Free Weekly Meal Plans for Busy Cooks

Photo of beef and broccoli over rice with 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.

Image of beef and corn filling in a pastry crust with salsa in the background

We include recipes that freeze well, like Easy Beef Empanadas, so you can stock your freezer

Let our uniquely crafted meal plans lighten the load.

Our uniquely designed meal plans to help you decrease prep time, increase grocery savings, and build a stockpile of prepared basics to pull from the freezer and combine into a variety of meals.

Menu4Moms is not just another meal planning website, but an entirely different way of thinking about cooking.

Meatballs in a cream sauce over egg noodles and a cast iron skillet in the background

Recipes like Creamy Balsamic Meatballs are quick and easy to save you time

Secrets of a Busy Cook

Based on the Busy Cook’s Pyramid, our weekly meal plans are more than just a list of recipes. By planning meals based on the five levels of the pyramid, each meal plan contributes to:

  • saving time & money
  • decreasing preparation effort
  • taking advantage of the tools we have in our kitchens
  • filling the freezer

All of this is done without spending hours in the kitchen because we strategically plan week’s meals.

Roasted barbecue chicken on platter garnished with green onion

Meals like Barbecue Roast Chicken provide planned leftovers for later meals

Menus4Moms: Secrets of a Busy CookYou can read more about the Secrets of a Busy Cook, but the basics are:

  • 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
  • use your time in the kitchen efficiently by bulk prepping ingredients like cooked chicken to avoiding repeating the same tasks over and over
  • use tools & techniques to make life easier

Our free weekly meal plans incorporate this unique way of cooking into each dinner meal plan so that you don’t have to think about it. We’ll send you our weekly meal plans by email and you can either use them as is or as inspiration to create your own menus using these principles.

I have thoroughly enjoyed your site since I found it! I don’t like trying new things, or doing hard recipes that leave me stuck in the kitchen all night. I have 5 children and I work and go to college part time, so my time is very limited. Your site has really helped me know what is for dinner, stick to my budget, and try out new recipes. That Chicken Pepper Pasta was so delicious last night! And more importantly, my children loved it too! Thank you for everything! ~ Y.C. in Illinois

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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