Note: for 2015 I am republishing our monthly menus from 2014, adding in new published recipes when appropriate. I hope you are able to use these seasonal menus as a starting point for your own family menus!
October always seems much more of a transition month than September. It’s probably because there’s still so much summer harvest to cook with in September and the grill is still in heavy rotation. But October is the month when the weather fully changes and I get in the mood for warm and comforting soups, stews, and casseroles. Oh, and with homemade bread. Yum.
I’m still using the last of the summer’s harvest of tomatoes, corn, beans and peppers, though, so you’ll find these on the menu, but now I’m drawn to recipes where the produce is cooked more. Of course there’ll always be a salad or two in the mix, as well as the last grilling of the season. So with that, here are the dinners our family will be enjoying this month and I hope you will find some dinner menu ideas here for your family’s menu!
Chicken or Turkey Mini Sliders (use leftover dinner rolls with cooked, sliced chicken or turkey & cheese – assemble and heat until warmed), green salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Stir Fried Vegetables & Pork, rice or noodles
Soft Tacos served with fresh salsa cruda
Sauté of garlic, onions & peppers with leftover chicken served over pasta, green salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Pasta with Fresh Roasted Tomato Sauce
I hope you enjoy and are able to use some of these favorite family meals of ours. You can follow me on Pinterest for even more simple, seasonal and from scratch dinner ideas!
Note: our family’s menu always has a couple of standards: Saturdays alternate between burgers on homemade buns (or pigs-in-blankets) & fries and homemade pizza; Sundays are mostly on-your-own leftovers (if nothing is available, a quick pasta is made using our frozen roasted tomato sauce or pesto).
If you need more ideas for menu planning, you can always check out these articles in our archives:
- Menu Planning 101 (dinners)
- 5 steps to frugal menu planning
- Seasonal cooking through the year
- Weekly family menus
- Monthly dinner menus