Month of Meals: September 2013

As promised, all be it a few days late… our first ever Month of Meals.  Starting with this month, we’re bringing you a full menu plan: dinners, entertaining menus, lunch ideas and breakfasts for the whole fam.

September is for many of us The Mommy New Year.  The time when we get into new routines, new schedules, and we are forced to re-evaluate what’s working for us and what isn’t as we haul our kids to school, soccer practice and the grocery store.  As I began to think about my schedules, I realized I needed to have a better idea of what I was cooking each night, and each week.  I figured you might appreciate it too.

With our Month of Menus, you’ll be able to shop for great deals on bulk items that appear in our menus regularly, you’ll be able to make some of our Make Ahead Meals on days when you have some spare time, and you’ll be able to plan for some fun get-togethers with our fabulous entertaining menus and game day fare!

So without further ado, here’s how this will work.

Print out this handy-dandy September Month of Meals Calendar and place it front and center on the refrigerator.  You’ll notice that some of the meals are in a red font.  These are all meals that you can make ahead.

Next, you’ll find each week’s recipes in the list below.  Print them out week by week or all at once.  Whatever works best for you.

After cooking some of our recipes in the menu,  let us know what you thought!  Comments are welcome and encouraged.  If you changed something and you think it made it better share that too!

Finally, if you have a recipe you’d like to see highlighted in an upcoming menu, please add it using the inlinkz tool below.  Even if it doesn’t show up in a future menu, we’ll be sure to share it on our social media channels so others can discover your recipes!

Have a fantastic Mommy New Year,


September Month of Meals – Click to Download

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Week 1:

week 1 cinnamon oat pancakes
Photo Credit: Everyday Food

Breakfast: Cinnamon Oat Pancakes, recipe from Mom favorites

weeek 1 pitas

Lunch Idea: Veggie Hummus Pitas, recipe from Mom Favorites

week 1 cajun shrimp and rice
Photo Credit: Food Network MagazIne

Monday: Cajun Shrimp and Rice, recipe from Food Network Magazine

week 1 chicken rice bowl
Photo Credit: Closet Cooking

Tuesday: Spicy Peanut Chicken Rice Bowl, recipe from Closet Cooking (make double batch for Thursday)
with Sesame Carrots, recipe from

thai green

Wednesday (Vegan): Green Curry Noodle Soup, recipe from A Life… Including Cake

with Garlic Naan (from Trader Joe’s, frozen aisle)

week 1 chicken tacos
Photo Credit: Closet Cooking

Thursday: Spicy Peanut Chicken Tacos, recipe from Closet Cooking
with Sliced Mango

week 1 lemon spaghetti
Photo Credit: Mom on Timeout

Friday (Vegetarian): Lemon Spaghetti, recipe from Mom on Timeout
with Sliced Tomatoes

Entertaining Menu (Vegetarian)
App: Baked Brie with Quince Paste, recipe from Muddy Fingers Pottery

week 1 grilled haloumi
Photo Credit: Dinner A Love Story

Main: Grilled Haloumi and Mixed Veggies, recipe from Dinner a Love Story
Dessert: Nutella Pudding

week 1 cocktail
Photo Credit: YumSugar

Drink: Lavender Vodka Cocktail, recipe from Yum Sugar

Week 2:

week 2 veggie chili

Game Day (Optional Vegan): Veggie Chili and the Works, recipe from Mom Favorites

week 2 lentil salad

Lunch Idea (Vegetarian): Lentils with Grapes and Feta, recipe from Martha Stewart

week 2 spaghetti squash
Photo Credit: Daily Unadventures in Cooking

Monday: Spinach & Spaghetti Squash Casserole, recipe from Daily Unadventures in Cooking
with Grilled Sirloin Steaks

Photo Credit: Real Simple
Photo Credit: Real Simple

Tuesday: Gingery Pork and Cucumber Pitas, recipe from Real Simple
with Sweet Potato Fries (Trader Joe’s, frozen aisle)

week 2 cauliflower mac n cheese
Photo Credit: The Captivating Life

Wednesday (Vegetarian): Cauliflower Mac & Cheese, recipe from The Captivating Life
with Peas & Onions (Birds Eye, frozen aisle)

week 2 baked barley
Photo Credit: Cooking Light

Thursday (Vegan): Baked Barley with Shiitake Mushrooms and Onions, recipe from Cooking Light
Roasted Green Beans: toss one pound of trimmed green beans with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Roast at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping once.

week 2 wild mushroom soup
Photo Credit: Scandi Foodie

Friday (Vegetarian): Wild Mushroom Soup, recipe from Scandi Foodie
with Spinach Artichoke Flatbreads, recipe from High Heels to Hot Wheels

Weekend Entertaining Menu:

week 2 corn dip
Photo Credit: Brown Eyed Baker

App: Hot Corn Dip, recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

week 2 beef barbacoa
Photo Credit: The Kitchn

Main: Beef Barbacoa with Toppings, recipe from The Kitchn

week 2 snickers fudge
Photo Credit: Six Sisters Stuff

Dessert: Snickers Fudge, recipe from Six Siters Stuff
Drink: Beergaritas, recipe from Mom Favorites

Week 3:

week 3 potato casserole
Photo Credit: My Recipes

Sunday Brunch: Salmon & Potato Casserole, recipe from Cooking Light
with Fruit Salad and Cinnamon Rolls (the Pillsbury kind.  Admit it, if you could make them from scratch and they’d be half as good, you’d be happy.)

week 3 couscous
Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

Lunch Idea: Israeli Couscous with Corn, Black Beans and Mushroom, recipe from Martha Stewart

Photo Credit: My Recipes
Photo Credit: My Recipes

Monday (Optional Vegan): Wild Mushroom & Lentil Cottage Pie, recipe from Cooking Light (sub non-dairy milk for buttermilk with vegan diets)
with Roasted Carrots: Toss carrots with olive oil, salt, pepper and garam masala.  Roast at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes, flipping once.

week 3 potato gratin
Photo Credit: Kayotic Kitchen

Tuesday (Vegetarian): Tomato, Cauliflower & Potato Gratin, recipe from Kayotic Kitchen
with Mixed Green Salad

week 3 papparedelle

Wednesday: Papparedelle with Smoked Salmon, recipe from Cooking Light
Roasted Asparagus, recipe by Ina Garten

week 3 spinach tacos
Photo Credit: Food Network

Thursday (Vegetarian): Ricotta & Spinach Tacos, recipe from Food Network
with Black Bean Salad, recipe from Whole Foods

week 3 pork casserole
Photo Credit:

Friday: Pork & Green Chiles Casserole, recipe from Better Homes and Gardens
with Mexi-Slaw, recipe from TLC Cooking

Weekend Entertaining
App: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Aioli, recipe from Lifestyle 365

Photo Credit: Southern Living
Photo Credit: Southern Living

Main: Grilled Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches, recipe from Southern Living
and Tomato Orzo Soup, recipe from Food Network
Dessert: Caramel Popcorn, recipe from The Kitchn
Drink: Hard Cider

Week 4:

week 4 taco cupcakes
Photo Credit: Recipe Sweet

Game Day: Mini Tacos and Nacho Bar, recipe from Recipe Sweet

Photo Credit: Savoring Every Bite
Photo Credit: Savoring Every Bite

Lunch Idea: Fig and Goat Cheese Panini, recipe from Savoring Every Bite

Photo Credit: The Lemon Bowl
Photo Credit: The Lemon Bowl

Monday: Slow Cooker Chicken Curry, recipe from The Lemon Bowl
with Steamed Rice

Photo Credit: My Recipes
Photo Credit: My Recipes

Tuesday: Southwest Shrimp & Corn Chowder, recipe from Cooking Light
with Chips and Guacamole

week 4 halibut
Photo Credit: Annie’s Eats

Wednesday: Cajun Halibut with Praline Sauce and Dirty Rice, recipe from Annie’s Eats
with Roasted Broccoli, by Simply Recipes

week 4 soup

Thursday: Tuscan Sausage Soup, recipe from Mom Favorites
with Breadsticks, I like to use the Pillsbury ones found in the dairy case

Photo Credit: Oh She Glows
Photo Credit: Oh She Glows

Friday: Grilled Chicken
with Garlic Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes, recipe from Oh She Glows
and Kale Chips, recipe from Mom Favorites

Weekend Entertaining:
App: Prosciutto & Melon Skewers

week 4 polenta bar
Photo Credit: The Kitchn

Main: Polenta Bar, recipe from The Kitchn
Side: Arugula Salad, recipe from Food Network
Dessert: Almond Biscotti, recipe from Smitten Kitchen
Drink: Elderflower Champagne Cocktail

Week 5:

week 5 blueberry sandwich
Photo Credit: In the Kitchen With KP

Casual Brunch: Blueberry Cream Cheese Grilled Sammies, recipe from In the Kitchen with KP
with Strawberries

Photo Credit: A Spicy Perspective
Photo Credit: A Spicy Perspective

Monday: Shrimp Tacos with Grilled Corn & Grapes, recipe from A Spicy Perspective
with Chips and Salsa

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