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Large Family Meal Plan: 4-Weeks, 90 Family Meals, 60 Snacks, Recipes, and Helps!

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Large Family 4 Week Meal Plan

Welcome, welcome! If you’re new here (maybe from Pinterest 🙂 You can find all of my large family meal plans here. AND DON’T MISS my Large Family Freezer Meals Bundle!  These are invaluable to getting meals on the table promptly. Let’s look at a large family 4 week meal plan with 90 meals and 60 snacks.

Need help planning meals for your large family? Here's a 4-Week Large Family Meal Plan that includes 90 Family Meals, 60 Snacks, Recipes, and Helps for You!

Large Family Meal Plan

For my current once-a-month grocery shopping haul, I had to first create a grocery list based on my easy large family meal planning routine, which slightly adapts and changes over time. As usual, I plan for dinners to be the star of our daily meals. Breakfast and lunches are planned to be kept as simple as possible. Focusing mainly on dinners, I picked 4 large family meals I could do twice (that’s 8 dinners over 4 weeks), and three family favorite themed meals we could do weekly. This means Taco Night, Homemade Pizza Night, and Breakfast for Dinner OR Leftover Night, are happening three out of 7 nights each week. I also picked 4 additional large family recipes to cook up as big weekend meals. When you break it down into manageable steps it’s easy to get a large family 4 week meal plan together.

Large Family Breakfast

    • Scrambled Eggs/Bacon
    • Fried Eggs/Bacon

Large Family Lunches

  • Available Leftovers – usually we have enough leftovers from the previous night’s dinner.

If we’re low on leftovers, have to run out the door for an appointment, or are planning a big day out, we grab some fruit and water bottles and either one of the following:

  • Freezer Peanut Butter/Jelly Sandwiches
  • Freezer Turkey/Cheese Sandwiches

Additional at-home lunch options:

  • Fruit/Yogurt Smoothies
  • Freezer Muffins
  • Freezer Burritos

Large Family Snacks

Fruit and yogurt are our go-to snacks. This month I didn’t get yogurt in our one large once-a-month grocery haul. I plan to pick yogurt up for my one small fill-in grocery haul (coming soon). I don’t let kids wildly grab at snacks. We don’t usually keep a lot of convenience snacks on hand (unless I hit some great deals at the Sharp Shopper grocery outlet). Snack options are allowed as long as it’s not too close to meal time. I also try to add in a protein to help the snack last longer.

Snack Options

    • Bananas
    • Apple w/ spoonful of peanut butter
    • Hard Boiled Eggs
    • Strawberries
    • Watermelon
    • Smoothies (with fruit/yogurt to be purchased in fill-in-haul)

Large Family Dinners

These dinners are being served twice throughout 4-weeks. We serve lots of fruits and veggies as sides available on the table.

  • Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Red Potatoes x2 (I don’t have this recipe on the blog yet, but it’s coming!)

BIG Weekend Dinners

These dinners are our BIG Weekend Dinners. That means I make a large amount of a particular dinner on Saturday. We have it fresh for dinner Saturday night. Then we eat it again after church on Sundays.

Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole|Large Family Style!

Themed Dinner Nights

    • Taco Tuesday Night
    • Homemade Pizza Friday Night
  • Leftover OR Breakfast for Dinner Thursday Night (I leave a night loose to either finish up any leftovers that may be hanging around. If there are no leftovers than it’s an easy Breakfast for Dinner night. This would be something like fried eggs, toast, and some fruit.)

I’m trying to figure out the best way to share my large family meal plans for the month online. So I’m going to quickly show you how to spread the above meals over 4-weeks for a large and growing family who really eats 🙂 This also requires one full freezer cooking day, or two freezer cooking afternoons, to complete the needed French Toast, Pancakes, Muffins, Breads, and on-the-go Sandwiches. You can read more about my freezer cooking days here.

 Easy Banana Bread Recipe for the Bread Machine

Week One

Monday: 

(B) Freezer French Toast

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Slow Cooker Meat Loaf/Broccoli

(S) Strawberries and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Tuesday:

(B) Freezer Muffins/Fruit

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Tacos/Corn-on-the-Cob

(S) Strawberries and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Wednesday:

(B) Scrambled Eggs/Toast/Easy Oven Bacon

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Chicken, Broccoli, Rice, Bake

(S) Strawberries and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Thursday:

(B) Slow Cooker Oatmeal

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Leftover Night OR Breakfast for Dinner

(S) Watermelon and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Friday:

(B) Freezer Banana Bread

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Homemade Pizza

(S) Watermelon and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Saturday:

(B) Fried Eggs/Toast

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Chicken Stir Fry Fried Rice (BIG weekend meal!)

(S) Bananas and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Sunday:

(B) Freezer Pancakes

(L) Chicken Stir Fry Fried Rice (BIG weekend meal!)

(D) Chicken Stir Fry Fried Rice (BIG weekend meal!)

(S) Bananas and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Jamerrill's Large Family Stir Fry Fried Rice

Week Two

Monday:

(B) Freezer French Toast

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

(S) Bananas and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Tuesday:

(B) Freezer Muffins/Fruit

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Tacos

(S) Apple Slices with Peanut Butter and/or Banana Bread

Wednesday:

(B) Scrambled Eggs/Toast/Easy Oven Bacon

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Red Potatoes

(S) Apple Slices with Peanut Butter and/or Banana Bread

Thursday:

(B) Slow Cooker Oatmeal

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Leftover Night OR Breakfast for Dinner

(S) Apple Slices with Peanut Butter and/or Apple Sauce

Friday:

(B) Freezer Banana Bread

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Homemade Pizza

(S) Apple Slices with Peanut Butter and/or Apple Sauce

Saturday:

(B) Fried Eggs/Toast

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Beans, Rice, Cornbread (BIG weekend meal!)

(S) Freezer Muffins/Apple Sauce

Sunday:

(B) Freezer Pancakes

(L) Beans, Rice, Cornbread (BIG weekend meal!)

(D) Beans, Rice, Cornbread (BIG weekend meal!)

(S) Freezer Muffins/Apple Sauce

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Week Three

*By this point I do a small fill-in-any-gaps grocery haul at Aldi. This haul would include more milk, additional fruits, veggies, yogurt, and anything else we might need food wise. I already purchased everything needed for all our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the entire month during my large once-a-month grocery haul. So the fill-in haul is just that, fill-ins! 🙂

Monday:

(B) Freezer French Toast

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Chicken, Broccoli, Rice, Bake 

(S) Fruit Smoothies/Apples
Tuesday:

(B) Freezer Muffins/Fruit

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Tacos

(S) Fruit Smoothies/Apples

Wednesday:

(B) Scrambled Eggs/Toast/Easy Oven Bacon

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Slow Cooker Meat Loaf with Broccoli

(S) Fruit Smoothies/Apples

Thursday:

(B) Slow Cooker Oatmeal

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Leftover Night OR Breakfast for Dinner

(S) Fruit Smoothies/Apples

Friday:

(B) Freezer Banana Bread

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Homemade Pizza

(S) Fruit Smoothies/Apples

Saturday:

(B) Fried Eggs/Toast

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Always Faithful Spaghetti (BIG weekend meal!)

(S) Freezer Muffins / Yogurt
Sunday:

(B) Freezer Pancakes

(L) Always Faithful Spaghetti (BIG weekend meal!)

(D) Always Faithful Spaghetti (BIG weekend meal!)

(S) Freezer Muffins / Yogurt

Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe

Week Four

Monday:

(B) Freezer French Toast

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Red Potatoes

(S) Clementines and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Tuesday:

(B) Freezer Muffins/Fruit

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Tacos

(S) Clementines and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Wednesday:

(B) Scrambled Eggs/Toast/Easy Oven Bacon

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

(S) Clementines and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Thursday:

(B) Slow Cooker Oatmeal

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Leftover Night OR Breakfast for Dinner

(S) Clementines and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Friday:

(B) Freezer Banana Bread

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Homemade Pizza

(S) Clementines and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Saturday:

(B) Fried Eggs/Toast

(L) Leftovers/Freezer Sandwiches/Fruit Choices

(D) Chili and Cornbread  (BIG weekend meal!)

(S) Clementines and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

Sunday:

(B) Freezer Pancakes

(L) Chili and Cornbread  (BIG weekend meal!)

(D) Chili and Cornbread  (BIG weekend meal!)

(S) Clementines and/or Hard Boiled Eggs

And by this point, it’s time to plan for the next big once-a-month grocery shopping trip! My current once-a-month grocery shopping trip was $620 for our family of nine at Aldi and Walmart. My budget for my fill-in haul is $150. That’s $770 for 4-weeks, which breaks all the way down to $21.38 per family member per week for wholesome and hearty dinners, easy breakfasts, simple lunches, and no-brainer snacks. My older large family grocery budget use to be $1,000 a month, which still breaks down to $27.77 per person/per week – which is pretty good! Since moving we’re close to an Aldi now and at this point, it looks as if shopping mainly at Aldi is going to shave $200-$300 off our grocery budget. So doing a large family 4 week meal plan won’t be so expensive!

Here are more of my large family meal plans if that’s helpful for you!

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