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Meal Planning 101 – Week 2

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Last week was the first step in Meal Planning 101 over at  The Happy Housewife. We came up with 15 meals.

This week we are adding 5 more meals and side dishes.

I have to be honest, I have an easy time coming up with the main dish, but really can’t seem to plan the side dishes. I usually just end up throwing something  together while the main dish is cooking, I don’t really plan it and therefore, we probably don’t eat as good of a balanced meal as we should.

So, first, here are my additional 5 meals…


  • Loaded Tostadas (I made these for the first time this week and they were awesome, everyone loved them)
  • Oriental Noodles and Egg Rolls (Have made these before, but added the egg rolls this week for a new meal, another hit, Wow, 2 in a row this week, Im on a roll)
  • Mostacolli
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs with Alfredo Sauce
  • Chicken Phillies (Have done these on the grill and on the stovetop, they are great too)

Fried Zucchini

Okay, now for the sides…

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Sweet Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Spanish, Chicken or Plain White Rice
  • Fruit Salad
  • Garden Salad
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Baked Beans
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Carrots
  • Asparagus
  • Potatoe and Pasta Salad
  • Veggies and Dip
  • Fried Zucchini

For more great meal planning 101 strategies, please visit  The Happy Housewife. And for some frugal fun, visit Frugal Fridays hosted by Life As Mom.


  1. Great meals! We do tacos a lot but I hadn’t thought of tostadas, great idea! Thanks for linking up.

  2. All of that looks so good! I will have to try to Mexican dish and the Asian noodles too. Thanks for stopping by my site and leaving a note. We had a wonderful time at the Zoo and happened to be there when they were feeding the polar bears. We got some great shoots and have a great time. Blessings.

  3. I love fried zucchini, I haven’t tried it in a while! I am going to try your recipe for Asian noodles next week. Thanks for sharing.

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