Weekly Meal Plan October 1

Our Weekly Meal Plan October 1 shares our quick and easy meals for every day of the week. There are easy side dishes and a couple of delicious desserts too!

Happy Monday! What a week we had last week! I did a lot of  playing catch up yesterday and running errands with the family and now looking forward to hopefully not doing anything work related the rest of the day.. We didn’t get a chance to go up to Apple Hill this past weekend to see all of the fall colors, so fingers crossed for another weekend to plan for that this month. While we were out and about yesterday, we hit the Bass Pro Shop, one of our favorite outdoor sports and recreation shops. We could literally just spend hours shopping in that store. 

 

But before we headed out for the morning I did manage to do a little bit of pear picking. With an abundance of pears on our tree, I decided on dehydrating some in the oven while the family was asleep along with some apples. I plan on chopping them up and adding them into my homemade granola for breakfasts and snacks during the week.

Dried Apple and Pears

There’s some great recipes in this week’s Weekly Meal Plan! Often times when Sunday rolls around and busy schedules, as moms we don’t have a clue what to make for meals during the week. Let alone always have the time to map out a plan. Lucky for you and me I’ll be sharing these healthy weekly meal plans every Sunday night or early Monday mornings!

I hope you enjoy all the delicious recipes (fingers crossed I can get the posts up during the week so check back) and find these posts helpful. Happy week ahead! Enjoy!

Weekly Fall Meal Plan OctoberOriginal Background Photo: Photo by Teresa Kluge on Unsplash

We’re keeping organized and putting more effort into frugal living and my hope is to help you all on this journey with me to continually save time in the kitchen, have a weekly meal plan and continue to create those family mealtime memories.

Be sure to check out my post on How We’re Cutting Our Grocery Bill for some frugal tips on your next shopping trip. Are you ready for the meal plan?

My Meal Planning Process:

  • Prepare for the week: Our family typically meal plans on Sunday (since it’s my first day off from work) and plan out what we are having for breakfast, lunch and dinner each week.  Because we know what we are eating each morning (this definitely helps on those crazy school mornings) and night, it means less stress, less money splurged on eating out and the ability to pull anything frozen out of the freezer the night before.
  • Save some money: ibotta’s cash back rewards programWe save money on items we purchase often when we can combine a sale and a use a coupon, or even the store’s savings app. I tend to use for every grocery store and Target’s Cartwheel  for Target combined with ibotta.  I saved $4.77  on yesterday’s shopping trip using these two apps. We also save money by only purchasing the items we plan to eat within a given week, vs. going to the grocery store hungry and winging it… Because we all know how that turns out. 
  • Weekly schedules: We always keep our weekly schedules and appointments in mind when we meal plan.  Some nights the kids go off to Neo (a safe, fun social hangout place for kids) or school functions, which means quick and easy dinners. And on our family nights mean we can pick something new to make and spend a little more time preparing a good meal. 

It’s all about finding that balance.

Weekly Meal Plan October 1

My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:

Breakfast options:  

Homemade Greek Yogurt, Green Smoothie, Breakfast Nachos, cereal, Homemade Granola, Oat Bars, toast, eggs, Breakfast Burritos, and/or fresh fruit

Lunch options:

Sandwiches, Chicken Salad Wraps, Tortilla Rollups (aka “Prairie Sushi”), protein shakes, pizza roll ups, salad, fresh cut veggies and/or fruit

Suppers Your Family Will Love

Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu.I enjoy menu planning because of  the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to  have more free time to focus on my family and home. For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. You’ll find the recipes on the weekly meal plan also available on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.

Dinner (one new recipe will post throughout the week)

Sunday: Tomato and Basil Tart

Monday: Broccoli Chicken and Rice Stuffed Peppers

Tuesday: Sweet Potato Bake

Wednesday: Enchilada Meatballs over brown rice

Thursday: Vegetable Quinoa Bowls

Friday: BBQ Chicken Pizza (leftover chicken goes to tomorrow night’s meal)

Saturday: Mexican Chicken and Black Bean Skillet

Side Dishes

  • Pesto Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes (pretty much carb heaven)
  • Mashed Butternut Squash with Rosemary from the garden
  • Baked Zucchini Tots
  • Fresh Tomato Basil Salad

Desserts

 

Having our food prepped and the week planned has me entering this week feeling organized and ready to take on the week and I’m excited to keep up this two hours on a Sunday and Monday routine. Bring on the week! 

Have a fantastic rest of your week and Happy Meal Planning! What’s cooking at your house this week?

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Noel is a CEO and Mother of 4 who can be found blogging from her home office, who's passionate about family, nutrition, fitness and supporting others reach their health & fitness goals. Noel uses her blog to share about simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, walking, workouts and a little sprinkle of life! She created Noel's Kitchen Tips teaching families how to make budget friendly meal and healthy recipes. She's blessed to have the opportunity to be able to teach busy moms and families how to use food and cooking as a means of bringing family mealtimes back to the table and stay healthy.

6 Comments

  1. This is great, thank you! As a mom to a two-year old, I still haven’t gotten into meal planning and I REALLY need to. I’ll try some of these out 🙂

  2. I love meal planning! It’s only my boyfriend and I so thankfully I just have to plan out like 2-3 dinners and leftovers all the other nights. The sweet potato bake sounds really good! I love sweet potatoes and am trying to work those into more meals 🙂

  3. Please do. Hopefully, this will be a good resource to try out maybe planning for one day a week to start, then gradually increasing based upon your family’s schedule. I try and post the recipes I share in the meal plan throughout the week or as often as I can.

  4. Nice! Sweet potatoes have become a healthy staple in our house. There’s so many different recipes to make using them that are really good.

  5. Definitely using some of these suggestions. I try and meal plan on Sundays but sometimes finding new recipes and ideas is hard! This is great.

  6. I find that I choose meals our family enjoys most then working around those ideas. Sometimes we do end up having the same recipes but I rotate those throughout the month. My recipe book has lots of our family favorites.

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