august month of meals budget meal plan moms bistro kid friendly dinner menu recipe free printable

A Month of Delicious Kid-Friendly Dinners for $152 with FREE Printable Grocery List and Recipes | August 2015 Back To School Meal Plan with Grocery List and Recipes

Can you believe it’s already August?  This past year has flew by for our family, and before we know it, summer is going to be over and school begins!  With all of the back to school purchases in your very near future – if you haven’t started already, I have made August’s menu, easy, delicious and best of all, inexpensive!  This month’s meal plan has 31 days of no-repeat dinners for $152.49!   Scroll down for recipes, a FREE printable grocery list and a printable menu to put on the fridge so everyone always knows what’s for dinner!

august month of meals budget meal plan moms bistro kid friendly dinner menu recipe free printable
Click To Print Me!  31 Days of No Repeat, Kid-Friendly Dinners for $152 with FREE Printable Menu and Grocery List with Recipes

You might be asking yourself, “how the hell did she manage to make this meal plan so cheap?”  It’s possible, I promise, and if you shop the sales at your local grocery store I guarantee that you will save even more money.  For example, in this meal plan, I priced out ground beef at $2.99 a pound, which is a pretty damn good price, but at my local Safeway, ground beef is $1.99 a pound this week, and that is a $4.00 savings right there for the month.  

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To plan my meals, I use Walmart Grocery To Go.  Walmart’s across the US are pretty similar in price, so I figured, like in the past, I’d use Walmart Grocery again to plan the menu.  If you haven’t heard of it before, it is a service offered by different Walmart’s in select locations across the country, and you order your groceries online, and they get delivered right to your door step!  It’s quite wonderful actually.  Click here, and see if there is a Walmart Grocery in your area – if there is, save $10 on your grocery order and get FREE delivery!  I guess that would be like a $142 for the month then!  Cha ching!  And no, this post is NOT sponsored by Walmart, but I wanted to share a referral link that I have with my readers, so save you even more money!

If you’re looking for the printable menu and grocery list, scroll down to the bottom of this post, and click on the grocery list to download a PDF version for FREE!  All of the recipes in August’s meal plan are designed to save you time in the kitchen, and money at the grocery store!

August’s Kid-Friendly Recipes

August 1

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August 2

herb and garlic roasted chicken easy roast chicken recipe moms bistro

easy mexican roasted chicken recipe moms bistro

August 3

alphabet vegetable soup

August 4

15 minute chicken quesadillas with leftover chicken moms bistro

August 5


August 6

20 minute ground beef stroganoff recipe moms bistro

August 7

spinach feta turkey burgers recipe argento wine moms bistro

New!  Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

August 8

tortilla chip crusted chickn fingers

August 9

This Spaghetti Sauce will make you famous! Easy Kid-Friendly Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
This Spaghetti Sauce will make you famous! Easy Kid-Friendly Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

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August 10

mini spaghetti pie recipe
Easy 30-Minute Mini-Spaghetti Pie Recipe

August 11

The ULTIMATE Nacho Bar!
The ULTIMATE Nacho Bar!

August 12

New! Pizza Grilled Cheese

August 13


August 14

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August 15

New! Chicken Enchiladas

August 16

New! White Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

August 17

sloppy joes with hidden veggies 20 minute meal moms bistro

August 18

New!  Taco Lasagna

August 19


August 20

Breakfast For Dinner!

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Breakfast Quesadilla

August 21

juicy homemade cheeseburger recipe moms bistro fathers day recipe easy cheeseburger recipe how to make a cheese burger

August 22

Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables Recipe

August 23

New!  Chicken Stuffing Casserole

August 24

share our strengths cooking matters vegetable fried rice

August 25

cooking matters turkey tacos

August 26


August 27

never fail bbq meatloaf recipe moms bistro 30 minute meatloaf recipe kid friendly meatloaf

August 28

how to make homemade pizza

August 29

easy 20 minute pasta with bacon and peas

August 30

grilled chicken and veggie skewers mothers day moms bistro

August 31


august month of meals budget meal plan moms bistro kid friendly dinner menu recipe free printableThat is it for this Month!  Keep your eyes open at the end of August for September’s menu!  And don’t forget to share this menu on Facebook, Pinterest and with your family and friends!  



  1. Looks like most of the new recipes are missing. Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers, Pizza Grilled cheese, Chicken Enchiladas,
    White Mac and Cheese with Broccoli, Taco Lasagna and Chicken Stuffing Casserole. Will these be coming?

    • Sure will! These are all new recipes, and will be posted through out the month, before the day it’s on the menu! If you haven’t yet, sign up at the top to get recipes to your email 🙂

      • Can I please get the taco lasagna never posted it.

        • The recipe was probably a new one for the month, and was not added to the original post. Also, I didn’t start printable recipes until late 2015. Please search the website with the search bar on the right, and you should find it!

  2. Mama23babygirls

    So glad I found your site!! I love this meal plan. What do you do for breakfasts and lunches?

    • Thank you! We usually eat breakfast and lunch at school (I work at the preschool my son goes to), so I don’t account for those for our budget – except on weekends. But usually for breakfast we have, eggs, breakfast burritos, yogurt and homemade granola, bagels and cream cheese … quick and easy breakfasts, and we try to limit cereals… but if you’re near a Kroger, Kelloggs cereal is $1.77 a box 😉
      And for lunches, we would normally eat leftovers from the night before, or I make simple dishes like tomato soup and grilled cheese, bean and rice burritos, quesadillas with leftover meat and veggies, and pasta goes a LONG way for very little! I hope that this helps!

  3. How do you breakdown your shopping? Or do you buy everything at once?

    • Hi Blanca!

      I usually shop for the canned goods, and frozen items that will last, and meats all at once, and then buy milk and produce each week. I use cash to buy my groceries too – this prevents extra spending at the store! I hope this helps!

  4. Is it just me or are some of the ingredients missing from the shopping list? I know the staples aren’t included, but if I had not double checked each recipe before shopping I would have missed some important ingredients. ie: the broccoli for the fried rice, almost all of the diy nacho ingredients, poblano pepper for roasted chicken, cream for the pasta with bacon and peas. Also the french fries that go with the cheeseburgers, am I’m assuming I’m supposed to hand make these? (since potatoes are included in the shopping list and not any frozen french fries). This idea is great, however I’m not sure how close I can be to the $152.49 as listed above with adding the rest of these ingredients. It also makes me a little nervous for the recipes that are not listed yet, since I can’t double check the ingredients to make sure they were included in the shopping list. I love this idea, I guess I just need to double check every recipe to make sure the ingredients are actually included on each shopping list.

  5. Also missing is 2 cans of diced tomatoes, a can of cream of mushroom soup and panko and regular bread crumbs (although those could be considered a staple). And I just realized that the broccoli was under the frozen section, not produce. 🙂

    • Hey Kristina!

      Thank you for noticing. I really do appreciate it. Sometimes I do miss things, and I do not mean to – but it happens. I apologize for this, if it confused you, or if it made things a little more difficult.

      The bread crumbs I usually include as my staples, because we use them so frequently – or more recently, I’ve been making my own.

      Again, I apologize for the confusion on the shopping list, and I appreciate you pointing this out to others taking a look at the menu and grocery list!

      Lindsie 🙂

  6. God bless you! I typed ‘back to school meal planning’ into Pinterest and you popped up first. This is such an awesome system because I have 1 kid who will eat any and every thing, and another kid who eats nothing but PB&J for dinner. And trust me, I’m not that mom who makes multiple entrees… This simplifies my life SO much. Thank you Lindsie!

  7. How do you make your chicken enchiladas?

    • Hi Cammy!

      The recipe will be posted for those this week. I hurt my foot, and have been out of commission for a while, and I got all backed up on posting the recipes!

  8. Is there a way to print off the recipes? I cant seem to find a fast way to print off the recipes from the calender. Thank you, Crystal

    • Hi Crystal!

      All the recipes will be available to print by the end of the month! I am slowly working to add a printable version to each recipe, and the menu itself.


  9. I am still enjoying your recipes…sorry about your foot. Everyone gets behind! For those who don’t know where to find a recipe…when you don’t have the new one up in time I go to and find a recipe for which I already have the ingredients. ALSO a printable version will be awesome…in the meantime I use my snipping tool and print a week at a time. Maybe this will help some people. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love what you are doing! So helpful!!!

  10. I just came across all of your monthly menu’s and grocery lists – AMAZING! I know this is August, so you already have the September menu out, but I really liked the “sound” of some of these and wanted to look into the recipe but they weren’t included. Will they ever be included as we are past August? or is there a way I can look for the recipes myself? You’re doing an amazing job! AND it helps other mom’s like myself with relatively quick, easy and fun dinners for the family! I also love the fact that most of these recipes my 4 year old can help me make! Keep doing an awesome job, THANK YOU!

    • Thanks so much, Crystal!

      August was a crazy month, and I missed linking a lot of recipes. It’s on my list of things to do, to add the links. However, there is a search bar on the left of the screen – type in the recipe you’re looking for there and you should be able to find the recipe. Also, you could follow me on Pinterest for another way to access, and save the recipes!

      Thanks again for the kind words!

      Lindsie 🙂

  11. Kim Johnson

    This the most amazing site that I have found! I come back here when I am in need of new ideas or totally overwhelmed at home and I can’t plan my meals. You are wonderful! I love the grocery list component that had been added! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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