The month of August comes with mixed feelings and lots to do.
Enjoy the last of summer, get ready for school and come up with a “new normal” for the fall season.
This is just one of the reasons why I like to keep meals in August especially simple, home-y and familiar. There’s enough going on everywhere else. I need the kitchen to be normal.
I tried to keep meals on this month’s menu “fast.” Or at least fast-er considering you’re cooking everything from scratch (which always takes a little longer than buying it pre-made). Lots of fresh produce, tossed into a pan and cooked with whole grains.
Homemade breads combined with flavorful meats and served alongside simple veggies.
And of course, reinvented leftovers so nothing goes wasted.
As always, feel free to take/leave the meals you like, or re-arrange as you need to fit your schedule. Remember that while this is a plan, it’s not written in stone – that’s the beauty of meal planning. There’s a method to fit everyone!
Frugal Real Food Meal Plan August 2015
Notes on this Frugal Real Food Meal Plan:
- This meal plan is for the average family of four, costing approximately $330. You might need to change portion sizes according to your own family size and budget.
- Meals are based around 2 whole chickens, 1 beef roast, 1 steak, Italian sausage, ground turkey and bacon.
- The meals within this plan were designed to build off of each other, using leftovers when possible and allowing opportunities for batch cooking (i.e. making one big batch of tortillas instead of making “just enough” on two separate days. Take advantage of this to really lower your budget and reduce time spent in the kitchen.
(S) Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas with Homemade Tortillas
(M) Kung Pao Chicken with Vegetables
(T) Warm Balsamic and Kale Salad with Herbed Olive Oil Bread
(W) Summer Squash Pasta Bake
(T) Creamy Chicken & Rice Soup with Artisan Bread
(F) Fajita-Style Quesadillas
(S) Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping
(S) Beans & Cornbread with Pan-Seared Broccoli
(M) BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Homemade Buns
(T) Cornbread Salad with Salsa Ranch Dressing
(W) One-Pot Summer Veggie Pasta
(T) Red Lentil Vegetable Soup with Man Bread
(F) Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Crash Hot Potatoes
(S) Summer Rice Pilaf with Roasted Mixed Vegetables
(S) French Dip Sandwiches
(M) Vegetable Quiche
(T) Steak & Strawberry Salad with Soaked Whole Wheat Bread
(W) Rainbow Pad Thai
(T) Corn Chowder
(F) Sicilian Buffalo Chicken Pizza
(S) Family-Style Nachos with Corn & Tomato Relish
(S) Pasta Fazool with Parmesan Artisan Bread
(M) Cheeseburger Helper
(T) Taco Salad
(W) Savory Summer Pasta Salad
(T) Zuppa Toscana with Parmesan Artisan Bread
(F) Asian Beef Tacos
(S) Chopped BLT Salad and Biscuits
Breakfasts are usually a variety of meals, based largely on what we have in the kitchen and almost always served with fresh fruit. These are a few basic meal ideas, plus some recommended recipes that should align with the ingredients being purchased for the dinners above. Simple meals like breakfast porridge and baked oatmeal can be flavored based on what you have in your own kitchen.
Similar to breakfast, lunches are usually a variety of meals based on what’s in the fridge and pantry and come with a side of fresh fruit. My first suggestion for lunch is always leftovers (unless the leftovers are already slated for another meal), but here are a few additional lunch ideas that are simple and easy to prepare. As a bonus, all of them can be tailored according to what you currently have on hand, and packed either for school or a picnic lunch on the go.
Since the goal is to not consume too much sugar, let’s keep the options minimal. Still, you’ll be able to enjoy either one of these treats.
Looking for more delicious and frugal inspiration? Get more real food meal plans here.