This is how I approach it. I do a bulk large food shopping once every 4-6 weeks depending on what we might need and our budget. I usually pick up fresh produce from a local food co-op we belong to and our garden. Eggs are from our chicken, milk and bread are purchased weekly usually by dh on his was home from work.
I do batch freezer cooking. I'll do a large batch of dried beans, cook them up then freeze them in 1-1 1/2 cup size portions. I usually will do several pounds at a time. I also cook rice, ground beef, bacon, chicken and turkey and then freeze for later use.
When I plan our meals I tend to do it weekly or 10days out. I think of our schedule for the week. and go from there.
Mondays are busy with a soccer practice so that is usually a pre made casserole, soup, chili, or like this week Breakfast Burritos (I made up 35 last night and froze them).
Tuesdays are our busiest day of the week so this is always a casserole and usually an egg dish. Egg bake, quiche. I usually make up the casserole on Monday and DH puts it in the oven when he gets home from work.
Wednesdays are similar to Mondays I don't usually do back to back casseroles but it has happened, I usually do an "Italian" inspired dish this night. So pasta bake, baked ziti, pizza, etc.
Thursdays I usually have more time in my day so I will do a roasted chicken, main meat and potatoes sort of meal.
Fridays are funny. DH has every other one off so when he has off we usually go out to eat or he makes dinner. I don't normally menu plan this meal. When he is working I tend to do a soup, salad, chili, tacos.
Over the weekends I usually cook Saturday and DH does Sundays. Usually this is a meat, veg, veg, and starch sort of meal. Think traditional sunday dinners.
I also batch cook and freeze muffins, brownies, cookies and breads.
We do a lot of canning and also can up homemade soups which comes in handy for a night when our best laid plans fall short. Our goal is to eat as a family more nights than not. To not eat fast food meals due to our own lack of planning and to eat locally, nutritious food.
We've been married almost 13 yrs and our kids are 11 and 8. It's been the last 5 yrs that we've really had a good system in place.
Our Meal plan the coming week.
Tonight I had planned on making chili backed potatoes but DD's soccer game got moved to tonight so we've decided on a meal out at our favorite Mexican place.
Friday night is sort of up in the air.
Meal plan for the rest of the week.
Saturday: Rosemary Panco Chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and apple crisp.
Sunday: Bacon homemade Mac n Cheese (made and froze a few weeks ago) with celery sticks and apple slices.
Monday: Breakfast burritos (made and froze a few weeks ago), home canned peach slices. (Soccer practice at 5:30pm) we eat a quick meal.
Tuesday: Sweat potato tater tot casserole . ( Science co-op from 12-2p,Running practice 2:30 4pm, girl scouts until 5pm, volunteer gig at 6:45p at our food co-op, plus I answer phone voice meal for our homeschool association. This by far is my busiest day) I will make this up in the morning or the night before and DH will pop it in the oven when he gets home from work.
Wednesday: Pasta bake with homemade sauce (I use lentils mixed with ground sausage and I also add carrots and zucchini ). Garlic toast (Soccer Practice at 5:30p, I will make this up during the day and DH will pop it in the oven when he gets home from work.)
Thursday: Roasted Organic Chicken with roasted potatoes, mixed veg and homemade rosemary garlic cheese bread. Only running practice this day :)
Friday: Chicken soup, possibly taco soup. cornbread waffles.