I can't believe it's time to do another Menu Planning Session, where did the last month go. I decided to do 6 weeks this time just because I feel like we are so busy lately. I like to hand write mine out, so feel free to print the picture or you can find a blank menu planner version here. If you missed last month's Menu, click here.
This past summer when I was teaching my Proverbs 31 Group I created a Menu Planning Binder that has been a life saver. (I will be posting on that in the future, along with all the printables I created so you to make your own.) Basically it is a binder that contains our monthly meal plan for dinner, packed lunches, and breakfasts. It includes my favorite tried and true recipes, my blank shopping list organized by our favorite supermarket aisle, and my theme night list.
Each night in our house has a theme, Mexican, Italian, Soup/Sandwich, etc. I explained it all in last months post so feel free to click the link above. It's helpful to have everything in one place and if my hubby needs to help out with dinner or lunches it's all there for him to find. We try to eat clean as much as possible so when there are items like onion soup mix, cream of anything, or ranch mix, I like to make all of those myself. Especially if I can't find a clean alternative, but you can use whatever suites you and your budget! F=Freezer (Previous Meal I doubled and froze the extra to help me later on) P=Pinterest, and it also has which of my boards I pinned the recipe on for easy access.
|Meatball Sub w/Fresh Mozz|
|Homemade Hot Dog Buns|
Day 2: Chili Colorado Burritos (made in Crock Pot-I'm using Venison but you can use beef)
Day 3: Asparagus Frittata (Love utilizing our Farm Fresh Eggs we get each week)
Day 4: Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce (I found my Ravioli at Aldi's but other stores carry it in the freezer section, or you can make your own easily with wonton wrappers)
Day 5: Cube Steak in the crock pot
Day 6/Day 7: We will not be needing dinner as we are attending a Marriage Simulcast at our church.
Day 8: Chili w/Corn Bread-Crock Pot (in my freezer as I doubled it last month.)
Day 10: Pumpkin Pancakes with our favorite Apple Sausage.
Day 11: Ranch Cheddar Burgers (I will be doubling these, and freezing the extra when I make them for later in the month) I make my own Ranch Dressing Mix it's better for you. (This recipe is adapted from MomonaMission.me) If you are really adventurous you can make your own yummy Hamburger buns. (This recipe is made into sub rolls but I did Hamburger buns instead.)
Day 12: One Dish Meat/Potato Meal Crockpot-(I'm using venison, but you could use beef, this is a new recipe for me so stay tuned)
Day 13: Chicken Parmesan with Whole Wheat Spaghetti and semi-homemade sauce. This is another great meal to double and freeze. I use Barilla Pasta sauce and then doctor it up with Basil, Oregano, honey, garlic, and onion powder.
Day 14: Hot Chicken Salad (This is a family favorite, so I will double this and put a pan in the freezer for a later meal.)
Day 15: Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Lime Rice, we like to add some On the Border Queso (not very clean) but it adds a nice kick and I feel like I'm eating Qdoba Queso Nachos. This also freezes great, I like to do quart bags for lunch. Just make sure that you put the soup in one bag, the rice in another and then I use a third bag to combine them together to make it easier to pack. Just make sure to save that outer bag and reuse it.
Day 16: Taco Casserole (This is a new one for us so I'll let you know how it goes)
Day 17: Denny Style French Toast (This is seriously the best French Toast ever. I do like to add a tad bit more vanilla. We like to make a double batch and Freeze the leftovers flat on a cookie sheet then bag them in a gallon freezer bag for quick breakfasts. Simply pop it in the toaster straight from the freezer and you are ready to go.
Day 18: Taco Meat (I will double this to freeze some for a later meal. We can do nachos, tacos, or my favorite Taco Salad with some yummy Salsa Ranch dressing.)
Day 19: Balsamic and Sweet Onion Venison Roast (Crockpot) I'll be using Venison for this one, new recipe for me so fingers crossed it's a good one.
Day 20: Lasagna Roll Ups (We love these better than Lasagna, easy to serve and freeze great. This will be doubled and frozen for a later meal.)
Day 21: Garlic Honey Chicken (In my freezer from last month's double)
Day 22: Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese on Homemade Bread
Day 23: Mexican Manicotti
Day 24: Eggs in a Baguette (This is a new one for me so stay tuned to see if it makes the cut.)
Day 25: Southwest Burgers with Homemade French Fries (I also Double the Burgers for the freezer, this rub recipe is from Mom On a Mission, it tends to be spicy so cut back on the Cumin if you want it not so hot. I love a nice big piece of Avocado on top to help cool the heat.)
Day 26: Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken
Day 27: Pumpkin Ravioli (See Day 4)
Day 28: Garlic and Chicken Pizza
Day 29: Chicken and Biscuit Stew (This was in my freezer from a previous month)
Day 30: Taco Meat (See Day 18)
Day 31: Breakfast Grilled Cheese with Bacon
Day 32: Ranch Burgers (See Day 11)
Day 33: Bacon Cheese Potatoes with Meat Loaf
Day 34: Million $$ Spaghetti (This is a new one for me so stay tuned to see if it makes the cut)
Day 35: Asian Chicken Stir Fry (Using Garlic Honey Chicken had from last month in freezer, with mixed veggies and brown rice)
Day 36: Hot Chicken Salad (See Day 14, this is a doubled freezer meal from earlier)
Day 37: Mexican Manicotti (see Day 23, this is a doubled freezer meal from earlier)
Day 38: Scramble w/Sausage (We don't use the peppers and add some broccoli)
Day 39: Ranch Burgers (See Day 11, Double this for next month)
Day 40: Parmesan Honey Pork Loin
Day 41: Lasagna Roll Ups (See Day 20, this is a double freezer meal from earlier)
Day 42: Chicken Cordon Bleu with Parmesan Dijon Sauce (The Sauce makes this.)
Let me know if you try any of these I'd love to hear what you liked. Also do you do theme days at your house? If so what are the themes you use?