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Menu for a Month of Family Meals


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Heading into the holidays, I can get easily overwhelmed.  I try to get ahead of the stress and plan ahead. This year, I’ve made up my dinner menus to carry me straight through to the new year. I realized that since I have to battle the same battle with picky eaters and my own desire to feed healthy meals to my family that many mothers face.   

My Monthly Menu of Family Meals

I thought some of you might like to skip the meal planning this month and just share mine. So, I’m posting my monthly menu of family meals here with links to all of the recipes.

Of course, you’ll still have to do the shopping and cooking. Sorry, I haven’t figured out the trick to saving you that trouble. Hint: You can buy all the ingredients that can be frozen in one big trip at the beginning of the month and just pick up fresh ingredients in quick weekly trips (when you’ll be dashing out for your baking needs and last-minute gifts anyway).

Also, given the hectic pace of December, you’ll find a lot of crockpot meals and quick and easy dishes to help you get dinner on the table even when you don’t have much time.

a collage of 12 different meals with title text reading Month of Meals

Some notes about the menu:

  • Every Monday is meatless.
  • Each week includes at least one fish dish (typically on Wednesday).
  • I tried to vary the type of protein, cuisine, and cooking style during each week so that you won’t get bored having similar things (although in light of the season, I omitted grill recipes).
  • Not all of these meals are going to score a 10 for health factor. I believe strongly in moderation. It’s much easier to live a healthy lifestyle if you allow yourself occasional indulgences.
  • On night’s when the vegetable isn’t one that all the kids love, I also set out a small veggie platter (celery, carrots, red bell pepper, and mushrooms) before dinner for them to snack on.
  • My husband and I like to eat leftovers for lunch, so I don’t have a built-in day for leftovers. If you know you throw out a lot of leftovers, omit one of the meals and insert leftovers as the meal.
  • Due to the higher expenses associated with the holidays, I did not include ANY days for eating out. In an average month though, we eat out at least once or will order in.
  • For ease and convenience (not to mention health and well-being), I use Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain medleys, Stove Top Whole Wheat Stuffing, and Barilla Plus pasta (I’m not getting paid to say that–I really do love them!).
  • Also, for convenience, I mostly buy frozen vegetables so that: 1) I always have them on hand and 2) I don’t have to worry about using them before they go bad so I can adjust the menu more easily when needed.

Family Menu For December Meals

a printable calendar with a month of meals with title text reading Family Menu

1 –              Chicken Braised with Sauteed Kale, Chickpeas, and Tomatoes

2 –              Corn Chowder, Salad

3 –              Chicken Lo Mein

4 –              Baked Cod, Brown Rice Risotto, Roasted Asparagus

5 –              Pulled Pork, Coleslaw, Steamed Corn

6 –              English Muffin Pizzas

7 –              Ground Turkey Tacos

8 –              Pot Roast with Vegetables, Baked Sweet Potatoes

9 –              Stuffed Acorn Squash, Salad

10 –           Individual Chicken Pot Pies

11 –           Parmesan Tilapia, Steamed Spinach, Wild Rice

12 –           Pork Chops with Apples, German Potato Salad

13 –           Fajitas, Spanish Rice

14 –           Swiss Chicken, Green Beans

15 –           Baked Kabobs, Corn on the Cob

16 –           Artichoke Lasagna

17 –           Chicken Noodle Soup

18 –           Tuna Muffins, Salad

19 –           Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks, Zucchini Chips

20 –           Chicken Enchilada Cups

21 –           Crockpot Ribs, Baked Beans, Coleslaw

22 –           Gumbo, Brown Rice

23 –           Zucchini Cauliflower Fritters, Easy Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

24 –           Beef Brisket, Mashed Potatoes, Peas

25 –           Island Spice Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

26 –           Shrimp Scampi, Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Roasted Tomatoes

27 –           Roast Chicken with Vegetables, Stuffing

28 –           Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

29 –           Beef Stroganoff, Whole Wheat Egg Noodles, Green Bean Casserole

30 –           Black Bean Fritters, Salad

31 –           Sweet & Sour Chicken, Fried Rice

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  6. What a wonderful menu!! I’ll definitely be printing this one out, but most likely moving some of the meals around for easier meals on the nights that I’m working and my husband is cooking dinner 😀

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  7. So jealous of your organizational skills! I really need to sit down and just make a meal plan, then I won’t have to make last minute trips to the store 🙂

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  8. I hope you don’t mind I bookmark this. I always run out of recipes or things that are different to cook. Never thought of meatless Monday which is really good! Thanks for all the ideas!

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