Escape the What’s-for-Dinner Rut: 4 Weeks of Meal Plans DONE!

meal plansAs a wife, a mom of two school-age children, and a personal chef (also known as a professional meal prepper), I am BUSY. I am on the PTA board, homeroom mom, soccer mom, basketball mom, summer swim mom, troop mom, and the list goes on. I wear many hats, just like you! More than ever, I know that if I don’t plan, then I am planning to fail when it comes to meals in our house. I lean heavily on making meal plans for my clients monthly and do the same for my family, so when life is busier, I can adjust things accordingly if needed.

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When planning your menu, I find it best to consider the time it will take to prepare the meal and if you have the capacity to, in fact, cook that meal on that given day. If extracurriculars are happening that day, maybe a Crockpot, Instant Pot meal, sheet pan meal, or even a frozen dump meal will be ideal. Sundays are a great day to create a meal that takes longer to prepare.

I find that meal planning with a theme makes it easier to fill in the blanks, such as Meatless or Sheet-Pan Monday (any one pot/pan meals work well on Mondays), Taco or Mexican Tuesday, Kid’s Choice Meal, Leftover Night, Breakfast for Dinner, and Grill Out or Order Out Saturday.

So, if you are ready to eat and feel better, stop wasting money on expensive takeout, and live your busy life without worrying about “what’s for dinner,” download my 4-week meal plan now.


Escape the what’s-for-dinner rut completely by leaving the planning to someone else (me!). Customized meal plans include easy-to-prepare recipes, an organized weekly grocery list, nutritional information delivered weekly to your email, plus weekly support.

What are your best tips for making meal plans and go-to recipes? Tell us in the comments!

Maya Sutherland
Maya is a full-time SAHM who squeezes in part-time work as a Local Childcare Consultant for an au pair agency.  She was born in Ohio but has spent most of her childhood and adult life in Florida. She is André's devoted wife and mother to Audrey, Mason and her fur baby, Egyptian Mau cat named Midnight. Maya earned an A.S. in Culinary Dietetic Technician and a B.A.S in Supervision and Management from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Her professional background is in management and most recently she managed a skilled nursing facility food service department staff of 15.  Maya has a long-time love affair with food and is happiest when she is in the kitchen preparing fresh, homemade meals for her family, utilizing her numerous gadgets and food preparation-specialty items. She also is an aspiring business owner but hasn't figured out what she wants to do 'when she grows up' yet.  In her spare time, she loves painting rocks, coloring using colored pencils,  yoga,  listening to podcasts or audiobooks,  and online shopping. You can follow her at Instagram @5spicechef, and Facebook @5spicechef.


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