Use the simple seasonal October Dinner Menu Ideas here as inspiration and a starting point for your own family menus.
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October always seems much more of a transition month to me than September, both weather-wise (it's consistently cooler in the PNW) and food-wise.
On the one hand, there's still quite a bit of summer's harvest to cook with (tomatoes, green beans, zucchini) and on warmer days we still crank up the grill.
But on the other hand, October is the month when the weather fully changes here and we get in the mood for warm and comforting soups, stews, and casseroles.
Oh and homemade bread. Yum.
So while I'm using up the last of the summer's harvest of tomatoes, corn, beans and peppers on the menu, they tend to be in recipes where the produce is cooked more using ovens, big pots and slow cookers.
Of course there'll always be a salad or two in the mix, as well as the last grilling of the season.
You may, or may not be in the same boat, but there are lots of choices on the menu below, no matter where you live!
Below are the dinner options our family will choose from this month - I hope you will find some dinner menu ideas here for your family’s menu!
October Dinner Menu Ideas
Chicken or Turkey Mini Sliders (use leftover dinner rolls with cooked, sliced chicken or turkey & cheese - assemble and heat until warmed), green salad with Naturally Sweet Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Stir Fried Vegetables & Pork, rice or noodles
Soft Tacos served with fresh salsa cruda
WHAT ABOUT SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS?
Our family’s menu always has a couple of standards for the weekends - it's one of the ways I make menu planning easier!
If you need more ideas for menu planning, you can always check out these articles to help you:
- Menu Planning 101 & 5 steps to frugal menu planning
- Seasonal cooking through the year
- 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!