May Menu Plan

What’s For Dinner? May’s Budget Menu Plan has 31 Days of Dinners for Only $248 with FREE Printable Menu, Recipes and Grocery Lists!

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!

May Menu Plan

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!

May Menu Plan

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.

May Menu Plan

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

May Menu Plan

Sunday, May 1
Spaghetti and Meatballs

cheese stuffed meatballs surprise meatballs italian meatball recipe spaghetti and meatballs moms bistro
– 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

taco night 20 minute ground beef tacos tacos with hidden vegetables week night meal taco tuesday moms bistro
Salsa and Chips

restaurant style blender salsa recipe moms bistro homemade salsa
Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn

Maybe some refried beans?

Friday, May 6
Pasta with Sauce

crockpot spaghetti sauce
– Use leftover spaghetti sauce from Sunday

Saturday, May 7
Macaroni and Cheese

Week Two – May 8 – 14

May Menu Plan

Sunday, May 8 – Mother’s Day
BBQ Chicken Skewers – New! 

bbq chicken skewers kabobs

Monday, May 9

Quite Possibly the ONLY Lasagna Recipe You'll Ever Need!
Quite Possibly the ONLY Lasagna Recipe You’ll Ever Need!

– Use leftover frozen spaghetti sauce
Green Beans

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

May Menu Plan

Sunday, May 15
Grilled Sweet Chili Lime Chicken – New!

sweet chili lime chicken
Grilled Potato Planks – New!
– we actually made foil pack potatoes instead (same ingredients, different way to cook them)

foil pack potatoes

Monday, May 16
Egg Fried Rice
– Use leftover rice from last Friday

Tuesday, May 17
Turkey Tacos

Wednesday, May 18
Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil

spaghetti with garlic and oil

Thursday, May 19

Friday, May 20 – Pizza Party Day
Homemade Pizza

how to make homemade pizza
– Pepperoni included in grocery list

Saturday, May 21
Shepherd’s Pie

Week Four – May 22 – May 31

May Menu Plan

Sunday, May 22
Beer Can Chicken – New!

beer can chicken
Grilled Zucchini – New!

herb and garlic grilled zucchini

Monday, May 23
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Tuesday, May 24
Chicken Pot Pie Pasta

20 minute stove top chicken pot pie pasta kid friendly recipe weeknight dinner moms bistro
– Use leftover chicken from Sunday

Wednesday, May 25

Thursday, May 26
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Friday, May 27
Pizza Pasta Bake

pepperoni pizza pasta bake pizza lasagna recipe moms bistro leftover spaghetti sauce

Saturday, May 28
Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Veggies

Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables Recipe
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!

grilled corn on the cob

Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day
Oven Baked French Fries

Tuesday, May 31

May 2016 Budget Menu Plan

May 2016 Recipes

BBQ Chicken Skewers

Grilled Sweet Chili Lime Chicken

Foil Pack Potatoes

Herb and Garlic Grilled Zucchini

Beer Can Chicken

Grilled Corn On The Cob


  1. Melissa Hougen

    Are you still going to post the recipes in one pdf?

  2. I just found your blog! This is amazing and so very helpful!

  3. Lindsie- I stumbled onto your site about a month ago. I love your monthly meal plans & saved some recipes that sounded like they would be delicious. Your meal plans are great for saving money and for easy prep and for being the types of food I would really want to serve. But the real reason I wanted to leave a comment is because last night I made your recipe for Pasta with Bacon & Peas! Wow!!! I will make this recipe many times. Sometimes, I think, my husband quietly thinks I experiment with new meals a little too often. Last night, though made him happy. As he went back for seconds he said ” This is really good! But you made a lot-were you planning on 6 more people?”. High praise from my man. And yes, I think I will cut the recipe in half for the 2 of us, but I’m looking forward to a delicious lunch today. Thanks for such a real world take on life.

    • Carol!

      I am so happy your hubby loved the recipe and that you’re enjoying the meal plans. Your comment really did make my morning! Thank you so much for sharing and the kind words! Have a great day!

      PS: If you want to kick it up a little, swap out the bacon for prosciutto and serve it with penne!

  4. Amanda Fitch

    I’m can’t find the beer can chicken recipe in my email? Did I miss it?

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