October ~ A Month of Meals

This week’s post is by Christine Luken.

Do you meal plan weekly or monthly?  I’ve tried it both ways and have come to the conclusion that it’s less stressful for me to meal plan monthly, since I only have to do it 12 times a year, instead of 52!  On numerous occasions, I’ve had people ask me to share my monthly meal plan so they can get some fresh ideas for their own meal plans.

October is going to be frightfully busy for me!  I start teaching Financial Peace University tomorrow, which is a nine-week class.  I’ve also been doing more financial coaching appointments in the evening lately.  That means plenty of FFY (Fend For Yourself) days on the calendar!  I’ll be batch cooking to stock the freezer with soups, chili, BBQ, and pasta for those busy evenings.  I also plan on baking during the weekends – homemade granola bars, pumpkin bread, zucchini muffins, and plum cake!  Here’s what I’m cooking in October.

Week One


Monday ~ Homemade vegetable soup with grilled cheese sandwiches.  There will be plenty of leftover soup to be frozen.

Tuesday ~ FFY – Financial Peace University.  Hubby will probably reheat white chicken chili for his dinner.

Wednesday ~ Breakfast for dinner: Omelets, hash browns, turkey sausage and fruit

Thursday ~ FFY – Financial Coaching.  Hubby will have to reheat a freezer meal.

Friday  ~ Spaghetti & Meat Sauce with salad.  I’ll make a double batch of the sauce and freeze the leftovers.

Saturday ~ Oven Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans.  I’ll also bake pumpkin bread sometime over the weekend.

Sunday ~ Using the leftover chicken meat from Saturday, and the chicken stock in the freezer, I’ll be making chicken soup.  Recently, I’ve been omitting the noodles and adding extra veggies, like peas, green beans, and corn.  We’ll round out the meal with crusty rolls and butter.

Week Two


Monday ~ Broiled or grilled chicken breasts with artichokes & tomatoes.

Tuesday ~ FFY – Financial Peace University.  I’ll put beef stew in the crock pot in the morning, so it will be ready when Nick gets home from work.

Wednesday ~ Loaded Nachos.

Thursday ~ Turkey Chili with salads.  Plenty of leftovers for the freezer!

Friday  ~ White Bean, Kale & Carrot Soup with beer bread.  This is a cheap, filling, meatless meal.  Thanks to my sister, Leah, for this recipe!

Saturday ~ I’m going to try my hand at making Chicken & Asparagus with Black Bean Sauce and serve it with brown rice.  It’s a more involved recipe than most of the ones I make on a regular basis, so I’m saving it for the weekend.

Sunday ~ Turkey and gravy with mashed potatoes and a veggie.  I’ll also bake a double batch of granola bars.


White Bean, Kale & Carrot Soup

  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cups chopped raw kale
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans white beans, undrained
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a stock/soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion; sauté until soft. Stir in broth, carrots, beans, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook until carrots are almost tender, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add kale; cover and simmer for another 15 minutes or until kale is done, stirring occasionally.

Week Three


Monday ~ Spinach Stuffed Chicken. My freezer is packed with frozen spinach, so I’m trying to work it into my meals this month.

Tuesday ~ FFY – Financial Peace University.  Freezer meals for everyone!

Wednesday ~ Chicken & Potatoes in the crock pot – easy and delicious!  I’ll strain the juices left in the crock pot and freeze it because it makes awesome stock for chicken soup!

Thursday ~ Out to Eat for Dinner!  A well-deserved night off for me!

Friday  ~ Meatloaf with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, and broccoli.

Saturday ~ Rosemary Lemon Chicken in the crock pot with Parmesan potatoes and a veggie.  Make 5 balls of foil from 1’ x 1’ sheets and set the chicken on top of the foil balls inside the crock pot.  This keeps the skin from getting soggy.  I rub the chicken with olive oil, sprinkle it with rosemary and stuff it with lemon wedges, and cook it breast side down.

Sunday ~ Easy Cheesy Casserole and side salads.  The leftovers from this casserole freeze really well.  I also plan on making zucchini chocolate chip muffins.

Week Four


Monday ~ Spicy Shrimp & Tomatoes.  This can be served over rice or pasta, or with crusty rolls to dip into the tasty juices!

Tuesday ~ FFY – Financial Peace University.  Freezer meals for everyone!

Wednesday ~ Black bean soup with tortilla chips.  Fast, vegetarian, and leftovers freeze well.

Thursday ~ BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with sweet potato fries and a veggie.

Friday  ~ Chicken and mushrooms with white wine sauce over wild rice with garlic roasted cauliflower.

Saturday ~ Salmon and Steak with twice-baked potatoes and salad.

Sunday ~ Grilled Chicken Tenderloins with Hash Brown Casserole and green beans.  I’m also going to bake my favorite cake – Cardamom Plum Cake – just because!





  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I never plan my meals because I don;t want to plan something for Friday on a Monday and then not be in the mood for it come that day.

  2. Kelli A says:

    I have tried so many times to make a meal plan but I never ever follow through. EVER! I blame the kids! :)

  3. KatyRose says:

    Looks like a great plan for October! I never plan more than a day or two ahead, but this makes me think maybe I should be a little more pro-active in my menu choices. – Katy

  4. You’ve certainly got it all together. I rarely plan out meals, because I have a tendency to abandon said plan. Knowing that I just cook whatever whenever.

  5. Now that is impressive! If I could have been that organized, maybe I would have cooked more when my kids were growing up!

  6. Brett says:

    well hey, why would i need to plan? you just did it for me!! LOL

    kidding but i am stealing some ideas f rom you :)

  7. Trisha says:

    Thanks for sharing your full meal plan for the month! I really need to start working on monthly meal plans, it would make life SO much easier!

  8. Dawn says:

    The thing I really love about these meal plans is that so many of them can be frozen! I love that in a recipe. Saves me a ton of time later.

  9. Your TEACHING financial peace university!?!
    I so wish I was able to sit in your class!
    Sorry, back to the meals.
    I wish I was as organized as you are.
    Going to take a peak at your recipes and snag a few :)

  10. How do you ever find the time to cook so much?! Do you sleep? =D

  11. Love all the meals you have planned I am not sure i could do this that far ahead but I really need to try.

  12. You so have it together. I so need to do meal planning. I never know what I am making till usually later in the morning. Great choices.

  13. Jennifer B says:

    I always plan weekly and it has saved me a fortune in grocery bills but I would love to be able to plan monthly if possible.

  14. Kathleen says:

    Sounds like a delicious month of meals. I just made up my shopping list for a month of freezer to crockpot meals myself. It is such a time and money saver when you plan meals ahead!

  15. Lisa says:

    That veggie soup will grilled cheese sounds awesome.

  16. Liz Mays says:

    You’re so smart to plan like this. I think if I did it, I’d be much more efficient at using what’s in the fridge.

  17. Kristin says:

    That homemade soup look so comforting and delicious!

  18. Liz Mays says:

    I think if I meal planned like you do, I’d be much more efficient with leftovers and whatever’s in the fridge. I need to get on it.

  19. I have been doing weekly meal plans successfully with my family. I have never gone for a full month like you have here.

  20. Debbie L. says:

    Thanks for the meal ideas – I am a big meal planner. I am always looking for new meals to prepare!

  21. Amanda Love says:

    Wow! An entire month! I can barely come up with a week, I’m truly impressed!

  22. eliz frank says:

    Financial Peace University got my attention. I love that you plan and cook ahead for a month. Impressive.

  23. You have some great meal ideas. I think I am going to try to make the Twice Baked Potatoes tonight.

  24. Christy says:

    This is such a great high protein diet. I have been working out more recently and this is a great meal plan for me!