Week 21 ⋆ 100 Days of Real Food

Barbara F. Watson

Need some ideas for dinner this week? Take a peek at what I feed my family with this FREE Weekly Real Food Dinner Plan, complete with 5 dinners, side items, and a treat.

Weekly Dinner Plan 21 on 100 Days of Real Food

Why Meal Plan?

Not only does meal planning save you time and money, but I quickly learned the key to cutting out processed food is planning ahead! If you don’t have at least an idea of what your next meal is going to be, chances are you’ll end up starving and at the drive-through out of desperation.

Meal Planning Benefits:

  • Save time – Look at you, so organized! When you have a plan, you can make just one trip to the grocery store for the week, and always have an answer to “what’s for dinner.”
  • Reduce stress – With planned recipes and ingredients on hand, there are fewer surprises, and you might just get some help in the kitchen.
  • Eat better – It’s easier to enjoy a variety of delicious, healthy meals and discover some new favorites along the way when you take the time to plan ahead.
  • Save money – Buy only what you need and waste less food.

Meal Planning Resources

I’m not gonna lie, while I enjoy the results, planning out our meals is a chore that I do not look forward to each week. So, to make it easier on you (and myself, ha!), I’ve worked hard to create these resources:

  • Meal planning guidance and easy recipes in ALL of my three best-selling real food cookbooks.
  • My complete meal planning system in my Meal Planner Workbook (I use my personal copy every week!) plus 52 weeks of blank templates.
  • My partnership with Real Plans for customizable meal plans made for you each week from over 400 of my real food recipes (+ over 1,000 others)—based on YOUR family’s preferences—in a convenient app, complete with grocery lists.
  • Free weekly dinner plans, like the one below (fill out the form and I’ll send them to your inbox each week).

This Week’s Free Dinner Plan

Each Friday I’ll share a dinner plan, like the one below, complete with 5 dinners, side item suggestions, and a treat. Just click on the links and print each recipe, and you’ve got a great head start for the week! If you need additional side ideas, I’ve got you covered with my list of Go-to Basic Sides (and more).

Feel free to share this dinner plan (and recipes) with friends and family using the sharing buttons at the top/bottom of each post, and don’t forget to subscribe using the form above to keep the plans coming.

Day 1: Pesto Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

Two large pieces of raw salmon and chopped vegetables topped with pesto on a sheet pan.

Side Dish: Simple Skillet Cornbread

10 Exciting Ideas for Leftovers! 4

Day 2: Grilled Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

pork tenderloin sliced on a white plate topped with fresh cilantro.

Side Dish: Asian Coleslaw and brown rice

Asian coleslaw on a plate

Day 3: Quiche with a Super Easy Whole-Wheat Crust (with steamed broccoli and Swiss cheese for the filling)

A slice of quiche with a whole wheat crust on a white plate with a fork.

Side Dish: Choice of fresh fruit, leftover Skillet Cornbread slices pan-fried in butter

Day 4: Shortcut Chicken Pot Pie

Shortcut Chicken Pot Pie with bubbling filling in a white packing dish.

Day 5: Aunt Vicki’s Gumbo (buy the shrimp frozen)

Aunt Vicki's Gumbo topped with diced celery in a white bowl.

Side Dish: Serve over brown rice

Treat: “Pumpkin Spice” Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate in a decorative cup topped with whipped cream and a dash of pumpkin spice.

I hope you enjoy your dinner plan and are back for more next week!

Get Meal Plans Made Just for You…

Do you love leftovers? Hate them? Have some foods that a certain someone just won’t eat, or have food allergies or sensitivities?

We’re all different, and this can make meal planning a real challenge. That’s why I’ve partnered with Real Plans to offer meal plans made for YOU each week—based on your answers to some simple questions.

Get ready to feel both organized and good about the food you’re feeding your family, while they do all the hard work of figuring out what to make and what to buy.

—Lisa Leake, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of 100 Days of Real Food

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