Monthly Menu Plan: September

I’m back with another month of menu planning!

This month I’m trying to expand our menu-horizons with some new recipes for my husband to play with. At the same time – the whole thing is entirely subject to change and may change often. But that seems to be normal with my menus and is hardly a problem. Having this plan gives us a place to start and eliminates the dreaded nightly question of, “What’s for dinner?”

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 September:

Week One (1 lb ground beef; 1 cup fresh shrimp; 2 lbs chicken)

Saturday: September 5 Shrimp in Love
Sunday: Breakfast For Dinner – French Toast with fresh fruit and sausage
Monday: Bruschetta Chicken Bake (makes leftovers)
Tuesday: Spaghetti & Meatballs
Wednesday: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Macaroni & Cheese
Thursday: Bistro Chicken Pasta Salad
Friday: Shepherds Pie (makes leftovers)

Week Two (2 bratwurst; 2 lb chicken; 2 lbs ground beef)

Saturday: September 12 Bratwurst, Hot Dogs & Caesar Salads
Sunday: Italian Style Meatloaf with mashed potatoes (makes leftovers)
Monday: BBQ Chicken with potatoes & frozen vegetables
Tuesday: Fettucini Alfredo w/ grilled chicken & broccoli
Wednesday: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Macaroni & Cheese
Thursday: Grilled Cheese and Roasted Tomato Soup
Friday: Chicken a la Orange and Perfect Crispy Potatoes

Week Three (1 lb chicken; 1 lb ground beef)

Saturday: September 19 Homemade Calzones
Sunday: Bacon macaroni and Cheese with salad
Monday: Chicken Parmesan and Herbed Garlic Bread
Tuesday: No Cook Fresh Tomato Sauce and Pasta
Wednesday: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Macaroni & Cheese
Thursday: Enchilada Pizza
Friday: Leftover Bruschetta Chicken Bake

Week Four: (2 bratwurst; 2 lbs chicken; 1-1/2 lb. beef round steak; 1/2 lb salmon)

Saturday: September 26 Bratwurst, Hot Dogs & Caesar Salads
Sunday: Irish Beef Stew with italian bread (makes leftovers)
Monday: Foil Packed Chicken Artichoke Dinner
Tuesday: Fettucini Alfredo w/ grilled chicken & broccoli
Wednesday: Parmesan Baked Salmon
Thursday: October 1 Foil Packed Chicken Fajita Dinner
Friday: Breakfast For Dinner – French Toast with fresh fruit and sausage

2 thoughts on “Monthly Menu Plan: September

  1. Honestly, I work on this a little at a time for a couple weeks sometimes – and even still I end up changing things week of. 🙂 But it does still help me a ton – it just gives me a place to start you know? Having a few consistent things that we eat a lot helps – like Wednesdays here is almost always hamburgers and hot dogs right now

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