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October Menu Plan

Happy Monday Friends!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Ours was a mix of relaxation and getting ready for our busy month ahead.

One thing I wanted to try this month was monthly meal planning. I spent some time reading about monthly meal planning and at first I became discouraged with the idea.  For me, it was overwhelming to come up with 30 breakfasts, lunches and dinners.  But after I found Confessions of a Homeschooler‘s October meal plan it gave me a starting point.

Here are three things I learned this weekend about monthly meal planning:

#1. Have a theme

After checking out Simple Mom’s blog on menu planning for the month, I saw that she did a theme for each day of the week.  This month I decided to do the same thing. I picked the themes based on what days would work best for making those meals.

  • Sundays – Pasta
  • Mondays – American
  • Tuesdays -Mexican
  • Wednesdays – Something Easy
  • Thursdays – Crock Pot
  • Fridays – Pizza
  • Saturday – Something New

#2. Have a go to list of recipes

I found out the hard way (half way through menu planning) that if I just wrote down our favorites, requests from my husband and recipes I’d like to try – it would have saved me a lot of guessing work when it came to planning out so many meals.  I organized my list by category of: breakfast, lunch and dinner in a Google document.  Since I do a lot of online recipes I was able to attach links to each recipe title or write the page number from the  cook book I planned on using.  This list can continue to grow throughout the month of October in hopes that come November I have a good list of recipes without having to spend hours (literally) trying to figure out what to cook.

#3. Ask for help and seek resources

I asked my husband what he would like on the menu to help give me more ideas.  I also asked him to help me with our little toddler so I could focus on planning our menu.  I couldn’t do it with out my sweet husbands help!

If you want more information on menu planning my favorite resources are: Money Saving Mom (menu planning worksheets), Simple Mom (menu planning basics), and Organized Junkie (recipe organization).

Well these are the three things I learned this weekend when menu planning for the month. If you’d like to view our monthly menu click here.

Menu this week

Breakfasts

  • Muffins, fruit and hard boiled eggs x2
  • Cottage Cheese, fruit and toast x2
  • Oatmeal Casserole
  • Waffles and fruit
  • Breakfast Casserole

Lunch

  • PB & J and veggies
  • Grilled cheese and veggies
  • Lasagna Cups
  • Left Overs
  • Bean and Cheese Burritos
  • Quesadillas

Dinner

  • Chicken parmesan and penne pasta
  • Hamburgers and red potatoes
  • Enchilada Pie and salad
  • Grilled Rosemary Chicken
  • Meatball subs
  • Homemade Pizza
  • Dinner Out

Freezer Cooking/ Plan Ahead

How do you menu plan? Weekly or Monthly? What are tricks and tips that help you do it easily?

Sharing today at Organized Junkie.

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4 Comments

  1. I am very impressed! I like the idea of having a theme per night. It does make it easier to plan. I had never thought of this! Everything sounds yummy!
    Cynthia L. recently posted..A Crafter’s Dream Christmas GiveawayMy Profile

    • Thank you Cynthia! I’m excited to try some of the new things on our menu this month. Its nice to know it’s all planned out. :)

  2. Wow that is amazing, i think i need to step it up a notch! lol I might just try it! Thank you for the inspiration!
    Tiffany recently posted..Menu Plan Monday: Oct 1 – 7My Profile

    • Thank you Tiffany. It definitely took some time to prepare but I hope that next time around it will be a little smoother. I’m thinking that monthly meal planning will be very helpful durning this busy time of the year. :) October – December just flies by for us. :)