Note: for 2015 I am republishing our monthly menus from 2014 and 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!
Ah, the weather is changing, the kids are back to school and if it’s one thing we need in September, it’s some sort of menu plan so that the busy school days don’t get in the way of healthy family dinners, don’t you agree? Studies have shown the value of gathering around the table to eat and share your day as much as possible, so it’s worth it to plan meals with thought to the activities you have.
So that day you’ve got three after-school activities and won’t be home until 5:30pm? Plan a slow-cooker meal or something quick using a rotisserie chicken. On a day you’ve got more time, make something special for your family, like mini meat loves with bbq sauce and garlic mashed potatoes.
Whatever you decide, having a plan based on what your activities are will make your life easier – believe me, I know all about those 4:30 or 5:00 “what am I going to make for dinner?” moments. Ugh. The simplest plan will help alleviate that! Not to mention the health and budget benefits (if you meal plan right – check out this post for a reminder) that come from planning dinners around seasonal produce and what’s on sale. Have you guessed that I’m a fan of having a menu – any menu from the most basic (a main dish scrawled on a notepad) to all meals in detail – whatever works for you and your family (mine is basic and simple, if you couldn’t guess, ha!).
Here are the menus our family will be enjoying this month using September’s abundance of seasonal produce – I hope you will find some dinner menu ideas here for your family’s menu!
Grilled chicken thighs seasoned with Tex-Mex or Basic Spice Rub, Zucchini, Corn & Tomato Sauté, grilled leftover artisan bread (and while we’re talking zucchini, maybe there’s a reason to make this incredible White Zucchini Cake?)
Bacon, lettuce & tomato sandwiches on easy 100% Whole Wheat Bread, corn on the cob
Breakfast for dinner: Freezer Mediterranean Breakfast Wraps, fruit
Steak Salad with Creamy Garlic-Pepper Dressing, leftover grilled artisan bread
Rotisserie Chicken Week:
Tortilla wraps with lettuce and Cranberry Feta Chicken Salad, corn on the cob
Chicken, Spinach (or chard or kale) & Feta Frittata, green salad
(one-dish dinner) Spicy Chicken Noodle Salad
Thai-Style Chicken Curry (using leftover or rotisserie chicken), rice
Chicken-Lime Lettuce Wraps, fried rice (using leftover rice)
Greek Style Pasta Salad with Tomatoes & Green Beans, sliced cucumbers dressed with vinaigrette
Chef’s Salads, leftover baguettes
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
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!