Wouldn’t it be nice to have a plan in place, a healthy food meal plan that will fill tummies, nourish bodies and not cause your bank account to go in the negative at the same time?
Look no further, because with meals like 15 minute stove-top spaghetti (using fresh, in-season tomatoes), lentil macaroni and cheese (made from pantry staples) and chicken and spinach enchiladas, your bellies AND your wallet will be full!
I’ve learned a lot about feeding my family real food on a budget, but one thing is always constant: If you don’t feed them food they like, your plan won’t work. And that’s why I’m not randomly pulling meals out of a hat for these monthly meal plans.
Every meal is chosen because we’ve either eaten it ourselves, a friend of ours has eaten and recommended it, OR it it’s very similar to something we would make for our family (and it’s on our own meal plan for the month!).
But just because my family eats this way, doesn’t mean yours has to. Pick and choose whatever meals sound like something your family would enjoy and start from there.
Try a new recipe, or stick with the tried-and-true. It’s really up to you!
Healthy Food Meal Plan: September 2016
Notes on this healthy food meal plan:
- This meal plan is for a family of four and costs approximately $350. Prices will vary by region, and adjust the portion sizes as needed for your own family.
- Meals are based around 2 whole chickens, ground beef, tilapia, turkey breast, beef chuck roast, Italian sausage, breakfast sausage and bacon.
Healthy Food Meal Plan: Week 1
(S) Mexican Corn Chowder with Biscuits
(M) Stovetop Spaghetti with Artisan Bread and side salad
(T) Turkey Breast with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Pan-Seared Broccoli
(W) Sweet Potato Tacos with Coconut Rice
(T) Hamburgers with Watermelon & Potato Salad
(F) Spinach Salad with Man Bread
(S) Mexi-Mac & Cheese
Healthy Food Meal Plan: Week 2
(S) Tortilla Soup
(M) Tilapia Fish Sticks with Balsamic Oven Fries
(T) Shredded Beef Sandwiches with Loaded Potato Wedges
(W) Slow Cooker Coconut Curry
(T) Lentil Brown Rice Casserole
(F) Fettuccine with Creamy Vodka Sauce with Wedge Salad
(S) One Pot Creamy Beef with side salad
Healthy Food Meal Plan: Week 3
(S) Lasagna Soup
(M) Fall Cornbread Salad
(T) Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff with Pan-Seared Carrots
(W) Slow Cooker Chicken with Parsnip Gratin
(T) Chickpea Bean Bowl and Dill Tahini
(F) Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole with Roasted Vegetables
(S) Toasted Pita Salad
Healthy Food Meal Plan: Week 4
(S) Vegetarian Lentil Chili
(M) Buffalo Chicken Wraps with Veggies & Dip
(T) Coconut Vegetable Curry with rice
(W) Chicken & Spinach Enchiladas
(T) Broiled Balsamic Vegetables with veggies & dip
(F) Warm Squash and Lentil Salad with potato wedges
(S) Chicken Alfredo with side salad
Healthy Food Meal Plan: Breakfast
Many families have their own typical breakfast routine, but sometimes it’s nice to have something other than cereal and oatmeal.
This month I’m sharing a few ideas that are guaranteed to rock the socks off your family. They’re made with ingredients you’ll likely already have on hand and depending on your mood, they can all easily be doubled for future breakfasts.
Healthy Food Meal Plan: Lunch
Stuck in a lunch rut? I’ve got some yummy ideas to help you out!
My goal is to always serve leftovers first so that you’re not wasting food, but then try some new recipes when those are all gone. These three below are perfect for on the go or at home, and they won’t heat up the kitchen either!
- Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup
- Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad
- Twice Baked Broccoli and Kale Stuffed Potatoes
Healthy Food Meal Plan: Dessert
I included one really easy and one slightly challenging dessert recipes this month. Use on-sale produce for the ice pops, and save the cheesecake for a special occasion, like Monday!
I’ve got tons more meal plan inspiration where this came from and it’s all free – check out the meal plan archives.