layered pasta bake, Caesar salad (no bacon), garlic bread
One pan zesty pork chops and rice, (SS) Brussels sprouts, carrots
Coney dogs (SS), coleslaw, fruit salad
Breakfasts and Lunches
Canned soups. Frozen soups and chili.
Pancakes or waffles (we always have mix on hand)
Yogurt and bran cereal parfaits
Toast with jam and goat cheese or peanut butter
Sandwiches – lunch meat or chicken or cheese or cucumber and onions, selection depending on what’s on hand and on sale that week. This week we are having some egg salad wraps since both eggs and tortillas were on sale.
What is on your menu for this week?
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You can find more of my menu plans here.