June 2016 Monthly Menu Plan

{Warmer Weather Meals}

The temperatures have been very warm in Michigan for the past couple of weeks, and it looks like June will be the same. Since we try to NOT use the air conditioning if possible, we do easier meals — grill more, use the oven less.

  • Tips:
    – Set up a roaster oven on the porch for baking and roasting.
    – Use the crockpot, but place it in a closed-off room on hot days. (I use my laundry room, but I don’t do laundry at the same time. 😉 )  

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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 shopped weekly. Having our older son at home with us for April-June has added some to the $400 budget, but I expect that to even out over the rest of the year.

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What do we eat besides dinner?

Breakfast – Not much. Sometimes eggs and bacon on the weekend, maybe once or twice a month. (Note: Last month I made this AMAZING Biscuit Egg Casserole — it was delicious! The only thing I did differently was to cut the biscuits into pieces instead of pressing them flat in the dish.)

Lunch – Leftovers, pb&j, lunchmeat sandwiches, crackers & cheese.

Snacks – Fruit, crackers, nuts, tortilla chips.

I usually do not make desserts, but I will plan two or three for vacation.

The Plan

During May we ended up eating more leftovers than I had expected, so I have carried over a few of the meals we did not eat.

My husband will be gone fishing for a week, which means I will not be cooking much at all. We will also be taking a family vacation, which means more eating out and a few nights of grilling.

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. 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, so following my board is a great idea if you’re looking for dinner inspiration.

  1. Grilled chicken legs (3 times — my family’s favorite summer meal), raw vegetables
  2. Grilled cheeseburgers (2 times), chips, raw vegetables
  3. Grilled chicken & sausage kabobs
  4. Grilled B/S chicken thighs, roasted or grilled vegetables
  5. Nachos (2 times)
  6. Brats, chips, raw or grilled vegetables
  7. Fish fry, homemade onion rings
  8. Cold tuna-macaroni salad, raw vegetables
  9. Oriental Chicken Salad
  10. Spaghetti & garlic bread
  11. Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake (Might work in the crockpot w/pasta in the bottom?)
  12. Copykat Chef Boyardee-style beefy mac & cheese, peas
  13. *crockpot meal* Red beans & rice
  14. *crockpot meal* General Tso’s Chicken, fried rice
  15. Smothered Baked Chicken Burritos (my family would eat these every week; be sure to use her Shredded Chicken recipe and add these “refried” beans)
  16. Roasted smoked sausage, chicken & vegetables
  17. Paula’s Smoked Boston Butt Roast
  18. *new recipe* One Pot Stuffed Pepper Skillet
  19. *new recipe* Bacon Ranch Chicken Bake
  20. *new recipe* Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion, and Potato Hash
  21. *new recipe* Kale and chicken “survival” salad
  22. Macaroni & cheese, raw vegetables
  23. Grilled cheese sandwiches, raw vegetables

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4 thoughts on “June 2016 Monthly Menu Plan”

  1. I see your monthly menu plans and think I need to do this but alas, I still have not. Looks delicious! With the kids home for the summer, I know I need to have a better plan in place and our grocery budget will increase. They all eat well but are underweight so summer is my chance to try and fatten them up in a healthy way. I’ll be cooking up a storm I fear.

    Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

    1. Hi Tanya! You probably actually already have a pretty good menu plan, it’s just still in your head. 😉 As always, thank you so much for the visit & comment! Now I’m off to see if anything more was posted at the Sunday Linkup since I was there a few days ago. Love finding new things there! 🙂

  2. Your family eats very much like mine, but there is just two of us now (and four cats). I love your ideas and the idea of a monthly menu – thinking about doing one for us! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

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