Simplify meal time with this 2 week rotating meal plan. Now you can eat healthy foods every day without having to think about it!
I love cooking! (I know, I know, I’m one of those annoying people.) It’s a creative outlet for me each day. I love combining flavors and creating something new to enjoy.
But I don’t love the hours it takes me to plan meals and grocery lists each time I need to stock up on more groceries. It was time to simplify my cooking a bit for the sake of my sanity!
I saw the idea of a 2 week rotating meal plan floating around and decided to give it a try. YOU GUYS! This simple trick has simplified my life immensely! I only wish I started planning our meals this way sooner!
What is a 2 week rotating meal plan?
Essentially, a 2 week rotating meal plan is simply two weeks of planned out meals. You make a different thing each day for two weeks. Then, you make those same 14 meals the next two weeks. You can keep the rotation going for as long as you like.
We’ve been doing this for about 6 weeks now (3 rotations) and I’m so happy with the results. It’s saved me literally hours of menu planning and grocery list making.
After 6 weeks, I’m ready to change up our menu a little bit. But I’m so glad that I only have to meal plan once every 6 weeks now, instead of every week!
And for an added bonus, each rotation I find myself saving more money. I’ve started to notice patterns in the quantities of ingredients I buy, and how long they last. This helps me avoid wasting produce (anyone else always have a soggy, forgotten, half-bunch of cilantro hanging out in their fridge?) and I’m able to buy exactly how much we need each week.
how to create a two week rotating meal plan
To create your 2 week rotating meal plan, simply pick 14 meals to make each night for dinner for 2 weeks. Here’s what mine looks like right now:
Sunday: roasted whole chicken and veggies
Monday: chicken and dumplings
Wednesday: sheet pan sausage and veggies
Thursday: asian stir-fy
Friday: pizza and salad
Saturday: nachos (with this cheese sauce we’re all obsessed with!)
Sunday: spaghetti squash casserole
Monday: zuppa toscana
Tuesday: taco salad
Wednesday: sheet pan chicken and veggies
Thursday: chicken curry
Friday: pizza and salad
Saturday: hamburgers and sweet potato fries
how to simplify your rotation
To simplify my meal plan, I follow a basic format for most of the days on both weeks:
Sundays: baked dish
Wednesdays: sheet pan
Fridays: pizza and salad
Saturday: family favorites (burgers and nachos)
As you can see, I make pizza and salad every Friday, and nachos every Saturday. For each of the other days, I follow the format, but change out what meal we eat (for example: tacos one tuesday, burrito bowls the next Tuesday). This helps me always remember what I’ll be making each day.
I’ve also come into the habit of prepping foods and chopping veggies for our dinners in the morning time. My toddler is typically fussy and wants my full attention just about the time I start preparing dinner. Chopping up veggies ahead of time significantly reduces my dinner prep time in the evening!
simplify breakfasts, lunches, and snacks as well
I’ve also simplified our breakfasts, lunches, and snacks with my rotating meal plan.
I’ve narrowed it down to just a few different breakfast, lunches, and snacks that we can choose between each day. That way I’m not constantly wondering what to feed my people for our other meals as well.
Here’s what we’ve been having in our current rotation:
- veggie hash with bacon or sausage
- toast and eggs
- green salad with chicken and my honey mustard salad dressing
- Jovial cassava noodles and sauce (I try to keep some in the pantry or freezer)
- grilled cheese sandwiches
- apples with almond butter
- toast and butter
- carrots and ranch
- guacamole and crackers
You could even add desserts into your rotation!
Have you tried a meal rotation? I’d love to know what you do to simplify meal planning! Let me know in the comments below!