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How to Plan a Healthier Weekly Dinner Menu: Healthy Eating


I regularly follow a weekly menu plan link party... I have gotten some terrific ideas and recipes from looking at what other people have come up with for their dinners each week. Though often, I see menus that are too heavy with meat and cheese and/or too repetitive. How many times a week can you eat chicken? 

I thought I would share with you the thought process I try to use when planning my weekly dinner menu. 

I try to mix up types of meat and break up eating meat with having vegetarian dinners in between. 

Remember a serving of meat should be no more than the size of a deck of cards. Adult's only needs about 3 ounces of protein a day... fill up on vegetables. Use meat, especially red meat, more as a condiment instead of the center of the meal.

I also try to rotate the starch in our meals: potatoes, bread, quiona, pasta, different types of rice: basmatic, jasmine, black rice. We also eat barley and farro a very interesting Northern Italian grain. 
I try to serve a variety of cuisines: Mexican, Chinese, Turkish... thought Italian food is my foundation. 
Now I don't rigorously follow this guide... especially now that I am letting my older children have more say in our menu planning, my son wants red meat... my daughter wants cheese... but if I glance at my menu and it doesn't look balanced I go back to my guide.

My Menu Plan Guide: 

1 chicken dish (usually with potatoes) such as: Chicken Casserole, Herb Chicken, or Man Pleasing Chicken (it makes women happy too) 

1 bean dish (usually with rice) such as: Escarole & Beans or Black Beans & Rice, or a Bean Salad

1 red meat dish (usually as part of pasta dish or with potatoes) such as: Shepherd's Pie, Beef Stew, or Steak Pizzaiola

1 egg dish (usually with bread) such as: Quiche, Pizzagaine Mexican Eggs, or Scrambled Pasta

1 cheese dish (usually with bread)  such as: QuesadillaEggplant Parmesan,  or Cheese Vegetable Casserole

1 ethic dish (Usually Asian dish with rice) such as: Noodle dish, or a Rice Dish

1 fish dish (usually with a grain like quinoa)  such as: Sicilian Tuna Pasta, Sautéed Fish,  or Breaded Shrimp with Escarole and White Beans

This Weeks Meal Plan:

Sunday: Steak Pizzaiola with Green Salad

Meatless Monday: Eggroll Stir Fry with Basmati Rice

Tuesday: Fried Goat Cheese with Lime Honey Beet Salad and Rustic Bread

Wednesday: Dinner Out

Thursday: Chicken Marsala with Roasted Potatoes and Broccoli

Friday: Crab cakes, cole slaw and long grain brown rice

Saturday: Quiche Lorraine with cucumber radish salad


  1. I love your blog title it is my philosophy exactly

    1. Thank you so much... I just checked out your blog. You have some really nice recipes.. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I try to do this too! I'm not all that good, but I hate having chicken twice in a row (or anything for that matter), or even twice a week really. But I do try and cater to the tastebuds in my family. This week I'm giving in to Mark's plea for more pasta.

    1. I agree it's hard to do. Everyone in my family wants to eat something different. I told them everyone gets a say in one meal a week.

  3. This is a delicious meal plan, and you have shared some wonderful tips for menu planning! too! I especially like the Egg Roll Stir Fry.


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