Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The {Free} Monthly Family Menu with free shopping list continues to be a hit! I 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, making turkey crafts, taking a nature hike, and playing with your kids! If you are looking for help planning a delicious Thanksgiving meal make sure to see Our Families Thanksgiving Dinner including recipes, grocery list, and even what time to put things in the oven!
November Family Meal Plan with Free shopping list


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I work hard to balance things for my family .We are striving to eat better, to eat organically, to eat nutritiously, and to eat yummy food! Oh, and did I mention eat on a budget! Our family feels these meals are:
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  • My meals are nutritious & well balanced!
  • My meals are thrifty! (we pinch pennies by making good use of what foods are in season) Groceries cost our family of 5 about $125/week
  • My food is yummy! (These are all recipes my family loves; we include a dessert once a week and seasonal favorites)
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November 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:

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Snack

Monday Fruit & Granola (use coconut oil)

Lime-Cilantro Quinoa Salad Sweet Chili & Cornbread Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds
Tuesday Oatmeal w/ fruit Leftover Sweet Chili & Cornbread Pumpkin & Cashew Stir Fry**
Brown Rice
string cheese
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit English Muffin Pizza (w/ tomato sauce, cheese & olives) Souffle** Carrots
Thursday Blueberry Muffin  Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich**
Carrots
Grilled chicken (BBQ sauce opt) 
acorn squash
Green Beans
Granola
Friday Farmer Eggs** with 2-3 potatoes, 1 pepper  & 2 eggs per person)
with juice
Baked potato with cheese, sour cream, and broccoli baked beans & fresh bread** Apple
Saturday Pumpkin Waffles** with maple syrup Leftover baked beans & fresh bread** Cheese, black olive & Pepper Pizza

*save 1 pizza crust for Monday
celery with peanut butter
Sunday Baked Apple Cider Donuts Layered Herby Stew Mac & Cheese
Apples with Peanut Butter Dip
Popcorn
*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: Apple Crisp

Week 2:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Fruit & Granola Calzone (using saved crust) Pumpkin- Apple Soup Leftover Apple with Peanut Butter Dip
Tuesday Oatmeal with fruit Leftover  Soup
Bread**
Steak
Cauliflower
Lg Baked Sweet Potato (topped with mixture of 2 TAB each butter, brown sugar, oats + marshmallows)
Banana
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Quesadilla (cheese or PB & choc chips)
Tortillas shells (save 1/2 for tomorrow lunch)
Orange Couscous Chicken
Peas
Peanut Honey Power balls
Thursday Banana Bread Egg Salad Wrap (with leftover tortilla from yesterday)
Spinach for small salad
Stir Fry (Broccoli & red pepper & onoin with 1 cup nuts) on brown rice fruit
Friday Fried Eggs + Fruit  leftovers Eggplant Parmesan, pasta & sauce popcorn
Saturday pancakes Bratwurst topped 2 TAB buter cookes with chopped 3 onions & 2 apples on bun Cheese & Veggie Pizza cucumber slices
Sunday Smoothie Lasagna
Small Spinach salad
Leftover Lasagna
Garlic Bread
fruit
Treat: Best Brownies Ever


Week 3:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Fruit & Granola Spinach Salad with berries, candied nuts, and feta, cranberries & red onion Refried Bean Burritos w/ cheese & sour cream on homemade tortilla shells fruit
Tuesday Oatmeal with fruit Leftover Refried Bean Burritos Chicken Paprika Stew (with 1lb chicken only an no potato pierogies) granola
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Leftover Soup
Bread (suggestion in recipe **)
Scalloped Potatoes**
Carrots
celery with peanut butter
Thursday Homemade Applesauce (make the day before & save leftovers!) Pickle Sandwich on homemade bread** Veggie Burgers on homemade buns
Sweet Potato Fries
Granola
Friday Spinach/garden Omelet (add ground mustard & nutmeg) hummus on homemade Pita with peppers Reuben Sandwich
Apple
Popcorn
Saturday Homemade Cinnamon Rolls leftover Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza Homemade Applesauce
Sunday Carrot Apple Sauce Muffins Pork Chops & Applesauce
Green Beans
Egg in a Whole (leftover rye bread) fruit
Treat: Chocolate Chip Cookies (plus add 1 teas baking powder too!)

Week 4:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Fruit & Granola leftover hummus on pita, peppers Spaghetti Squash w/sauce + cheese & Homemade Bread** apple with peanut butter
Tuesday Oatmeal with fruit Peanut Butter & Jelly on Homemade Bread** Ground Beef Tacos (with onion, lettuce & tomato) on homemade tortilla shells granola
Wednesday Yogurt & Fruit Leftover Tacos Grilled Pear & Cheese
and Sweet Potato Fries
fruit
Thursday Homemade Applesauce (if leftover, apple if not) Appetizers before/after Thanksgiving meal Turkey (Thanksgiving Menu) Granola
Friday Scrambled Eggs
Potatoes & Green Peppers
Open faced Turkey Sandwiches (use up your leftovers!) Leftover Turkey Pot pie popcorn
Saturday Pumpkin Waffles** with maple syrup Leftovers Yummy Thanksgiving Leftover Soup fruit
Sunday Smoothie Leftover Soup with bread** Walnuts, Ham & Cheese…Oh My! carrots
Treat: Pumpkin Pie (as part of Thanksgiving Meal)
**Note if you would like to see our Thanksgiving Menu along with recipes, thanksgiving shopping list, and when to start cooking what to make it a stress free Thanksgiving dinner don’t miss our What to Make for Thanksgiving Dinner post!

 

{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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21 comments:

  1. Love this monthly meal plan, especially the quinoa salad. I just discovered my love for quinoa a short time ago, and have been mixing and experimenting all month long. Here is my last quinoa salad recipe www.traciwesterhout.com/nutrition/quick-quinoa Thanks for sharing your meal plan. Great ideas for my family of 4.

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  2. Most of the month doesn't have the hyperlink for the recipe as it should. Starting with the pumpkin and cashew stir fry. :(

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    1. See the ** next to the recipe? It is noted under each week. The ** means recipe is in the download =) In other words they are our families tried & true recipes that I just haven't gotten up on my website yet! Enjoy!!

      Beth

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  3. I love you for sharing! Thank you!

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  4. This is a great resource! Thank you! I noticed on your week #4 menu that the link for the Thanksgiving meal leads you to a page on your blog that does not exist when you click on the link.

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    1. Thanksgiving meal post is coming soon =)

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  5. I had to copy and paste because I don't have a smart phone or any of the other devices. It is easier for me to download and print when needed. I do love your meal plans and appreciate them very much.

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  6. OK, this is awesome! Thank you!!

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  7. I printed out the shopping list, and the recipe for Farmer Eggs appears to be missing.

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    1. Thanks for pointing that out Alina. That recipe repeats itself many times - it is a family favorite. I forgot to write it over again that week, but I will update it right now =) Enjoy!

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  8. Two questions: 1) buttermilk is in a recipe but not on the list. do you buy buttermilk or add lemon juice or something to regular milk? and 2) on the list is requests 16+oz of baked beans, but the baked beans recipe uses the navy beans (that are also on the shopping list) do I need to buy canned baked beans too? am I missing where they are used?

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    1. Sure thing. 1) good questions - we make buttermilk by adding lemon juice to regular milk so we have fewer things to buy =) 2) Canned baked beans are for the sweet chili (if I'm thinking of the same week) and the navy beans are to make the homemade baked beans. You could make your own baked beans to put in the chili, but that is a lot more work for a quick super =)

      Enjoy!

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  9. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your work in preparing and sharing this!!

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    1. Aw, thanks for leaving me such a sweet note - made my day =)

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  10. I am having trouble downloading items. I have downloaded the Adobe link at the top of the pages, but it still will not show anything when I try to print the free printables. Do I need to do something more? I was also wondering if I need to pay a membership fee which I am so willing to do. I love this site and ideas as we are new to homeschooling.

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  11. Never mind!!! Im a bright one on this Monday morning. I logged in - that did wonders! Have a great week all!!

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  12. Looks like you need to add canned pumpkin to the shopping list for week 2.

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  13. The plastic sheet protectors work well for dry erase also. Plus they are a lot cheaper!

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