October Menu Plan

October is Soup Month at our house!  We have a big bill due this month, and trip for myself to Colorado with a friend, so I need to save money wherever I can.  Soup seems like a good way to eat healthily and save money.  Soup also seems an appropriate way to celebrate and welcome autumn!

My sister recently told me about Sneaky Chef and I am intrigued!  I requested the book from the library, and plan to do weird things like add white beans to my pasta sauce this month.  We’ll see how that works!  I also hit the recipe jackpot over at Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures!  She has great recipes and ideas on being frugal.

Breakfasts —

English Muffins (2 days)

Oatmeal (4 days)

Steel Cut Oats (4 days)

Cream of Wheat (4 days)

Waffles or Pancakes (2-4 days)

Cereal (5 days)

Eggs — one way or another (4-5 days)

Blackberry Quinoa (2 days)

Go out to bagels ($1 each, including cream cheese!) at Peet’s on way to co-op?

Lunches:

Leftovers whenever possible!  I think this will be easy w/ soup this month.

7-Layer Dip (4 meals) (my meal of choice to bring to our Tuesday co-op.  It packs well, I can make it the night before, and the chips we buy from Costco to go with it are super cheap!)

Peanut Butter and Jelly (4 meals)

Bean Burritos (4-6 meals)

Tomato Soup and Quesadillas or grilled cheese sandwiches (2 lunches)

English Muffin Pizzas (with Sneaky Chef “white sauce” added to pizza sauce!) (2 meals)

Roast Beef Sandwiches (I love the WINCO deli roast beef — we usually have one lunch from a pound of meat).

Tostadas or Tacos

Dinners —

Immune Power Chicken Rice Soup (with extra broth to save for future soups)

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Hamburgers with 40-minute buns

Spinach Minestrone

Cheeseburger Soup

Tortellini and a salad

Pepperoni Pizza Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

(make 2 pie crusts for the above meals)

Paula Deen’s Black Bean Soup

Chicken Caesar Salad (2 times this month)

Cheese Enchiladas (2 times this month) (I have enchilada sauce saved in the freezer, but sometime I’d like to try this recipe)

Roast Chicken with Quinoa Stuffing

Quesadillas, Beans, Mexican Rice (our friend Joey shared his family’s Mexican rice techniques — yum, yum!)

Migas (oh my goodness, these are soooooooooooooooo good!  I put all the veggies in the blender so they weren’t as obvious to the kids.  tasty dish!  not too eggy!)

Triple Stuffed Potatoes

Snacks/Desserts:

Apple Crisps (I have 2 premade fillings in the freezer)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kefir Smoothies

Yogurt and Blueberries

Carrots/broccoli and Ranch Dressing

Fruit

Sweet Potato and Beet Chips

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