You may remember that last month was the first time I planned a monthly menu. Prior to that I came up with weekly menus. Let me tell you that I think monthly planning is a GREAT way to go. It worked out very well for the Spartan household and I hope to fine-tune my tactics even more and share them with you. Let's just say it saved some time and money, though truthfully the time savings was most significant. Anyhow, on to what you came here for--November's Menu!
Monday 11/1 Broccoli-cheese baked potatoes, salad
Tuesday 11/2 Senate Bean Soup (in honor of Election Day), homemade bread, salad
Wednesday 11/3 Pepperoni Calzones, salad
Thursday 11/4 Huevos rancheros, homemade flour tortillas, homemade refried black beans
I'm trying to recreate the huevos rancheros I had on our vacation in Mexico this year--here's a pic I took of my plate... I think the above recipe may be a winner!
Friday 11/5 Popcorn shrimp (used coupons to buy a box... cheating, I know!), crudites, fruit
Saturday 11/6 Breakfast: Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit Muffins, Dinner: Leftovers from the week
Sunday 11/7: Poppyseed chicken casserole, broccoli
Tuesday 11/9 Leftover soup and tuna sandwiches
Wednesday 11/10 Ham and cheese quesadillas, sliced apples
Thursday 11/11 Ravioli bolognese, salad (I make a big batch of Bolognese and keep in in quart-sized portions in the freezer).
Friday 11/12 Cheeseburger soup, salad
Saturday 11/13 Breakfast: Belgian Waffles and homemade syrup, Dinner: Leftovers from the week
Sunday 11/14 We have a church potluck scheduled; I plan to make Hot Chicken Salad Casserole and a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Tuesday 11/16 Calico beef and beans, salad
Saturday 11/20 Breakfast: Blueberry muffins (boxed mix 'cause I keep it real and it's in the pantry already!), Dinner: I'm leaving this open for leftovers or a night out
Sunday 11/21 Slow-Cooker Carnitas, taco topping bar, homemade salsa and chips
Monday 11/22 Black bean and corn soup, zucchini hoecakes
Tuesday 11/23 Sweet and Sour Chicken, brown rice, broccoli
Friday 11/26 Turkey-noodle soup, leftovers we get sent home with ; )
Saturday 11/27 Breakfast: Pumpkin Pancakes, Dinner: Leftovers from the week/Thanksgiving
Sunday 11/28 Slow-cooker white chili, cornbread, sliced apples
Monday 11/29 Broccoli-cheese lasagne, salad, garlic bread
Tuesday 11/30 Country-fried steak with white gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans
**(I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that this is our dinner menu for the month. The only days you'll see a planned breakfast is on Saturdays. We generally eat small breakfasts--oatmeal or fruit--throughout the week. Lunches are simple, too--often they consist of leftovers. No food left behind, right? You'll also notice that there are several meat-free meals on our menu. Not only is this healthy, it's also a big money-saver. We're starting to participate in Meatless Mondays.)
Yumm! Can't wait for Thanksgiving--how about you? I hope you've found some inspiration for your menu however you plan it! There's no wrong way to make a menu--but you're missing out if you're not planning ahead!
Stay tuned this week for a tutorial on how to make this Poinsettia Pillow for $3 (for real!) and for information on a Poinsettia Pillow giveaway!