Family Meal Plan Ideas | Free Printable Planner

Meal planning, just like laundry, it’s seemingly endless.

There’s no avoiding it though, or we inevitably end up giving our little people cheesy pasta, (that’s pasta, sprinkled with grated cheddar, simples) on more days than we care to admit.

I’m trying to make a conscious effort this year to be more adventurous when it comes to our evening meals. You know that you need to change things up when everyone groans when announcing that spaghetti bolognese is on the menu, again.

Don’t worry, I’m not doing anything crazy like going Vegan. Just experimenting at least once a week in an attempt to introduce us all to something new using our weekly staples.

Meal Planning Through Pinterest

Although we’ve got loads of cookbooks, I just never have the time to sit down and flick through them.

So instead I’ve been mooching a lot over on Pinterest and I have put together a Family Meal Ideas board which has made it really easy to search, save and try out new recipes. By saving ideas to my board means that I can add to it at any time of the day or night and then it’s also easily accessible to check for ingredients whilst out food shopping.

Quick Creamy Salmon

We try to eat fish at least once a week in our home, mostly salmon.

I’d perfected my Tomato Pesto Salmon dish which I found on Tasty ages ago, then the Hubster announced last week that he didn’t really like Pesto and yet I’d been serving it up once a week for about six months. Excellent. So it was perhaps time we tried something different. As luck would have it, I found this Quick Creamy Salmon recipe on Pinterest and we surprisingly had all of the ingredients in, which never usually happens.

It turned out OK and despite it slightly resembling something a cat has thrown up, it was actually very yummy.

Here’s a quick rundown of the recipe. I’m breezy with quantities as I prefer more vegetables and fewer herbs and spices etc, but more details and a video demo can be found here.


  • Salmon Fillets
  • Baby spinach
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Red Peppers, roasted or fried (which is quicker)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes (I didn’t have, so didn’t use!)
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter
  • Cream (I used a small tub of double cream)
  • Parmesan Cheese (grated)


  • Roast chopped peppers in the oven or in fry for quickness.
  • Olive Oil heated in a large frying pan. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the salmon. Fry skin side up for 5 minutes, then skin side down for 4 minutes. Remove from pan and cover with foil.
  • Melt butter in the pan. Add garlic, peppers, spinach, cream and parmesan, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, parsley and simmer.
  • Add the salmon fillets back into the pan and cover with the sauce. Cook for 5 minutes. Boom!

I served this with rice, long-stemmed broccoli and kale. It was definitely something that we’ll be trying again soon- especially as the girls ate it too! Bonus.

I’m always on the search for more simple, tasty and (sort of) healthy meal ideas that the whole family will like, so I’ve put together a sample of one of our weekly meal plans for anyone who might be interested, which you can download and print here.

Our weekly plans aren’t always set in stone and it’s not something that I do every week, but when I do have a good meal plan, the week always feels more manageable in some way.

I was really pleased with how the meal planner turned out, so I’ve created a blank one that you can also download and print off for your own use. If you do, I’d love to see your plan so please tag me in over on Instagram or send me a direct message!

Download the Beyond Tired Family Meal Planner Here.

What meals have you been trying and loving lately?

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