September 2016 Monthly Menu Plan — Easy Meals for Back to School

September 2016 Monthly Menu Plan | Need a dinner menu with easy meals for busy back to school nights? Click through for a printable meal plan and links to 17 recipes to make your life easier! Crockpot meals, chicken recipes, everything you need... | www.fillingthejars.com

{Printable meal list + links to 17 recipes}

 

Okay, I cannot believe September is already upon us! Did it sneak up on you too?

With my younger son heading back to school and me back to working at my part-time job, there is no way I can go into September without a firm menu in place for the month.

I simply don’t have time to think about meal planning every day, so I need to have a master dinner list for the month and it needs to be EASY.

Know what I mean?

(In case you haven’t noticed, my life philosophy is pretty much “make it easy.”)

So that’s what I have for you this month — an EASY menu. Little prep (mostly done on the weekend — read THIS POST to learn my method), easy meals, dump & forget crockpot recipes, and plenty of grilled foods since this hot summer just keeps on going.

 

September 2016 Monthly Menu Plan | Need a dinner menu with easy meals for busy back to school nights? Click through for a printable meal plan and links to 17 recipes to make your life easier! Crockpot meals, chicken recipes, everything you need... | www.fillingthejars.com

 

 

Answers to some common questions:

 

How much do we spend?

My monthly spending seems to naturally come in around $400, some months a little more or less. This amount feeds 3 adult-size people very well. Doing one big monthly shop and only popping into the store once or twice for milk and fruit saves my family at least $75/month compared to previous averages when I have carefully planned, but still shopped weekly.

 


Related posts:
How to Plan a Monthly Menu That Works For YOU
How to Grocery Shop for a Month



 


What do we eat besides dinner?

Breakfast – Not much. Sometimes I will make a big pot of rolled oats or my husband will make eggs and bacon on the weekend, maybe once or twice a month. Once in a great while my son will eat a banana while he’s waiting for the bus. Breakfast just isn’t our thing.


Lunch – Leftovers, pb&j, lunchmeat sandwiches, crackers & cheese. My younger son is a high school freshman this year, so I’m not sure what we will end up doing for his lunches. He thinks he still wants to take pb&j & crackers every day. You would think he’d want a change after 4 middle school years of the same thing every.single.day. We’ll see how that goes.

Snacks – Fruit, crackers, nuts, tortilla chips.

I usually do not make desserts. If we’re REALLY craving something, I’ll make rice krispie treats or some chocolate pudding to use up milk.

 


Click the image below to access the printable PDF.

September 2016 Monthly Menu Plan | Need a dinner menu with easy meals for busy back to school nights? Click through for a printable meal plan and links to 17 recipes to make your life easier! Crockpot meals, chicken recipes, everything you need... | www.fillingthejars.com



The Plan

As you will see, I have marked some of these dinners to be made more than once. I’ve also left open nights for leftovers and restaurant dinners. Most dinners do not have a side dish listed. This is because it’s either an all-in-one dish, or my plan is to serve raw or grilled vegetables with the main course.

The highlighted links you see in the menu will take you directly to the website for each recipe. If you want to see photos of the linked recipes in one place, you can visit my Pinterest board for main dish recipes. I’m always pinning new recipes — especially easy meals — so following my board is a great idea if you’re looking for dinner inspiration.

  1. Grilled BBQ chicken leg quarters (2 times)
  2. Grilled cheeseburgers (2 times)
  3. Grilled BBQ B/S chicken thighs
  4. Grilled bratwurst
  5. Lexington Grilled Chicken (We ended up making this twice in August, great recipe!)
  6. Outdoor fish fry (2 times), homemade onion rings, sweet potato fries
  7. Oriental Chicken Salad
  8. Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole
  9. One-pan roasted smoked sausage, chicken & potatoes
  10. Smothered Baked Chicken Burritos (Be sure to use her Shredded Chicken recipe and add these “refried” beans)
  11. Tostadas
  12. Nachos
  13. Smothered B/S chicken breasts
  14. Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake (My very favorite easy dinner!)
  15. One Pot Spaghetti with Sausage Sauce
  16. *crockpot meal* General Tso’s Chicken, fried rice
  17. *crockpot meal* Paula’s Smoked Boston Butt Roast
  18. *crockpot meal* Slow Cooker Lasagna
  19. *crockpot meal* *new recipe* Cowboy Casserole
  20. *crockpot meal* *new recipe* Crockpot Sausage & Potatoes
  21. *crockpot meal* *new recipe* 3 Ingredient Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken
  22. *new recipe* Chicken Cordon Bleu Burgers
  23. *new recipe* Italian Chop Salad
  24. *new recipe* Homemade Chicken and Dumplings
  25. *new recipe* Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

 


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5 thoughts on “September 2016 Monthly Menu Plan — Easy Meals for Back to School

  1. Hi Julie
    Quite an interesting idea you have of meal planning! I may have to steal some of your ideas as I’m in England and also go back to work next week ( tomorrow is my last hurrah!)
    What’s number 4 on your list? Sounds an interesting name but I’ve not heard of it before.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Hi Julie,
    Great to see you at Blogger’s Pit Stop last week. It’s nice of you to give out free printables.
    Thank you for bringing your post to Blogger’s Pit Stop last week.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

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