April – Monthly Meal Plan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 31, 2009

Another month has come and gone.  Again!

This month has a few meals from March, as I did not get to make them!

30- Meat and Rice Casserole (Thanks PhD in Parenting!) with Cucumber-Dill Salad
31- Spaghetti and Meatballs
1- Leftovers
2- Baked Pineapple Sweet Potato Chicken
3- Whole Chicken with Brown Rice and Frozen Veggies
4- Mexican Chicken Skillet
5- Burgers, Oven Fries and Apples

6- Grilled Chicken and Salad
7- Tilapia on Corn Salsa
8- Crockpot Honey Mustard Chicken
9- Pork Fried Rice
10- Lasagna Soup
11- Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Sandwiches (Use leftovers)
12- EASTER Sunday!!!

13- Egg Casserole and Fruit
14- Lentil Burritos
15- Sour Cream Enchiladas
16- Pork Loin
17- Cinnamon Chicken
18- Honey Dijon Salmon
19- North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches

20- Italian Sausage Ziti
21- Breakfast Tacos
22- Rice and Beans…Perhaps Costa Rican style this month?!?
23- Apple Dijon Sliced Pork
24- Steak Salad (Note to self: Be on the lookout for a reduced for quick sale steak!)
25- Spaghetti
26- Tuna Quesadillas

27- BBQ Chicken and Cornbread Casserole (Recipe from A Year of Crockpotting!)
28- Pork and Sweet Potato Stew
29- Tex Mex Chicken and Rice (Recipe from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures)
30- Black Bean Soup with Corn
1- GF Chicken Nuggets
2- Shrimp Scampi
3- Grilled Pork Chops

This is my plan for this coming month.  And it is just that…a plan!  Details and recipes to come!!!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachel March 31, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I have nominated you for the Lemonade Stand Award for having a positive and upbeat blog!



AmandaonMaui March 31, 2009 at 1:23 pm

It’s amazing that you can come up with a month’s worth of no repeats. I always have some things repeat.
Do you cook by season? Does this help keep your costs down?


Kristen April 1, 2009 at 8:45 am

Thanks for doing this, it has encourage me. I have an April meal plan already set up and am very excited to already know what I am cooking each day. I think this will also help on keeping my grocery bill down. I think I already have everything I need for the first two weeks! :)


Jenelle April 1, 2009 at 10:58 am

I was wondering how you take advantage for store sales when you meal plan monthly. I usualy do my meal plan once a week and base the meals around what is on sale in the store. Or do you already have all this stuff on hand?


Erin April 1, 2009 at 11:33 am

I use what I have in the freezer that I have purchased over the previous month when at its lowest price! I sometimes base meals based on sales. But not usually. I buy a lot of “Manager’s Special” items that have been marked down for quick sale. These are often over half off the original price. I can then freeze then and use them in the next couple of weeks :) -Erin


Ciara April 2, 2009 at 12:11 am

I LOVE pork fried rice…..and you’re doing it on my birthday!


aimee rohr April 21, 2009 at 9:49 am

i readly like the 5 dollars dinner they are more heather .


Karen April 21, 2009 at 11:41 am

This sound great! Every time I try to plan meals it falls apart. My husband and I get home from work between 5:20 and 6:00 M-F. My 16 month son is hungry as soon as I hit the door. I try so hard to get it together before 6-6:30 so he can get ready for bed by 7:30. I really don’t know how you ladies do it. Are you making the meals everyday or preparing them in advance? Honestly, my husband does much of the cooking but he tends to make a project out of it and takes to much time preparing. This just causes the evening to run behind of schedule. Feedback welcomed.

Thank – Karen


retriever April 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Hi, Karen,
I sympathize. It’s that stressful in my house often, despite my three kids being older , and one away at college. I work fulltime. I found that when the kids were that young (16mos) that it helped (tho I was at home full time then) to prepare a whole bunch of individual servings of meals they liked and freeze them. For example: peas, rice and ham cubes, or shepherd’s pie, or chicken and noodles, or separated pot roast (stringey, in pieces so they don’t choke) w SOFT cooked carrot and potato. I would freeze them in 8 oz containers with room in, then could microwave, stir, test and let sit a few inutes with one hand then change a diaper, maybe nurse the kid, and plonk them in their high chair while I did our dinner. They would be happy. If the dinner was too hot to serve, a clementine peeled would be a good thing to keep them occupied while it cooled.

As far as our dinners, to this day I make a point of instantly packaging up any and all leftovers in one person servings, a complete meal (homemade TV dinner) and label with paper tape and freeze. That way I always have something to give my husband and the kids in an emergency. I also try to make double of elaborate recipes, and freeze half in a dish big enough to serve 4-5. As long as I alway have one or two such emergency meals, I can relax. I usually do my elaborate cooking on the weekend.

We use the crockpot a lot for hectic days (set it up in five minutes in the morning, come home to stew or soup, or baked beans or even boiled chicken (the skin gets yukky so give it to the dog). I set up the rice steamer on a timer to be ready at the same time.

If you have an hour to an hour and a half, there”s always 39c a lb chicken legs baked with a little apricot jam glazed at last few minutes> Bake potatoes in the oven with them and serve with frozen corn and a lettuce salad. The thing is, you put it in the oven and can go do something else entirely. Have a bath, watch the news, read the mail , bathe the kid, go for a run. No hassles. And CHEAP.


Susan Isele April 22, 2009 at 11:15 am

How do you organize your coupon binder and please comment on the reasoning behind the paper for every member of the family theory you spoke of on Rachael’s show yesterday 04-21-09.


Jennifer Goddard April 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I have just started fixing dinner every night and NOT going out to eat to save
money. I have two children and we have a crazzy life. I just desided to start
clipping coupons. Do you know of any way to get coupons other than you
Sunday paper? We live in a small town and it just don’t seem like they put
very many coupons in our paper! Any ideas would be great!


Clarissa Buck February 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I have just begun the SAHM phase of my life. I am really wanting to save, save, save. Do you have any menus, lists or blank calendars that I can print out to help me get started on my adventure. I am really excited to do this. I feel like I am contributing by doing this. Please let me know. Thanks so much,
Clarissa (California)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom February 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm

@Clarissa Buck,

I will share those printable resources soon Clarissa! Probably in the next 2 weeks :)


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