Sept 2019 Monthly Meal Plan
Note: This month I am deviating from my typical meal layout (see below). For September I will be rotating in more *budget friendly meals, which typically are a bit more processed and have more carbs in them. I do plan on throwing in more fruits & veggies to help make them more balanced. I am hoping this will help me re-adjust to a lower grocery budget and get back on track with discretionary spending. I need a recovery month before the holidays hit!
Meals at our house tend to focus on two things: plants and proteins. I try to make most of our meals from scratch, using whole foods and clean ingredients. I attempt to avoid processed foods where I can. Grains/starch usually are not included, because it can be hard to find ones that are not GMO or highly refined. Also, my meals need to be relatively easy because I am not a good cook and they have to serve 6 or more people. If you have similar needs, maybe some of these recipes might work for you, too.
If you have watched any of my meal planning or grocery haul videos on YouTube, you know that I only cook and/or meal plan for four meals per week. The rest of the time we do one of the following:
- my husband grills or cooks something
- we get pizza or takeout
- eating out at a restaurant
- family gathering
- we go to a friend’s
- et cetera
That being said, here are my September 2019 meals:
- Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Butter Chicken & Potatoes *
- Beef Roast
- Shredded Chicken *
- Hot Dogs *
- Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup *
- Tuna Noodle Cassarole*
- General Tso’s Meatballs (I didn’t get to this one last month, and I really want to try it!)
- Crock Pot Ranch Chicken*
- Spaghetti Soup*
- Foil Packs
- Tacos (I have committed to having this every Tuesday. My kids really love tacos.)
I only list out my main dishes. All dinners are served with a fruit and vegetable. Occasionally I will also include a starch with dinner, like potatoes or bread, but mostly I will not. If my kids REALLY don’t like a veggie, they are allowed to choose an alternate fruit or veggie from the fridge after they take one polite bite.