As we wrap up October and head into the busiest season of the year, the holidays, it’s even more important to have a Menu Plan. Whether you are planning just a week or a whole month, it simply makes your life easier. Here are a few tips we use when planning our menus

  1. Keep it simple! Make ahead dishes are a great time saver. When making a casserole, make 2, it doesn’t take that much longer to double the recipe, put 1 in the freezer for later when you don’t feel like cooking or your day exploded on you and the meat didn’t get taken out of the freezer.
  2. Make themed nights, we typically have Quick & Easy, Mexican, Italian, Slow Cooker and Kid Friendly meals. So when you are planning, you just have to decide what type of meal for that night. Narrowing down the choices is much easier.
  3. Plan for the month, buy for the week {or 2 weeks}. After you have several monthly menus planned, just rotate them. Having 2 or 3 menus with warmer meals and 2 or 3 menus with cooler meals is perfect.

November Menu Plan

1 ~  Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Bread

2 ~  Homemade Pizza Pockets

3 ~  Chicken Lo Mein and Rice

4 ~ Chili and Corn Bread

5 ~  Liz’s Birthday – eating out

6 ~ Breakfast Bowls and Fruit Smoothies

7 ~ Taco Bake and Spanish Rice

8 ~ Mom’s Beef Stew

9 ~ Pepperoni Pizza Ring

10~ Nick’s Birthday Dinner – Shanghai Wings, Oriental Noodles

11 ~  Appetizers and Baked Potato Bar

12 ~ Pork Fried Rice and Egg Rolls

13 ~ Taco Ring, Chips and Queso Dip

14 ~ Doug’s Birthday – Grillied Steak, Baked Potatoes & Veggie

15 ~ Italian Meatball Subs, Homemade Mac & Cheese

16 ~Quick & Easy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

17 ~Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Corn

18 ~ Lasagna, Salad and Red Lobster Biscuits

19 ~ Asian Pineapple Chicken and Rice

20 ~Mexican Mac & Cheese

21 ~ Broccoli & Cheddar Soup in a Bread Bowl

22 ~ Thanksgiving DinnerTurkey and all the trimmings

23 ~ Leftovers

24 ~ Turkey Casserole – make 2 and freeze 1 for later

25 ~ Cheesy Quesadillas, Chips and Salsa

26 ~ Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwiches with Mashed Potatoes

27 ~ Breakfast – Cinnamon Waffles, Fried Eggs and fruit

28 ~ 15 Minute Taco Soup

29 ~Easy Chicken Parmesan, Salad and Garlic Bread

30 ~Buffalo Chicken Bites and Fries

Desserts for the Month:

What’s on your menu this month?

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