Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Month of Dinners: Menu Plan for September

In an attempt to make my life a little easier, I'm planning all of our dinners for September at once.

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I've been at my new job for about a month now. There are days when I feel like I've settled into a comfortable rhythm. And there are days when trying to balance everything seems so completely overwhelming.

I know I'm not the first working mom to feel this way. From what I hear, these kinds of up and downs are pretty standard. They come with the territory. Even so... I know there are still some adjustments Stephen and I can make to our routine to make our lives a little easier.

That's why I've fallen in love with my monthly menu plans all over again. They take a some effort to organize, but the effort is definitely worth it in the long run. Especially if it means eliminating the "what do you want for dinner tonight?" question.

With last month's menu plan as inspiration, here's what I've planned for September.

Menu Plan for September

Week 1: September 1 - September 3


ThursdaySalisbury Steak with Mushrooms, Buttered Egg Noodles, and Peas
Friday: Pizza with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions
Saturday: Leftovers / Take Out

Week 2: September 4 - September 10


Sunday: Dinner at the Ballpark
MondayZucchini Parmesan (from Alexandra's Kitchen)
Tuesday: Ground Beef Tacos with Homemade Taco Seasoning and Guacamole
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
ThursdayOne Pot Chicken, Vegetable, and Parmesan Orzo (from RecipeTin Eats)
Friday: Pizza with Broccoli, Bell Peppers, and Caramelized Onions
Saturday: Leftovers

Week 3: September 11 - September 17


SundayMonterrey Chicken Skillet (from Budget Bytes)
MondayVegetarian Shepherd's Pie (from Budget Bytes)
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
ThursdaySimple Chicken Cacciatore over Egg Noodles
Friday: Pizza with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese
Saturday: Friends' Housewarming Party

Week 4: September 18 - September 24


SundayOne-Pot Andouille Sausage Skillet Pasta (from Damn Delicious)
MondayVeggie Lasagna Zucchini Boats (from Skinnytaste)
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
ThursdaySlow-Cooker Chicken Teriyaki (from PureWow) with Rice and Steamed Broccoli
FridayPizza with Roasted Eggplant, Grape Tomatoes, Garlic, and Fresh Mozzarella (from Pioneer Woman)
Saturday: Friends' Wedding

Week 5: September 25 - September 30


SundayBeef Dumplings with Mushroom Sauce (from Popkoff's)
MondayButter-Basted Salmon with Buttermilk Garlic Mashed Sweet Potatoes (from Food52)
Tuesday: Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Stephen's Choice
Friday: Barbecue Chicken Pizza (adapted from this version)

Thinking of starting a menu planning routine? Check out my previous menu plans, as well as these helpful meal planning tips.

Do you plan your meals? What's on your Menu Plan for this week/month? I'm always looking for dinner inspiration, so let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: Popkoff's provided me with product samples to try at no cost to me. I did not accept monetary compensation for mentioning the brand in this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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