Welcome back for the 2nd monthly meal plan! I had a lot of fun putting this together last month, and you guys loved it, so I thought I’d do another one. You can browse all of my monthly meal plans here, and I’ll continue to add to this list as I do new ones each month. Like I mentioned in August, I’m not sure that these meal plans suit everyone, I have just gathered some easy, budget-friendly recipes that I know my family will enjoy. They may not be up to everyone’s standard of “healthy” or what they are looking to feed their family, but these are real-life things that my family eats. For dinner, unless veggies are in the dish, I always add 2-3 veggies (preferably fresh or frozen), but to be honest, we do some canned (hello, green beans!). For breakfast, we do fruit with whatever is planned. I typically buy whatever fruit is on sale. We can usually find deals depending on what is in season. Right now we’ve been able to get strawberries, blueberries, grapes, etc… plus, bananas are always great and so inexpensive.
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Okay, so here are the recipes I chose for dinners for September. Remember I count Wednesday as a leftover night and Fridays as a night out. I also eat each recipe at least twice. I feel like that helps keep things simple, and it helps if you like to buy ingredients in bulk (like meat!). I picked a lot of crockpot dinners for this meal plan. I know school is back in session for most everyone, and I actually just took a new job, which means I’ll be working outside the house for the first time since 2012! I’m looking forward to being able to put these on in the morning and let them cook throughout the day.
You can see all of these recipes on my September meal plan board on Pinterest.
Crockpot Beef Stew– from Life in the Lofthouse, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Zesty Lemon Herb Baked Flounder– this is from Good Housekeeping (yum!), and I’d probably serve it with Hasselback potatoes, and veggies, of course.
Beef Noodle Casserole– my kids will love this recipe from Dinner at the Zoo.
One Pan Honey Lemon Chicken & Asparagus– my next favorite thing after crockpot meals, are one pan meals!
Simple Salisbury Steak – from Cincy Shopper. We love this with mashed potatoes and green beans.
Basil and Lemon Baked Salmon– I’m also incorporating a little fish this month to give us a break from the chicken & beef routine. I love how fast it is to bake fish, and often it can be done from frozen!
Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken– from Creme de la Crumb, we have really been craving some honey chicken, so I am so excited to try this!
Mexican Stuffed Shells– these are a family favorite! I love making some Mexican rice to go with them!
Crockpot Peppered Beef Tips– we’re still on the hunt for our favorite beef tips recipe. We got a great deal on beef at Costco a couple weeks ago so we’re trying this one next!
Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing– from the Cozy Cook. I love this recipe in the Fall. The stuffing makes everyday feel like Thanksgiving.
Okay, so moving onto breakfasts, I’ve created a Make Ahead Breakfasts Pinterest board. You can also feel free to just purchase these things from the store (frozen waffles, pancakes, muffins, etc..) I do it more often than I actually make everything from scratch if we’re being honest.
Here’s what I’m hoping to bake up this month, these are all freezer friendly-
French Toast Sticks– something I recently learned my boys love.
Finally, I know lunches are so different for everyone, so I will let you use the blank template to create your own plan for lunches. I have created two new boards that I’ll continue to add to each month. School Lunch Ideas and Work Lunch Ideas for Mom.
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