When I think of November, I think of turkey, stuffing and cranberries. And that’s about it.
I tend to focus on the ONE big meal we’ll eat, and forget about the other 29 days of the month.
Which means I’m usually scrambling all month long, thinking ahead to a glorious meal on Turkey Day, all while the rest of my meals are barely limping along and I’m wildly throwing whatever I can find into a pot and hoping it turns out edible.
Let’s put a stop to this madness, shall we?
I’ve pulled out some truly amazing meals in this month’s meal plan. I was thinking “yummy comfort food” while picking out these meals, and I hope they bring fall deliciousness and nutrition to your table while you secretly plan ahead for the big day.
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!
Healthy Eating Meal Plan November 2015
Notes on this Healthy Eating 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.
Healthy Eating Meal Plan: Week 1
(S) Five Spice Slow Cooker Chicken
(M) Sweet Potato Tacos
(T) Southwestern Salad with Rosemary Olive Oil Bread
(W) Savory Pasta with Onions, Bacon, and Greens
(T) Red Lentil Vegetable Soup with No-Knead Artisan Bread
(F) Creamy Chicken & Black Bean Enchiladas
(S) Chicken Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Healthy Eating Meal Plan: Week 2
(S) Slow Cooker Korean Beef
(M) Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry
(T) Asian Noodle Salad
(W) Creamy Squash Pasta Bake
(T) Pumpkin Soup with Herbed Artisan Bread
(F) Asian Beef Tacos
(S) Spaghetti Squash with Alfredo Sauce
Healthy Eating Meal Plan: Week 3
(S) Northern Beans & Ham Soup
(M) Turned Roasted Chicken
(T) Delicata Squash Salad with Apples & Cranberries
(W) Alfredo Macaroni
(T) Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup with Man Bread
(F) Shepherd’s Pie
(S) Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping
Healthy Eating Meal Plan: Week 4
(S) Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
(M) Butternut Squash Risotto
(T) Kale, Clementine & Feta Salad with Herbed Artisan Bread
(W) Beefy Pesto Lasagna
(T) Tortilla Soup with Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits
(F) Cheeseburger Helper
(S) Spinach & Chicken Enchiladas
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.