Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Meal Planning: August Menu with weekly shopping list

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Do you like cooking and planning meals? I love cooking, but got tired of planning out meals every month. So a couple years back I decided to just write down what we were going to eat month by month to  avoid the tediousness of redoing it each month! So many of you have been asking me about it  I decided to share with you!
Meal Planning: August Men with weekly shopping list


What kind of meals are in the meal planner?

If you are looking for healthy, well balanced food your family will enjoy – this is for you! I work hard to make sure our family eats a mixture of vegetables (leafy green, orange, etc.), fruits, whole grain breads, and lean protein. Our family is working hard to only eat “real” food. I know that’s a funny term to those that have not heard it before {I mean you haven’t been eating fake food up to now have you!}.

Basically, “real food” means foods that are not heavily processed. All food should be naturally found (i.e. vegetables come straight from a garden, milk comes straight from a cow, whereas Bisquick comes straight from a factory that mixes ingredients – make sense?} sourced with 5 ingredients or fewer.

We pinch pennies! Groceries are expensive, so I work hard to provide my family with delicious, nutritious food while at the same time making sure it is affordable!

Take them or Leave Them?

You can follow our plan exactly or modify it to suit your families individual needs!

  • We make our own bread & granola. We do it as #1 a cost saving method and #2 to eat more healthily.  I’ll post more on our favorite bread machine recipes later . . . but here are 2 resources to get you started: My FAVORITE bread machine cookbook {I have the ebook on my ipad and use it daily! It has pizza dough, rolls, lots of different breads, and so much more! You can use whatever recipe you like, but it is safe to assume I am using one from this book} and Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread.  
  • yogurt makerFor Granola you can make the super healthy granola or the simple and healthy granola. You choose.
  • We choose to eat fruits and veggies from the Dirty Dozen list organically. We know it costs extra, but by cutting out those 12 fruits & veggies we are cutting down our families exposure to harmful pesticides by 80%! You can of course buy non-organic or buy everything organic. You pick what works for your family’s budget.
  • We choose to buy mostly grass fed {always non-GMO} local meat. Again, this is more expensive. We would rather eat less meat and buy quality, good-for-you meat. But if you are pinching pennies or have to have steak more often this may not be affordable for you.
  • We make our own yogurt. It is so simple to make your own yogurt! And it only costs $.07 - $0.28 per serving {depending on whether you use the run-of-the-mill grocery story milk or organic non-homogenized 100% grass-fed cow milk} I LOVE our yogurt maker! It takes me about 7 minutes to whip up a batch and then it “cooks” for most of the day. So easy!
  • We have backyard chickens. To cut down on the ever-rising cost of eggs, we got our own chickens. Now we control what they eat. Our organic eggs average out to $1.25 a dozen.  for And just in case you are wondering, no we don’t live in the country. We have a less than .25 acre plot in suburbia. But more on our backyard chickens later.
  • We grow many of our veggies. Our garden started as a fun, educational activity. It is still a lot of fun, but it also helps us dramatically cut down on the cost of our summer veggies {by $600+} During the summer we have a thriving garden that stocks us with organic veggies. Again, we live on a small less than 1/4 acre in suburbia. It can be done! So my summer menus are filled with lots of veggies to make sure of our bounty. If you don’t have a garden, no worries. The supermarket has lots of fresh veggies and year-low prices during the summer. We can, freeze, or pickle our extra veggies to use during the winter.
  • We eat less. Since eating more “real food” and whole grains we've realized we eat less. But feel free to adjust portions to fit your individual family’s needs. We also don’t drink a lot of milk. {google it if and decide for yourself. We opted to try a balance approach} If you do, make sure to add that to your weekly grocery list. As is you will get about 1 serving of dairy a day.

August Meal Planner

In August home gardens are producing by the bucketful! Augusts' menu takes into account all the fresh veggies you have on hand to maximize savings! Our meal planner feeds our family of 5. With your homeschool about to gear up for the year I thought this was the perfect month to start with! So for all you busy moms out there – dinner is served {and you didn’t even have to plan it!}

Week 1:

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Snack

Monday Fruit & Granola

Gyro with
Veggie (peppers, squash, onion) in flatbread with gyro yogurt sauce**
Pesto Pasta fruit
Tuesday Oatmeal w/ fruit Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich with carrots veggie (squash, pepper, tomato) kabobs with brown rice & Fruit string cheese
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Taco Salad (beef with taco seasoning**, lettuce, chips & salsa, sour cream ,cheese) BBQ Sandwiches, fruit, and side salad

*make enough rolls  for 3 meals +1 for crumbs
popcorn
Thursday Blueberry Muffin Leftover BBQ Sandwiches with leftover chips & salsa
*save some for bread crumbs
Grilled chicken with baked or mashed sweet potato Granola
Friday Farmer Eggs** with 2-3 potatoes & 2 eggs per person) baked beans & fresh bread Veggie Burgers with sweet potato fries** bell pepper with hummus
*only eat 1/2 hummus
Saturday pancakes

*make extra for Monday lunch
leftovers Cheese & Veggie Pizza

*save 1 pizza crust for breakfast
celery with peanut butter
Sunday Quiche Flank Steak,buttered potatoes**, green beans Mac & Cheese fruit
*Granola makes 20-24 servings – save the rest for other days on menu (keeps in air tight container for 2-3 weeks)
**Recipe in Shopping List Download

Week 2:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Fruit & Granola pancake sandwich (with cream cheese & jelly inside) + fruit Carnitas on Homemade Tortillas
*make extra for Tues dinner & Wed lunch
bell pepper with humus (leftover)
Tuesday Oatmeal with fruit Salad Breakfast burrito with eggs & cheese & peppers fruit
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Quesadilla (cheese or PB & choc chips) Angel Hair Brushetta Peanut Honey Power balls
Thursday Banana Bread Baked potato with cheese, sour cream, and broccoli Stir Fry (Vegetarian with 1 cup nuts) fruit
Friday Fried Eggs + Fruit & English Muffin Blueberry Spinach Salad ** Eggplant Parmesan, pasta & sauce popcorn
Saturday Whole Wheat Waffles
*save 2 for casserole bites
leftover Cheese & Veggie Pizza fruit
Sunday Smoothie Lime-Cilantro Quinoa Salad Casserole Bites fruit
Treat: Ice Cream

Week 3:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Fruit & Granola Mozzarella, basil, Tomato & balsamic Vinegar Sandwich
*Save 2-3 slices for tomorrow’s kabobs
Red Beans & Rice** fruit
Tuesday Oatmeal with fruit Fruit, bread cheese, kabobs Tortilla Espanola** with Sauted Zucchini granola
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Spinach Salad with berries, candied nuts, and feta, cranberries & red onion slow cooker flank steak fajitas on whole wheat tortilla


@save 1/2 of flour tortillas for Thu lunch
celery with peanut butter
Thursday Maple Breakfast Cookies & Fruit tortilla pinwheel with cream cheese & pimiento Pasta with alfredo sauce** and green beans Granola
Friday Spinach/garden Omelet (add ground mustard & nutmeg) Lettuce Salad (opt. grilled chicken) Hamburgers, watermelon, homemade sweet potato fries**
*slice leftover bread for French toast
fruit
Saturday French toast with homemade applesauce leftover Cheese & Veggie Pizza popcorn
Sunday zucchini bread roast, broccoli, carrots Soufflé** fruit
Treat: Fresh Fruit Pie

Week 4:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Fruit & Granola hummus on pita, peppers
*make extra for tomorrow lunch
steak, zucchini, peppers, red onion, mushrooms kabobs
brown rice
fruit
Tuesday Oatmeal with fruit tuna sandwich & fruit Stuffed peppers granola
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Cobb Salad Peanut Thai pasta with peppers fruit
Thursday Muffins Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and carrots Egg in a whole and fruit Granola
Friday Apple Crepes with sausage                        *Use tortilla and save 1/2 for lunch refried bean burritos
fruit
meatloaf, broccoli, mashed potatoes popcorn
Saturday Eggs & Zucchini pancakes Leftovers Cheese & Veggie Pizza fruit
Sunday Smoothie Pork chops with Blueberries**, green beans Scrambled Eggs with potato pancakes homemade pretzels or crackers
Treat: Peach Sorbet

{free} Weekly Shopping List Printable



First off, because I know you are going to ask, where is the Menu {free} printable?  I know I usually have free printables for everything! But I think it will be more helpful to you if you just read the menu {this post} on your smart phone. All the recipes are hyperlinked for your convenience! {This is how I am cooking now too}

UPDATE: Sorry folks, the shopping list says July (I'll fix it as soon as I can) but just know that it is really the August one =)

You can also pull up your shopping list from your smart phone, but I know sometimes it is easier to print this off to add your own notes {things you already have, add’l household supplies you need, etc.} Each weekly shopping list contains everything you need to make the recipes that week. Easy Peasy!
If you notice a mistake, please let me know so I can fix it. Thanks

Feedback

I’d love to hear from you if you used my meal planner. It does take a little longer to prepare like this than it does to just do for my family. But if it is helpful to you I’ll continue doing it!

Looking for a different month? Check all the monthly meal planner



10 comments:

  1. Awesome! Thanks for sharing! I am gonna check out that bread machine cookbook! Interested in the yogurt making too!

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  2. This is fantastic! Thank you so much for the extra work you put into laying this out for us. I am a huge meal planner and like to do lots of prep ahead and some freezer cooking. I can't wait to try this meal plan out for my family!

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  3. Thanks for sharing. I am always curious what families feed their kiddos. I know I am terrible about menu planning. Each week, my 7 yo son and I sit down and decide what we would like to have. He is responsible for our dinner on Wednesdays - he picks a recipe, helps shop for it, and cooks (with my help) for us. My husband is an amature bodybuilder and mostly just eats chicken with brown rice and salad EVERY night.

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  4. Hi Beth, I'm excited to give this a shot. I work full-time and meal planning is probably my biggest challenge these days. When I click the link for the grocery list, it shows July instead of August for the four weeks of groceries.

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    1. Just made a note above. It is August - not sure why it pulled July header.... I'll get it fixed =)

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  5. I enjoy meal planning, but I am finding myself spending way too much time on it. This will help to have this plan. I have a question. The shopping list says July. I tried to see if it was the August items, but I wasn't sure. THANK YOU!!!!

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    1. Just made a note above. It is August - not sure why it pulled July header.... I'll get it fixed =)

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  6. These are wonderful tips and thank you for sharing your comprehensive menu plan! Organising our meals is the next 'To Do' on my organisation list!

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  7. We purchase our meat from a local farmer. Half a cow, it's a large up front cost but we save in the end and it's better!

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  8. Your website is AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to keep it up and thank you for being so generous with ideas, recipes and printables!!!! THANK YOU!!

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