Hello and welcome back to my meal planning friends and to any new readers finding this, the 23rd installment of my monthly meal planners for August 2014. This FREE monthly budgeted meal planner and planning components covers a whole month at a time. With the back to school on us and the summer wrapping up this month’s meals are sure to be outdoor friendly, hopefully easy, and equally tasty too. As always, I 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 in. Can you spot the additions I used this month? Another great place you can find some of these recipes is on my cooking boards on Pinterest as well, but remember, if I use the recipe in the meal planner, I give credit back to it because users will need to click the link on the meal planner to get the recipe directly from its source.
As usual, the included meals may need to be altered a little as our fresh veggies and fruits in our area might not match yours and our veggie choices at dinner might not match your choices and I would not want you to be spending your budget on fruits and veggies that are out of season for you or that you would (or could) not eat. The lists provided are designed so that you can use them to check your pantry, cabinets, fridge and freezer to see what ingredients you have left over or still have (like spices and dry goods) and then add what you need to your family shopping lists. Additionally, I have added another section to the shopping lessons with the Back to School Packing My Lunch Printable.
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. With summer in full swing we are fortunate enough to have a very wide range of fruits and veggies from our local farmer. 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 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, pork, 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. Family Tacos
- E.H.M. Family Tacos (Slow Cooker Style)
- Floating Bears, an E.H.M. Dessert
- Jill’s Chicken Salad
- Jill’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
- Jill’s Tomato Basil Pasta
- Nacho Snack Plates
Budget Note: This meal planner includes all of our family of four’s monthly menus for the month of August 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 – $50 on top of the budget mention above.
So, without further ado, please find the following components of this month’s interactive meal planner:
- Meal Planner for 8/1/14 – 8/2/14
- Meal Planner for 8/3/14 – 8/9/14
- Meal Planner for 8/10/14 – 8/16/14
- Meal Planner for 8/17/14 – 8/23/14
- Meal Planner for 8/24/14 – 8/30/14
- Meal Planner for 8/31/14
- Meal Planner – Blank Week
- Dessert Menu for August 2014
- Dessert Calendar for August 2014
- Select E.H.M. Recipes
- Fill In the Blank Ingredients List – Entire Month
- Fill in the Blank Ingredients List – Weekly
- 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 Resources 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, gives 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.
Click the link below to download a copy of my Monthly Meal Planner for FREE!
My Trip to the Grocery Store Series Shopping Lessons
To further expand the My Trip to the Grocery Store Series shopping lessons I hope you enjoy this month’s addition: Back to School Packing My Lunch Printable! This series is created to provide 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 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 Back to School Packing My Lunch printable 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 Back to School Packing My Lunch Lessons for FREE!
You can find the links for to previous shopping lessons and meal planners on my Meal Planning Resources Page.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my August 2014 monthly meal planner and new Back to School Packing My Lunch 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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