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Have you started thinking about Halloween yet? My kids have their costumes already (thanks to hand-me-downs!) Although it doesn’t seem like it should be Halloween planning time, it is. October is almost here! To me, that’s the start of soup weather. And bring on the comfort foods!

Try this monthly menu plan for October! Want some different meal ideas? Try more here!


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 want to see the Excel version?
Awesome! You can download it here.

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 want to plan for more than just dinner?
Awesome! Feel free to print this out, write out breakfast & lunch meals. Or you can edit it in Excel and make it your own!

What if I don’t like your recipe?
Awesome! Use which ever 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?
I tried to have a variety of meals 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. It makes it super quick to pull meals together!

Recipes in this menu plan:
Santa Fe Chicken Foil Dinners
Spicy Chicken Rigatoni
Chicken Parmesan
Fried Rice
Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches
Oven Drumsticks
Slow Cooker Barbeque Beef Sandwiches
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
Pork Tenderloin
Glazed Pork Chops
Cheesy Cheddar Ranch Chicken
Meatball Subs
Vegetable Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Crockpot Stuffed Peppers
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli & Rice Casserole
Hawaiian Chicken
French Onion Burgers
French Bread Pizza
Creamy Crockpot Mexican Chicken
Beef Stew
Homemade Hamburger Helper
Chicken Pot Pie
Taco Soup
Oven Fried Chicken
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Slow Cooker Chili & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to three 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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  • Mary, Living a Sunshine Life October 3, 2015, 10:16 am

    My meal plan has been collapsing all around me this past month! We’ve been sick and had so many out of the house activities, I’m ready to get back into it. I think I’ll have to pull mine out, make some adjustments and get back into it. At least my grocery bill has been less since I’m buying more in one trip. That really does help 🙂 Thanks for linking up to the Sunshine Life Link Up!


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