Menu Plan for a Working Mom: Panko-Crusted Tilapia and More

Working Mom Meal PlanI’ve been working full time outside the home for about a year and a half. Previously, I was self-employed, working at home, while my children were little.  Finding the time and energy to do the grocery shopping and cooking after 8-9 hours at the office is one of the major challenges of working outside the home. Every now and then, I accomplish a killer meal plan for the week – this is one of those weeks. (Hey! I’m even writing a blog post about it!)

I’ve always looked up to Maria Bailey, CEO of BSM Media, author of Mom 3.0 and Power Moms, and more. She has been one of my mentors in being a mom in business as I worked with her on blogging campaigns, live web-shows, conferences, etc.

Maria always cooks on Sundays to prepare the meals for the week ahead. I’ve tried the “once a month cooking” method as well as the weekly technique, and I like both of them. Most of the time, I don’t have an entire day to cook for the month so I try the weekly method.

Here’s my meal plan for this week. I’m pretty proud of the fact that I used ingredients in multiple recipes without making it boring.

panko crusted tilapia recipe

Sunday: Panko Crusted Dill Tilapia {click for recipe}

I have time to cook on Sunday, so I make the most labor intensive meal for Sunday night.




Homemade PizzaMonday: Homemade Pizzas

We prebaked the crust, topped with sauce cheese and toppings, and placed them in the refrigerator. Monday, we just have to stick them in the oven for a couple of minutes. First Pizza Toppings: mini-pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms. Second Pizza Toppings: onions, mushrooms, broccoli, mini-pepperoni



Breakfast Casserole

Tuesday: Breakfast Casserole for Dinner

We used the rest of the sausage and mushrooms that we used to top the pizza. Add a bunch of eggs, a little bit of milk and some cheese on top. Put it in the fridge and bake when you’re ready to eat it. 

Wednesday: Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken

I threw half-a Coke can, four chicken breasts, and the onions left over from the pizza toping into a gallon ziploc bag. Wednesday morning, I’ll put it all in the crock pot for 8 hours on low.


Thursday: EarthFare Kids Eat Free!


Friday: Leftoverpalooza

Friday is our “do nothing but eat leftovers and watch movies” night.


Do you have a killer meal plan for a working mom? How do you deal with the rat race of trying to feed the family?

About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)


  1. YAY! Thank you Sarah for posting this! I needed this right now! Will you post more ideas? PLEASE???? This part of being a mom NEVER gets easier for me. My husband is so helpful. We go out to eat a lot! Way too much! He cooks too but man, it’s one of those things if I don’t do it I feel like a failure! I haven’t done a regular meal plan in a couple years. Thanks for inspiring me today! Love this!


    Sarah Pinnix Reply:

    Ami, I’m so glad this helped you! I got into somewhat of an overachiever mode Sunday! I will share whenever I get my act together on Sundays! You might also check out She has fantastic freezer menus that you just have to thaw and cook.



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