Ah… September. The month when summer heat meets autumn cool. Zucchini mingle with squash, tomatoes hang out with apples.
I think September is one of my favorite months really. Soup for dinner isn’t out of the question, but neither is corn on the cob fresh off the grill.
This month’s meal plan is a tribute to summer, with a tease to the upcoming fall. 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 September 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) Beef Gyros with Cucumber Sauce, Roasted Zucchini & Eggplant, & Pan-Seared Broccoli
(M) Vegetable Enchilada Casserole
(T) 15 Minute Stovetop Spaghetti (pictured above) with Garden Salad
(W) Spinach, Tuna, & White Bean Salad with Overnight Soaked Whole Wheat Bread
(T) Sausage & Kale Cassoulet with Whole Wheat Bread
(F) Sweet Potato Tacos with Coconut Rice & Salad
(S) Skillet Sausage, Potatoes, & Peppers
(S) Black Bean Soup with No-knead Overnight Artisan Bread
(M) Vegetable Paella
(T) Chicken & Apple Salad with Greens and Toasted Artisan Bread
(W) Pesto Pasta with Corn & Tomatoes
(T) Cheeseburger Soup
(F) Black Bean & Chicken Nachos
(S) Pesto BLTs on Man Bread with Pan-Seared Broccoli
(S) Slow-Cooker Zucchini Lasagna with Side Salad
(M) General Tso’s Vegetable Bowls
(T) Rolled Chicken Sandwiches with Pesto Aioli, Potato Wedges & Side Salad
(W) Pasta Primavera
(T) Sweet Potato Chili with Salad
(F) BBQ Chicken Pizza with Salad
(S) Sloppy Joes with Crash Hot Potatoes & Green Beans
(S) Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Coconut Rice & Buttered Carrots
(M) Taco Salad Skillet
(T) Southwest Salad with Dinner Biscuits
(W) Cold Noodle Salad
(T) Gazpacho with Biscuits
(F) Crispy Chicken Wraps with Salad
(S) Chickpea Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries & Corn on the Cob
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.