The summer has ended and a normal routine is in the making.
With cooler weather around the corner I’m looking forward to soups and comfort foods to fill our bellies.
Hearty Minestrone Soup is one of my go-to’s for fall nights. I can load it up with vegetables and use up foods that might otherwise go to waste.
Avoiding food waste is one of my newest missions. It’s quite interesting learning how to use food scraps that I would typically throw away. Apple cider vinegar, slow cooker chicken stock, and carrot top pesto are surprisingly easy.
Stopping to think twice before I throw food away is changing the way I plan my meals. It also shows positive affects on my grocery budget. I can use all the grocery saving tips I know, but if I’m not aware of what I’m wasting, all my hard work is useless!
Look over this month’s menu and make any changes you need to keep your family from wasting food. If it’s not a meal you will eat, don’t make it! Same goes for leftovers. Skip a meal on the menu if you have enough food in the fridge to make another meal.
Healthy Food Dinner Ideas: September 2012
A note about these healthy food dinner ideas:
- This plan is designed to feed a family of four for approximately $350. Prices will vary on region and family preferences.
- Some of the meals on this plan use leftovers from prior meals. Plan accordingly if you make any changes.
Healthy Food Dinner Ideas: Week 1
(S) Kung Fu Panda Soup with Homemade Rolls
(M) Burrito Rice Bowls with Black Beans and Homemade Salsa
(T) Spinach and Mushroom Frittata
(W) DIY Salads with Man Bread
(T) Oven “Fried” Chicken with Homemade Rolls
(F) Stovetop Spaghetti
(S) Grilled Tri-Tip with Italian Pasta Salad and Garlic Green Beans
Healthy Food Dinner Ideas: Week 2
(S) Hearty Minestrone Soup
(M) Grilled Hot Dogs and Greek Pasta Salad
(T) Cajun Beans & Rice
(W) Beef Tacos with Coconut Rice, Salsa, and Southwestern Corn,
(T) BLT Sandwiches on Man Bread
(F) Homemade Pizza
(S) Black Bean Burgers with Crispy Potato Wedges
Healthy Food Dinner Ideas: Week 3
(S) Slow Cooker Lasagna
(M) Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas
(T) Pesto Risotto
(W) Bacon, Avocado and Blue Cheese Salad with Dinner Biscuits
(T) Orange Peel Beef and Pan Seared Broccoli
(F) One Pan Buffalo Chicken Potatoes
(S) Classic Whole Roasted Chicken with Autumn Rice Pilaf and Garlic Green Beans
Healthy Food Dinner Ideas: Week 4
(S) Slow Cooker Mexican Corn and Potato Chowder with Dinner Rolls
(M) Chicken Tacos with Coconut Rice and Southwestern Corn
(T) Mediterranean Grilled Cheese
(W) Delicata Squash Salad with Dinner Rolls
(T) Lemon Caper Chicken
(F) Homemade Pizza
(S) Homemade Fish Sticks
As you settle into this Fall’s routine, start building habits to reduce food waste. Save time and money as you use up the food you’ve already bought.
Find more healthy food dinner ideas in the meal plan archives.