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.
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.
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