march 2016 menu

Spring Into Savings with March’s Budget Menu Plan!

Spring into savings with March’s Budget Menu Plan!  March’s menu includes 31 days of dinners including St. Patrick’s Day and Easter dinners for only $239.42!

march 2016 menu

I think I say this almost every month, but I can’t believe that it is March already!  March is going to be a bust month for us with my birthday, and some friends coming to town.  This months menu includes dinner for St. Patrick’s Day AND Easter!

Since I started meal planning over a year ago, I can’t believe how much prices of groceries have skyrocketed – but that just means that I needed to re-evaluate how I plan my menus.  This months menu is filled with easy recipes that everyone will love and will save you money.

march 2016 menu plan

And if you’ve been following Mom’s Bistro for a while, you know how much we love Italian food.  I’m not quite sure how it ended up this way, but the week of Easter is filled with traditional Italian dishes, a few old and a few new ones!  I’m really excited to share these new recipes with you, and show you how the holidays are celebrated in our house – good food and love.

Also, many of you have been asking what we do for breakfast and lunch. As much as I have tried to share a breakfast and lunch menu plan, something always comes up, I get distracted and forget and then you guys remind me again, so I have come up with a few ideas for breakfasts that we do around here.  It usually seems to be a pattern of what we have for breakfast and lunches, usually eating the same things on the same days every week, but on the weekends, we go crazy, and it really just depends on the mood that we’re in to what’s really for breakfast and lunch.  Unless there is pizza in the fridge, then it’s always cold pizza for breakfast in the Zagiba house!


Monday – Yogurt and Homemade Granola
Tuesday – Cereal
Wednesday – English muffins with peanut butter and jelly
Thursday – Cereal or Oatmeal
Friday – Eggs or Smothered Breakfast Burritos


Depending on the week, and if I am planning for posting new recipes etc., I will usually have a lot of leftovers in the fridge.  Enough to make for dinner on a leftover night and lunches throughout the week.  But since pasta is such a hit, and there is always CrockPot Spaghetti Sauce in either the fridge or freezer, pasta is a popular lunch.   Most lunches that we have are hot, unless we have lunch meat in the house, and then it’s usually a sandwich with salami, pepperoni and some other Italian meat.  Here are some of our lunches

Pasta with CrockPot Spaghetti Sauce

English Muffin Pizzas

Pasta with butter and parmesan cheese

Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps

Stir Fry

Eggs – we eat a lot of eggs


Grilled Cheese

Most lunch choices are extremely budget friendly, and if you make a double batch of dinners like spaghetti sauce, soups and stir fry, lunch is easy to make!

I finally got a Costco membership, so that has made even bigger savings for me.  I like to buy my meat for the month in bulk, freeze it, and then take it out as I need to use it.  The more you buy, the more you save!  And for the most part, I like to buy all of my canned goods for the month – or at least what I can fit in my pantry at once too.

march 2016 menu plan

If something comes up, and planned dinner just doesn’t happen, having canned goods and some staples around like spaghetti, beans and eggs, you’ll never be far from a fast and easy dinner.  Believe me, when all else fails, go with breakfast!  You can’t go wrong!

For the FREE printable version of the menu plan and grocery list, scroll down to the bottom and click the link to download.  You can download the full list at the bottom too.  All NEW recipes will be shared throughout the month, and a printable link for each recipe will be added as they are posted.

Week One

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Tuesday, March 1

20-Minute Ground Beef Tacos and Corn

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

  • I have included cheese, lettuce and tomatoes in the grocery list.
  • Use leftover lettuce for Chicken Caesar Salad on March 2

Wednesday, March 2

Chicken Caesar Salad

Thursday, March 3

CrockPot Beef and Broccoli and Rice

Friday, March 4

20-Minute Macaroni and Cheese and Peas

Saturday, March 5

Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Veggies and Oven Baked French Fries

Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables Recipe

Week Two

march 2016 menu

Sunday, March 6

CrockPot Spaghetti Sauce with Spaghetti and Salad

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

  • Divide and freeze leftover spaghetti sauce in three (3) tupperware containers for Pasta on March 18, Chicken Parmesan Casserole on March 23 and Baked Ziti on March 28
  • Think Ahead!  Buy the ricotta and mozzarella cheeses from Week Five’s Grocery List and make and freeze the Baked Ziti for March 28 today.
  • Think Ahead!  Buy chicken and mozzarella cheese from Week Four’s Grocery List and make and freeze Chicken Parmesan Casserole for March 23 today.

Monday, March 7

Egg Fried Rice

Tuesday, March 8


Wednesday, March 9

Breakfast For Dinner!

Breakfast Burritos

kid friendly make ahead breakfast burritos freezer meal moms bistro

– Think Ahead!  Make some extra burritos and freeze for easy breakfasts!

Thursday, March 10

Pasta with Chicken, Bacon and Broccoli – NEW!

Creamy Chicken Broccoli and Bacon Pasta

Use leftover bacon from Chicken Caesar Salad on March 2

Friday, March 11

Homemade Pizza

how to make homemade pizza

  • Sauce and cheese ingredients included in grocery list

Saturday, March 12

BBQ Meatloaf, Sweet Potato Fries and Mixed Veggies

Week Three

march 2016 menu

Sunday, March 13

Herb and Garlic Roasted Chicken, Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans

Monday, March 14

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Tuesday, March 15

Chicken Pot Pie Pasta

20 minute stove top chicken pot pie pasta kid friendly recipe weeknight dinner moms bistro

Wednesday, March 16


Thursday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day!

Corned Beef and CabbageNEW!

corned beef and cabbage

  • Save leftover corned beef for Ruebens on March 19

Friday, March 18

Pasta and Salad

Saturday, March 19

Rubens and Homemade Potato Chips – NEW!

rueben sandwich st patricks day


Week Four

march 2016 menu

Sunday, March 20

Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Monday, March 21

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

black bean and corn quesadillas

Tuesday, March 22


Wednesday, March 23

Chicken Parmesan Casserole with Pasta and Green Beans

  • Use leftover frozen CrockPot Spaghetti Sauce from March 6.
  • Time Saving Tip!  Make this casserole on March 6 when you make the CrockPot Spaghetti Sauce and freeze it so you can just throw it in the oven when you’re ready for dinner – no prep required!

Thursday, March 24

Chicken Alfredo and Peas – NEW!

Friday, March 25 – Good Friday

Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil

spaghetti with garlic and oil

Saturday, March 26

Pizza Gain – NEW!

  • A traditional Italian Easter Pie


Week Five

march 2016 menu

Sunday, March 27 – Easter Sunday

Glazed Ham with Mashed Potatoes and Butter and Brown Sugar Glazed CarrotsNEW!

Monday, March 28

Baked Ziti and Salad

Tuesday, March 29

Shepherd’s Pie

traditional shepherd's pie recipe with hidden vegetables

Wednesday, March 30


Thursday, March 31

Beef Stew

Mom’s Bistro March 2016 Budget Menu Plan and Grocery List

Mom’s Bistro March 2016 Budget Menu Plan Recipes

Creamy Chicken Broccoli and Bacon Pasta

CrockPot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Rueben Sandwiches


  1. Ashley Marx

    where do i get the new recipes?

    • They will be posted throughout the month and if you sign up for emails you’ll get them in your inbox. Also I’ll link them to the menu plan as they post.

      This is usually the way things go every month. I like to include new recipes every months menus!

  2. you honestly just changed my life!! Im a busy mom gone 14 hrs a day multiple days a week and my biggest struggle has been a menu plan , grocery list and recipe options that can be printed and easily accessed for anyone in our family who may be my helper for the day. You just made my day and probably my entire life 😉

  3. Hi! I love your site! However, I can’t get any of the recipes to open today! I can’t find my print out for one, but everything except the recipe links open…has anyone else mentioned this problem? Or is it just me?

    • Not just you! I recently switched to a new server, so it’s working out a few glitches. Seems that everything is working now. The site might be running a little slow though. Sorry for the inconvenience. If you google the recipe with “moms bistro”, you’ll be able to pull it up!

      have a good day!

  4. Hi thanks so much for the meal plans much needed over here. How do I access the meal plan 101 series? It’s asking for user and password info.

  5. I love your blog and all your recipes, your Month of Meals is seriously a life saver in our home!
    For some reason though for the last few days I haven’t been able to view any of the recipes. I haven’t had any trouble with any other links on your site, just when I try to click on a recipe the page won’t come up…is this just my computer or has anyone else had this problem? I’m going crazy, I need my recipes! 😉 Thanks again for saving dinner in our home all the time!

    • Thanks so much, and it’s not just you!!! I recently switched to a new server, so it’s working out a few glitches. Seems that everything is working now. The site might be running a little slow though. Sorry for the inconvenience. If you google the recipe with “moms bistro”, you’ll be able to pull it up!

      have a good day!

  6. nancy lewis

    i started using this, this week and love it looking for tonights recipe though?!

  7. Been signed up for emails since October, haven’t received any emails since Januaryish. 🙁

    • Hey Melissa,

      I’ve been having issues with my e-mail client, Mail Chimp. Things should be back up by the end of this week, I hope! 😐 Thanks for your patience in the mean time!

      Lindsie =)

  8. Is there no April meal plan?

  9. Lindsie, We miss you! Please come back!

  10. Hi Lindsie! When do you update your month of meals? I’m excited to start with September’s menu! Thanks for all your work with this blog, I LOVE it!!

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