Monthly Meal Plan – September 2010

With school starting I was already feeling overwhelmed with the thought of having to cook so I decided to come up with a Meal Plan for September. I may actually repeat this each month if it goes well just because I’m lazy, but if I change it up, I’ll let you know! I also decided to add Snacks to the list just to help myself out a bit more. I’m hoping being prepared will help relieve stress for me and the kiddos!


Download September 2010 Meal Plan – PDF

Download September 2010 – MS Word (editable version)

And let’s just get one thing clear, I realize that I have meals scheduled for each day, and some of you may think that I don’t have intentions to slack off and eat out! Let me just assure you that is not the case! I’ll take a dinner out anytime my husband offers!

I also plan to skip a meal and add in a “left overs” day whenever needed, but if you don’t know me yet, at least know this: I am a planner. And my motto is “better to have a plan and not follow it, then have no plan at all”. Plus this will hopefully keep me from standing in front of my pantry at 5:00pm wondering what the heck we’re having for dinner!

Disclaimer: Please don’t judge my meals based on nutrition or originality ;o) Some are nutritious some are not so much, but they are things I think my family will eat and that aren’t too stressful for me to make so I’m printing this baby and calling it good!

I’ll also share some printable recipes as I go, and below are some of the side dishes I thought you may need. Most of the meals are easy and familiar so you’ll be able to make them no problem. I also linked them to blog posts if I have one.



3 bananas
6 Popsicle sticks
1/4 cup peanut butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped peanuts or walnuts, granola, crispy rice cereal or sunflower seeds

Peel the bananas. Cut them in half, widthwise, and push a Popsicle stick through the cut end of each half. Spread peanut butter on the bananas, then roll them in the nuts, cereal or seeds. Wrap them in waxed paper and freeze for 3 hours. Makes 6.


Parsley Potatoes:

  • 3 russet potatoes (can substitute with red potatoes)
  • butter
  • 1 T parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion salt

Step 1: Fill large sauce pan with water and bring to boil.

Step 2: Wash potatoes thoroughly, then dice into about 1” pieces and place in boiling water. Cook approximately 15 minutes or until tender.

Step 3: Meanwhile, melt approx 4tbs of butter in saute pan on low. Add garlic salt, onion salt and parsley. (Can add more of any ingredient to taste)

Step 4: Stir cooked potatoes into butter mixture until coated well and serve!


Easy Scallop Potatoes

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Stick Butter (to grease casserole dish)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for broiling


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F

Step 2: In a saucepan, heat up the cream with chopped garlic and nutmeg.

Step 3: While cream is heating up, butter a casserole dish. Place a layer of potato in an overlapping pattern and season with salt and pepper. Remove cream from heat, and pour a little over the potatoes. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Repeat layers until potatoes are gone.

Step 4: Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Sprinkle some more Parmesan and broil until cheese browns, about 5 minutes.


Potato Casserole

  • 2 lbs frozen hash browns thawed
  • 1 pt sour cream
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c chopped onion
  • 2 c shredded cheddar cheese

Combine everything except 1/2 c cheese. Pour into greased 9×13 pan. Cover with remaining cheese. Bake 20 min at 350 degrees.


Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 3 lb sweet potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. melted butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. melted butter
  • Optional: 1 c. coarsely chopped pecan
  • Cooking Spray

Cook and mash sweet potatoes. Mix in the next 5 ingredients and beat until moist and fluffy. Prepare a 1/2 – 2 qt. casserole dish with cooking spray. (Can refrigerate at this point to save until ready to cook) Sprinkle with pecan halves, brown sugar and drizzle with melted butter. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until hot. Serves 8-10.

Hope you find this useful in your planning!


  1. I used to have a 4-week plan that I just followed 13 weeks a year, small deviations of course, but after 4 weeks it really doesn't feel like you're eating the same thing over and over. I had all my shopping delivered and just saved 2-week and 4-week shopping lists on their website.Don't really know why I don't pick that up again, so easy!

  2. I LOVE writing a menu. It makes grocery shopping that much easier and keeps the pre-dinner stress to a minimum. My main issue is always trying to think of meals though!

  3. I keep a notebook for grocery lists, and at the top of the list I write the meals that can be made from that list. So, menu planning takes minutes, and the lists of ingredients are on hand at all times. Flipping through the notebook gives me new and old ideas for meals. If the thought of cooking stresses you, consider starting a meal swap with other families. You make 'x' number of the same dish, and swap it with 'x' number of people who do the same. Then, all you have to do it reheat so many night a week/month instead of cooking. Great way to try new foods, too!

  4. Good idea! I struggle with this as my kids are very picky. I may have to d/l this to see if it will work.

  5. Can't download it but it looks niceThanks

  6. Wow, an entire month! I plan by the week, but this sure would make fixing meals a breeze!

  7. I am thinking on doing this. I do a 2 week menu but I find myself rushing and not doing a good plan on some weeks because I wait until the last minute. I think this will be a good route to try.

  8. I do the same thing! I make a menu for the month so that I'm not spending a lot of time trying to figure out what we're going to be eating each week. It's really saved a lot of time and energy. I also have set days that we have a certain food, such as Sunday is casserole night, Monday is Spaghetti (we love spaghetti) and then on Friday nights I make something that we've never had.

  9. Thanks for sharing your menu! I have done this for 2 weeks at at time for many years, but I am looking forward to giving this a try, replacing some of the recipes with some of our favorites. :-)I see you do Smoothies every day. Do you have more than one recipe? Also, do you make your own granola?Love your website! Thanks for the time and energy you put into it … it's very encouraging & motivating to me!

  10. GLIN: I do smoothies everyday just because we like them. I use a couple different ones, we do strawberry/banana, mango/pineapple or strawberry/raspberry/blueberry or sometimes peach.I make my own granola bars (recipe is in the recipe dropdown at the top of the blog), but haven't made my own granola, don't know why LOL!

  11. stephanie says:

    i love your menu! i've been mealing planning all year, but then my 5 yr old and 2 yr old started to boycott most of the meals. it has made me reinvent what worked at one time. THIS ONE WORKS FOR ME! and dont' worry, we are a healthy food family, and i don't see anything that would bother me.

  12. I'm envious! Looks fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. What a great package you have going on here. You are so organized! Thanks for sharing your menu. I look forward to keeping up with you!~Jenni, TOS Crewbie

  14. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing! I always hate "re-inventing the wheel"…ha! now i don't have to! 😛

  15. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing! I always hate "re-inventing the wheel"…ha! now i don't have to! 😛

  16. Mmm…potatoes! The sweet potato casserole sounds delish! It's all good about nutrition…not everything I make is super nutritious since we are also on a budget. 🙂 Hamburger/Chicken/Tuna Helper is something I go to for something quick and cheap. I should also plan out the month, especially since there are so many new recipes I've been dying to try. 🙂

  17. What a wonderful idea. We downloaded your menu plan and made some changes for ours but I think we are definitely going to try some of your recipes! I already did our August plan and posted about your idea and a link to your blog. Thank you so much for making life easier for moms!

  18. So I know before that you mentioned that your mom helps out with cooking meals for your family. Does she still help or are you doing it all yourself now?

  19. It's perfect. I thought we were the only family who does not eat fish. (Did you have any fish meals in there that I missed?) Anyway, it's beautiful. I think we will be eating the same meals as you this September! I love that you have smoothies every morning! Now, if I could only find the box with the blender…Thanks!P.S: I have a "Menu-Planning" blog post, and I can't wait to link up to yours! Well done.

  20. Meal planning is truly my least favorite household chore. Its tough when you have picky little eaters and a road warrior husband who is rarely/never home.

  21. Judge you Erica?!? Uh…your breakfast plan makes my dinner plans look elementary. This looks great. But I don't see ANY meals out. Wha?!? 🙂

  22. Looks great thanks for sharing.I tend to just cook what I have on hand.I know who does that anymore.lolol One question though,do you shop weekly or monthly?

  23. Michele: I shop weekly usually unless I'm doing a freezer meals then I'll shop all at once.

  24. GINGER: I know, no meals out LOL! Ya, right, like that'll happen! Plus I have some scheduled meals out for our geography curriculum! My husband was happy to see them all scheduled, but I figure I'll do some left over nights, and some out when I just don't do it, but its easier to at least have a plan and not follow it then have no plan at all right? :o)

  25. awesome! I wanted to plan a meal planning party for all of us moms to get organzied and get some new ideas. I've been too busy to plan the actual party, so this works for me! I plan a 2 week rotation, maybe i'll get mine up on my blog someday. I do have a food

  26. Hi I love the idea. Can't download it though. Can you email your template or post it?

  27. YOU ARE AWESOME! :oD Thank you for this! It was exactly what I was praying for!

  28. Thank you for sharing, I love planning for the month but never get to it, I am excited to try some new things…

  29. I do monthly planning too! I use a combination of meals we love and freezer meals I make at a dinner prep facility. It makes my life so much easier!

  30. Wow, this is awesome! I have tried to do a 2 week menu and grocery list since my dh is paid bi weekly, but seem to not have the time to sit down twice a month to do it. WHY? didn't I ever think to do it a month at a time? I was also wondering what format or software you used?

  31. Kristy: I downloaded a printable calendar online, it came in word format I think. Then I typed in my plan. Let me know if you want it in an editable format and I can email it to you!

  32. You are so sweet to share this and make an editable version!! :)Thanks bunches!Ashlyn

  33. I know this comment is pretty late…but I just got a version of your hashbrown casserole from my SIL last month (Dec 2011), only she uses cream of chicken and adds a stick of butter to her recipe. I modified it even more by adding Farmland’s Best Bacon Sausage. It was very, very good. All it needed (and I didn’t think of until after dinner) was some green beans on the side.

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