30 days of dinners – my menu plan

Meal planning is ESSENTIAL to ensure you are feeding your family real, nourishing food. The reason I plan one month at a time is because I HATE thinking about what to make for dinner and this way I really only have to think about it once a month! LOVE IT! I also prefer to cook healthy, nutritious, whole foods (as much as possible) with very minimal (if any) processed foods. I TRY to use what’s in season and get it as “locally” as possible.

First, let me tell you how I put my menu plans together:
  1.  I come up with a list of “categories” – mine are Beef, Chicken, Vegetarian, Soup or Salad, Fish and Fun Foods. Then I come up with about 5 recipes in each category, which I rotate until we get sick of them! I try to do fish once a week and at least one or 2 “meatless” meals (to cut down on costs and to try to get more nutrients and vitamins in!).
  2. You can then pick certain days to correspond with your categories. For instance, Sundays = crockpot meals, Mondays = soup or salad night, Tuesdays = vegetarian, etc. Our Saturday nights are “fun food nights” so we often have homemade pizza and occasionally we alternate it with hamburgers/hotdogs on the grill. You don’t HAVE to do it this way, it’s just one idea.

I will be linking the actual recipes to this as I have time, as well as adding breakfast and lunch ideas. But for now, here’s a sample of 30 days of dinners at our home (highlighted in red are things I do before going to bed in order to be prepared for the next day):

Sunday: Lunch at friends’, leftovers for dinner -soak beans, get grd. beef from freezer

Monday: Beef & Bean Casserole, raw carrots – soak black beans

Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup with toppings

Wednesday: Church Dinner night! YAY! – take salmon out of freezer, soak quinoa

Thursday: Salmon, veggies, quinoa

Friday: Neighborhood dinner

Saturday: Homemade Pizza

Sunday: Homegroup for lunch/potluck - take veggies out of freezer, if needed

Monday: Cheesy Vegetable Chowder w/ homemade croutons, fruit – take chicken out of freezer

Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie, fruit or applesauce

Wednesday: Church Dinner Night!

Thursday: Spaghetti w/ homemade sauce, veggie, bread

Friday: Out for dinner or leftovers

Saturday: Homemade pizza night, fruit/veggies – soak quinoa

Sunday: Crockpot Chicken Quinoa, spelt rolls – take grd beef out of freezer, soak beans

Monday: Tacos, pinto beans, veggies/fruit

Tuesday: Homemade Chicken Soup, veggies/fruit (use this broth and add in whatever you’d like!)

Wednesday: Church Dinner night! -chicken out of freezer

Thursday: Stir-fry with chicken/veggies, brown rice

Friday: Spaghetti Pie

Saturday: All beef natural hotdogs, veggies, terra chips

Sunday: Homegroup Potlucksoak split peas, take sausage out of freezer

Monday: Split Pea/Kale/Sausage Soup, spelt rolls, applesauce – chicken out of freezer

Tuesday: Chicken Divan

Wednesday: Church Dinner Night -soak cornbread and beans, beef out of freezer

Thursday: Chili/Cornbread

Friday: Date night! (kids get quesadillas or Annie’s Mac & Cheese, veggies, fruit)

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4 comments
kristygardner
kristygardner

melissa darling - can you make a printable of this worksheet? i'd love to get my hands on it!!

kristygardner
kristygardner

melissa darling - can you make a printable of this worksheet? i'd love to get my hands on it!!

RealFoodEater
RealFoodEater moderator

 @kristygardner I'll have to figure out how to do that - I have no idea how. Can you just copy/paste to a Word document and then print??

RealFoodEater
RealFoodEater

@kristygardner I'll have to figure out how to do that - I have no idea how. Can you just copy/paste to a Word document and then print??

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