Meal Plan

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

MondayFruit & GranolaGyro with
Veggie (peppers, squash, onion) in flatbread with gyro yogurt sauce**
Pesto Pastafruit
TuesdayOatmeal w/ fruitAvocado Egg Salad Sandwich with carrotsveggie (squash, pepper, tomato) kabobs with brown rice & Fruitstring cheese
WednesdayYogurt & FruitTaco 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
ThursdayBlueberry MuffinLeftover BBQ Sandwiches with leftover chips & salsa
*save some for bread crumbs
Grilled chicken with baked or mashed sweet potatoGranola
FridayFarmer Eggs** with 2-3 potatoes & 2 eggs per person)baked beans & fresh breadVeggie Burgers with sweet potato fries**bell pepper with hummus
*only eat 1/2 hummus
Saturdaypancakes

*make extra for Monday lunch

leftoversCheese & Veggie Pizza

*save 1 pizza crust for breakfast

celery with peanut butter
SundayQuicheFlank Steak,buttered potatoes**, green beansMac & Cheesefruit
*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:

BreakfastLunchDinnerSnack
MondayFruit & Granolapancake sandwich (with cream cheese & jelly inside) + fruitCarnitas on Homemade Tortillas
*make extra for Tues dinner & Wed lunch
bell pepper with humus (leftover)
TuesdayOatmeal with fruitSaladBreakfast burrito with eggs & cheese & peppersfruit
WednesdayYogurt & FruitQuesadilla (cheese or PB & choc chips)Angel Hair BrushettaPeanut Honey Power balls
ThursdayBanana BreadBaked potato with cheese, sour cream, and broccoliStir Fry (Vegetarian with 1 cup nuts)fruit
FridayFried Eggs + Fruit & English MuffinBlueberry Spinach Salad **Eggplant Parmesan, pasta & saucepopcorn
SaturdayWhole Wheat Waffles
*save 2 for casserole bites
leftoverCheese & Veggie Pizzafruit
SundaySmoothieLime-Cilantro Quinoa SaladCasserole Bitesfruit

Treat: Ice Cream

Week 3:

BreakfastLunchDinnerSnack
MondayFruit & GranolaMozzarella, basil, Tomato & balsamic Vinegar Sandwich
*Save 2-3 slices for tomorrow’s kabobs
Red Beans & Rice**fruit
TuesdayOatmeal with fruitFruit, bread cheese, kabobsTortilla Espanola** with Sauted Zucchinigranola
WednesdayYogurt & FruitSpinach Salad with berries, candied nuts, and feta, cranberries & red onionslow cooker flank steak fajitas on whole wheat tortilla

@save 1/2 of flour tortillas for Thu lunch

celery with peanut butter
ThursdayMaple Breakfast Cookies & Fruittortilla pinwheel with cream cheese & pimientoPasta with alfredo sauce** and green beansGranola
FridaySpinach/garden Omelet (add ground mustard & nutmeg)Lettuce Salad (opt. grilled chicken)Hamburgers, watermelon, homemade sweet potato fries**
*slice leftover bread for French toast
fruit
SaturdayFrench toast with homemade applesauceleftoverCheese & Veggie Pizzapopcorn
Sundayzucchini breadroast, broccoli, carrotsSoufflé**fruit

Treat: Fresh Fruit Pie

Week 4:

BreakfastLunchDinnerSnack
MondayFruit & Granolahummus on pita, peppers
*make extra for tomorrow lunch
steak, zucchini, peppers, red onion, mushrooms kabobs
brown rice
fruit
TuesdayOatmeal with fruittuna sandwich & fruitStuffed peppersgranola
WednesdayYogurt & FruitCobb SaladPeanut Thai pasta with peppersfruit
ThursdayMuffinsGrilled Cheese Sandwiches and carrotsEgg in a whole and fruitGranola
FridayApple Crepes with sausage                        *Use tortilla and save 1/2 for lunchrefried bean burritos
fruit
meatloaf, broccoli, mashed potatoespopcorn
SaturdayEggs & Zucchini pancakesLeftoversCheese & Veggie Pizzafruit
SundaySmoothiePork chops with Blueberries**, green beansScrambled Eggs with potato pancakeshomemade pretzels or crackers

Treat: Peach Sorbet

{free} Weekly Shopping List Printable

 

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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!

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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com where she shares Kindergarten spedicif worksheets,& educational ideas.

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