As I prepared my meal plan this week, I thought about how many places I buy my food. There is the local grocery store (which also does our home deliveries), Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Costco and the farmer’s market in our town opens up June 2nd. I got into this new habit of shopping after I became a stay-at-home-mom and wanted to get the best food at the best price. I don’t hit every store every week, but at least two a week. We spend a lot of our monthly budget on food, even with me traveling to all these different stores. As I think about life with three little ones four and under, I think I’ll have to make some adjustments.

I wonder what other moms are prioritizing when it comes to shopping locations. Is it price? Is it selection? Is it how fast you can get there and get home? Meal planning has helped me stay on top of what is actually in our freezer/refrigerator to decrease the amount of food wasted. Now I’m going to make sure my meal planning allows me to visit one big store each week, plus one local stop for additional produce for the weekend. When we started making smoothies our produce stash started diminishing awfully quick! If you have suggestions of how to streamline the grocery store process, I would love to read them in the comment section. 

On the menu this week…

Monday Meal Plan May 20

Sunday~ Homemade Waldorf Chicken Salad for Daddy, Hot Dogs for the Kids. Mom’s off duty and heading to Rice Barn for a spicy dinner and a meet-up with local bloggers for some pre-summer catch-up.

Monday~ Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries

Tuesday~ Date night after the Magic Beans Drool Baby Expo in Boston

Wednesday~ Homemade Chicken Nuggets, steamed green beans and a side of pasta

Thursday~ Pasta Fagioli (meatless meal) and a side salad

Friday~ Mixing it up with Pulled Pork Cemita, Veggie Rice and Guacamole

Saturday~ Pizza night is bumped to Saturday in case we get together with friends and need to make a bigger dinner. Did you catch my recipe post last week for our homemade pizza dough? I tried it with some whole wheat bread flour, but wouldn’t do it again. A little whole wheat is fine but it’s much better with mostly white bread flour.

Homemade Waldorf Chicken Salad

Homemade Waldorf Chicken Salad for Sunday night

What’s on your menu this week? Any great grocery shopping tips to share?

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.

How many of you eat pizza at home at least once a week? Do you tend to make it yourself or buy it? If you are a regular reader here, you know we have pizza every Friday night on our weekly meal plan. For a long time, we made our pizzas at home using the dough from Trader Joe’s. It’s cheap and fairly easy to roll out ourselves. When I got my bread machine this year, I decided to come up with a pizza dough recipe that will make two pizzas. It’s a great way to save some money and the kids like to help out with this easy project.

Pizza Dough Bread Machine Recipe

Homemade Pizza Dough With A Bread Machine

Easy pizza dough recipe using a bread machine.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Emily


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 3/4 bread flour I also sub in some white whole wheat
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active yeast


  • Add all ingredients into a bread machine in the order listed above.
  • Set machine to pizza dough. (Mine takes about 50 minutes.)
  • Dough will be ready to use when the machine cycle is complete.
  • Makes two pizza pies.
Tried this recipe?Mention @emilyroachwellness or tag #erwellness!

Do you have a pizza night in your family?

I’m sharing this over at The 36th Avenue.

Happy Spring

I hope all of my mom readers had a lovely weekend. We spent half of it in Gloucester with family and the other half relaxing at home. It was the perfect weekend, despite some rainy weather. As the weather shifts towards warmer nights, I find myself trying to recall what we usually cook in the summer. Grilling, salads and easy recipes generally top our list. This week’s meal plan starts to hit on this trend. I should also put away a couple more freezer meals to get ready for baby’s arrival. The countdown is on!

On the menu this week…

Chalkboard Menu Plan

Sunday~ Grilled Steak Tips, Corn on the Cob, Sourdough Bread (thanks Melissa!) and Pesto.

Monday~ C.O.R.N. {Clean Out Refrigerator Night, we have chicken, steak and leftover fish dinner to clear through)

Tuesday~ Cheesy Skillet Pasta and broccoli

Wednesday~ Grilled Salmon, grilled asparagus and Annie’s Pasta on the side

Thursday~ Swiss Steak Slow Cooker Freezer Meal. Time to use up the “wintry” slow cooker meals.

Friday~ Pizza Night with our homemade dough in the bread machine!

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.

Happy Cinco de Mayo on this Sunday night. We enjoyed not one, but two, Mexican themed dinners with friends this weekend. Both were delicious and it was wonderful to relax with great company. This week’s meal plan is pretty streamlined as we try to clear through what we have and I start making freezer meals for when the baby arrives.

Mama and Baby Love Freezer Meal ebook

I’m testing out some recipes from the Mama and Baby Love From Your Freezer to Your Family: Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes eCookbook. I met Stephanie the author at Blissdom and she was kind enough to send me a copy to review. She recognizes how handy it is for moms to have some freezer meals packed away for those days when you are not up for making a big dinner. When the new baby arrives I know I’ll be happy I have a few of these recipes tucked away so we can still eat healthy, even when I’m too tired to cook. The recipes use real food ingredients so it totally works for our family.

 Chalkboard Menu Board

On the menu this week…

Sunday~ Cinco de Mayo dinner

Monday~ Chicken Soup using leftovers from last week’s chicken.

Tuesday~ Burgers, Salad

Wednesday~ CORN (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

Thursday~ Eggs for dinner

Friday~ Pizza night

Saturday~ Weekend away

Sunday is Mother’s Day…hoping to be up at the beach for the day. May need to plan for a BBQ early dinner.

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans., 5 eBooks for $7.40!

Hello spring! It’s finally warmer and everything outside is growing and turning green. As I planned this week’s menu, I started looking forward to those days when we can pick everything we need to make a salad from our garden. On Sunday I planted two different lettuce varieties, baby spinach, green beans and basil. We use raised beds so I’m hopeful the weather will stay warm enough to let my little seeds thrive.

This week is a little nutty with the semi-annual Parent Talk Used Clothing, Toys and Gear sale happening on Saturday May 4th in Needham. I’ll be helping out Thursday, Friday and Saturday so I’m trying to keep the cooking to a minimum!

Monday Meal Plan Board

On the menu this week…

Sunday~ Burgers and hot dogs, sweet potato fries and potato salad

Monday~ Spicy Green Chicken Burritos (Wildtree freezer meal) and rice

Tuesday~ Super easy Whole Chicken in either the slow cooker or pressure cooker, salad and Annie’s Bunny Pasta. Leftover chicken will be used for chicken salad sandwiches.

Wednesday~ Soy Ginger Scallops with snow peas and leftover rice

Thursday ~ CORN (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

Friday~ Pizza!

Saturday~ Date night

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.

Ultimate Homemaking ebook bundle Sale

Time to think spring and in honor of Earth Day I’m trying to add in some seasonal recipes for this week’s meal plan. I’m planning to visit our local farm stand to get some fresh salad greens and maybe some rhubarb for a Strawberry-Rhubarb galette. After the stressful events in Boston last week, I feel like we could use some yummy baked goods in the house.

 Monday Meal Plan from

Sunday~ Spinach Quiche. Love breakfast for dinner, especially after spending the day traveling. This meatless dinner was a success!

Monday~ Grilled Chicken Salad with Honey and Chipotle Vinaigrette 

Tuesday~  Wildtree freezer meal Italian Pork Chops, Roasted Asparagus

Wednesday~ Meatballs and Pasta (per Madison’s request)

Thursday~ Wildtree freezer meal Bangkok Chicken Satay (grilled) over rice and green beans

Friday~ Pizza night

Saturday~ Away to Gloucester, date night!

What’s on your menu this week?

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.

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Since it’s still a bit chilly, you will see some cozy, comfort food on the meal plan this week. I’m testing out another Wildtree slow cooker freezer meal and trying to use up what’s already in the house before I head out to Type A Conference in Philly this weekend. One last weekend away before the new baby arrives.

I’m reading through the new book Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes from my friend Stephanie of Mama and Baby Love. The recipes use real ingredients and I think they will help get me through the early months of having a newborn in the house again. Once I test out a few recipes I’ll share a little more about the cookbook.

Meal Plan April

Sunday~ Italian spaghetti and corn

Monday~ Hungarian Beef Goulash (Wildtree Slow Cooker) with egg noodles and green beans

Tuesday~ Zesty Citrus Chicken over a garden salad

Wednesday~ Shrimp Scampi, pasta and asparagus

Thursday~ CORN (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

Friday~ Pizza while Mom’s away

Saturday~ Hot Dogs or breakfast for dinner

What’s on your menu this week?

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.


If you are an ebook reader like me, you may enjoy this week’s Simple Living bundle. Clutterfree sounds perfect as we work on Project Simplify this month!, 5 eBooks for $7.40!

RandomRecycling Monday Meal Plan


This week’s menu features some new meals from my Wildtree Freezer Meal workshop last week. I did the “Around the World” package so I get a great mix of meals to pick from. My plan is to test them out in the next couple of weeks, then remake my favorites so I have them in the freezer when the new baby arrives.

On our menu this week…

Sunday~ Thai Sesame Sun Butter Chicken, Rice Noodles, Matchstick Carrots (Wildtree~ winner!)

Monday~ Fajita Pulled Pork (Wildtree slow cooker meal), serve with rice and fajita toppings

Tuesday~ Asian Salmon (Wildtree meal), Broccoli and leftover rice on the side

Wednesday~ Omelets for dinner

Thursday~ Teriyaki Steak Tips and Zucchini on the grill if the weather holds out

Friday~ Pizza night!

Saturday~ Kids get hot dogs while we get a date night.

What’s on your menu this week?


For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.

April Meal Plan

Happy April 1st! Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays last week. We had a wonderful Easter weekend filled with egg hunts and family parties. My daughter enjoyed her Easter lunchbox, it was like a mini bento box lunch. Now it’s time for a new meal plan, including two new recipes.

Easter Egg Bento Box Lunch @RandomRecycling

On the menu this week…

Monday~ Spanish style garlic shrimp, brown rice (pressure cooker) and corn

Tuesday~ Grilled cheese and pear sandwiches, tomato soup

Wednesday~ Baked honey mustard chicken (new!), roasted red potatoes, steamed broccoli

Thursday~ San Francisco pork chops in the slow cooker (new!), leftover rice, peas

Friday~ Pepperoni pizza and salad

Saturday~ Date night

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.

Meal plan march 25


Happy Monday! Is it really the end of March? I’m so ready for April and a little spring weather. Hopefully the sun starts to shine and the Easter bunny can make his arrival with no issues next weekend.

I just returned from a fun-filled Blissdom weekend. It was so wonderful to meet new people, listen to some amazing speakers and get some new writing inspiration from my sessions. I was ready to come home today and give my husband and kids a big squeeze.

This week is a bit busier for us with some events and Easter preparations to plan for. Lots of family favorite meals ahead as I try to keep things simple.

On the menu this week…

Sunday~ Oatmeal Pancakes for dinner

Monday~ Apricot Pork Chops, Roasted Asparagus, Annie’s Bunny Pasta

Tuesday~ Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Sweet Potato Fries (didn’t happen last week so it’s coming back.)

Wednesday~ Black Bean Chili (slow cooker)

Thursday~ CORN

Friday~ Pizza Night!  Make double batch of granola for weekend Easter parties.

Saturday~ Light dinner, make dessert for Easter gathering.

Sunday~ Easter dinner with family.

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.