As the start of school approaches, I’ve been wracking my brain as to how I can lessen my load. ‘What can I do now to help me then?’ One of the things I thought might help would be to create a monthly meal plan so that when 4:00pm rolls around, I’m not left scrambling through my kitchen to come up with a well rounded, healthy dinner for my family of 5.
In our family, I usually cook dinners that involve a meat, starch and veggie each night. I always have fruit bowls too and in addition, if the kids eat well, I’ll give them a treat too such as a cookie or a piece of candy. It’s not an every night thing and sort of just depends what’s going on in our evening schedule.
So, as I was doing other misc. projects around the farmhouse, I fully admit that I thought I was losing my mind when the ‘monthly meal plan’ thought entered my head. That is, until I realized that this could make such a big difference in my day. Sounds well worth it, doesn’t it?
Here it is; my September Meal Plan. I’m not sure where I’ll hang this calendar but my initial thoughts are to put it in the boys ‘School Organization Closet’. Because I’ll open that door each morning which will prompt me to see this and take a meat out of the freezer before I leave and will give me a heads up if I need to pick up any forgotten items at the grocery store after school drop off.
You may have noticed that I don’t have any of the weekend meals filled in. We fly by the seat of our pants over the weekend. We make plans with friends and family, we have weddings to go to, functions to attend, birthday parties and truth be told, we enjoy going out to eat too! And we save those nights out for when we don’t have school the next day. We’ll walk around the corner to the Chinese Restaurant, visit Uncle Anthony’s Pizza Shop (aPizza Badamo in Mt. Lebanon), sit outside at an All American place in town; I look forward to not cooking as much on the weekends.
I’m sure I’ll deviate from this list every once in a while depending on what’s going on. More so, I can see myself switching the days of each meal and making a crock-pot meal on a busier day and a more labor intensive meal when we don’t have soccer/baseball practice. Our anniversary meal? That’s bound to change. I can almost bet when I mention my fav salmon dish, Bri will say, ‘Or Fillet’… or we could do both! We won’t go out until the weekend but I do like to cook something ‘extra special’ on the day of. You watch, we’ll have back to back games that eve and end up eating left-over soup. Whatev.
It’s important that we understand that this meal plan isn’t set in stone. It’s just a guide. Help. A plan, that if we follow through with, great… And if we don’t, that’s ok too. But it’s there if we need it and we can rest assure that whatever was planned, will also be enjoyed by our hungry family! Amen?
In my case… these little guys…
September Dates and Recipe links!
- 1. Labor Day – PICNIC FOOD!
- 2. Crockpot Mac and Cheese, Rotisserie Chicken, Steamed Broccoli
- 3. Chicken, Peppers and Cheese Quesadillas, Fresh Corn and Black Beans with Spices
- 4. Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwiches, Homemade Potato Fries, Roasted Veggies
- 5. Orecchiette with Sundried Tomatoes and Sausage, Side Sald
- 8. Turkey Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli
- 9. Chicken Enchiladas over Rice
- 10. Crockpot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff
- 11. Halibut, Rice Pilaf, Sautéed Spinach
- 12. Pesto Pasta, Salad, Garlic Bread
- 15. Chili over Rice
- 16. Chicken Stew with Veggies and Potatoes
- 17. ANNIVERSARY: Salmon, Pasta, Edamame – May change to Fillet, Potato, Veggie
- 18. Crockpot BBQ Pulled Chicken, Roasted Zucchini and Yellow Squash
- 19. Sausage and Peppers Macaroni Bake, Side Salad
- 22. MAKE A POT OF SPAGHETTI SAUCE: Pasta Night
- 23. Southwest Chicken Soup over Rice (recipe to come soon!)
- 24. Baked Tilapia, Homemade Sweet Potato Fries, Roasted Vegetables
- 25. Creamy Crockpot Chicken with Mushrooms, Green Beans
- 26. BOYS EARLY DISMISSAL: Camping Trip – Lord, help me.
- 29. Chicken Noodle Soup, Grilled Cheese
- 30. Stuffed Banana Peppers (Try them! Yes, they are kid friendly!)
There you have it! A true and tried great guide for you with healthy, homemade meals that include a meat, starch and veggie in every meal! Take the plan, print it, PIN it, use all the recipes or just a few… I’m telling myself, if this idea just so happens not to help me as much as I think it will, I hope it helps another woman! YOU!
Do you meal plan? If so, how far in advance do you plan? And how often do you deviate from your plan?
Don’t forget, I love new recipes too so please share your delicious, true and TRIED (must have tried it!) recipes with me too! I’d love to include your favorite meals into our October Plan!