We are a big family. I have six boys at home. They are 2, 4, 9, twins who are 12 and a 17 year old. Plus my husband. I do a lot of cooking each week. I am a busy mama from the time I get up until the time I go to bed.

Sound familiar?

If you ever wonder what large family meal planning looks like, you have come to the right place.


Large Family Menu Planning

I have been sharing my weekly menu plans on my site since 2009. Here is an ongoing list of my dinner plans each week. Enjoy!

Here was my very first menu plan to share on the internet… as well as many ramblings. This was September 2009 and this blog was very new. Wow, how things have changed. I went on to share a new plan every single week until about year 3 when I took a break. In January 2018 I missed sharing my plans every week and here we are. I will slowly get all the weeks of menu planning shared here from 2009 to 2018, but…. time. It will certainly take some time. It is fun to see how my plans have changed over the years.

Meal Planning Ideas 

Summer Meal Planning on a Budget – school is out for summer and you likely need to create breakfast, lunch and dinner at home for your family. These are recipes that won’t heat the house up and can be done on a budget. 

Cheap Meals for Large Families – these recipes are perfect for tight budgets. As a family of eight, I buy in bulk and show you how to create delicious suppers your family will love. 

Cheap Easy Meals on a Budget– take meatless to an entirely new level. And we also share some cheap meaty recipes that won’t break the bank. 

Meal Planning for a Crowd– having a family get together or hosting some over night guests? We are already a large family, but add more people to the mix and we have a crowd! You can feed them all on a budget. I’ve personally done it many times! 

Large Family Meal Planning on a Budget–  batch cooking for big families is a great way to make dinner easier! 

1 Week Family Meal Plan– to prevent being overwhelmed I only plan for one week at a time. I do not assign days of the week to my recipes either. I sit down on Saturday or Sunday (sometimes Monday) and plan out my plan and my grocery list. 

Simple Weekly Meal Plan– this process has to be simple for me or I fail. Using appliances like my Instant Pot, slow cooker, electric skillet, oven (in the winter) and stove top I can create a plan that is easy to follow. 

Meal Plan Ideas for the Week– if you’re stuck on what to cook, this list of recipes is a great way for any week! Includes a twist on taco night and my standby for spaghetti, which my family loves! 

Healthy Kid Friendly Meals on a Budget– dinner does not have to be bland nor does it have to be expensive. I know what your kids want for dinner. They want family together around the table.  Your kids do not expect you to be a fancy cook. Utilizing fresh fruits and vegetables can be delicious! 

Large Family Whole30 Instant Recipes– the recipes on this meal plan spare no flavor at all. They are clean eating recipes that are filling and taste great! 




Dinner Planning in 2018

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