Budget Meal Plan – A Month of Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks) for $171.15

November already! Have you started planning your Thanksgiving menu?  Subscribe to my blog (<— right over there, on the left), and you’ll get an exclusive guide to Thanksgiving with recipes, menu plans for all different tastes, a game plan and a grocery list.  It’s everything that you’ll need to make your Thanksgiving completely stress free!

This months menu has many vegetarian choices, including Meatless Monday’s.  This is a great way to save a few bucks each month on your grocery bill, and it’s good for you!

Like other months, I have created this in a downloadable PDF… Get the Printable Here —> Mom’s Bistro November Menu Plan

The Menu

Week One

Friday, November 1
Breakfast:  homemade granola cereal
Lunch:  salad
Dinner:  breaded pork chops, polenta, roasted broccoli

Saturday, November 2
Breakfast:  eggs and sausage
Lunch:  tomato soup and grilled cheese
*make extra tomato soup for later in the week
Dinner:  roast chicken, mashed potatoes and corn
*soak pinto beans over night

Sunday, November 3
Breakfast:  pierogies
Lunch:  bean and rice burritos
Dinner:  chicken pot pie (with leftover chicken)
*make and freeze extra burritos and pierogies for the rest of the month
*soak black beans overnight

Monday, November 4
Breakfast:  eggs in a hole
Lunch:  tomato soup (from Saturday)
Dinner:  spaghetti squash tacos with black beans
*make extra black beans for later in the week – use your crockpot to make it super easy
Tuesday, November 5
Breakfast:  oatmeal
Lunch:  leftover tacos
Dinner:  chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese (with leftover chicken)

Wednesday, November 6
Breakfast:  yogurt and homemade granola
Lunch:  chicken burrito bowl (with leftover chicken)
Dinner:  sloppy joes, oven-baked sweet potato fries and buttered corn
*make extra rice

Thursday, November 7
Breakfast:  homemade granola cereal
Lunch:  chicken fried rice (with leftover chicken)
Dinner:  crockpot chili

Friday, November 8
Breakfast:  pierogies (from the freezer)
Lunch:  leftover chili
Dinner:  homemade pizza
*freeze leftover chili in gallon size ziplock bags

Saturday, November 9
Breakfast:  breakfast burritos
Lunch:  leftovers – eat up what’s in your fridge
Dinner:  crockpot pot roast
*make and freeze extra breakfast burritos

Week One Snacks:
crockpot apple sauce
homemade nachos and homemade salsa
homemade granola

Week Two

Sunday, November 10
Breakfast:  eggs and sausage
Lunch:  hot roast beef sandwiches, oven-baked sweet potato fries, frozen peas and corn
Dinner:  pasta and marinara
*make extra marinara for the month
*make granola for the week

Monday, November 11
Breakfast:  mini frittatas with spinach
Lunch:  salad
Dinner:  eggplant parmesan with spaghetti
*freeze leftover marinara sauce

Tuesday, November 12
Breakfast:  yogurt and homemade granola
Lunch:  leftover eggplant
Dinner:  jalapeno popper chicken, rice and zucchini
*take out chili for lunch tomorrow

Wednesday, November 13
Breakfast:  breakfast burritos (from the freezer)
Lunch:  chili (from the freezer)
Dinner:  homemade pot stickers, fried rice and steamed broccoli

Thursday, November 14
Breakfast:  pierogies (from the freezer)
Lunch:  bean and rice burritos (from the freezer)
Dinner:  crockpot moo shoo pork, rice and steamed broccoli

Friday, November 15
Breakfast:  oatmeal
Lunch:  leftover pork and rice
Dinner:  roast chicken, roasted potatoes and green bean casserole

Saturday, November 16
Breakfast:  pancakes
Lunch:  cream of chicken soup (with leftover chicken)
Dinner:  chicken enchiladas (with leftover chicken)
*make and freeze extra enchiladas

Week Two Snacks:
crockpot apple sauce
roasted chickpeas
ants on a log

Week Three

Sunday, November 17
Breakfast:  frittata
Lunch:  leftovers – clean out your fridge
Dinner:  stuffed acorn squash with risotto
*make granola for the week
*soak black beans overnight

Monday, November 18
Breakfast – eggs in a hole
Lunch:  leftover risotto
Dinner:  chile rellanos, cheesy corn

Tuesday, November 19
Breakfast:  homemade granola cereal
Lunch:  bean and rice burritos
Dinner:  chicken satay, rice and steamed broccoli

Wednesday, November 20
Breakfast:  yogurt and homemade granola
Lunch:  salad
Dinner:  pasta and marinara
*take out chili for lunch tomorrow

Thursday, November 21
Breakfast:  oatmeal
Lunch:  chili (save some for Sunday)
Dinner:  pierogies with bacon and corn

Friday, November 22
Breakfast:  breakfast burritos
Lunch:  pasta with butter and parmesan cheese
Dinner:  chicken enchiladas (from the freezer)
*take out marinara sauce for dinner tomorrow

Saturday, November 23
Breakfast:  eggs and sausage
Lunch:  minestrone
Dinner:  baked ziti
*make and freeze extra minestrone

Week Three Snacks:
homemade nachos and homemade salsa
homemade granola

Week Four
Sunday, November 24
Breakfast:  pancakes
Lunch:  loaded nachos (with extra chili from week three)
Dinner:  Mexican lasagna and corn fritters
*take out minestrone for lunch tomorrow
*soak black beans overnight
*make granola for the week

Monday, November 25
Breakfast:  pierogies (from the freezer)
Lunch:  minestrone (from the freezer)
Dinner:  black bean tacos
*use your crockpot to cook the black beans
*take marinara out of freezer for dinner tomorrow
*make extra beans for the week

Tuesday, November 26
Breakfast:  oatmeal
Lunch:  leftover lasagna
Dinner:  chicken cutlets with spaghetti and marinara

Wednesday, November 27
Breakfast:  homemade granola cereal
Lunch:  burrito bowls (with leftover beans from Monday)
Dinner:  homemade pizza

Thursday, November 28
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Friday, November 29
Thanksgiving Leftovers

Saturday, November 30
Thanksgiving Leftovers

The Grocery List

For The Month

  • rolled oats – 3lb – $3.99
  • yogurt – 32oz – 2 – $5.00
  • apples – 5lb – $4.99
  • milk – 2 gallons – $1.99 ea
  • eggs – 3 dozen – $0.99 ea
  • onions – 3 lb – $2.99
  • carrots – 2 lb – $1.77
  • celery – 2 hearts – $0.88 ea
  • frozen peas – 1 small bag – $0.88ea
  • frozen corn – 1 large/2 small bags – $0.88 ea (small)
  • bread – 2 loaves – $1.99 ea
  • potatoes – 10 lb – $3.99
  • almonds – ½ lb – $3.86
  • maple syrup – 1 jar – $5.99
  • garlic – 2 heads – $1.00
  • black beans – 4 lbs – $1.49
  • brown rice – 2 lbs – $1.49
  • pork chops – 2 – $6.39
  • breakfast sausage – $2.50
  • butter – 2 lb – $5.00
  • whole tomatoes – 2 large cans – $1.19 ea
  • whole chicken – 2  – $5.49 ea
  • flour tortillas – 10 ct. – 4 – $1.39 ea
  • spaghetti squash – 2 – $2.04 ea
  • red cabbage – ½ head (ask your local grocery store – they will cut it in half) – $0.78
  • egg noodles – $0.88
  • queso fresco – small piece – $2.09
  • ground beef – 3 lb – $6.99
  • Italian sausage – 1 lb – $3.99
  • Red beans – 2 cans – $0.69 ea
  • Diced chilies – 1 can – $0.77
  • Diced tomatoes – 5 cans – $1.19 ea
  • Yeast – 2 pkg – $0.59 ea
  • Chuck roast – 4 lb – $5.97
  • Corn tortillas – 32 ct – $2.49
  • Cilantro – 2 bunches – $0.99
  • jalapenos – 6 – $0.59
  • Sweet potatoes – 5 – $2.85
  • Spaghetti – 2 lbs  $1.49
  • Tomato paste – 1  $0.49
  • Tomato sauce – 4 cans – $1.29 ea
  • Crushed tomatoes – 4 cans – $1.29 ea
  • Eggplant – 2 – $1.94
  • Mozzarella cheese – 8 cup bag – $4.99
  • Zucchini – 2 – $0.98
  • extra firm tofu – 16 oz – $1.99
  • mushrooms – 1 large pkg – $2.39
  • won-ton wrappers – 1 pkg – $2.49
  • frozen broccoli – 1 large/2 small bags – $1.38 ea (small)
  • frozen green beans – $0.88
  • chick peas – 2 cans – $0.69 ea
  • acorn squash – 2 – $3.03
  • Arborio rice – ½ lb – $1.87
  • poblano peppers – 4-6 – $1.96
  • bacon – 1 lb – $3.18
  • ditalini – 1 box – $0.99
  • rotini – 1 box – $0.99
  • white beans – 1 can – $0.69
  • ricotta cheese – 1 small  – $2.49
  • chicken breast – $3.99
  • cheddar cheese – 8 cup bag – $4.99
  • peanut butter – $2.99
  • raisins – $2.99

Total:  171.15

I am not counting flour, sugar, oil, salt, pepper and spices, etc. in this grocery list, but still for under $200, you can go ahead and purchase these things if you have ran out of them.  Shoot – you could even go ahead and get some ice cream!  Buying in bulk, and shopping the sales really makes a difference when making a grocery list, and a menu.  Especially if you have the freezer space.  Also, taking the time to make things homemade like granola,  tortilla chips (it’s really just cutting them up and sticking them in the oven for 10 minutes… easy!), and salsa, you can save a ton of money.  Plus, you know exactly what you’re eating and feeding your family.

Also, taking advantage of your crockpot, and making things in big batches makes a difference too, and helps for quick week night meals.  And, having a couple meals a week without meat saves you a fortune!

I shopped my usual stores, Sprouts, King Soopers, Albertsons and Safeway to get the best deals this month.

I didn’t include any meals for Thanksgiving or the two days after, because I am sure you’ll be up to your chin in turkey, and stuffing and soups and vegetables.  Use the leftovers in a creative way, and make soups, and salads, and even funky sandwiches.

Enjoy the menu, and saving some money while eating like a queen (or king)!

Love,

Lindsie

xo

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