Tuesday, September 24, 2013

October Menu with Weekly Shopping List

The {Free} Monthly Family Menu with free shopping list continues to be a hit!  will continue to share these plans with you to help you save precious time planning. I hope you all enjoy spending the extra time planning for your homeschool, going to a pumpkin patch, stomping in some leaves, and playing with your kids!
October meal plan with free shopping list

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October Meal Planning

In October our home gardens are being closed up. The menus will incorporate seasonal items like pumpkins and gourds and lots of warm-you-up soups.   Our meal plan feeds our family of 5.  So for all you busy moms out there – dinner is served {and you didn’t even have to plan it!}

Week 1:





Monday Fruit & Granola (use coconut oil)

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich with
Classic Tortilla Soup**
with Corn Tortillas
Tuesday Oatmeal w/ fruit Leftover Tortilla Soup
with corn tortillas
Pumpkin & Cashew Stir Fry**
Brown Rice
string cheese
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit English Muffin Pizza (w/ tomato sauce, cheese & olives) Slow Cooker Pork Tacos
+ tortilla shells
Thursday Blueberry Muffin baked beans & fresh bread** Grilled chicken 
acorn squash
Green Beans
Friday Farmer Eggs** with 2-3 potatoes, 1 pepper  & 2 eggs per person)
with juice
Baked potato with cheese, sour cream, and broccoli Peanut Linguini**
bell pepper with hummus
*only eat 1/2 hummus
Saturday Pumpkin Waffles** with maple syrup leftovers Cheese & Veggie Pizza

*save 1 pizza crust for Monday
celery with peanut butter
Sunday Eggs Benedict Layered Herby Stew 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
Treat: Praline Pumpkin Dessert (not healthy, but easy and delicious!)

Week 2:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Fruit & Granola Calzone (using saved crust) Baked Potato Soup bell pepper with humus (leftover)
Tuesday Oatmeal with fruit Leftover Potato Soup
Breakfast burrito (homemade tortillassave extras for tomorrow, eggs & cheese & peppers) fruit
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Quesadilla (cheese or PB & choc chips) Angel Hair Brushetta Peanut Honey Power balls
Thursday Banana Bread Fish Sticks
carrots & broccoli w/ranch
Stir Fry (Vegetarian with 1 cup nuts) fruit
Friday Fried Eggs + Fruit  Crackers & Cheese (opt. summer sausage)
+ grapes
Eggplant Parmesan, pasta & sauce popcorn
Saturday pancakes leftover Cheese & Veggie Pizza cucumber slices
Sunday Smoothie Tweaked Creamed Chicken & Healthier Biscuits** Mac & Cheese
Treat: Maple Peanut Butter Yummies

Week 3:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Fruit & Granola Spinach Salad with deviled eggs Red Beans & Rice** fruit
Tuesday Oatmeal with fruit Fruit, bread** cheese, kabobs Italian Tortellini Soup** granola
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Leftover Italian Tortellini Soup
General Tso Chicken
Brown Rice **
celery with peanut butter
Thursday Bundt Coffee Cake** BLT Sandwich
Homemade Bread**
Pasta with alfredo sauce** and green beans Granola
Friday Spinach/garden Omelet (add ground mustard & nutmeg) Black Bean Taco Salad** Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken
Saturday Banana Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes (use coconut oil) + maple syrup leftover Cheese & Veggie Pizza popcorn
Sunday zucchini bread Roast
Mashed Potatoes / Gravy
Lunch Meat Sandwich with bread++
Sweet Potato & Beet Chips (bake)
Treat: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Week 4:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Fruit & Granola hummus on pita, peppers Spaghetti & Meatballs
green beans
apple with peanut butter
Tuesday Oatmeal with fruit tuna sandwich & fruit
+ homemade rolls (extra for dinner)
Sloppy Joes (make into Jack o Lanterns)
Sweet Potato Fries
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Cobb Salad Pumpkin – Apple Soup** top w/ pine nuts
Thursday Sweet Potato Muffins *use coconut oil and 1/2 sugar Leftover Soup
Bread top w/ pine nuts
Egg in a whole and fruit Granola
Friday Scrambled Eggs
Potatoes & Green Peppers
refried bean burritos
+ tortilla shells (today only)
meatloaf (use ground turkey), broccoli, mashed potatoes popcorn
Saturday Biscuits & Gravy Leftovers Cheese & Mushroom Pizza fruit
Sunday Smoothie Quinoa Chicken & Sweet Potato Soup Spinach Friata homemade pretzels or crackers
Treat: Libby’s Pumpkin Roll


{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, ipad, or computer. All the recipes are hyperlinked for your convenience! {This is how I am cooking now too}

>> {free} Printable Weekly Shopping Lists <<

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

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I’d love to hear from you if you used my meal planner. What’s your families favorite meal?


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Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of three who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123Homeschool4Me where she shares 150+ {free} printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.
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  1. This is very helpful. I think I will give it a try this month. If you don't mind sharing, what is your weekly/monthly food expense? Thanks! Christine

    1. Christine, We buy most of our stuff organic (so it will be cheaper if you don't). But I'd say on average it costs us $100-$125 a week for our family of 5.

      Hope that helps =)

  2. What does Kabobs on lunch for week 3, Tuesday, mean?

    1. Good question that wasn't noted very clearly this month I just assumed others had been following along. Sorry.

      You make squares of cheese, bread, and veggies and put them on a skewer like a kabob. Fun, healthy lunch. You of course don't have to make kabobs, but have bread cubed, cheese cubes, and veggies (like cherry tomatoes, cucumber) with it.

  3. In Monday's recipe in week 1, the classic tortilla soup, the instructions say to add broth, but there is no broth listed in the ingredients. I'm assuming chicken broth, but how much should I add?

  4. On the Black Bean Taco Salad, you say to add the first 11 ingredients but I think there might be a problems as I can't tell which of the ingredients make the vinaigrette. Thanks.

  5. I really appreciate this. It's helping me get back on track. I do change something of the things out for things that I have on hand, or if I know what you have on the menu will not be appreciated by my family. I have only followed it for 1 week, but have the stuff for next week, too. However, I found that I'm spending more than you said you do--wish I knew your secret! BTW: tonight was our first time of ever having Fritatta and it was wonderful! Even my boys who don't like spinach ate it and wanted more! I'm looking forward to using your menu for November!!

  6. This is great. :) I love that you don't do your meals from a box.


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