Monthly Menu Plan: June

I’m back with another month of menu planning!

It feels so good to be back in the groove of planning our menus. I’m trying to keep things relatively simple this month as we are still trying to pinch our pennies a bit, but I felt it was time for some organization for at least this month – because let’s face it, next month I’m having a baby and it’s gonna get crazy!

For those who’ve never planned a month long menu or haven’t read my little posts on them before, here’s the deal: Rather than planning my family dinners night by night, or week by week, I’ve taken the habit of planning out one menu for an entire month. This makes my grocery shopping much easier since I’ve already decided what dinners I’ll be making, I only have to pick up the ingredients missing for that week and the very regular cast of breakfast and lunch foods.

And the looming nightly dinners are now much less intimidating. No longer having to stand in front of the refrigerator scratching my head, trying desperately to figure out something nutritious and delicious to make for dinner? Love that. And by doing this monthly rather than weekly, it leaves more time for life in the days in between. It isn’t rocket science, and thanks goes to Simple Mom who inspired me with this idea.

So here’s my menu for the month of June:

Week One (1 lb beef, 1 lb chicken)

Saturday: Easy Shepherd’s Pie BEEF (1 lb)
Sunday: Fettuccine Alfredo
Monday: JUNE 1st – Grilled BBQ Chicken w/ baked potatoes and mixed frozen vegetables CHICKEN (1/2)
Tuesday: LEFTOVER Spaghetti & Meatballs
Wednesday: Hot Dogs w/ macaroni and cheese
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Clam Chowder
Friday: Chicken Parmesan CHICKEN (1/2)

Week Two (2 lb beef, 1/2 lb chicken)

Saturday: Chili Topped Baked Potatoes
Sunday: Baked Brie w/ apples & grapes
Monday: Mozzarella Chicken & Rice Skillet CHICKEN (1/2)
Tuesday: Spaghetti w/ zesty bolognese – MAKE ENOUGH FOR 2 WEEKS – BEEF (1 lb)
Wednesday: Hamburgers w/ build your own sides BEEF (1/2)
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Chili
Friday: Mozechilli Casserole BEEF (1/2)

Week Three (1 lb fish, 1 lb chicken)

Saturday: Fish w/ rice & frozen vegetables FISH (1/2)
Sunday: Homemade Pizza
Monday: Chicken Nuggets w/ french fries & corn on cob CHICKEN (1/2)
Tuesday: Fettuccine Alfredo w/ grilled chicken CHICKEN (1/2)
Wednesday: Hot Dogs w/ macaroni and cheese
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Italian Wedding Soup
Friday: Fish w/ baked potatoes & salad FISH (1/2)

Week Four (1 lb beef, 1 lb chicken)

Saturday: Hamburgers w/ choose your own sides
Sunday: Mexican Pizza Enchilada Style BEEF (1/2)
Monday: Grilled BBQ Chicken w/ baked potatoes and mixed frozen vegetables CHICKEN (1/2)
Tuesday: LEFTOVER Spaghetti & Meatballs
Wednesday: Hamburgers w/ build your own sides BEEF (1/2)
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Minestrone Soup
Friday: Bruschetta Chicken Bake CHICKEN (1/2)

Week Five (1 lb beef, 1 lb chicken)

Saturday: Quick Taco Salad BEEF (1/2)
Sunday: Homemade Calzones w/ chicken and hamburger CHICKEN & BEEF (1/2 each)
Monday: Spring Chicken Roll-Ups and Spinach Artichoke Penne CHICKEN (1/2)
Tuesday: LEFTOVER Spaghetti w/ zesty bolognese
Wednesday: Hot Dogs w/ macaroni and cheese
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Herb Stuffed Tomatoes
Friday: Deluxe Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes

(You can see that I’ve started keeping track of how much meat I’ll need to buy for each week. I’ve also tried to include links to recipes where relevant.)

That’s it for June! Remember, the most important part of this process is flexibility – make a plan, but  don’t get eaten up about it if you decide to switch things up – maybe your dinners for Wednesday and Thursday need to be switched for a week or you make plans at the last minute – that’s fine – this isn’t homework, so it shouldn’t feel like it – the whole goal is to make YOUR life easier! So have fun with it!

If you’re making a menu plan for the month of June be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post in the comments section below.

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  1. so, your quilt is almost done. the design super changed from what I had in mind, but it’s lots of purple and brown with hints of pink and lime…and tons of polka dots with NO skulls 😉

    I’ll send it up there when I put the back on it…and I’ll send you some quick and easy freezer foods for when the baby comes if I can figure out how to pack them so they won’t melt…

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