May is here… Sunny skies, warm weather and school is almost over! May’s menu has a month of kid approved dinners for only $248.36! And like always, includes all of the recipes and a printable menu and grocery lists!
Like in other months, I have included a bunch of new recipes – and this months theme is all based around D.J.’s new grill! April 30th is D.J.’s 30th birthday, and my Mom bought him a brand new grill! All of the new recipes will be shared throughout the month to keep content fresh. I promise, now that I am in better health, and I can focus on my writing and cooking again, all recipes will be shared before the day on the menu, giving you plenty of time to shop and prep.
I really like this months menu, in addition to all of the new grilling recipes, the menu plan has special dinners for Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, National Pizza Party Day and Memorial Day! Making food holidays fun is easy with these simple recipes. Your family will love dinner, and you’ll love the simplicity of the meals – especially if you’re like me and your other half does the grilling – makes dinner time realllly easy… Sit down and watch him cook while drinking beer or wine kinda easy!
I chose the BBQ Chicken Skewers for Mother’s Day because they are easy to prep, D.J. can grill them, and dinner can be served on a paper plate. It makes for less time cooking and cleaning and more time for doing what I love – spending time with my boys, and to me, that is the best Mother’s Day gift ever!
As in other months, I shop around for the best deals. I like to buy my produce, deli and dairy week by week, and get all of my canned goods, frozen items, bulk items and meat at once. I usually get my meats in bulk at Costco too which saves me a ton of money. Last week I was able to get 6 lbs of ground beef for $15! As for the other items, I just shop around and check out my flyers for the best deals. Click here to learn more about How To Save Money on Groceries.
Remember, all NEW recipes will be shared throughout the month and are NOT included in the recipe collection below. For the FREE printable recipes, menu and grocery lists, scroll down to the bottom and click the links for a PDF version. Also, remember I am not perfect, so I may have forgot an ingredient or two… Have no fear, some of you notice it, and share it in the comments… So just scroll down some more if you’re noticing something is missing
Week One – May 1 – 7
Sunday, May 1
Spaghetti and Meatballs
– Freeze leftover spaghetti sauce in 3 separate containers for Pasta and Sauce, Lasagne and Pizza Pasta Bake later in the month.
– Plan Ahead! Prepare and freeze Lasagne and Pizza Pasta Bake today to make for easy dinners later in the month!
Monday, May 2
Pierogies with Bacon and Caramelized Onions
Tuesday, May 3
Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps
– Chop extra lettuce today and put in a labeled ziplock bag for tacos on Thursday!
Wednesday, May 4 – May The Fourth Be With You
Thursday, May 5 – Cinco De Mayo!
Ground Beef Tacos
Salsa and Chips
Mexican Street Corn
Maybe some refried beans?
Friday, May 6
Pasta with Sauce
– Use leftover spaghetti sauce from Sunday
Saturday, May 7
Macaroni and Cheese
Week Two – May 8 – 14
Sunday, May 8 – Mother’s Day
BBQ Chicken Skewers – New!
Monday, May 9
Quite Possibly the ONLY Lasagna Recipe You’ll Ever Need!
– Use leftover frozen spaghetti sauce
Tuesday, May 10
– Bacon and eggs included in grocery list
– Spice It Up! Look in your fridge and pantry and if you have the leftovers make tonights dinner Breakfast Burritos
Wednesday, May 11
Thursday, May 12
Grilled Ham and Cheese
– Honestly, just make a regular grilled cheese with a few pieces of deli ham in the middle!
Friday, May 13
CrockPot Beef and Broccoli
– Make extra rice for Egg Fried Rice next Monday
Saturday, May 14
Pasta with Bacon and Peas
Week Three – May 15 – 21
Sunday, May 15
Grilled Sweet Chili Lime Chicken – New!
Grilled Potato Planks – New!
– we actually made foil pack potatoes instead (same ingredients, different way to cook them)
Monday, May 16
Egg Fried Rice
– Use leftover rice from last Friday
Tuesday, May 17
Wednesday, May 18
Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil
Thursday, May 19
Friday, May 20 – Pizza Party Day
– Pepperoni included in grocery list
Saturday, May 21
Week Four – May 22 – May 31
Sunday, May 22
Beer Can Chicken – New!
Grilled Zucchini – New!
Monday, May 23
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Tuesday, May 24
Chicken Pot Pie Pasta
– Use leftover chicken from Sunday
Wednesday, May 25
Thursday, May 26
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
Friday, May 27
Pizza Pasta Bake
Saturday, May 28
Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Veggies
Sweet Potato Fries
Sunday, May 29
Grilled Island Teriyaki Skirt Steak
—> Just marinate a skirt steak in Island Teriyaki dressing and cook about 5-10 minutes on each side until desired doneness.
Grilled Corn On The Cob – New!
Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day
Oven Baked French Fries
Tuesday, May 31
BBQ Chicken Skewers
Grilled Sweet Chili Lime Chicken
Foil Pack Potatoes
Herb and Garlic Grilled Zucchini
Beer Can Chicken
Grilled Corn On The Cob