Welcome back to my meal planning friends and to any new readers finding my 20th monthly meal planner. My monthly budgeted meal planning covers a whole month and this is my 20th installment of monthly meal planning for May 2104. With spring here and the hot weather coming out of the desert a few more days than usual, it is time to bring out more of the old recipes for hotter weather and stick to the croc pot and BBQ for our delicious meals. Since it does get hot here I am keeping in the cool smoothies from time to time to keep some fruity coolness coming your way at lunch times. 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 on the meal planner to get the recipe directly from its source.
I want to take a few quick words to say thank you very much to all the readers from Money Saving Mom because they were very vocal in a positive way. To let you all know that I was listening, I have now included a dessert component to my meal planning. Although desserts are not for everyone and they tend to add a little cost I have found some great inexpensive, kid friendly dessert recipes to include. I have also included some of the fun ones we use here in my home, so take a look and see if there is anything on the dessert menu this month for you! And for those of you who do not want to add desserts to your meal planning, I have included the dessert menu as a separate menu and recipe list so that you can pick and choose, add your own, and plan the desserts yourself.
As a side note, please also remember that I strive to include some sort of fruit or vegetable component in all meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even some of the desserts too, 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 April and beginning of May usually brings us a wider range of fruits and less varieties of veggies from our local farmer, but I am sure we will still get our fresh fruits and veggies and nonetheless find new fresh favorites too. Sometimes I will even post photos of our local farm veggies and produce on my Instagram as well when they are delivered each week.
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 chronic 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
- NEW! E.H.M. Pumpkin Butter
- NEW! Floating Bears, an E.H.M. Dessert
- NEW! Pluto Pops, an E.H.M. Dessert
- NEW! Wormsville, and E.H.M. Dessert
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 hubby, who runs our grill since the BBQ and I do not tend to get along, knows he cannot eat fish but he also likes to make sure I can get its nutrients too. Last month the fish was not the best, but this month we hope to again try some new BBQ techniques, so please check back next month to see if they worked out or not.
With Mother’s Day this month my children (with the help of my hubby) will be making me some of my favorites. To reflect this the day is pretty much open on meal planning since your family will most likely be celebrating Mother’s Day in its own unique ways. Happy Mother’s Day to all you mom’s out there reading this!
With Memorial Day this month we will be spending the day with friends and family at various BBQ’s and potluck style parties, so we wish you a safe and relaxing Memorial Day.
Budget Note: This meal planner includes all of our family’s monthly menus for the next 5 weeks for the month of May 2014. We typically spend $300-$350 (not including sundry items) for one month of food for our family of four plus five 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, select dairy, and bread about every 2 weeks. For the desserts we will be budgeting about $25 – $40 on top of the budget mention above (I plan to purchase many of the desserts item ingredients at our local Dollar Tree store).
So, without further ado, please find the following components of this month’s interactive meal planner:
- Meal Planner for 5/1/14 – 5/3/14
- Meal Planner for 5/4/14 – 5/10/15
- Meal Planner for 5/11/14 – 5/17/14
- Meal Planner for 5/18/14 – 5/24/14
- Meal Planner for 5/25/14 – 5/31/14
- Meal Planner – Blank Week
- Dessert Menu for May 2014
- Dessert Calendar for May 2014
- Select E.H.M. Recipes
- Blank Family Shopping List (Food, Sundries, you name it included)
- Blank Costco Shopping List
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 or dessert recipe please let me know. I am always looking for good recipes that are cost effective to keep the meal planning fun, delicious, and as new as I can.
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My Trip to the Grocery Store Series Shopping Lessons
Now, you may have noticed that I did not include any shopping lessons in the meal planner this month. This is because I have taken the opportunity to revamp the entire shopping lesson aspect of my meal planning and am happy to introduce you all to my revamped and re-launch of my new educational series: My Trip to the Grocery Store! I have created new and improved lessons for children in the age range of toddlers, early learners, elementary school, and middle school. To download your FREE copies, follow the directions below. In addition, in the following months I plan to add to the toddler and early learning lessons and will try to modify the elementary and middle school lessons so that they are somehow different each month to add a variety for your children to learn from the real world with while you are shopping.
These lesson printables, like most of my other printable creations, are also available through my E.H.M. Member’s Only Website. What can I find at your members only website? You can expect printable curriculum, unit studies, activity packs, and more (there is a FREE catalog to flip through) for a $15.00 one-time lifetime fee! Perfect for teachers, homeschoolers, and parents looking for classroom and after school enrichment. Please click HERE to find out how you can join my Member’s Only Website!
As a special thank you for everyone viewing and using my monthly meal planners I am offering you all the use of the My Trip to the Grocery Store Series for your educational needs for FREE for you to use with your children. Please click the links below to download a FREE copy of lessons that you would like to use with your children:
Click the links below to download copies of the My Trip to the Grocery Store Series Lessons for FREE!
You can find the links for the Dairy and Bakery Sections and my previous meal planners on my Meal Planning Page.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my monthly meal planner and lessons. Be sure to stop by next month for the next installment of my month meal planning and my next addition to the toddler and early learning shopping lessons in the My Trip to the Grocery Store Series.
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