Hi Montee, welcome to DC :)
A week of meals for me depends on what is on sale. Just like Andy, on Saturdays I typically have the following week planned out. I usually have two or three cheaper nights with some nicer meals planned in between to keep the budget in line. For example...
Monday - Spaghetti with meat sauce (maybe ground turkey, or whatever is cheapest at the store that week) and a slice of garlic toast
Tuesday - chicken ceasar salad
Wednesday - slow cooked stew (budgeting, I would make it a stew with root veggies and beans for protein instead of meat)
Thursday - If there is no slow cooked stew left (there usually is), maybe a shrimp risotto (one pot meal - with cheap, healthy brown rice)
Friday - Slow cooked pulled pork and beans - this ends up being chili consistancy but sweeter, or however you make it
Saturday - leftovers and shopping, or takeout
So.. grocery list would be pretty simple with these meals. Good stuff to have on hand if you make any of these regularly...
-Homemade meat sauce, in packages made for one meal
-Frozen chicken breast, either cooked and diced already or raw (I prefer cooked - easier - and do it yourself!)
-Frozen vegetables for stew - In my freezer I have prepped chopped
carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, herbs, etc). If you like to make stews
from stuff you have in the freezer, I would recommend getting a food
processor that will slice everything for you, for those times you stock up
-Frozen Shrimp - got on sale - best is shelled tiger shrimp, uncooked.
Pre-cooked tend to get tiny and aren't near as tasty.
-Pork tenderloin (we can get a couple of them for about $5 when they are on sale) or other cuts of pork
- Dried Beans - for slow cooked meals, go more for kidney sized beans,
otherwise if you go with Lentils you will never see them again - they will
boil down to nothing lol
I hope this helps a little bit - It would be tedious to write absolutely everything! I hope you are able to figure out what works for you and your family. My last tip - research recipes! My favorite website is allrecipes.com because they are all rated and easy to search.
PS. ANother tip - always use a list at the store - otherwise you'll forget, and also you'll grab needless items!