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A Month Long Menu Plan


The holiday season has officially arrived and so has basketball season for both boys.  This is the time of year when life gets turned a little upside down. Grabbing fast food is okay every now and then, but I’d rather cook most nights and sit down together as a family as often as possible.  It brings a certain “calm” to our week to enjoy a meal together in the comforts of our own home.

Well, at least “calm” is our goal for meal time.  We love to go over highs and lows from our day with each other, but don’t be fooled by what could appear to be hallmark mealtimes.  We get opportunities every night to remind a couple of boys that there are to be no bodily noises released during dinner.  And while I’m being transparent, we also have to occasionally put out the reminder that no one’s lows can include stories that involve their siblings.

Meal times can be hard, but we determined a long time ago to make them part of our family’s many traditions.  If you’re like me, then half the battle is actually making a menu plan!  After I spent an absorbent amount of time thinking about menus last month, I decided to attempt to head into this month with a serious battle plan!

The first thing I did was look at my calendar.  I wanted to know exactly how many meals we needed.  We’ll be traveling for Thanksgiving to see family, and we’ve also got a staff retreat with the church one weekend.  I went ahead and planned to grab take-out once each week, because I know that’s just reality for us this month.   Plus, a night off for me sounds like a pretty splendid plan. It ends up I need about 18 meals for this month.  I went to my Pinterest boards and picked all of the tried and true recipes that I’ve cooked before and love.

I hope this will help ease some of the stress that can so easily creep into the holidays.  I’m sure you’ll notice that most of the meals are very much “comfort” foods.  Nothing says November like comfort foods, right?!

What all does November hold for you?  Do you cook most nights, too?


Shepherd’s Pie

Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Picatta

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Cheeseburger Soup

Chili Colorado Burritos

Crockpot Mongolian Beef with Rice

Chicken, Bacon & Wild Rice Soup

Southwestern Chili Con Queso Pasta Bake

Homemade Chicken & Dumpling Soup

Quick Lime Cilantro Chicken served in bowls with all the fixins {like chipotle}

Chicken Pot Pie

Spicy Jalapeno Philly Cheese Sliders

Mexican Chicken Lime Soup

Pan Roasted Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Green Beans

Pioneer Woman’s Baked Ziti

Chicken Taco Salad/Tacos for the boys

Chili Tortellini



paige - i am so impressed with you!!
i just bookmarked this & maybe it will solidify my weirdness factor for you to know that i’m planning on cooking several of these same things. right along with you.

Jackie - Wow! I’m super impressed that you plan for the month! I am a weekly planner, though this month I’ve got Thanksgiving on my radar. Still going to host this year; grateful it falls at the end of my treatment cycle.

michele fry - Thanks for doing all the prep work for me…love it!!

Megan - I love your approach! I have done weekly and monthly meal planning, and I always love it when I make the effort. It makes life so much easier. That being said, monthly gets tricky for me because I try to fit everything in on the calendar perfectly and unexpected things always come up or we end up having leftovers, etc. I love how you just listed the recipes-such a simpler way to tackle it! I am going to check out your links…they sound lovely!

Now, any advice for a picky 10 year old eater?

barbara - This is awesome i plan but not that far in advance thisis great.
Happy eating.

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Janet - Oh yum! I will be trying to copy you! So impressed!! I think even my picky eater will enjoy your menu!

Lemonade Makin' Mama - I have got to get a new routine. I think I make the same 12 things over and over. LOL I am soooo bored with what we make.

Adrienne - I made the pulled pork and everyone loved it. All 3 kids said it was great! Thanks for recommendation!

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