My Family Meal Planner Meat Optional


Meals can be made with or without Meat!

As I was trying out the vegetarian recipes, I realized that it would be easy to just add in Meat. This is where the meat optional came from. Instead of making this a vegetarian meal planner, I felt that if I made it meat optional I could encourage more people to add a couple of meatless meals in their diet each week.

I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty and filling these recipes were. There are many studies out there that support the fact that a vegetarian diet is better for us in many aspects of our health. From the American Heart Association website:

“Many studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which cases heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer.”
And from

“National Cancer Institute study of 500,000 people found that those who ate 4 ounces grams) of red meat of more daily were 30 percent more likely to die of any cause over 10 years than those who consumed less.”

Mayo clinic also stated:

“Many people save money by adding meatless meals to their weekly menus. Meatless meals are built around vegetables, beans and grains – instead of meat, which tends to be more expensive.”

This planner includes a full year of menus with meals planned for four days per week, all the recipes you need and weekly grocery lists.

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The grocery lists are included in the book, but to make it easier for you, it also includes a preprinted magnetic grocery store notepad to put on your refrigerator. Just cross out what you already have, add any additional items that you need, and head to the store. The grocery list notepads are also printed by the categories of a grocery store.

  • Almost every week there is a slow cooker meal or the possibility of a slow cooker meal.
  • Every recipe includes nutritional analysis.
  • All recipes that have a heart by them meet the American Heart Association requirements for a heart healthy recipe.

If you are a diabetic, I have also included the amount of Carb Choices for each recipe. 1 Carb Choice = 15 grams of Carbohydrates. Recommended amount for most diabetics is 3 to 4 carb choices per meal. (If you are a diabetic, make sure you follow your individual plan made for you by your doctor or dietitian.)

If you are on a weight loss system that counts points, those are already figured for you for each recipe. This meal planner is not intended to be a weight loss plan. (This meal planner is in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers International and it has not been reviewed by Weight Watchers for accuracy and suitability for Weight Watchers members.)

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