Monthly Meal Plan – October

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 1, 2010

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In order to have a little fun, while adding a little more structure to my meal planning, I thought we’d have themed weeks this month!  This first week, I’m going to attempt to clean out the pantry during Pantry Staples Week.  I’ll use up the ingredients by making some old favorites, and trying out some new recipes too.

Vintage Recipe Week is a tribute to my grammy, who passed away earlier this year.  I’ll be making recipes from a cookbook of hers from 1940!

And now that Autumn is here to stay, we’ll be celebrating with a warm your tummy and your heart Soups and Stews Week.

Pantry Staples Week
4- Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken
5- Janet’s Pasta with Bolognese
6- Chicken Enchilada Chili
7- Jamie’s Cajun Meatball Stew
8- Chorizo and Black Bean Soup
9- Grill sumpin’
10- Leftovers or Sandwiches

Vintage Recipe Week
11- German Coffee Cake
12- Chicken Croquettes
13- Smothered Pork Chops
14- Shipwreck Stew
15- Swedish Tea Rolls
16- Back to 2010 Food…and we’ll go out to dinner!
17- Leftovers or Sandwiches

18- Breakfast Tacos for Dinner
19- Spaghetti - Mama’s Out of Town
20- Homemade Pizza with Carrot Sticks – Mama’s Out of Town
21- Ranchero Black and Pinto Beans
22- We’ll see what’s on sale this week and make a “bargain meal!”
23- Sesame Chicken Stirfry
24- Leftovers or Sandwiches

Soups and Stews Week

We’ll be trying reader recipes all week.  Will post as we make them. :)

Want to know more about why I plan my menus out each month? Read more here

Want to give monthly meal planning a try?!?…check out all the printable planners and templates that will help with your weekly and monthly meal planning!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristy @momhatescooking October 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I plan all mine monthly too, almost have November figured out too! It makes me less stressed about always wondering ‘What to fix for dinner!?’

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Stacy Yarrington October 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm

How do you make the Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken?

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Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD! October 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Sounds like a great month! I’m loving this cooler weather but we’ll be waiting until November for soups and stews. Maybe we’ll make something you post later this month :)

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Love Slowcookn October 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I was wondering if you wouldn’t pretty please post the Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken too! :)

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F M Kizer October 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I love this idea! Anything to help me get more organized!

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Elizabeth October 2, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Thank you for the printable planners!!
Can’t wait to cook your meals for the family. I won’t be taking part, as I do better on raw foods. A tummy issue.
Peace,
Elizabeth

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cat24 October 28, 2010 at 10:12 am

Elizabeth, I’m trying to do more raw myself, where do you get recipes and meal ideas?

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Mira Jones October 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Hi. I’ve just discovered this site! Where have you been all of my life? :-) My family has grown to five members now and I am always looking for new ideas and plan ahead menus. Thanks so much for this valuable service!

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Cyrus Ebrahimi October 4, 2010 at 11:47 am

I just discovered your site. You really provide useful tips and receipts for low cost meals. I love the idea. I’ve just started a blog called debtchallenge.com that challenges people with debt to think creatively of ways to save money. Eating in a cooking on a budget is one of the things I recommend. There are alos so many health benefits to it as well.

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