It’s officially May, where we think of everything related to taco’s for a few days, followed by anything that doesn’t require heating up the kitchen.
At least that’s what I’m thinking here in Georgia as I make this month’s real food meal plan!
Depending on where you live, you might just now be bringing out the short sleeves and sunscreen. No fear my friends, this month’s menu has a great balance, also known as Spring, and it’s frugal to boot!
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!
Real Food Meal Ideas: May 2016
Notes on these Real Food Meal Ideas:
- 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 3 whole chickens, 1 ham, ground beef, 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.
Real Food Meal Ideas: Week 1
(S) Southwestern Fajita Dinner with Cornbread Muffins
(M) Garlic White Bean Soup with Kale with Little Bother Oat Bread
(T) Spinach Apple Salad with Maple-Cider Vinaigrette
(W) Spinach Ricotta Pasta
(T) Hearty Ham and Cabbage Chowder with Brown Soda Bread
(F) Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza with side salad
(S) Taco Torte
Real Food Meal Ideas: Week 2
(S) Italian Pasta Dinner
(M) Black Bean and Salmon Tostadas with Spanish Rice
(T) Asparagus, Bacon and Strawberry Salad with Poached Eggs with Biscuits
(W) Green Gnocchi with Peas and Fresh Sage Butter with Pan-Seared Broccoli
(T) Lemony Spring Soup with Peas & Rice
(F) Bacon and Egg Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Arugula with Man Bread and Pan-Seared Asparagus
(S) Ham, Spinach and Cheese Calzones with Roasted Potato Wedges
Real Food Meal Ideas: Week 3
(S) Barbecue Pulled Chicken with Cheesy Steamed Cauliflower and Crash Hot Sweet Potatoes
(M) One Pot Creamy Spinach Lentils
(T) Arugula Salad with Chicken and Apricots
(W) Skinny Chicken Cheater Alfredo Pasta with Broccoli
(T) Spring Minestrone Soup with Whole Wheat Bread
(F) Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Roasted Potato Wedges
(S) Green Gumbo
Real Food Meal Ideas: Week 4
(S) Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Pan-Seared Broccoli
(M) Vegetarian Taco Salad with Biscuits
(T) Warm Balsamic Vinegar Kale Salad
(W) Stove Top Mac and Cheese with side salad
(T) Hot & Sour Soup with Green Onion Pancakes
(F) Risotto with Spring Vegetables and Smoked Ham
(S) Chicken Sauté with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Leeks over Creamy Polenta
Every family has their favorite breakfasts, but sometimes it’s nice to vary it a little. Here are a few ideas to break the breakfast rut, and don’t forget to serve with fresh fruit whenever possible.
Lunches are usually leftovers, but these ideas are for when dinner was just to good to leave any behind. Be sure to substitute with what you have on hand so keep expenses low.
- Zoodles with Ham, Peas, and Basil
- Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula on Biscuits
- Chickpea Bean Bowl and Dill Tahini
Dessert isn’t a regular occurrence, but it’s still nice to have now and then.
Did you know that I make these meal plans every month? I sure do, and I’ve kept an archive of all of them. For more real food meal plan inspiration, visit this page.