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What’s For Dinner? 31 Days of Delicious No Repeat, Kid-Friendly Dinners To Cook in October for $185 with FREE Printable WEEKLY Grocery Lists and Recipes

Wow!  October already!  I feel like I am shocked every month that it’s already the next month, seeing how fast time goes, and how big my baby is getting.  I am excited for October.  I have a friend coming to town who I haven’t seen in over a year, and this months menu has 9 new fall recipes, with a fun, quick and easy dinner for Halloween night before trick-or-treating!

31 days

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october menu plan moms bistro budget menuA lot of you have been asking exactly how I plan my menus, and how I do the grocery shopping.  To make things easier, this month, on top of the printable recipes, I have included weekly grocery lists with the menu.  Each weeks grocery list shows exactly what you’ll need for each week, and has notes with instructions on making extras of things to use later on in the week or month.

As we enter the winter months, the cost of fresh fruits, vegetables and meat rises, which is a bummer.  But, October’s menu still comes in under $200 for the month!  Again, like in September, I shopped around to make sure that I got the best deals on things.  And if you keep track of the sales at your local grocery stores like I do, you’ll be able to save even more money.  And don’t forget to use those coupons and your store card.  The more you spend at a certain store, the more you’ll save.  We get at least 3-4 free items a month from King Soopers (Kroger), and usually only spend around $100 at the store (including breakfast and lunch for us).  We usually eat October’s menu in September so that I can plan it for you!

Click on the image for a printable version of the recipe and click on the text link below for step by step directions to make the recipe with pictures.  Click the menu or any of the grocery lists for a printable version of the menu and weekly grocery lists.

Week One – October 1 – 7

October 1

buffalo chicken strips ootball recipe momsbistro

Buffalo Chicken Strips

homemade french fries best fries oven baked french fries recipe moms bistro

Oven Baked French Fries

October 2

chicken fajitas 30 minute skillet moms bistro recipe

Chicken Fajita Bowls with Brown Rice

October 3

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

Spaghetti and Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce
Green Beans

October 4

herb and garlic roasted chicken easy roast chicken recipe moms bistro

Herb and Garlic Roasted Chicken
Mashed Potatoes

October 5

Breakfast For Dinner!

light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes recipe


October 6

easy homemade cheesy chicken broccoli and rice casserole leftover chicken recipe moms bistro

Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole

October 7

traditional shepherd's pie recipe with hidden vegetables

Shepherd’s Pie

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I priced out this weeks menu at 3 different stores; Walmart, King Soopers (Kroger) and Sprouts.  The frozen veggies were $1 each at King Soopers, and I got my chicken breast for $1.88/lb at Sprouts.  Again, at King Soopers, I got some other great deals, including my whole chicken at $0.99/lb and $1.49 each for 8 oz Kraft shredded cheese.  I got my canned and dry goods at Walmart, and all of my fresh veggies at Sprouts.  By shopping around like this I can save more money every week.  It just takes a little bit of time to figure out where the best deals are every week.

Week Two – October 8 – 14

October 8


October 9

15 minute english muffin pizza recipe moms bistro

English Muffin Pizzas
Toss Salad

October 10

tortilla chip crusted chickn fingers

Tortilla Chip Crusted Chicken Fingers

October 11

crockpot pot roast recipe moms bistro one pot meal slow cooker recipe

Crock Pot Pot Roast – New!

October 12

homemade creamy tomato soup recipe grilled cheese croutons moms bistro

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

October 13

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Roast Beef Sandwich with Leftover Pot Roast from Sunday – New!

October 14


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Week Three – October 15 – 21

October 15

crispy chicken cutlets recipe moms bistro breaded fried homemade kid friendly

Chicken Cutlets – New!

October 16

easy kid friendly bbq chicken sandwiches crockpot recipe homemade bbq sauce hidden vegetables moms bistro

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Sandwich

sweet potato fries recipe moms bistro

Sweet Potato Fries

October 17

tater tot casserole

Tater Tot Casserole
Mixed Veggies

October 18

BBQ Chicken Pizza with leftover chicken from BBQ Chicken Sandwich on Friday – New!

October 19

ultimate macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

October 20


October 21

Herb Roasted Chicken Breast – New!
Broccoli and Cauliflower

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Week Four – October 22-31

October 22

Meatless Monday 3 Bean Vegetarian Chili Vegan Quinoa Recipe Kid Friendly Moms Bistro

Vegan Chili – New!

October 23

creamy chicken and wild rice soup recipe homemade cream of chicken homemade chicken strock recipe moms bistro

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – New!

October 24

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Cabbage Rolls – New!

October 25

homemade chicken parmesan leftover spaghetti sauce authentic moms bistro best ever chicken parm recipe

Chicken Parmesan and Pasta – New!

October 26


October 27

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

20-Minute Tacos
Refried Beans – New!

October 28

teriyaki chicken meatballs

Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs and Rice

October 29

share our strengths cooking matters vegetable fried rice

Egg Fried Rice – with leftover rice from Wednesday

October 30

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

BBQ Meatloaf
Mixed Veggies

October 31

Hot Dog Spiders and Baked Beans – New!

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Still have questions about meal planning, and just how exactly I plan my menus?  Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  I have tried my best to answer your questions here:

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October’s menu is a lot of fun and includes a ton of delicious new recipes!  Get more inspiration, and check out some of my menu plans from the rest of the year.

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august month of meals budget meal plan moms bistro kid friendly dinner menu recipe free printable
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July 2015 - $155
July 2015 – $155



  1. The new recipes didn’t show up can you please see if you can upload those. We are excited about doing this

  2. Trying to locate a printable version of your Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole. New to the site and maybe I just don’t know where to look. BTW – This site is an answer to my prayers. I LOVE the weekly grocery list, but I do miss the monthly one as well. (It made it so simple to see what would be best purchased in bulk.)

    • Hi Melissa!

      New recipes are posted throughout the month, and if you are a member of my newsletter, you will get the e-mail straight to your inbox. But I have had a lot of people asking about the recipes, and I will make a not of it on the monthly menu!

      And I agree with you about the monthly menu, my hubby and a couple blogger friends of mine and I were talking about it, and we decided against it for October, because I did the weekly grocery lists, but I definitely will include it again for November! Thanks so much for the feedback!

      Have a great day!

      Lindsie =)

  3. I’m so excited I found a monthly menu planner with a grocery list broken out. It’s extremely helpful.

    After looking at the recipes vs the ingredients we have to buy each week, there are many things not on there. (10/1-10/7)…it calls for buttermilk & panko bread crumbs for the buffalo chicken strips, which aren’t shown on the shopping list. On the Fajita bowls, it calls for a poblano pepper, chipotle in adobo and lime juice which aren’t on the shopping list as well. On the meatloaf cupcakes, it calls for zucchini, celery, spinach which also aren’t on the shopping list.

    My question is: are we to go off the recipes that are posted & just accommodate with what we purchased? Are all these listed above pantry staples?

    • Hey Angela!

      I’m still ironing out all of the details! I changed from a monthly to weekly grocery lists this month, and missed a few things in the process. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused. I’m hoping to get it all figured out for November’s menu!

      I did definitely forget the chipotle in adobo, but that only adds $1.17 (if you buy at Walmart) and I forgot the lime. For the bread crumbs, buttermilk (click the link in the post to make your own), and little things like that are staple pantry items. I didn’t include the “hidden veggies” in the meatloaf in the grocery list, but you add them if you want.

      • I agree. When I went to make the recipes many of the things I needed I did not have. That Maine your recipes very confusing and frustrating I had to start 3 different meals before I was able to find one where had all the ingredients on hand. If I try using them again they will have to make sure that everything in the recipes is listed on the menu and shopping list.

        • Bummer, I did the same thing haha! Just got back from a big shopping trip to print recipes and lots of stuff is missing. BUT I DO appreciate that I found this tonight, I needed something quick and easy. Will just go through each meal and see what I’m missing and pick them up tomorrow.

  4. Hey Lindsie, this blog is AMAZING! Finally found a meal plan that actually all the recipes look like something we would eat! You rock! I signed up last week for your emails but didn’t receive one yet. Will that not start till next month? Just looking for the new October recipes. 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      New recipes for the October menu are posted and shared throughout the month. Things are a couple days behind though because I have been in the hospital, so I am a little backed up! Keep your eyes open, and if you’re not finding what you’re looking for, send me an email to lindsie@momsbistro.net and I’ll send you the recipes. =)


  5. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the weekly grocery list break down! Thank you so much!

  6. Haven’t received the weekly email for week three of October. Got to have food on the table for tonight and since I am new to your menus I am not sure how you go about preparing all of your foods for this week..

  7. Trying out your menu and will continue to do so. Miss you lots. Xoxo!

  8. Just an FYI, Tater Tot Casserole, when you click on the recipe card for the printable version, it links to Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

    I know you’ll fix this in time. Still LOVE your blog and appreciate all the work you put in to it.


  10. I came across your blog on Pinterest and and all i can say is WOW!!!!! you are amazing! I’d love to to use your monthly calendars and recipes however, I noticed most of them have carbs and my daughter and I are already overweight and need to work on eating more healthy. I may try to just swap a few things here and there and see if it works but overall I’m amazed at what you do!

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