E.H.M. September 2014 Monthly Meal Planner

Posted on Aug 24 2014 - 12:00pm by Jill R. (EnchantedHomeschoolingMom)

Hello and welcome back to my meal planning friends and to any new readers finding the 24th installment of my monthly meal planners that covers the entire month of September 2014.  This FREE monthly budgeted meal planning covers a whole month at a time.  With school now in full swing and summer leaving us this month the meal planner will stop relying on the BBQ and head back into oven and freezer cooking shortly.  This will be the last time we see these types of recipes until spring returns.  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 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. 

EHM  Monthly Meal Planner September 2014

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 budget on fruits and veggies that are out of season for you or that you would (or could) not eat. The list provided in a format that you can use to check your pantry, cabinets, fridge and freezer to see what you have left over or still have (like spices and dry goods) and then add what you need to your family shopping lists.

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. 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. 

Meal Planner Blanks

This month I would like to introduce the new meal planning component of Meal Planner Blanks! As with any meal planner, there will be days that you just want to eat something different or do not agree with the day that it was placed on. To help accommodate that, please use the following blank spaces for you to use as you want throughout the meal planner. These Meal Planner Blanks are intended to help you utilize the meal planner and add your own recipes, meals, etc. without having to re-do the entire planner.  Simply cut out a space, write what you are eating for that slot on the blank, and then attach it to your meal planner. These are sized to the monthly meal planner boxes and should allow for you to use whatever you need and want to that is not already on the meal planner.  Hopefully this new component will help those that use the planner but tend to vary days and meals still have a complete meal planner at their disposal. 

Master Ingredient List

This month you will notice two master ingredient lists.  One is blank and one filled with values.  I have included these two varieties so that those families that wish to use it as a lesson can still have their children utilize the blank list to create the master list as a math in the kitchen school assignment. As for those that just wish to have a complete list of ingredients, a completed one is also included.  Please note: Because the meal planners do have some leeway in regards to fresh veggies and fruits, you will need to make sure your lists reflect your desired fresh fruits and veggies. 

My Trip to the Grocery Store Series

My Trip to the Grocery Store Series Shopping Lessons

If you would like to make your trip to the grocery store an educational trip, I would love for you to take a look at the My Trip to the Grocery Store Series of Shopping Lessons where you will lessons for Toddlers, Early Learners, Elementary School children, and Middle School Children.  You can find these all conveniently located on my Meal Planning Resources Page

Recipes

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 
  • E.H.M. Family Tacos (Slow Cooker Style) 
  • Jill’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce 
  • Jill’s Quick Chicken Salad 
  • Millennium Falcon Bread Machine Plain Bagels 
  • Nacho Snack Plates 

Budget Note: This meal planner includes all of our family of four’s monthly menus for the next 5 weeks for the month of June 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. 

EHM  Monthly Meal Planner September 2014

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

  • Meal Planner for 9/1/14 – 9/6/14
  • Meal Planner for 9/7/14 – 9/13/14
  • Meal Planner for 9/14/14 – 9/20/14
  • Meal Planner for 9/21/14 – 9/27/14
  • Meal Planner for 9/28/14 – 9/30/14
  • Meal Planner Blanks
  • Meal Planner – Blank Week
  • Dessert Menu for September 2014
  • Dessert Calendar for September 2014
  • Select E.H.M. Recipes
  • Fill In the Blank Ingredients List – Entire Month
  • Fill in the Blank Ingredients List – Weekly
  • September 2014 Master Monthly Ingredients List
  • 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, 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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EHM Monthly Meal Planner 24 – September 2014 

Thank you for taking the time to look at my September 2014 monthly meal planner.  Be sure to stop by next month for the next installment of my month meal planning here on Enchanted Homeschooling Mom! 

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Jill runs "24 Paw Ranch" which is home to her husband, her two children, and their five dogs and of course herself. She spends her days actively homeschooling, baking in her kitchen, consuming loads of coffee, creating printables, watching Disney movies, crafting her way through the day, and occasionally getting more than 6 hours of sleep.

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  1. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods August 29, 2014 at 7:26 am - Reply

    I love Meal Planning! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Pinning!
    ~ Ashley
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  2. Becca Niederkrom August 29, 2014 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Wow! This is a great article full of actionable plans. I just started consistently meal planning and its one of the best things I ever did. The meals are better, more creative, healthier and everyone is happier. Sharing!
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  3. Theresa @DearCreatives August 29, 2014 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Thanks for all the tips and information! Love all the planning ideas & printables
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  4. Libby's Library August 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    This is fantastic. Since my daughter is the main cook in our home, I’m going to send her the link to this post. AWESOME!
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  5. Selena @ Look! We're Learning! August 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    This is right on time for us! We’ve eaten out three times in the past week because I’ve been too tired to plan meals. Pinning!
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  6. Crystal & Co August 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    We love family friendly recipes!
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  7. Gabby August 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    I have a large family so meal planning is so important!! I love this!!
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  8. Candi @ A Day in Candiland August 29, 2014 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    That is a great budget, I spend twice that much, I guess I need a better plan.
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  9. Clare August 29, 2014 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    We’re trying to get smarter about meal planning – I can’t wait to see what delicious recipes you have in store for us this month!
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  10. Staci September 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    I love these posts and use them often, but I feel like I’m missing something, or reading it wrong on the menu.
    Am I seeing it correctly that it says Grilled Cheese/Grilled Hot Dogs for Sept 11, 13, 14, 15, AND 16? I mean, I love me a good grilled cheese or hot dog, and so does my family…but I’m not sure I could get them to eat that 5 out of 6 dinners in a row.

    • Jill R. (EnchantedHomeschoolingMom) September 4, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      I completely understand, but since this is last month for most people, my family included, to use the BBQ it is also the last hurrah for BBQ items. Also, over time people may or may not be using bulk buying methods and with Labor day here the sales were very good to the budget. In my family, we eat hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and chicken all at the same time, I just parcel out the meals and divide it up so that when the BBQ is on everyone can eat what they want and if we run out of grilled chicken then it is time to choose the burgers, as such. This also gives those that stock up (such as my family does at Costco) the opportunity to clear out their freezers before the start of freezer cooking recipe time and allows their previous bulk purchases to be finished since I know sometimes hot dogs or chicken breasts are on a super sale or even that box-o-quarter pounders is on sale at CostCo :-)
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      • Staci September 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm - Reply

        Ahhhh, I got it. :) Makes complete sense! We are also savoring every last BBQ night we can while the weather allows without freezing our bums off in the winter.
        Thank you – love these menu posts!

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