A Month of Dinners: Menu Plan for October

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


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What a week, you guys. I've been putting in full days at the office and taking work home at night to meet tight deadlines. Just when I thought I pulled myself through it, Caroline's teacher called. She had a fever of 102.1 and I had to come pick her up.

My responsibilities at work and the needs of my family have tested my ability to balance at lot of things at once. Not to mention my volunteer work and my blogging tasks... and, while I'm beyond exhausted, even I'm impressed by how I've managed to "do it all".

One of the things that helped keep me on track was our monthly menu plan. Since I already knew what I was making for dinner, I was much more efficient in the kitchen when it came time to cook. That made all the difference when I sat down to work after Caroline was down for the night.

With last month's menu plan as inspiration, here's what I've planned for October... I just hope I can keep this momentum going!

Menu Plan for October

Week 1: October 1

Saturday: Stuffed Bell Peppers

Week 2: October 2 - October 8

Sunday: Family Birthday Party / Dinner Out
Monday: Rigatoni with Vegan Eggplant Bolognese (from The Kitchn)
Tuesday: Leftovers
WednesdayItalian Sausage and White Bean Stew
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: English Muffin Pizzas
Saturday: Family Wedding / Dinner Out

Week 3: October 9 - October 15

Sunday: Travel Day / Take-Out
MondayRotini with Butternut-Sage Sauce (from Alexandra's Kitchen)
Tuesday: Rotisserie Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Wednesday: Leftovers
ThursdaySpicy Sesame Noodles with Roasted Broccoli
FridayWhite Pizza with Fresh Arugula and Prosciutto
Saturday: Leftovers

Week 4: October 16 - October 22

SundaySlow-Cooker Asian Shredded Beef (from Real Simple)
MondayCacio e Pepe (from Alexandra's Kitchen)
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
ThursdaySpicy Chicken Milanese with Tomato Salad and Parmesan and Orzo with Garlic and Olive Oil
FridayPizza with Italian Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, and Caramelized Onions
Saturday: Leftovers

Week 5: October 23 - October 29

SundayThree Bean Chili with Homemade Chili Seasoning
MondayRoasted Butternut Squash Soup and Brie, Fig, and Apple Grilled Cheese (from Two Peas & Their Pod)
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
Thursday: Spaghetti with Basic Baked Meatballs and Marinara Sauce
Friday: Pizza with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions
Saturday: Leftovers

Week 6: October 30 - October 31

SundaySlow Cooker Broccoli Beef (from Creme de la Crumb) and Brown Rice
MondayBroiled Chipotle Salmon (from Always Order Dessert) with Wilted Garlic Spinach and Buttered Egg Noodles

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


One year agoA Month of Dinners: Menu Plan for October {and Some Honesty about Motherhood}
Two years agoMenu Plan: September 28 - October 4
Three years agoA Taste of Fall with Cider Donuts from Cold Hollow Cider Mill
Four years ago{Wedding Wednesday} Our Brunch Wedding Reception
Five years agoA Taste of Los Cabos: Los Tamarindos
Six years agoAn Afternoon on Governors Island and Dinner at Sequoia Restaurant
Seven years agoExploring Brooklyn: The Bridge, The Market, The Ice Cream
Eight years agoBeef Stew with Sweet Potatoes

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