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April 2017 Monthly Menu Plan!

Uh oh!  April 2017 has some pitfalls in it.  Some potential for grocery budget busters!  First, there’s Easter for some of us.  That’s always got the potential for extra spending as you gather ’round the table with family and friends.

Then, there’s Tax Day!  If your taxes aren’t done, that could stress you out.  Which could lead to dining out.  Which is usually more expensive than dining in.

Then there’s 5 Saturdays in the month!  For some of us, we do our grocery shopping on the weekend.  So 5 Saturdays could equal 5 grocery store trips instead of 4.  That could impact the wallet.

What’s your best defense against the temptation to overspend?  Have a menu plan!  And that’s what this is — a plan for your meals for the month.  No need to fret.  No need to worry.  No need to stress out.  Plan well.  Shop well.  Spend well!


The Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Menu:

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The Dinner Only Menu:

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Its okay if you don’t like these recipes or these ideas – make your own!  Just open the Excel version, delete what you don’t want and keep what you do want!  I have a menu plan that works for my family – you should have one that works for yours!

What if I don’t cook every night?
Awesome!  I don’t either – we often have leftovers 2-3 night/week.  Just take this basic plan, cut out some meals and make leftovers part of your plan!

What if I don’t want a particular meal on a specific night?
Awesome!  Just take this basic plan and swap meals around.

What if I don’t eat beef?  Or chicken?  Or pork?
Awesome!  Just take this basic plan, remove the foods you won’t eat and put in foods you will eat.

What if I don’t know how to make that meal?
Awesome!  Included are the links for the recipe that I usually use.

What if we always have pizza on Friday nights?
Awesome!  (Can I come over?)  Just remove my Friday meals and put in pizza.

What if I don’t like your recipe?
Awesome!  Use whichever recipe you normally use and just use this basic plan as a suggestion.

What if I have my own monthly menu plan?
Awesome!  Care to share it?  Share it down below in the comments so that we all can see it and be inspired!

What’s cool about this menu plan?
Breakfast & lunch are simple and repetitive while still providing variety.  For dinners, I try to have a lot more variety each week – some beef, some chicken, and some pastas.  That way you won’t get too bored.  There are also plenty of ways to save time when using this menu plan.

Examples:  When prepping chicken at the beginning of the month, make enough for the other recipes and freeze it for future use.  When making ground beef, brown 2-3 times the normal amount and freeze that. Check out these easy crockpot instructions for bulk cooking chicken and bulk cooking ground beef. It makes it super quick to pull meals together!

Recipes in this menu plan:

Breakfast Recipes:
Breakfast Popsicles
Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Sausage Bagel Sandwiches
English Muffins (top with butter, cream cheese, peanut butter or jelly)
Breakfast Burritos
French Toast Sticks
Scrambled eggs
Cinnamon Rolls
Fried Eggs
Bagels (top with butter, cream cheese, peanut butter or jelly)
Baked Oatmeal

Lunch Recipes:

Tortilla Roll Ups
Easy Skillet Nachos
Chicken Nuggets
Soup Ideas: Baked Potato Soup, Slow Cooker Ham & Bean Soup, Slow Cooker Ham & Potato Soup, Cheesy Veggie Chowder, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Ham & Bean Soup, Slow Cooker Chili, Taco Soup, Vegetable Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup
Bean & Cheese Burritos
Summer Sausage, Cheese & Crackers
Macaroni & Cheese
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Mini Pizzas
Cheese Quesadillas
Cobb Salad
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Egg Salad

Dinner Recipes:

Taco Noodle Bake
Italian Sausage With Bow Tie Pasta
Glazed Pork Chops
Honey Garlic Shrimp
Thick & Hearty Veggie & Barley Soup
Bow Tie Fiesta
Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup
Easy Skillet Nachos
Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl
Chicken Alfredo Veggie Bake
Tex Mex Chicken Casserole
Beefy Mac & Cheese
Oven Drumsticks
Bubble Pizza
Creamy Crockpot Mexican Chicken
Tuna Melt
Slow Cooker Ham
French Onion Burgers
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Smoked Sausage & Potato Hash
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken
Italian Baked Hoagies
Broccoli Cheddar Chicken
Cheesy Ground Beef Casserole
Italian Sausage & Peppers
One Pan Sausage & Veggies
Portobello Fajitas
Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast
Candied Chicken
Taco Beef Braid

 Jayme is a wife to 1 and to four little boys. She coupons, but isn’t super extreme about it. She price matches and loves it! While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better. She never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time. You can find her at No Regrets Living.

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