Simple Instructions for Organizing Your Meals…so you can focus on helping your loved one battle cancer.

True Fact:  Helping your loved one battle cancer, is an incredible honor.  It’s also completely overwhelming! You can grab the FREE resource that my family used to help us find enough HOPE and PERSPECTIVE to get through the storm here…

When your loved one is battling cancer, it feels really difficult to manage your own life too.  Organizing your meals is a great place to start…

Simple Steps for Organizing Your Meals…so you can focus on helping your loved one battle cancer. The struggle is real! Cancer takes over your whole life and figuring out how to deal with all of this AND take care of the family I have at home is really hard! I desperately appreciate anything that can help me manage all this. This step-by-step guide to organizing your meals is a game changer!

How do you manage to get a good nutritious meal on the table for your family, while you’re out battling cancer with your dad?

You make a plan for organizing your meals and you stick to it.

If you’re not super organized and you’re more like a fly by the seat your pants type of gal…I’ve got you covered.

One of the biggest challenges you’ll have during this journey is figuring out how to manage your life when cancer is the priority.

Small changes, such as organizing your meals and planning ahead of time… help me make sure that my crew at home has a solid plan for dinner each night.  It also ensures that everything they need is ready to go (including a backup plan).

And the process for Organizing Your Meals is SIMPLE. 

  • Plan out all your meals for the week.
  • Make a shopping list at the same time.
  • Consider (and plan for) any late or hectic nights. And identify who will cook when you can’t.
  • Hang it on the fridge so you can access it (and so the kids know what to expect).
  • Choose a “shopping day” and get all of your groceries.

So, the key here, are quick and easy dinners that you can throw together in 30 minutes or less and a solid back up plan in case everything goes insane…

Meal plan #1 to start the summer off right!


Breakfast:  Cereal

Lunch:  Salad w/ grilled chicken

Dinner: Grilled steak, rice and corn (mixed)

Shopping list:  Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, apples, and Craisins.  Boneless skinless chicken tenders, balsamic vinegar, garlic salt and olive oil.  London Broil, white rice, canned corn.


Breakfast: Eggs and toast

Lunch:  Tuna fish sandwiches

Dinner:  Jenn overnight in NYC, treatment at Sloan- Shannon and the kid’s order dinner.

Shopping list:  Tuna fish, bread, onion.


 Breakfast: Cereal

Lunch:  Make your own

Dinner:  Jenn home late.

Shannon makes: Spaghetti with frozen meatballs, garlic bread (frozen) and canned green beans.

Shopping list:  Spaghetti, ground beef, garlic bread (Texas Toast), and green beans.


Breakfast: Bagels and cream cheese

Lunch: Pigs-n-blanket and Kraft mac and cheese

Dinner:  Grilled Chicken, baked potato and sour cream, Salad

Shopping List: Bagels, cream cheese, mini hot dogs, crescent rolls, mac and cheese, chicken, marinade potatoes, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and sour cream.


Breakfast: Cereal

Lunch:  English muffin pizzas

Dinner: Hamburgers, lettuce, tomato, onion and french fries (in the air fryer)

Shopping List: English muffins, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, burgers, rolls, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, french fries.


Breakfast:  Cereal

Lunch: Pretzels, hummus, and fruit salad

Dinner:  Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps

Shopping List:  Large sandwich wraps, lettuce, bacon, chicken strips, ranch dressing and Monterey Jack cheese.  Various fruit, hummus, and pretzel chips.


Breakfast:  French toast and sausage

Lunch: Italian subs

Dinners:  Lemon Chicken and Angel Hair Pasta and Salad.

Shopping List: Breakfast sausage, deli ham, pepperoni, provolone cheese, hard rolls, lettuce, tomato, onion, fresh lemon, garlic, white cooking wine, fresh parsley, boneless chicken, angel hair pasta, and asparagus.

Back up Meals:  Chicken nuggets and tater tots, Ellio’s pizza, cheese quesadilla’s.

Everything you need for organizing your meals is laid out for the week and the shopping list for each meal is ready for your weekly shopping trip.  Mid-week, I can replenish my salad ingredients, so they are fresh and delicious.

Then I am ready for the week (and I feel like I am organized)!

When your loved one is diagnosed with cancer, your whole life changes.  But a few simple changes can go a long way in helping you manage your life and organizing your meals so that you can stay focused on winning the battle!

What are your favorite tips for getting organized?

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