I woke up this morning to crisp air and the promise of temps in the mid 70’s today. I’m crossing my fingers that fall is peaking through mountains. Fall is my favorite time of year, but it’s also one of my busiest. Back to school, back to sports, work, and holidays coming up all have the ability to roll together and it can make getting dinner on the table a chore.
Because of this, if you want to stay on budget, you have to embrace the art of meal planning.
Below is my September meal plan. In it, you will notice that I do not have enough dinners for 30 days of the month. That’s because every Saturday is we conduct a make-your-own-pizza night at our house, and once a week we also set aside to eat leftovers. This allows me to do two things:
- Ensure that I am getting my kids into the kitchen once a week, they love it, I love it, and it’s just another opportunity for us to spend time together.
- It saves me money. Pizza is cheap, and leftovers are essentially free.
Below you will find my entire meal plan for the month of September. Feel free to shares yours in the comments section below!
We keep breakfast pretty simple in our house, I like to do things that we can make quickly on a busy school morning, but that will also nourish their bellies and keep them full until lunch.
Toast and eggs
Pancakes or waffles (on Saturdays)
During the school year, Atlas eats at preschool and Addi makes her own lunch. I try to keep our fridge full of items that I can make a quick sandwich or healthy ‘homemade lunchable’ for Austen at home.
Sandwich ingredients (pb&j, turkey, ham, Sun Butter, etc.)
Homemade crackers and cookies
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Breakfast and lunch are admittedly boring in our home during the school year, I’m okay with that. I try to get dinner to be a little more creative though. My idea is to plan for several days where I can get either a crockpot meal going or an Instant Pot meal out fast. That allows me to still put a homecooked meal on the table when we are rushing home from baseball or violin practice.
- Hamburgers and hot dogs (Labor Day Cookout)
- Penne Alfredo/salad
- Chicken stir-fry
- Fish and Chips
- Beef tips, gravy, green beans
- Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice
- Whole roasted chicken
- Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
- BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
- Garlic brown sugar chicken
- Lamb chops, champ, peas
- Stuffed Shells, salad
- Shepherd Pot Pie (Recipe to come)
- Tater Tot Casserole, green beans
- Instant Pot Chili, cornbread
- Fried Pork Chops, mashed potatoes, green beans
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