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Family Meal Planning for Beginners

Family Meal Planning For Beginners

Trying to feed your family without a plan typically ends with ordering in, a last-minute thrown together meal that is boring and bland, or something out of a box or can that is less than ideal or healthy.

Meal planning can seem like a daunting task for a busy Mom, but I am going to show you a way to plan a whole month (or year) of meals in under one hour with healthy recipes that your family will love. 

How are you going to accomplish this? Using the power of Pinterest! I love using Pinterest to find healthy dinner ideas for my family. I simply create boards for different dinner themes I know my family will enjoy like kid-friendly meals, Paleo dinner ideas, Vegetarian, or healthy dinner ideas

You can follow me on Pinterest to get lots of healthy recipe ideas for your family too!

As I am browsing on Pinterest (one of my favorite pass-times), I pin yummy looking recipes into my various theme boards.

Using my monthly theme night template, I plug in my recipes from Pinterest for the month and am done with a whole month of meal planning in less than one hour. 

Once you’ve discovered your tried and true recipes that your family loves, you can simply repeat your month without it getting too boring. This way, you’ve created a whole year of meal plans with little effort. 

Use this printable monthly theme night planner to keep you organized and to save time and money as you plan your healthy family meals.

These are the themes I’ve chosen for my family based on our taste preferences and budget, but feel free to create your own themes that suit your family. 

I have also included some of my favorite recipes from Pinterest for each of my themes to get you started in your monthly meal planning.

Theme Night Monthly Meal Plan

Dinner Themes


Chicken Fajita

Chicken Fajita Whole 30 Stuffed Peppers by Wholesome Yum

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos by The Real Food RDs

One Pot

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls with Quinoa by These Lovely Acres

One Pot Mexican Beef and Vegetables by Hold the Grain

Low Carb

Keto Pork Rind Fried Chicken by Mainly Homemade

Keto Carne Asada Chimichurri by I Breathe I’m Hungry


Mediterranean Tuna Salad by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Whole 30 Spinach Artichoke Chicken by Paleo Running Mama

Pasta Night

Paleo Spaghetti with “Nomato” Sauce and Meatballs by hol FAMILY

Creamy Pumpkin Fettuccine by Food Faith Fitness

Bowl Night

Macrobiotic Sushi Bowl by Strength and Sunshine

Sweet Potato and Turkey Taco Bowls by Cooks Well With Others

Soup Night

French Onion Soup by The Pistachio Project

Creamy Cauliflower Leek Soup with Bacon by hol FAMILY

Instant Pot

Instant Pot Turkey and Rice Soup by These Lovely Acres

Instant Pot Belizean Stewed Chicken by I Breathe I’m Hungry


Keto Friendly Chicken Parmesan Pizza by Hidden Springs Homestead

Thai Peanut Cauliflower Pizza by Food Faith Fitness

Slow Cooker

Crockpot Beef Italiano by This Crazy Maze

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken by Strength and Sunshine

Sandwich Night

Gluten Free Grilled Cheese Hummus Sandwich by Food Faith Fitness

Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich with Tahini Slaw by Strength and Sunshine

Salad Night

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Southwestern Chicken Salad with Bacon by I Breathe I’m Hungry


Grilled Ginger Cauliflower Steaks with Tahini Sauce by Strength and Sunshine

Rainbow Peanut Noodle Vegan Pasta Bake by Food Faith Fitness


Grilled Chicken Shawarma with Yogurt Tahini Sauce and Marinated Vegetables by Strength and Sunshine

Paleo Pineapple Chicken by Paleo Running Mama

Breakfast for Dinner

Easy Spaghetti Sauce Shakshuka by This Crazy Maze

Sweet Potato Turkey Sausage Egg Bake by The Real Food RDs


Chicken Pot Pie by Joy Filled Eats

Deliciously Simple Grain Free Meatballs by The Pistachio Project


Tuna Casserole with Cauliflower by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Salmon with Lemon Dill Potatoes by Paleo Running Mama

Sheet Pan

Keto Sheet Pan Curried Chicken by I Breath I’m Hungry

Sheet Pan Chicken with Butternut Apples by Paleo Running Mama


Cajun Burgers by Joy Filled Eats

Grilled Pineapple Paleo Burger with Curry Cashew Cream by Food Faith Fitness

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Root Vegetable Medley by Hold the Grain

Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Sweet Potatoes and Bacon by Food Faith Fitness 


Stir-Fry with Garlic Scallion Cauliflower Rice by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen 

Cashew Chicken with Broccoli by A Yellow Bowl


Asian Rice Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing by Cooks Well With Others 

Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken by The Real Food RDs

Rotisserie Chicken

The Best At Home Rotisserie Chicken by Strength and Sunshine

Instant Pot Whole Chicken by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen


Bacon and Butternut Squash Casserole by These Lovely Acres

Slow Cooker Beef Casserole by Oh The Things We’ll Make


One Pot Vegan Mac N Cheese by Strength and Sunshine

Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes by The Pistachio Project


Indian Butter Chicken by The Real Food RDs

Slow Cooker Beef Curry by I Breath I’m Hungry

Holiday Meal

Homemade Cranberry Sage Cornbread Stuffing by Simple and Savory

Roasted Bacon Sweet Potatoes by Natural Paleo Family

Ready to start planning your family meal plan? Be sure to grab your FREE printable monthly dinner theme template and weekly menu planner (as shown above) by clicking here.

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