Are you taking full advantage of summer yet? Grilling out? Maybe taking a vacation? Or even a staycation? Hit the zoo? The water parks? The swimming pools? Summer time can be fun!
But it can also be exhausting, filled with hot days. Days that make you tired. So, do something that takes the burden off of at least 1 thing in your life – meal planning! Making a menu plan is a huge time and stress saver! If you don’t already have one, use one of these!
The Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Menu:
The Dinner Only Menu:
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:
Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Sausage Bagel Sandwiches
English Muffins (top with butter, cream cheese, peanut butter or jelly)
French Toast Sticks
Bagels (top with butter, cream cheese, peanut butter or jelly)
Tortilla Roll Ups
Easy Skillet Nachos
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
Bean & Cheese Burritos
Summer Sausage, Cheese & Crackers
Macaroni & Cheese
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Crockpot Stuffed Peppers
Sweet Asian Chicken
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Italian Baked Hoagies
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
Grilled Sausage & Veggie Packets
Sweet Garlic Chicken
Slow Cooker Barbeque Beef Sandwiches
Baked Potato Buffet
Barbeque Chicken Sandwiches
French Onion Burgers
Ham & Swiss Pinwheels
Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast
Creamy Chicken Pockets
Slow Cooker Sweet Sesame Chicken
Little Meats & Gravy (Beef Stroganoff)
Broccoli Cheddar Chicken
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken
Italian Sausage & Peppers
Cheesy Ground Beef Casserole
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.