October’s Month-Long Menu Plan

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A few months ago I decided to start making a month of menus (idea inspired here @ Simple Mom) to end the dreaded nightly “what in the heck should I make for dinner?” debate. I think it’s a wonderful idea and I think my husband would agree. Even when he does come home at night to find me half passed out on the couch after a long day of chasing a two year old around the apartment and learns he’s making dinner, he at least doesn’t have to scrounge for something to make – I’ve got a menu. And most nights I make dinner, I swear.

And I’ve had a lot of people tell me it’s a good idea here in blogland, too, so I’ve decided to make this a “meme” of sorts – I’m challenging you, my readers, to make a month-long menu plan also. If you’d like to play along you can put my handy dandy so clearly self-made button on your post, in your sidebar and anywhere else you’d like. And be sure to comment here and let me know you are playing because I’m too lazy to put up a Mr. Linkey. πŸ˜›

So here’s what’s cooking this month. First, the weekly theme

Mondays: freezer food-ish
Tuesdays: italian night
Wednesdays: all american meal
Thursdays: soup & sandwich
Fridays: stir fry / skillet meal
Saturdays: pizza night / mexican night
Sundays: something easy & preferably light

Week One

Monday: Chicken Pot Pie (Mrs Budds)
Tuesday: Gnocchi, Red Sauce w/ Ground Beef, Garlic Bread
Wednesday: hot dogs, beans, macaroni & cheese
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Chicken Noodle Soup
Friday: orange chicken, basmati rice & asian veggies
Saturday: Spinach & Feta Pizza
Sunday: Breakast Pizza For Dinner (I got this recipe from Sues2u2 @ My Musings in a comment on this post – if you have a recipe you think I should try, just leave me a comment in this post)

Week Two

Monday: COLUMBUS DAY Chicken Strips, Potato Wedges & Corn on the Cob
Tuesday: Fettucini Alfredo w/ broccoli & grilled chicken & caesar salad
Wednesday: hamburgers w/ choose your own sides
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Clam Chowder
Friday: BBQ Style Teriyaki Chicken, basmati rice & asian veggies
Saturday: Popcorn chicken, sweet potato fries & corn on the cob
Sunday: Enchilada Style Mexican Pizza

Week Three

Monday: Frozen Pizza, mozzarella strips & jalapeΓ±o poppers
Tuesday: spaghetti & meatballs w/ caesar salad
Wednesday: Steak & Cheese Sandwiches
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Chili
Friday: orange chicken, basmati rice & asian veggies
Saturday: It’s Game Night at Chez Momma, so we’ll do a cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza and two spinach feta pizzas and maybe some homemade breadsticks, too? I might even make a dessert (maybe)
Sunday: Swedish Meatballs & egg noodles

Week Four

Monday: Frozen Apps: Potato Skins, Mozzarella Strips & popcorn chicken
Tuesday: multi colored spiral pasta w/ garlic, olive oil & caesar salad
Wednesday: beer battered fish, mashed potatoes & carrots
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Italian Wedding Soup
Friday: HALLOWEEN (we’ll pick something up while we’re out)
Saturday: 1st of NOV build your own burritos
Sunday: Baked Brie wrapped in philo dough w/ cherry preserves

4 Replies to “October’s Month-Long Menu Plan”

  1. @ Sues2u2 : I like that when the weekend rolls around and it’s time to go grocery shopping, I can grab my menu and see what we have and what we need and the list making goes much quicker. Then I just add the little things like cereal, bread, fruit, milk, etc. that we use on a daily basis so it’s easy to notice when they are missing. It means one day in a month I spend about an hour drafting a menu, and then for the rest of the month that area of life is a lot a bit easier. Love it.

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  2. I usually do about 2 weeks @ a time although I try to buy extras of some things that I can make double of & freeze. I really like your idea to do a month long one. As soon as I can get around to it (I’m still getting over my cold & now my daughter is getting one! Grrrr) I’ll link up (comment) when I do.

    Hope you like the breakfast pizza. It’s so easy!

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  3. Oh my Goodness you did the ENTIRE MONTH!!! You Go Girl! I usually do one for the week. I will have to try this. If I get it, I will let you know. πŸ˜€

    PS. You should put a link for ALL of your recipes! πŸ˜€

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