Month of Meals: October 2013

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Thank y’all for all of the wonderful feedback from September’s Month of Meals. I, for one, can attest that having the whole month planned out at once makes it SO much easier to shop and cook for my family. I know that it’s very unlikely that anyone (including myself) will cook all of these meals, but what I do hope is that you find yourself cooking more often, trying new things, and cooking with seasonal ingredients.

A lot of the meals are vegetarian, but not all.  In my family, we watch the amount of meat that we consume, however, you can add meat protein to many of these recipes to your family’s tastes.  In addition to weekly dinners, you’ll also find a lunch, breakfast, and entertaining menu for each week.  Life is more fun when you have family and friends around, but planning a menu for these can sometimes be challenging.  I hope you’ll find one of our fall dinners to suit your tastes!

Feel free to share any feedback from the menus or recipes below!  We’d love to know what you like or didn’t!



Download our Menu, then visit each week to print off the recipes!
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Week 1:

Summer Vegetable Bibimbap with Corn, Zucchini and Black Bean 500w 8851

Photo Cred: Closet Cooking

Lunch Idea: Vegan
Summer Bibimbap with Black Beans, recipe from Closet Cooking


Photo Cred: Cuisine de Tous le Jours

Brunch Idea: Vegetarian
Red Onion and Goat Cheese Tart, recipe from Cuisine de Tous le Jours*
You will need to use Google Translator for the recipe (if you don’t speak French), and keep in mind 200 degrees is in Celsius, so you’ll want it at 400 degrees Farenheit.
Mixed Green Salad

blt pasta

Photo Cred: Babble

October 1st, Tuesday:
BLT Bucatini, recipe from Babble
Roasted Carrots

oven tacos

Photo Cred: Mommy I’m Hungry

October 2nd, Wednesday: Optional Vegetarian
(Black Bean) Oven Tacos, recipe from Mommy I’m Hungry
Chips and Guacamole

spag squash gratin

Photo Cred: Kalyn’s Kitchen

October 3rd, Thursday: Vegetarian
Spaghetti Squash & Chard Gratin, recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Roasted Green Beans


Photo Cred: Ezra Pound Cake

October 4th, Friday: Vegetarian
Mushroom, Spinach, and Feta Risotto, recipe from Ezra Poundcake

grilled gnocchi

Fall Cookout Entertaining Menu, October 5th, Saturday: Vegetarian
Cheese Plate with Quince Paste and Fresh Baguette
Grilled Gnocchi Marinara, recipe from Mom Favorites
Grilled Romaine Salad, recipe from Mom Favorites
Smores Cookies, recipe from Baked Perfection


October 13th, Sunday:
Shrimp and Veggie Fried Rice, recipe from Mom Favorites

Week 2:

lentil almond stirfry

Photo Cred: 101 Cookbooks

Lunch Idea: Vegan
Lentil Almond Stir-Fry, recipe from 101 Cookbooks

blueberry bfast cake

Photo Cred: Alexandra Cooks

Breakfast: Vegetarian
Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake, recipe from Alexandra Cooks

lemon pasta

Photo Cred: The Kitchn

October 7th, Monday: Vegetarian
Lemony Ricotta Pasta with Basil, recipe from The Kitchn
Slow Roasted Tomatoes, recipe from Mom Favorites

enchilada skillet

Photo Cred: Ambitious Kitchen

October 8th, Tuesday: Vegetarian
Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet, recipe from Ambitious Kitchen
Sliced Mangos

slow cooker chicken

Photo Cred: Slow Cooker from Scratch

October 9th, Wednesday:
Slow Cooker Soy Braised Chicken, recipe from Slow Cooker from Scratch
Ginger Broccoli: Toss broccoli florets with two tablespoons each: Soy sauce, sesame oil, and grated ginger.  Roast at 450 degrees, flipping once, for 20 minutes.

spag squash sesame

Photo Cred: Family Fresh Cooking

October 10th, Thursday:
Spaghetti Squash Sesame Noodles, recipe by Family Fresh Cooking
Marinated Seared Ahi Tuna, recipe from Anne Burrell with Food Network

stuffed poblano

Photo Cred: Whole Living

October 11th, Friday: Vegetarian
Stuffed Poblano Peppers in Chipotle Sauce, recipe from Whole Living
Chips and Salsa


October 12th, Saturday: Optional Vegetarian
Grilled Pizzas, recipe from Mom Favorites
Rosemary and Olive Oil Popcorn


Photo Cred: Chocolate Covered Katie

Family Supper, October 13th, Sunday: Vegetarian
Slow Cooker Veggie Lentil Stew, recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie
Jalapeno Cornbread, recipe from Ina Garten
Smores Cookies, recipe from Baked Perfection

Week 3:

couscous kale salad

Photo Cred: Claudia Zapata

Lunch Idea: Vegetarian
Pomegranate, Kale and Couscous Salad with Mint Dressing, recipe from Claudia Zapata


Photo Cred: Pinfoody

Breakfast: Vegetarian
Baked Oatmeal Casserole, recipe from Pinfoody

crab potato

Photo Cred: Slimming Eats

October 14th, Monday:
Crab Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, recipe from Slimming Eats
Roasted Broccolini

green bean casserole

Photo Cred: The Pioneer Woman

October 15th, Tuesday:
Green Bean Casserole, recipe from the Pioneer Woman
Grilled Sirloin Steaks (marinated in Original Allegro Marinade)

southwest goulash

Photo Cred: Val So Cal

October 16th, Wednesday:
Southwest Goulash, recipe from Val So Cal
Mixed Green Salad


Photo Cred: Foodie with Family

October 17th, Thursday: Vegetarian
Brazilian Black Bean Stew, recipe from Foodie with Family
Chips and Guacamole

short rib tacos

Photo Cred: Foxes Love Lemons

October 18th, Friday:
Asian Short Rib Tacos with Pineapple, recipe from Foxes Love Lemons
Steamed Sugar Snap Peas


Photo Cred: Cooking Light

Fall Supper with Friends, October 19th Saturday: Vegetarian
App: Cheese Plate with local honey and fresh bread
Mushroom and Root Veggie Pot Pies, recipe from Cooking Light
Fall Salad: Toss arugala with sliced grapes, apples and pears.  Toss with Balsamic vinegar and olive oil
Dessert: Apple Crisp, recipe from Food Network

shrimp casserole

Photo Cred:

October 20th, Sunday:
Shrimp Casserole, recipe from
Roasted Carrots

Week 4:


Photo Cred: Simply Love Food

Lunch Idea: Vegetarian
Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich, recipe from Simply Love Food

huevos rancheros

Photo Cred: The Paupered Chef

Breakfast: Vegetarian
Huevos Rancheros, recipe from the Paupered Chef

mac n cheese

Photo Cred: Cooking a la Mel

October 21st, Monday: Vegetarian
Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac ‘n Cheese, recipe from Cooking a la Mel


Photo Cred: Just a Taste

October 22nd, Tuesday:
Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken, recipe from Just a Taste
Steamed Edamame


Photo Cred: Cooking Light

October 23rd, Wednesday: Vegetarian
Fried Chickpea and Arugala Pita Sandwiches, recipe from Cooking Light
Sweet Potato Fries

linguini peanut broc

Photo Cred: Will Cook for Friends

October 24th, Thursday: Vegan
Linguini and Broccoli with Spicy Peanut Sauce, recipe from Will Cook For Friends

sausage soup

Photo Cred: My Baking Addiction

October 25th, Pumpkin Carving, Friday:
Sausage and Lentil Soup, recipe from My Baking Addiction

Photo Cred: Martha Stewart

Fall Feast Menu, October 26th, Saturday:
Drink: Hard Cider Sangria, recipe from Food & Wine
App: Roasted Grapes and Goat Cheese Bruschetta, recipe from Honest Cooking
Main: Pork with Persimmons and Mustard Greens, recipe from Martha Stewart
Side: Wild Rice with Balsamic Mushrooms, recipe from Martha Stewart
Dessert: Pumpkin Walnut Cheesecake, recipe from Taste of Home


Photo Cred: Add a Pinch

October 27th, Sunday:
Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup, recipe from Add a Pinch

Week 5:


Photo Cred:

Lunch Idea: Vegetarian
Warm Spaghetti Squash Salad, recipe from


Photo Cred: Get Crocked

Breakfast: Vegetarian
Crock Pot Blueberry French Toast, recipe from Get Crocked


Photo Cred: Big Girls Small Kitchen

October 28th, Monday:
Baked Chicken and Cauliflower Yakitori, recipe from Big Girls Small Kitchen
Garlic Ginger Bok Choy Saute, recipe from For the Love of Cooking


Photo Cred: Cooking Light

October 29th, Tuesday: Vegetarian
Spiced Lentils with Poached Eggs, recipe from Cooking Light
Fruit Salad

butternut squash pasta

Photo Cred: The Diva Dish

October 30th, Wednesday: Vegetarian
Butternut Squash Creamy Pasta, recipe from The Diva Dish
Roasted Broccoli


Photo Credit: Wanna Bite

October 31st, Halloween, Thursday:
Crock Pot Mongolian Beef, recipe from Wanna Bite
Mixed Green Salad with Sesame Dressing




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