The What’s for Dinner? Challenge: What Are You Going to Eat This Week? and Your Meal Planning Calendar

Day #1

Share Your Menu And Your Meal Planning Calendar

I’m so glad that you’ve decided to join us for THE WHAT’S FOR DINNER SOLUTION Challenge. For five days, you’re going to go into the week knowing what you’re eating, and then cooking. (And I’m giving you a handy meal planning calendar – to boot!)

(BTW – the challenge is for Monday through Friday, but if you’re coming to the party late, you can just tell us what you’re eating for the next five days.

I want to know what you going to eat Monday – Friday. Just leave your menu in the comments below.

If you’d like a handy weekly meal planning calendar, you can download it here on Kathi Lipp’s Facebook Page.

Also, if you’re having trouble coming up with what you’re going to eat each and every single night, check out my list of 50 Dinner Ideas. I keep these is my recipe binder and next to me when I’m working on my meal planning calendar, for inspiration.

Planning out your weekly menu’s helps you stay on track with your budget at the grocery store and guarentees you have a great meal every night!

And for one of my blog readers, it will be a double win: not only will you have your meals planned out, but one randomly drawn commenter will receive THE WHAT’S FOR DINNER SOLUTION! (We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday!)

I cannot wait to see all the yummy meals everyone is going to eat this week. And don’t forget to download your free meal planning calendar! This is great inspiration to anyone who feel they are in a cooking rut.

Oh – and if you’re wondering what we’re eating this week:

Monday – (Kimber and I are going to be out of town visiting my parents) Roger is having leftover lasagna

Tuesday -Veggie and Leftover Chicken Stirfry with Brown Rice

Wednesday – Turkey Chili and Salad

Thursday – Pesto Chicken

Friday – Pita Pizzas



  1. kathi I think there is such a need for this site..thank you…

  2. Monday-Shredded chicken tacos (crock pot!) with all the fixins
    Tuesday-Beef Stroganoff w/ Green beans & Salad
    Wednesday-Spaghetti with garlic bread and Salad
    Thursday-Chicken Broccoli Curry over Rice
    Friday-Pizza night! :)

  3. Can’t wait to read everyone’s posts. Here’s my menu:

    Monday: Shake & Bake Pork Chops, Au Gratin potatoes & salad

    Tuesday: Tacos

    Wednesday: Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread

    Thursday: Corn Dogs & Fries

    Friday: Pot Roast & Carrots

  4. I can’t wait to come back and get ideas from everyone else!

    Monday: Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, couscous, green beans
    Tuesday: Steak Tacos, avocado salad
    Wednesday: Unstuffed Shells, salad
    Thursday: Spicy Chicken Tenders, PW Mac n Cheese, corn
    Friday: Leftovers Night

  5. Monday is steak and baked potato and salad
    Tuesday is hamburger and Mac n cheese
    Wensday is fast food after church lol
    Thursday is soup and salad
    Friday is pay day so we will eat out lol been thinking about cracker barrel.

    Hope I win the book I’ve bought all of them except this one. :-)

  6. Monday: leftover chicken divan, brocoli and perogies
    Tuesday: ravioli, red sauce and spinich
    Wednesday: turkey, sweet potato tots, corn
    Thursday: leftover ravioli
    Friday: leftover turkey

    It’s just me and my girls for the next few months while Daddy is deployed so whatever we eat one day we usually eat again two days later with a new veggie.

  7. In no particular order….
    Breakfast: egg casserole, bacon, hash browns and fruit.
    Chicken enchiladas with green sauce and cream
    Mexican manicotti
    Coconut crusted chicken
    Crockpot pork chops in a mustard sauce that is to die for!

  8. Sat – potato, corn, chicken chowder (cheater meal – potato soup mix from a bag, added frozen corn and leftover chicken…yummy! Everyone loved it)
    Sun – beef & veggie soup with cheesy sourdough bread
    Mon – beans and rice with smoked sausage
    Tues – cod, rice, broccoli
    We’d – spaghetti and salad
    Thurs – pizza then a wrestling match for DS18
    Fri – basketball game (DD16 is a cheerleader) so its snack bar dinner
    I really appreciate the 50 ideas and the menu planner; so much better than going thru 5 cookbooks looking for something to make and putting the menu on a scrap piece of paper to post on the fridge

  9. Monday: I am going out with friends but family is having left over potato soup

    Tuesday: hamburgers and macaroni and cheese

    Wednesday: waffles and bacon

    Thursday: grilled chicken, salad and veggies

    Friday: baked pork choose with hoison sauce with brown rice and steamed broccoli

  10. Mon: burgers & sliced apples
    Tues: pasta w/ mushrooms & peas, salad, pears, bread
    Wed: Southwestern fish, rice, salad, sourdough, coconut cream pie
    Thurs: salsa chicken, rice, celery & carrots, corn tortillas, kiwi
    Fri: lentil soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, salad, fresh pineapple

  11. Mon: Steak & Mashed Potatoes

    Tues: Mac – Cheese with Feta and Mozzarella

    Wed: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Roll, and Banana Pudding (Church does lunch on Wednesday Nights :) )

    Thurs: We normally have Breakfast night and this week in my little boy’s turn to pick dinner :) So not sure will find out what he is thinking tonight :)

    Fri: Red Beans and Rice with Cornbread and Salad :)

    Looking forward to getting some ideas

  12. WOW ! this is gonna be a huge help to me. We just ended a Daniel’s Fast that we have been on for 21 days. Durin g this fast we gave up meats, fats, dairy, white rice, breads, So coming up with meals at first was hard but now we have it kicked to eat healthy. This is going to be Big helper for me : ) Thank You Kathi for putting this together.

    \Monday : Tufu stir fry with brown rice ( tufu picks up the flavor of the food your cooking )

    Tuesday : Bean Tostadas with fresh mando salsa

    Wednesday : Brown rice with Taco soup

    Thursday : Creamy Patoto soup with celery & corn

    Friday : Vegie Pizza ( we use a wheat pizza crust )

  13. I do mine meal plans at least 2 weeks at a time but most of the times its a month at a time. Here is our Monday-Friday this week
    Monday: Lemon Pepper Pork and mashed potatoes
    Tue: Shake and Back chicken
    Wen: Homemade Mac and cheese
    Thur: Homemade Pizza
    Friday: Burritos

  14. I’m taking the challenge. It will make me commit to a menu.

    Monday – Spagetti

    Tuesday – Crock Pot barbeque chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans

    Wednesday – Tacos

    Thursday – breakfast food

    Friday – Talapia, fried potatoes, corn

  15. I always love to have my week pre-planned whenever I can!

    Monday–Tuna Noodle Casserole

    Tuesday–Always Taco Tuesday (that’s easy)

    Wednesday–Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie

    Thursday–Leftovers (Line Dance Class Night)

    Friday–Pork Chops and Rice, Salad, Rolls, Carrots, Yummmm!

  16. Some of these meals sound so good, I wish we could post the recipes!
    Focus on the Family just aired a program this morning on how important eating meals together as a family is, especially in the lives of our children. Perfect timing for this idea!
    Blessings to you all!

  17. Monday – Country Chicken (crock pot)
    Tuesday – Pasta with Meatballs and sauce, tossed salad
    Wednesday – leftover day (as its a busy evening)
    Thursday – Tuna Casserole
    Friday – Shepherds Pie
    Saturday – family movie night with Chinese takeout
    Sunday – Pot Roast, Mashed Sweeet Potatoe, Green Beans

  18. MONDAY- pasta with Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs, salad
    TUES- flank steak salad
    WEDS-Salmon, cous cous, asparagus
    THURS- leftovers
    FRIDAY- homemade pizza (check out the Pioneer Woman’s “Fig and Prosciutto Pizza” recipe! YUM!

  19. Monday – Meatballs and noodles

    Tuesday – Spagetti

    Wendesday – frozen pizza

    Thursday – Swiss Chicken

    Friday – pizza at the pine wood derby for my boy’s boy scout troops…

  20. Monday – Meatballs and noodles

    Tuesday – Spagetti

    Wendesday – frozen pizza

    Thursday – Swiss Chicken

    Friday – pizza at the pine wood derby for my boy’s boy scout troops…

  21. Monday: Way Out West Omelet | Spinach and Pink Grapefruit Salad
    Tuesday: Slow Cooker Pizza Pork Chops | vegetable or salad from my fridge(using what I have)
    Wednesday: Southwestern Meatloaf | Apple Spinach Salad and baked potatoes
    Thursday: White Bean Chicken Corn Chowder | Fresh tortillas
    Friday: Garlic-Lime Shrimp and Grits | Salad

  22. I know my week always goes much better when I take the time to meal plan.
    Monday: pork chops, mashed potatoes and a veggie
    Tuesday: chicken alfredo and salad
    Wednesday: we usually eat chick fil a before church
    Thursday: beef tips and rice
    Friday: tacos

  23. Don’t count me in the for book prize, I already have one to keep and one to give!!
    I head about a possible goodie basket……..

  24. M- Pizza (Special night out for the kids at John’s Incredible Pizza)
    t- tacos
    w- Enchilada Casserole
    th- Texas hash
    f- chicken noodle casserole

  25. MONDAY – chicken, tofu, broc and whole wheat noodles casserole
    TUESDAY – Movie night with my dd – seeing Beauty & Beast 3D!!!! Prob gonna head to chikfila
    WEDNESDAY – dinner at my MIL’s – leftovers from Sunday Dinner
    THURSDAY – Peppers, onions, chicken sausage and brown rice
    FRIDAY – Mock lasagna – tofu for the cheese, ground turkey, greek yogurt to add creaminess

    Can you tell we are on a health kick? Hard to find easy quick cheap and healthy meals that we can all agree on, but I’m trying!

  26. Monday: Rotisserie Chicken Soup and Sliced Baked Potatoes
    Tuesday: CORN (Clean out Refrigerator Night – mama’s having a procedure, everyone else is on their own!)
    Wednesday: Baked Spaghetti
    Thursday: Baked White Roughy, veggies and quinoa pilaf
    Friday: Family Pizza Night

  27. Monday: Leftover Pasta from dinner at Brio Italian Grille
    Tuesday: Roasted Chicken Halves and Sugar Snap Peas
    Wednesday: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
    Thursday: Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Friday: Publix Subs (on our way to the campsite)
    Saturday: Foil Packets on the campfire
    Sunday: Ribs, roasted potato veggies

  28. Monday – Schewan Shrimp with rice
    Tuesday – grilled chicken with veggies and rice
    Wednesday – spaghetti and tomato sauce
    Thursday – leftpver spaghetti and tomato sauce
    Friday – take out pizza

  29. It’s great to get back to menu planning instead of last minute, “What do I have on hand?”

    Sunday–Easy taquita casserole, quacamole, chips, tres leche cake
    Monday–Left over smoked pork loin, baked sweet potatoes, peas, whole cranberry sauce
    Tuesday–8:00pm Scholtsky’s–after grandson’s B-ball game followed by mission prayer team
    Wednesday–Church fellowship meal
    Thursday–Chicken and rice casserole, salad
    Friday–Date night
    Saturday–Venison Stew

  30. Monday – Nacho El Grande – Tortilla’s with taco meat and veggies topped with Salsa and Yoguart
    Tuesday – Taco Salads with Roasted Corn
    Wednesday – Cheese Pizza and Chicken wings with celery sticks
    Thursday – Corn Chowder with homemade Sourdough Bread
    Friday – Salmon with Brown Basmati Rice and mixed veggies
    Sat – Left Overs
    Sun- Roast Chicken, baby bakers, and veggies

  31. Wednesday- crock pot BBQ chicken
    Thursday- katsudon
    Friday- crock pot roast
    Saturday- eat out night
    Sunday- steaks

  32. Where can the calendar and dinner ideas list be found now? The links above are no longer valid :(

    Thank you! :)


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