Monthly Meal Planning for May

Monthly meal planning is a great way to make daily life easier as well as plan for special events.

1994 – can you believe it?!

May is a very important month in the fabric of our family. We celebrate the great trifecta of celebrations, one that should make every man shake in his boots: the wife’s birthday, Mother’s Day, and the wedding anniversary all in one month!

My poor husband. This year all three take place within fifteen days! Since I do most of the cooking, at least he knows we’ll eat well. Hehe. We also had one FishBoy born in May, within that same two week period, so it is clearly the most festive of months.

That said, I had some fun planning out our menu this month.

As some of you know, I like to plan one month of menus at a time. It really isn’t as difficult as it might seem. In fact, it makes daily life much easier. Since I use “meal themes” on which to build our menu plan, it’s pretty formulaic.

This month’s formula:

  • At least 1 meatless meal
  • 2-3 nights of grilling out or meat main dish meals
  • Pasta night
  • Sandwich bar (replacing the soup night of winter days)
  • Pizza night

It was super easy to plug those into the different days of the month, making sure to make our family holiday meals a little extra special. I’ll be making a couple birthday cakes, including my own. Because that’s how I roll.

Death Star Birthday Cake

Here’s what the month looks like:

1. Quesadillas, Fruit Salad

2. Salad’s On! Deli Potato Salad, Chicken Pasta Salad, ChiChi’s Salad, Good Bread

3. Sandwich Bar

4. Pizza Night

5. Lawnmower Taco, Salad

spicy chicken rub

6.  Quickest Chili in the West, Chips, Veggie Dippers

7. Pasta with Red Sauce and Sausage, Tossed Salad with Feta and Peperoncini, Buttermilk Cornbread

8. Quesadillas, Rice, Beans, Salad

9. Grilled ChickenQuinoa Pilaf, Salad, Homemade Baguette

10. Sandwich Bar with Focaccia, Veggie Dippers, Fruit

11. Pizza Night

12. Grilled sausages, Lemon Roasted Potatoes, Vegetables

13. Hamburgers on Homemade Buns, Rice and Bean Salad, Green Salad

14. Anniversary Dinner! We’re having the same meal we had on our wedding day.

15. Quesadillas, Veggie Dippers

16. Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Rice Pilaf, Vegetables

17. Sandwich Bar with Baguette, Broccoli Slaw, Fruit

18. Pizza Night

19. Grilled Chicken, Cheesy Potatoes, Salad

Queso Fundido

20. Hot Dogs on Homemade BunsMacaroni Salad, Green Salad

21. Bday dinner: Bday Boy’s choice

22. Pasta Night, Good Bread, Green Salad

23. Queso FundidoRice, Beans, Salad

24. Sandwich Bar with FocacciaVeggie Dippers, Fruit

25. Pizza Night

26. Lawnmower TacoSalad

I made that cake, too.

27. It’s My Birthday! Tri-tip, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Caesar Salad, Garlic Rolls

28. Mexi-night

29. Alfredo Pasta, Steamed Veg, Garlic Parmesan Swirl Biscuits

30. Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Veg

31. Sandwich Bar with Baguette, Chips, Fruit

What’s cooking at your house this week/month?

For more meal planning inspiration, visit Menu Plan Monday each week.

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  1. http://www.akatslife.net/?p=988

    There’s my menu for the week. I do monthly meal planning as well. We get paid every two weeks so my month runs into the next one. This coming Saturday is our monthly big shopping trip so I’ll have to sit down and plan the menu.

  2. Love the wedding picture! We’re celebrating our 22nd anniversary this year (July) and I always laugh when I look back at what babies we were then. Good luck to your husband, may the force be with him as he navigates through these celebratory waters. If I’m not mistaken, isn’t this your 40th?

    Here is what’s on the menu for us this week.

    http://www.wonderwomanimnot.com/2012/04/weekly-menu_29.html

  3. Let’s hear it for the birthday/anniversary/mommy day month! At least my birthday and Mother’s Day aren’t the same day this year like they were last year. My wedding was at the end of the month, which just happened to be on the French Mother’s Day in 1994. Apparently, I like to keep it all together.

  4. I admire you for planning out every day for an entire month in advance! Wow!

    May is always a busy month for us too. May 11th is my husband’s birthday. May 14th is our anniversary. May 26th is my oldest son’s birthday. Plus, as you say, we have to include Mother’s day. This year, we are adding another MAJOR EVENT to our May — our son, Josh is getting married on May12th!

  5. Forgot to say that you looked BEAUTIFUL on your wedding day!
    :)

  6. Well, I have spaghetti down for Tuesday night. Does that count as a “menu plan”? DD #2 is bringing 8 friends home from the local university for a supper/study night. I haven’t thought past then.

  7. Stephanie says:

    I will also be celebrating Mother’s Day, our 21st wedding anniversary and my birthday in May! I enjoy your blog. Thank you!

  8. Thanks for so many great recipes w/ links! Lots of ideas.
    My menu this week is http://nearlynaturalnicole.blogspot.com/2012/04/menu-plan-430-56.html
    I’m mostly eating out of the pantry & freezer and trying a new (to me) salmon cake recipe.

  9. That is so funny. My birthday and anniversary are in the same month and only three days apart.

  10. My meal plan for the week:
    http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2012/04/weekly-menu-yummy-recipe-southwestern-corn/

    Like Jan above, our “month” is cycled around our pay cycle and this weekend it starts over. Can’t wait to try more new recipes!

  11. Hi Jessica,

    Our hubbies are in the same boat: wife’s birthday, mothers day, and anniversary all this month.

    Raki

  12. I’ve started planning for the month, too. Even tried three month intervals during the winter, when I was making a lot of soups and such. We BBQ’d last night, so we had so many leftovers, I just made soup with the chicken and rice pilaf, and didn’t make what was planned for tonight. Thankful, my family is happy with leftovers or re-do meals :-)
    http://foodfunfamily.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/meals-for-a-month-may-finding-what-works-for-you/

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