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October 2017 Monthly Menu Plan!

It’s October!  But here in Nebraska, it’s been freakishly warm, so it sure doesn’t feel like it, does it?  I want the cooler weather! I want all those Pumpkin spice drinks and desserts to make sense.  But never fear, cold weather will get here.  It just can’t stay away that long!

But it also means that the major end-of-year holidays are coming fast.  Better start saving money and making plans.  One of the best ways to save money is to plan your menu.  Plan your menu = plan your shopping = plan your spending.  All that means money saved!

If you don’t have a monthly menu plan, use ours!

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:
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Quesadillas
Cheesy Mexican Skillet Casserole
Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl
Bow Tie Fiesta
One Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta
Taco Soup
Hot Ham & Cheese
French Bread Pizza
Chicken Tacos
Spicy Chicken Rigatoni
French Onion Burgers
Baked Potato Soup and Paninis
Spaghetti Pie
Sausage Lasagna Rolls
Chicken Enchiladas
Beef Stew
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Chile Colorado Burritos
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Chicken Broccoli & Pasta Skillet

Sweet Potato Tex Mex Skillet“>
Chicken Spaghetti
Chili Cornbread Skillet
One Pot Burrito Bowls
Slow Cooker Chili – Serve as chili dogs

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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