A Month of Dinners: Menu Plan for October

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


Well, this went about as expected. I wrote a blog post. I went back to work. Then I disappeared for a month.

I didn't intend to stay away from you this long. In fact, I had grand plans to share a lot of stories with you. Stories about my feelings about returning to work... about adjusting to life as a mom who works outside of the home... about trying to achieve balance without completely exhausting myself.

But the transition has been a tough one, especially since I've been putting in more long days than usual. I've found myself keeping the kids up a little later than their bedtimes so I can have more time with them. For Caroline, that means more stories and many more hugs and kisses. For Jonathan, that means longer snuggles after nursing.

It means less time for other things, but I need that time with them. It helps lessen the stabbing mom guilt I experience when I'm away from them.

I still want to write about those things. I want to tell you more about how I'm handling life with two young kids. And I want to give you all a chance to tell me about things in your life. I just have to figure out the "when"... When I can open my schedule to make all of that happen?

While I consider my options, why don't you keep reading to see what I've planned for dinner in October?

Menu Plan for October

Week 1: October 1 - October 7

Sunday: Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken with Vegetables
Monday: Roasted Broccoli and White Cheddar Quiche with Simple Home Fries
TuesdayJacques P├ępin's Garlic Chicken Breasts with Buttered Egg Noodles
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: English Muffin Pizzas
Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner: Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples

Week 2: October 8 - October 14

Sunday: Italian Sausage and White Bean Stew
MondayEasy Vegetable Lasagna
Tuesday: Ground Turkey Tacos with Homemade Taco Seasoning
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Saturday: Tailgating Leftovers / Dinner Out / Take-Out

Week 3: October 15 - October 21

Sunday: Dinner / Take-Out
Monday15-Minute Spicy Udon Stir Fry
TuesdaySausage and Eggplant One-Pot Pasta
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
Thursday: Leftovers
FridayWhite Pizza with Fresh Arugula and Prosciutto
SaturdaySalisbury Steak with Mushrooms with Buttered Egg Noodles and Steamed Green Beans

Week 4: October 22 - October 28

Sunday: Three Bean Turkey Chili with Homemade Chili Seasoning
MondayOne Pot Spicy Thai Noodles
TuesdayAmerican Chop Suey
Wednesday: Stephen's Choice
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Take-Out Pizza
Saturday: Dinner in New York

Week 5: October 29 - October 31

Sunday: Dinner / Take-Out
MondayRainbow Vegetarian Fried Orzo Skillet
Tuesday: Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce and Basic Baked Meatballs

Thinking of starting a menu planning routine? Check out my previous menu plans, as well as these helpful meal planning tips. Need even more dinner inspiration? Then don't forget to follow my special Meals from the Menu Plan board on Pinterest!


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