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Monthly Menu Plan: July

I’m back with another month of menu planning!

This month’s menu is all sorts of, “Maybe”-filled. Especially those last two weeks where I’m having the baby and recovering in the hospital and then coming home to recover some more. A lot of that is guess work – but that’s okay – just having a sort of plan makes me feel a bit more in control.

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 July:

Week One (Beef 2 lb, Chicken 1 lb)

Saturday: 4th of July : Grilled Bratwurst, Beef Teriyaki, Pasta Salad & Deviled Eggs
Sunday: Homemade Pizza
Monday: Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Skillet CHICKEN (1/2)
Tuesday: Spaghetti and Meatballs with garlic bread (make enough for leftovers) BEEF (2 lb)
Wednesday: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Mac’n’Cheese
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Chicken & Dumpling Soup
Friday: Chicken Parmesan CHICKEN (1/2)

Week Two (Chicken 1 lb)

Saturday: Breakfast For Dinner: French Toast with Sausage and Fresh Fruit
Sunday: Pesto Pizza
Monday: Chicken Nuggets with sweet corn and mashed potatoes CHICKEN (1/2)
Tuesday: Pasta w/ grilled chicken and leftover pesto & garlic bread CHICKEN (1/2)
Wednesday: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Mac’n’Cheese
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Chili
Friday: Picking up Grandma @ Airport Salmon Burgers w/ build your own sides

Week Three (pick up chicken and beef for grandma – 3 lb beef, 2 lb chicken)

Saturday: Company Picnic until 4:30 – BBQ Chicken w/ baked potatoes and mixed frozen vegetables CHICKEN (1 lb)
Sunday: Homemade Spinach Alfredo Pizza
Monday: Spaghetti w/ zesty bolognese (make enough for leftovers) BEEF (2 lb)
Tuesday: The Big Day – No Dinner Plans
Wednesday: Hospital Stay – No Dinner Plans
Thursday: Hospital Stay – No Dinner Plans
Friday: Hospital Stay – No Dinner Plans

Week Four

Saturday: Ordering Out
Sunday: Homemade Calzones
Monday: LEFTOVER Bruschetta Chicken Bake
Tuesday: LEFTOVER Spaghetti & Meatballs with garlic bread
Wednesday: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Mac’n’Cheese
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Chicken Noodle Soup
Friday: Grandma Goes Home – Breakfast For Dinner

(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 July! 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 July be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post in the comments section below.

By Jen E @ mommablogsalot

Mom to 2 kids and 1 dog. Wife of 1 handsome engineer. I'm almost always found behind the camera, in front of the computer, lost in a good book or dragging my family on another new adventure.

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