May Meal Plans are Available!

May Meal Plans are Available!

May Meal Plans are Here!

If you’ve got school-aged kids, you know that May is an insane month. The number of field trips, awards ceremonies, school plays, concerts, recitals and other events can make even the calmest parent feel frantic.

Add to that spring sports, graduations, and birthdays.  Not to mention the changing season which means figuring out what your kids have outgrown or need for clothes and it can all make you want to crawl in a hole for the next month!

Trying to put weeknight dinner on the table to bring some calm to the chaos is a great idea, but how to do it when everything is moving so fast?

One thing’s for certain – dinner at home will not happen without a plan.  But who has time for meal planning on top of all the other things?

I know that sinking feeling because I’ve been there with my own family and responsibilities!  That’s how I came to create Eat at Home Meal Plans.

I poured all my time-saving tricks into the meal plans so that dinner can be done quickly.  I included slow cooker recipes, pressure cooker recipes, sheet pan meals, freezer cooking plans and more. Anything and everything to save time. Save money. And get dinner done.

Save your sanity this month by becoming an Eat at Home Meal Plan member. We’ve got new plans up for May!

No matter how you get dinner on the table this month, I wish you many nights of connecting with your family over dinner!

Click here to find out more about Eat at Home Meal Plans

April Meal Plans are Here!

April Meal Plans are Here!

April meal plans are ready!

Spring really is coming, even if winter seemed to hang on this year.  And spring means eating lighter foods, fewer soups and stews and more salads.  Eat at Home Meal Plan members can login to download their grocery lists and recipes.  Members have access to four different meal plans – Traditional, Wholesome Traditional, Slow Cooker and No Flour/No Sugar.

If you’re looking to save a ton of time and a lot of money, our meal plans are for you!

Think more main dish salads and raw veggies

Like this favorite of mine, Summertime Tuna Salad, packed with fresh veggies, some good protein & loads of flavor!

And flavorful veggies piled on top of fresh veggies, like in this Sweet Potato Peanut Salad!

With a few time-saving hacks thrown in for good measure

It can be as simple as starting with a gluten-free crust to whip up this BLT Pizza in under 15 minutes. That’s less time than delivery & you get complete control over how much you add of each ingredient!

This Grilled Ham and Apple Sandwich with cheese and a bit of chutney makes for a quick and light spring dinner.

And the ever-popular Freezer Week

The week every month when you can freeze 6 dinners in one hour. It’s perfect for those spring sports, recital practice nights when you get home later than usual, and you’re just too exhausted to cook. I would love for you to join me on Facebook Live this month when I bag up all six of these meals in one hour and answer whatever questions might pop into your head in the process!

And Oh My! The Spring Desserts!

Nothing says spring like fresh fruits!

These Balsamic Strawberries may sound a little odd, but they’re amazing! And when you add whipped cream, oh my!

You just can’t go wrong with this tried and true Blueberry Cobbler!

Or how about Zucchini Carrot Cake, with its sweet take on fresh veggies?!

Just in case those aren’t enough, we’ve included a variety of cookies, brownies & bars that are perfect for impromptu picnics.

If you’re a Weekly Meal Plan Member then you’ll find all four plans and your color-coded shopping lists on the Member Login Page. And if you’re not a member yet, but you’re a bit curious, you can watch a quick video and check out all the details on our Weekly Meal Plans Page. For any questions that somehow we’ve not answered, then feel free to email us at

Whatever your weather outside, I know I’m looking forward to some springy dinners and desserts and saying a big hearty hello to April! What are you looking forward to this month?

Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – December 9

This is the week for our Slow Cooker Freezer Meals.  I put all 6 of these dinners together in about 1 hour.  You can see the video here.  Members to the Weekly Meal Plans get the grocery lists, recipes and cooking tips for the slow cooker freezer meals and all the Traditional Plans too.

Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?  Are you done with your shopping?  I am not!  I have been using an app on my phone to keep my ideas and present purchases organized (and secret!).  I bought it last year for 99 cents. It seemed sort of silly to pay for an app like that, but it’s made keeping track of gift buying so much easier.  I think the one I use is just called Christmas, but I’m sure there are others.  I highly recommend it if you use a smart phone.  The passcode keeps prying eyes out!



This little Santa is one of my favorite Christmas things.  He’s part of a salt and pepper shaker set (my sister has the other one) that my Grandma had when we were little.  Gina and I rubbed the soft beards on them so much, that they are nearly fuzzless now.

I’ve got several new recipes to share with you this week.  Lots of good stuff coming to the blog! And there’s still time to enter the giveaway for a $500 VISA cash card too!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  December includes an awesome gift guide for easy gifts you can whip up in your kitchen that are sure to make everyone happy–even the dog! You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.


Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker and Traditional Weekly Meal Plans for the week of Feb. 24

This post has the sneak peek at this week’s menu.  I’ve listed the main dishes below for the All Slow Cooker and Traditional versions of the Weekly Plans.  If you subscribe to the service, you’ll get side dish suggestions and the complete grocery list ready to print.

I’m super excited about an addition to the plans that’s coming next week.  You’re going to love it, especially if you’re cooking for just 2-4 people.  I tell you all about it next week.

Want to get the Weekly Meal Plans and Grocery List sent to your inbox?  Get all the info by clicking here.

By subscribing to the Weekly Meal Plans you’ll get:

  • 2 Meal Plans each week – All Slow Cooker and Traditional
  • 6 dinners and 1 dessert for each
  • Side dish suggestions
  • Complete grocery list for each plan
  • Printable recipes
  • Cooking tips and timing tricks
  • Delivered to your inbox each week for just $4 per month
Receive your first set of Weekly Meal Plans the same day you sign up!

All Slow Cooker Plan

Salsa Verde Steak

Traditional Plan

Zesty Chicken with Couscous in the Slow Cooker

All Slow Cooker and Traditional Weekly Meal Plans – January 6

The new Weekly Meal Plans with grocery lists will be going out on Monday.  Subscribers to the plans get both the Traditional and the All Slow Cooker versions emailed to them each week.

Want to get the Weekly Meal Plans sent to your inbox?  Get all the info by clicking here.

By subscribing to the Weekly Meal Plans you’ll get:

  • 2 Meal Plans each week – All Slow Cooker and Traditional
  • 6 dinners and 1 dessert for each
  • Side dish suggestions
  • Complete grocery list for each plan
  • Printable recipes
  • Cooking tips and timing tricks
  • Delivered to your inbox each week for as low as $4.16  per month

I shopped with the All Slow Cooker list yesterday.  I love printing the list and knowing exactly what I need to buy.  And I love filling the crockpot in the morning and knowing that dinner is taken care of, no matter how crazy the day gets.

Here’s a sneak peek at the meals on each menu for this week.  Subscribers will also get side dish suggestions, along with cooking tips.

All Slow Cooker Meal Plan

Traditional Meal Plan

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Free Weekly Menu + Grocery List – Year 3 Week 43 – Stock the Freezer (and my birthday wish request)

Monday is my birthday!

And I have a birthday wish to ask you.

I need some votes.  Well, my recipe needs some votes.

My Pork Carnitas in the Slow Cooker recipe is in Mr. Food’s Search for the Ultimate Weeknight Meal contest.  Voting opens on Monday and I would love it if you would pop over and give me your vote.

Some of you may be reading this on Sunday night, but votes in the contest won’t start counting until Monday so you’ll need to wait until then if you want it to count.  You can vote once per browser (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer etc.).  If you’re like me and use different browsers at different times, feel free to vote in all of the them.  Of course, you are probably more normal than me and don’t use lots of different browsers, sometimes at the same time.

The voting will be open until September 28.

Here’s a link to the main voting page, if you’d like to see the other fantastic recipes in the running to be Mr. Food’s Ultimate Weeknight Meal.

You can vote for my recipe here.  Thanks so much!


Now for this week’s menu.  If you double a few of these recipes, you can easily have extra dinners stashed away in your freezer for later.

Double the baked spaghetti.  Bake one casserole and freeze the other unbaked for later.

Double the Spicy Chicken Pizza and freeze half the filling for later.

Double the Spicy Chicken Soup (which doesn’t taste a thing like the Spicy Chicken Pizza).  Put half in the slow cooker and half in the freezer.  When you’re ready to use the frozen soup, just thaw enough to get it out of the container and put it in the slow cooker to heat all day.  Come home to a hearty dinner with no work on your part.

Here’s what is on the menu this week:

Crunchy Chicken Taco Salad

Baked Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad

South of the Border Skillet, Cucumber and Tomato Salad, chips and salsa

Croque Monsieur Sandwiches, Shaker Tomato Soup

Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza, salad

Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Soup, Cheddar Muffins

Apple Crisp in the Slow Cooker

To print, click here:  menu year 3 week 43




Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 2 Week 52 and a Slow Cooker Giveaway!

Happy 3rd birthday to my Eat at Home!

And today also marks

2 Full Years of Menus + Grocery Lists!

To celebrate, I’m having a giveaway:

Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

That’s a tiny little picture, but the slow cooker is 6 quarts of awesome sauce!  Programmable, with a lid that locks down so you can put it in your car and take it to a potluck.  It even has a probe that senses when the food is done and shifts to “keep warm” setting.

I have wanted one of these for a long time.  I still don’t have one, but I’m buying one for 1 of you!  Instructions for entering are after the menu.

Lots of slow cooker goodness on the menu this week:

Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker, baked sweet potatoes, steamed veggie
French Dip Sandwiches in the slow cooker, french fries, salad
Easy Pepper Steak in the slow cooker, angel hair pasta, salad
All Veggie Vegetable Soup, Cheddar Muffins, salad
Italian Chicen and Rice Casserole, steamed veggie
Honey Cashew Pork Stir Fry, rice
Apple Crisp in the Slow cooker

To print, click here:  [download id=”114″]

Fine print for entering the slow cooker giveaway:

The first option is mandatory to enter.  The others are optional extra entries. Leave a comment for each that you do.

  • Comment on this post and tell me your favorite slow cooker meal
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook
  • Subscribe via Email or RSS
  • Tweet about the giveaway

Only open to U.S. residents (sorry, friends in other places!)  The giveaway closes on Friday morning at 8am.  Winner will be chosen by random number and announced on Saturday.

I’m having a big sale on Feast in 15Click here for the sale codes!

I’ll be offering:

  • 50 eBooks for 49 cents
  • 100 eBooks for 99 cents
  • 200 eBooks for $1.99
  • 300 eBooks for $2.99
  • 400 eBooks for $3.99

Don’t forget to pop in tomorrow to get a deal!

This post is linked to The Organizing Junkie Menu Plan MondayNerd Family’s Contesting Monday, Posh on a Budget, Smart and Trendy Moms, Frugal Coupon Living,

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 2 Week 46

Happy Labor Day!

Before we get to the menu and grocery list, I wanted to let you know about a new option for subscribing to Eat at Home.  You can now get a weekly digest version of EaH!  Just enter your email in the space below this post or in the sidebar to subscribe.  The regular, daily version is still available as well.

You can also subscribe to Eat at Home via Rss.  Just click the upper, right-hand sidebar.

You can also find me on Facebook, where we talk food, drink and sometimes other stuff.  And if you haven’t discovered Pinterest yet, enter at your own risk!  Lots of fun stuff over there.  Oh yeah, if you tweet you might want to follow me on Twitter.

I was just planning to tell you about the new weekly option for subscriptions, but I think I got carried away!

On the menu this week:

Italian Parmesan and Herb Chicken and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker, favorite veggie

Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice

Stromboli, salad

Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil and Tomato and Onion Salad, hot bread with Olive Oil for Dipping

Cottage Pie, favorite veggie, salad

Lentil Tacos, chips and salsa, salad

Butter Brickle Pecan Cookies

To print, click here: [download id=”108″]

This menu is part of Menu Plan Monday at The Organizing Junkie.

Menu Ideas for Graduation Parties

Raise your hand if you have a new graduate this year!

A year ago, I was planning my oldest daughter’s high school graduation menu.  I’ve noticed quite a few people searching for ideas for recipes to serve at graduation parties, so I thought I’d put together a list to get you started.

There are so many ways to celebrate a graduation.  I’m not even going to try to cover them all.  Casual is what I’m most comfortable with, so this list will include foods that can be served buffet style, can be fixed ahead of time, and serve a crowd.

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Menu, Grocery List, Recipes Year 2 Week 29

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend.

It’s not too late to enter the Graeter’s Ice Cream giveaway, if you haven’t already.

The menu this week has 3 slow cooker meals, 2 super quick meals (the other meal is pretty fast too) and a dessert made with cake mix.  That’s my kind of week!

As always, you get 6 dinners and 1 dessert.  Serving suggestions are included in bold on the recipes and in curly brackets {} on the grocery list.

For more menu plans, check out the  previous  1 1/2 years’ worth here.  And if you like to do your own menu planning, you can find a pretty printable menu planner here.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

To print, click here: [download id=”92″]

This menu is part of Menu Plan Monday at