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Monthly Meal Planning

Some people think it’s odd that I do an entire month of meal planning at once.  To me, it makes sense.  I’ve always been a planner.  I’d like to plan months in advance if I could, but that might be a bit excessive….a bit.

Though I’m new to it, I’m loving meal planning!  It gives me an opportunity to try all the recipes I’ve ripped from magazines, pinned on Pinterest, highlighted in cook books.  It also gives me a global perspective on what my family is eating.  I’m trying to be more conscientious about using leftovers to make other meals, or to plan for the fiance’s lunches.  If I make a chicken during the week, it will give me a enough leftovers to make a casserole or a salad.  Casseroles and chilis give me enough leftovers for the fiance to take to work for the week. Etc, etc.  It’s one of my many new attempts at frugal living (which I am terrible at).

In addition to managing the food I buy and use, I’m trying to be more aware of the amount of meat we’re eating.  We’re largely sticking to the Meatless Monday philosophy, which seeks to cut down carbon footprints as well as cutting calories and cholesterol.  It’s really not that hard to stick in a couple of vegetarian recipes during the week, especially when you’re using the filling combo of pasta and cheese (sorry Kosher readers).
The last thing I’m attempting in my  monthly meal plannings in mixing it up.  When I was just planning per week, I’d grab whatever was in the store to fit my recipes.  Now that we’re getting twice monthly CSA boxes from the local Tanaka farms, filled with delicious, seasonal fruits and vegetables, I’m trying to fit my recipes to the produce.  And things I wouldn’t necessarily have purchased in the grocery store are becoming some of my favorite items.  Sautéed kale= delicious! Corn and radish salad= crunchy and spice!  Stir fried green beans= how did I live without these!?!  In other cases it’s not so much try something new, as looking at the same old things in a new way.  Instead of having baked potatoes, we’ll have parmesan baked tomatoes.  Instead of bagged lettuce mix, I’m making my own mixes (and actually eating more salad than ever before).

So here’s a look at my meal plan for September.  Below are recipes for any of the meals that I found through various sources.  Any that are my own won’t be linked, but let me know and I’ll write on a separate post.

Enjoy! This took me freaking forever to link, so use it!

Sat. Sept 1:Zucchini pecan muffins; Slow cooker Peking Chicken w/ green beans

Sun. Sept. 2: OUT

Monday Sept 3: Pizza

Tue. Sept. 4: Roast Chicken w/herb sauce & sautéed kale

Wed. Sept. 5: DATE NIGHT

Thurs. Sept. 6: Apple cinnamon muffins; Enchilada pie, black beans, corn & radish salad

Fri. Sept. 7: OUT–Engagement Dinner

Sat. Sept. 8: Leftovers

Sun. Sept. 9: French Toast; Indian Summer Turkey Chili

Mon. Sept 10: Zucchini & Ricotta Tart, w/ herb biscuits

Tues. Sept. 11: Mushroom marsala w/polenta; green salad

Wed. Sept. 12: Carrot muffins; DATE NIGHT

Thurs. Sept. 13: Pupusas & cabbage salad (w/radish & carrots)

Fri. Sept. 14: BBQ with In-laws: bring BLT salad, guacamole, and cheese bread

Sat. Sept. 15: Blackberry biscuits; BIRTHDAY PARTY; Late night Brinner—breakfast burritos & tater tots

Sun. Sept. 16: Braised Chicken w/summer tomatoes & roasted carrots

Mon. Sept. 17: Egg & bacon meltaway muffins; Leftovers

Tues. Sept. 18: Crockpot Chicken teriyaki, brown rice & stir fry green beans

Wed. Sept. 19: Dad’s birthday DATE NIGHT Birthday Dinner?

Thurs. Sept. 20: Zucchini & Penne w/hot pepper pesto & baked tomatoes

Fri. Sept. 21: Orange Rolls; Take out

Sat. Sept. 22: DINNER WITH FRIENDS

Sun. Sept. 23: Slow cooker BBQ chicken & pasta salad

Mon. Sept. 24: Spicy Tomato w/Ricotta Penne Pasta, green salad

Tues. Sept 25: Blueberry MuffinsGrilled Caesar salad & lamb kabobs

Wed. Sept. 26: DATE NIGHT

Thurs. Sept 27: Grill Cheese night

Fri. Sept. 28: MY Birthday! Dinner with Family

Sat. Sept. 29: Eat everything in the house!!! LEFTOVERS!

Sun. Sept 30: VACATION in GRENADA

Here’s the PDF if you need a visual layout, like I do: September Monthly Dinner Plans

 

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About mrserinanderson

I wear many different hats in my life: mom, daughter, friend, laundress, dog lover/walker, nanny, personal assistant, cook....I could go on, but if you're a modern housewife, you already know what I do and you know I technically don't get paid for any of it! But I'll gladly take sloppy doggy kisses, baby face pats, and the occasional bunch of flowers as payment.Erin AndersonCreate Your Badge

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  1. Nothing wrong with planning your meals in advance. The best way to ensure your family is eating a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet. Keep up the good work!

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