Here is the background to the monthly meal plan …
Last year, we did weekly meal plans. Well we did weekly meal plans most of the time. I say most of the time because some weeks we forgot to plan. Life got busy, school work was out of control, the preschool business started, the family all got sick. You name it, life happens. When I suggested a Monthly Meal Plan late last month, I was sure my husband would declare me nuts for good. BUT … he was on board. Part of my accountable in doing this is posting our Monthly Meal Plan each month.
We liked the themes last month but didn’t use them this month. We are trying to use up items we have in the fridge/pantry this month!
September 2011 Monthly Meal Plan
2 Pork enchiladas
3 Birthday Party – Lasagna
4 Rosemary lemon chicken w potatoes
5 Quinoa pancakes with eggs
6 Cabbage salad
10 Corn Chowder (Daring Kitchen Challenge!)
11 Schnitzel with spaetzle
14 Pork Tenderloin w Pomegranate Wine Sauce
16 BBQ Chicken w/ Pomegranate Wine sauce
18 Pot Roast
19 Spanish Tortilla
20 Slow Cooker Chicken with Rice
23 Chicken and waffles
26Veggie Fried Rice
28 Ham and Rice
30 Steaks w grilled ratatouille
A few notes …
- We have a weekend away (in Philly!) this month so that weekend we planned some meals we may leave but one night did mark “out”.
- We left leftovers on Thursday as a trial. The girls are starting at class that starts at 4:45 pm that is 30 minutes from the house. Oh and Grace gets off the bus at 4pm. Did I mention I am not home yet by then? Brian is going to a Bible Study those nights too. Thursdays will be crazy so we are going to see what we can manage dinner-wise. Our goal is to NOT eat out every Thursday.
If you are looking for answers on monthly meal planning, ask the questions you have! We don’t know that we have the answer for you but we will look for them! Just send us an email at simplybudgeted at gmail dot com.
Have you tried monthly meal planning? How did it go? Any tips or suggestions?
Looks like a yummy month you have ahead of you! I could go for some Gnocchi right now.
Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired says
I’ve always wanted to try monthly meal planning but never have. Your recipes sound delicious and the list looks like it would make life so much easier. I’ll have to try it out sometime.
WOW, a monthly meal plan. Melinda and I have a hard time doing a weekly meal plan so I am not sure we could do a monthly one. You have some tasty sounding stuff on your menu also.
That is so awesome that you have put together a monthly meal plan. I tried that once, years ago. I loved it, but it was a lot of planning for me.
Your month sounds YUMMY!
Beeb Ashcroft says
Yum! Sounds like a great menu. I’ve tried different methods of meal planning, and what I’ve found works best for my personal situation is to make a list of all possible meals I could feasibly make with what I have, hang the list on my fridge, and then decide each day which one to make. My schedule gets so chaotic that it’s difficult to plan each day in advance, so having a more flexible plan has worked out well for me so far.
OMG you are so much more organized than I am. I am lucky if I can plan the entire week out ahead of time. I don’t know how you managed to get it all planned out like that. I probably could do it, but likely wouldn’t stick to it lol.
I have been looking at your monthly meal plans. Is there a place I can find some of the recipes?