E.H.M. Monthly Meal Planner – April 2014

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Posted on Mar 30 2014 - 1:00am by Jill
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E.H.M. Monthly Meal Planner – April 2014 - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Welcome back to my meal planning friends and welcome as well to any new readers finding my 19th monthly meal planner.  My monthly budgeted meal planning covers a whole month and this is my 19th installment of monthly meal planning for April 2104.  With winter over and spring in action, it is time to bring out more of the old recipes for spring and summer deliciousness!  Where we live we get lots of sun and heat so smoothies for lunch are back in order.  Also, the BBQ is getting dusted off, cleaned, and tuned in time to start grilling again.  As always, I will continue to add more recipes as I find them and include them as well as some of those that are linked up to my Monday Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop will trickle into them too, can you spot the additions I used this month? Another great place you can find some of these recipes is on cooling boards on Pinterest as well, but remember, if I use the recipe in the meal planner, I give credit back to it because you need to click the link and go to the source of the recipe. 

As a side note, please also remember that I strive to include some sort of fruit or vegetable component in all meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  So please remember that if no specific one is listed it is because everyone lives in different places and I cannot truly tell what will be available everywhere based on the time of year and I would hate to have you spend more of your budget to get things readily available to me when you could just as easy use your local ones.  Fresh fruits and veggies can be a struggle to get into our growing children, but I am finding that as Beck and Elizabeth get older they are trying different fruits and veggies.  It helps too that they are both finding new seasonal favorites too. The end of March and beginning of April bring use fresh broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, mandarin oranges, and some fennel too. So it has been fun modifying recipes here and there for our home delivered fresh vegetables. Sometimes I will even post photos of our local farm veggies and produce on my Instagram as well.


Because each family has different dietary goals and needs it can be hard to find recipes that meet everyone’s needs.  In our family we have started drifting away from beef because of the problems that it causes with my health problems, but we do eat it in a limited capacity.  I would also love to include more fish recipes, but my husband is very allergic to fish, so we cannot use fish either.  As you can imagine, we have developed a taste for chicken and turkey meat recipes.  I have included my own recipes here and there, but this month I will be using the following Enchanted Homeschooling Mom original recipes… 

  • E.H.M. Breaded Chicken Tenders 
  • E.H.M. Daddy Mac 
  • E.H.M. Family Tacos 
  • Jill’s Chicken Salad 
  • One Pan Chicken, Potatoes, and Carrots 


Even though we have to be careful with fish in our cooking due to my husband’s food allergy, some of the BBQ days will see the addition of grilling fish, as a treat.  My husband knows he cannot eat fish, but he also likes to make sure I can get its nutrients too and we will be trying a few new BBQ techniques this month, so check back next month to se if they worked out or not. 


With Easter this month I am a little saddened that I am not hosting because I love to cook, bake, and entertain family.  But the bright side is that next year is all my turn! 

Budget Note: This meal planner includes all of our family’s monthly menus for the next 4 weeks. We typically spend $300-$350 (not including sundry items) for one month of food for our family of four plus four dogs. Since we live very rural, if I do not continue to plan well in advance our family can end up spending more on the gasoline for our trip than we do for the food that we are actually there to purchase, especially with gas prices seemingly rising all the time around us.  When we do our shopping once a month it is a big haul, but we do pick up fresh fruits and vegetables from a local farmers weekly and get milk and dairy about every 2 weeks. 

E.H.M. Monthly Meal Planner – April 2014 - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

So, without further ado, please find the following components of this month’s interactive meal planner; 

  • Meal Planner for 4/1 – 4/5
  • Meal Planner for 4/6 – 4/12
  • Meal Planner for 4/13 – 4/20
  • Meal Planner for 4/21 – 4/26
  • Meal Planner for 4/27 – 4/30
  • Meal Planner – Blank Week
  • Select E.H.M. Favorite Recipes
  • Blank Family Shopping List (Food, Sundries, you name it included)
  • Blank Costco Shopping List
  • Shopping Lesson Pack focusing on budgeting lessons
  • Shopping Lesson for Younger Children 

I am happy to continue to share previous month’s meal planners.  I keep all the recipes, planners, and lessons on my blog, so please make sure to check out my Meal Planning Page for more tips and recipes for when it comes to monthly shopping from month’s past!

If you use these meal planners, I hope it helps make your planning a little easier, or at the very least, give you some new recipes. I will continue to share my monthly meal planners with you each month as I create them for my family. Also, if you have a good smoothie recipe please let me know. 

Thank you for meal planning with me! 

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EHM Monthly Meal Planner 19

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  • Love your blog/website. I follow you at the Cornerstone Confessions link-up. I really need to catch up and get on the meal planning bandwagon – I hear great things about how it keeps us ladies organized in the feeding department lol.

    • Aw, thank you so much Shannon!! Meals used to be a mess in our household because by the time I remember that I needed to make dinner it was dinner time. Having this meal planner on the side of the refrigerator reminds me all throughout the day to make it easier. I hope it works well for you 🙂

  • Kim

    Thank you! I'm sharing this with all of my friends.

    • I hope you enjoy it Kim! Thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  • Jennifer

    I cannot get it to download but I can get your other ones to? Would love to use this!! Do you focus on a healthy balance? Is any freezer cooking involved? Definitely fits our budget! Do you always list sides with dinner?

    • I do try to keep an even balance of healthy but also what I consider realistic food options on my meal planner for my family. I tend to do bulk cooking that lasts several days vs. freezer cooking myself but that is because we do not yet have a secondary freezer to utilize. Once I pick up a second freezer to place in our garage (I am hoping to find a deal over the summer on Craig's List) I most certainly will be using freezing cooking meals.

      Were you able to get the planner downloaded Jennifer? If not, please contact me using the contact button on my site and I will happily help you get a copy 🙂

  • Jennifer

    Also, do you ever add desserts in?

    • That is a fantastic idea and I will look at adding in some dessert options in the May planner. Thank you for the suggestion!

  • Found this through a link from Money Saving Mom email. So excited to add it to my own meal plans. Thank you.

    • Glad to have you visit! I hope that you enjoy my meal planner 🙂

  • Amy Tafoya

    Do you cover the pan with the one-pan chicken & potato bake? I am afraid the potatoes and chicken would dry out when baked at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Thank you!!

    • I can't believe that I didn't mention that in my recipe Amy. Thank you for asking this question 🙂

      Yes, I tent the pan with tinfoil to keep everything moist and juicy.

      I have made that correction for next month's meal planner. I hope that my meal planner works well for you!

  • Sarah Healy

    Hi! Thank you so much for the excellent printout. I just was wondering were is the bread machine bagel recipe located? I couldn’t find it in the back of the printout. Thank you so much!