Here's your FREE Weekly Meal Plan for Week 43, October 31 - November 6. Don't let dinner time be a daily crazy event! It's hard, right? I hope these menus are helping you to stay on budget and save time in the kitchen!
If you have any suggestions or needs, let me know. I'd love your input. Together we can enjoy delicious affordable meals!
Meal planning and prepping tips
If you're new here...
Every week, I share a free meal plan for you to use the following week. You'll have seven main dish recipes, along with a few extras and of course dessert.
Typically the weekly meal plans are named by number of the week and date. For example, if the plan is for the first week of January, I'll name it Weekly Meal Plan 1 - Jan 3-9. Next year the plans will be updated for the corresponding dates and tasty new recipes!
Don't forget - if you have a busy day and plan on eating out, just drop a day off the menu and adjust the meal plan to fit YOUR busy life!
Here are some shortcuts and tips for this week's menu!
- Butternut Squash Soup and Pozole leftovers freeze great!
- The Santa Fe Chicken is perfect for tacos, quesadillas or a burrito bowl. It's so easy and flavorful!
- Negotiate with the kids for some of their Halloween candy to top the cake with. They won't miss a few pieces.... right? 😆
Got more candy than you know to do with? Often times business (and even your dentist office!) will collect candy and mail it to soldiers stationed overseas. Isn't that neat? Maybe the kids could include a letter, I know that would be appreciated!
Stretch your budget - Produce
The BEST way to stretch your produce; here is what to do now to ensure your herbs and vegetables stay fresh even longer.
Herbs - parsley, cilantro, basil - slice off the end of the stems, fill a glass with water and put them in water, keep them in the refrigerator. Green Onions can also be placed in a glass of water and refrigerated.
Another way to increase the "shelf life" for herbs and green onions is to immediately wash them. Shake off the majority of the water and wrap them in a paper towel and place in a plastic bag. Store in the crisper.
Either of these methods will significantly increase their shelf life. When they become, soft, brown or squishy, it's time to toss them!
Asparagus - trim off the ends and place them in water. This will keep them plump and fresh when you're ready to enjoy them.
Spinach - I've been craving fresh vegetables and I picked up some spinach at the store last week. My friend Michelle shared her best tip which is to rinse, shake off as much water as you can. Lay it flat on a paper towel and roll up cigar-style and place in a plastic bag. It will last even longer that way.
Expert Tip: Remove the wire twisty from herbs and spinach to help them last longer.
Cauliflower - It will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator and cauliflower is so delicious roasted!
Most vegetables, like carrots, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and celery should be stored in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Mushrooms are best stored in a paper bag. Do not wash vegetables until you're ready to use them. Vegetables should be stored in a different part of the fridge than fruit. This will prevent them from ripening too fast.
Radishes, Beets - any root vegetable will last longer if you trim off the greens. I keep radishes in a bowl of water after trimming the tops off, they will last a week or longer.
Cheese - Best stored in the vegetable crisper of the refrigerator, where the temperature is cold and stable. Although you can use a plastic bag, it's best wrapped in aluminum foil or parchment paper, then in plastic wrap to seal. The harder the cheese, the longer it will last.
Butter - lasts 1-2 months in the refrigerator, up to six months in the freezer.
Weekly Meal Plan 43
👻Halloween - October 31
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Mummy Pot Pies
Ooh these Mummy Pot Pies are super tasty! They have the yummiest gravy and they are so good!
Make some Chocolate Chip Bread for a treat, it's so good and super easy to make with only a handful of ingredients!
Oh.... when the kids come in with their loot, be sure to sneak some candy out of their haul.
We can use it to top off the ice box cake we're making for dessert!
They'll never notice.... will they? 🤣
Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells
Cheesy Stuffed Shells are always a hit! Maybe because they are stuffed with cream cheese and bacon? Perhaps it's the drippy Alfredo sauce? Either way, these are darn good!
Butternut Squash Soup
You're going to love this recipe for Panera Butternut Squash Soup. It's perfect for falll and such a lovely meal. It's light but filling.
This amazing soup is made in crockpot, so it's simple to make. You can prep most of the ingredients the night before.
Pick up a bag of Hawaiian or ciabatta rolls and dinner will be done in a snap!
Santa Fe Chicken Bowl
Made in the slow cooker this simple pulled chicken is perfect for a burrito bowl, tacos or enchiladas. Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken is easy to make and delicious!
I love this because it's really a complete meal in a bowl! If you'd like to serve something else with it, pick up a bag of tortilla chips - that's all you'll need!
p.s. speaking of Santa Fe, if you have the opportunity to visit, check this out - cool things to do in Santa Fe!!
Heath Bar Cake
Oh my this is a tasty dessert! You'll love how easy this Heath Bar Cake is to make. It's a dessert that will have everyone looking for seconds!
Actually use can use just about any of your favorite candy on the top of this cake - butterfinger, heath bars, peanut butter cups, even M&M's.
THIS is super yummy, over the top rich chocolate goodness
Meal Planning Worksheet
Click on the link below to download a PDF of the meal planning worksheet so you can easily make notes and your grocery list for this weeks recipes!