Before I share a month of meals, I'd like to share my top time-saving menu planning tips. Work and homeschool keep us SO busy that these little sanity-savers make it easy to meal plan and to get food on the table.
1. Repeat the same breakfast and lunch menu every week. The kids are happy eating what I eat for breakfast and lunch, and repeating the same meals for breakfast and lunch saves time and money. There isn't really an opportunity to get tired of a meal when you only eat it once a week.
2. Once a week (at least), I double or triple a recipe and freeze the extra meals. This is a lifesaver because I get a fully-stocked freezer without spending hours of prep and hours of once a month freezer cooking. As you can see on this menu for the month, I did most of my double and triple recipes at the beginning of the month because I knew the end of the month would be crazy. Usually I double or triple recipes 1-2 times per week throughout the entire month.
Above is my list of meals, and below I've included links on where to find the recipes for everything that's not self-explanatory. Many of these recipes are Paleo-friendly, also.
Big Boy Smoothie (THM book) (FP)
Dashing Dish Cake Batter Protein Shake (S)
Peanut Butter Blizzard from here (Working at Homeschool) (S)
Muffin in a Mug (THM book)
California Omelet (skip the cooking spray in the recipe and use real butter instead) (S)
Eggs and bacon (S)
Toast with egg whites (E) (For THM GF, substitute Trim Healthy Pan Bread from THM book)
2 eggs scrambled with cottage cheese (S)
Cottage cheese, cucumber, and tomato salad from here (Working at Homeschool)
Joseph's Pita Pizza (S) (THM book). For GF option, make Fooled Ya Pizza Crust (THM book), OR substitute very thinly sliced chicken breasts for the crust. It sounds weird, but if you make them thin enough you can get a crispy pizza “crust”.
Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad (THM book)
- Whole Roasted Chicken (E) (I omit the butter, and use white meat only for E)
- Pizza Casserole (S) (THM book)
- Chicken Cobb Salad (S) (I use dark leafy greens instead of iceberg lettuce, and dress the salad individually with 2 parts Ken’s Ranch Dressing mixed with 1 part water).
- Chicken Wings with salad (S) (THM book)
- Ham and Bean Soup with sprouted or homemade sourdough (THM book). Or for GF THM, use Trim Healthy Pan Bread. (Many ham and bean soups will work with THM. One important substitution to keep the fat low for an “E” is to use a ham bone without the meat, or with just small amounts of meat. You still get all of the flavor).
- Carne Asada Steak w/ avocado, sour cream, and cheese (S) (omit sugar and tortillas)
- All Day Lentil Soup (THM book)
- Spaghetti with Pioneer Woman’s Alfredo Sauce (S) (Gluten-free Tinkyada pasta for the GF kids, Dreamfields pasta for me, OR for a GF THM recipe I omit the pasta altogether and sub chicken breasts) **
- Chipotle Meatballs (S) (Make 2, freeze one)
10. Chicken Fajitas (S with cheese, sour cream, and avocado, E with no toppings but adding rice)
11. Big Mac Salad (S)
12. Green Chili (FP)
13. Crockpot Café Rio Chicken (FP, but I add cheese and avocado to make it an S) (To tweak this to THM, I use chicken breasts and substitute this ranch dressing mix from Gwen’s nest instead of a ranch packet)
14. Chicken Broccoli Quinoa Bake (E) (To make this THM-compliant and gluten-free, I skip the breadcrumbs and omit the cheese on my portion)
15. Mexican Baked Eggs (E) (To make this THM-compliant and gluten-free, I skip the tortillas and only eat the egg whites with mine. The kids have the whole egg with cheese).
16. Whole roasted chicken or turkey with Cheesy Rolls (THM book) and frozen green beans
17. Leftover turkey or chicken and salad
18. Crockpot Rice and Beans (E) (add 1-2 shredded chicken breasts for added protein – the leftovers from the turkey or chicken on day 16 would work perfectly!)
19. Lasagna (S) with Dreamfields lasagna noodles for THM and salad (I substitute stevia for the white sugar or omit sweetener completely in the sauce. For a GF THM recipe, I omit the noodles and make it a lasagna bake/casserole)
20. Chicken wings (frozen from week 1) with grilled zucchini (S)
21. Taco Stack Ups
22. All Day Lentil Soup (E) (THM book)
23. Pizza Casserole (S) (Frozen from week 1)
25. Chicken Cobb Salad (S)
26. Just Like Campbell’s Tomato Soup (S) (THM book)
27. Chicken Quinoa Broccoli Bake (E) frozen from week 2
28. Crockpot rice and beans (E)
29. Low Carb enchiladas using leftover shredded poultry (S)
30. Santa-Fe Quinoa (E) (For a THM “E” I reduce the olive oil)
31. Chipotle Meatballs (S) frozen from week 2
** Make sure you use gluten-free cheese and tortillas in recipes that call for them!
***Most oats are not gluten-free! So if you are eating gluten-free (especially if you have Celiac Disease, like we do in our family) make sure your oats are gluten-free.