Meal Planning for Fall

Oh my goodness, I don’t know about you but I am so ready for fall.  I LOVE summer, and all the adventures and fun that come with it.  But there is something about the wind down of summer that gets me so excited.

I think you know what I mean.

Crockpot Meals.  Early Bedtimes.  An evening Fire.  Did I mention Crockpot Meals?

This fall is going to be different for me as I will be working from home.  I am not getting ready to go back to work as I have been for the last few years.  So my meal plan is changing a little.  I don’t have to make 25 freezer meals to prepare for the school year!  I am just feeling like it’s ok to plan my meals and be a little more flexible, and that makes me very happy!

If you’re familiar with the way I meal plan at all, I like to make a list of the days of the month.  I also like using paper and sharpie’s.  I just can’t get used to digital meal planning yet.

here’s what it looks like:

september meal plan image

and I just put this paper on the fridge!  I also like to cross off the meal once I’ve made it!  It just makes me happy!  Plus, if a meal gets missed because, you know, we’re just sometimes not home at dinner time and that is life.  Then I just add the meal to the next month because I bought the ingredients for it.

Let’s Get Started!

SEPTEMBER

1- Taco Tuesday with Southwest Chopped Salad  if you want something easy, buy the TAYLOR FARMS sw chopped salad.  It’s amazing and delicious and we love it.

2-Spaghetti.  Nothing fancy.  My kids LOVE spaghetti.  I will be making mine on spaghetti squash.  LOVE THAT STUFF!

3-Bacon Cheeseburgers.  My husbands favorite.  He will be so happy.  I will be having a cheeseburger salad.  It’s so yummy.  I take all my favorite cheeseburger toppings and just make a salad  🙂

4-Pizza night.  So that’s what we do on Friday’s in our house.  Sometimes it’s frozen, sometimes it’s take and bake, sometimes it’s homemade.  Maybe I’ll even do English muffin Pizzas

5-Beef Stir Fry

6-Slow Cookin’ BBQ Chicken

7-Best Ever Tuna Casserole

8-1st day of School!!!!!  Taco Tuesday!!!!

9-Fettucini Alfredo

10-AWANA night!!!  Leftovers!

11-Pizza Night!

12-Kung Pao Chicken Tacos

13-Muffin Tin Meatloaf and Baked Potatoes

14-Chicken Tamale Casserole

15-Grilled Chicken Tacos w Mexi Slaw

16-Beef Stroganoff (slow cooker!)

17-Awana Leftover night!

18-Pizza!

19-Orange Chicken (crockpot!)

20-Cincinnati Chili

21-Meatball Subs

22-Taco Tuesday!

23-Lasagna ( will be doubling this recipe and putting one in the freezer!

24-Awana Leftover Night

25-Pizza Night!

26-Chicken Chili Surprise

27-Roast Beef

28-Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

29-Taco Tuesday

30-Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

There you have it!  one month of meals!  It’s so easy to meal plan!  What are your favorite meal planning tips?