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Can you believe that November is finally here?! I’m so excited for this time of year. Thanksgiving. My son’s birthday. And then, right around the corner, Christmas! November is the start of the holiday season, and that means life is going to start getting busy. It’s important to have a menu plan so that we keep our budget on track and don’t end up order carry-out throughout the month.
With life getting busy, it’s time to do something I haven’t done in a while – create a menu plan for the entire month.
What’s on the calendar?
Whether you are menu planning for one week or one month it is imperative that you actually look at your calendar and what you have going on before planning your meals. On our calendar, I have scout meetings, evening doctor appointments, homeschool field trips, birthdays, Thanksgiving, and a few family day trips coming up. Some nights, I am going to need easy meals that take little prep work. Some days, I can cook a proper meal that will take me an hour or so to prepare.
My Grocery Shopping Plan
I will do a big grocery trip at the start of November to purchase all of our pantry staples, root vegetables, and most of our proteins for the month. Then, each week I’ll do an Aldi run to fill in with bread, dairy, produce, and anything else we need to round out the meals we have planned. I already have a bit in the freezer and pantry, so we are starting November in a really good place.
Breakfast, Lunch, & Snacks
Our breakfast, lunch, and snacks stay the same from day-to-day. We don’t plan them out specifically, but more in generals. Our staples breakfasts are smoothies, yogurt, cereal bars, cereal, and oatmeal. My children are early birds (I am not) so I like having breakfasts that they can eat before I’m up and moving. Come lunchtime we typically have pb&j, grilled cheese, or leftovers. Every once in a while, we will have a frozen pizza or hummus & veggies with cheese & crackers. Snacktime is typically apples or bananas, and this time of year citrus, cashews, pretzels, and popcorn.
November Menu Plan
1 – Leftovers
2 – Pork Roast & Roast Veggies
3 – Soup & Sandwiches
4 – Dinner Out with the Family
5 – Lemon Butter Chicken and Risotto
6 – Pancakes & Sausage
7 – Chicken Carnitas, Rice, Black Beans
8 – Homemade Hoagie Night
9 – Dinner Out with Family
10 – Dr Pepper Chicken
11 – Leftovers
12 – Bourbon Chicken, Rice, Snow Peas
13 – Pork Scallopini with Calvados Cream, Chicken Rice, Veggies
14 – Whole Roasted Chicken, Potato Gratin, Roasted Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
15 – Chicken Noodle Soup & French Bread
16 – Leftovers
17 – Bacon Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Corn, Birthday Cake
18 – Grilled Sausage, Peppers, & Onions, Dutch Oven Chocolate Lava Cake (my son’s request for his birthday party)
19 – Pork Roast & Roast Veggies
20 – Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas, Rice, Black Beans
21 – Leftovers
22 – Egg Sandwiches & Fruit
23 – Thanksgiving
24 – Turkey Pot Pie
25 – Turkey Noodle Soup
26 – Leftovers
27 – Shredded Mexican Beef, Cilantro Lime Rice
28 – Panko Crusted Flouder, French Fries
29 – Pizza & Fruit
30 – Sausage Gravy & Biscuits