Free Meal Plans for Busy Cooks

Overhad image of plate with spaghetti, colored bell peppers, and cheese with a fork and text Save time & money with free weekly meal plans

How many times have you stared into the refrigerator at 5pm wondering what in the world to make for dinner?

Feeding a family can feel relentless—a never-ending process of planning, shopping, cooking, and cleaning.

Let our uniquely crafted FREE meal plans lighten the load. Our free meal plans:

  • do the planning for you
  • are scalable for all family sizes
  • include a shopping list
  • decrease prep time & work
  • increase grocery savings
  • build a freezer stockpile of prepared basics

I am so happy you’ve started doing this again! . . .
I’ve been looking for more menu plans and these are fantastic!
Thank you so much for doing this again!

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Quick and easy Creamy Balsamic Meatballs save you time

Want to know more?

You won’t find elaborate gourmet meals in our meal plans—our recipes are easy, delicious, and family-friendly.

I’m a huge fan of simple, flavorful recipes, and M4M hasn’t disappointed me yet.

Based on the Secrets of a Busy Cook as shown in the Busy Cook’s Pyramid, our weekly meal plans are more than just a list of recipes. The meal plans:

Pyramid graphic titled Busy Cook's Pyramid with levels starting at bottom: Cooking for the Freezer, Planned Leftovers, Quick & Easy Recipes, Fast Ingredients, Tools & Techniques (Add Salt & Serve)

  • easily fill the freezer with both cooked ingredients and full recipes
  • avoid wasting food by incorporating planned leftovers in future meals
  • take advantage of quick and easy recipes
  • make efficient use of your time in the kitchen to avoiding repeating the same tasks over and over
  • take advantage of tools & techniques to make life easier

I have tried other menu planning systems and have never found anything else that works for us the way Menus4Moms does. We love the recipes and love the common sense approach to using leftovers and freezer cooking. I recommend the site to EVERYONE! ~Dawn

Still have questions?

You can contact us or leave a comment on our Facebook page and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.

About Mary Ann

Image of Mary Ann KelleyMary Ann Kelley, the founder of Menus4Moms, has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom’s cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by “Diner’s Journal,” The New York Times‘ Blog on Dining Out; on PBS Parents‘ “Kitchen Explorer;” on Fox Business; and on The Spruce Eats. Mary Ann has been a guest on “The Sipping Point,” the podcast of Laurie Forster of The Wine Coach, and has been featured in “The Front Burner,” a cooking feature of, the website of The Free Lance-Star newspaper.

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