Meal Planning for the Month: April

Save time and frustration by planning a month of meals at a time.

monthly meal plan for april

April is here! It’s a full month in these here parts. Hockey season is in full swing. School resumes on Tuesday. I have a couple work projects to take care this month.

That said, I decided to make meal planning easy and to do the whole month at one go. You can read more about how to plan for a month of meals here. (For the full run-down of Meal Planning 101, go here.)

For me, it means that I turn to tried and true techniques for feeding my family:

Serve a breakfast bar each morning.

The breakfast bar serves me extremely well. I did a bunch of breakfast freezer cooking over the weekend, so that we have plenty of choices to draw from. Our breakfasts this month will include:

I’ll be sharing the cooking plan for these freezer meals over at Life as MOM later this week so that you can recreate it at home.

The stock will run low about halfway through the month around here when I’ll need to do another round of breakfast freezer cooking, but I know that it will make our mornings run more smoothly if I’ve got some of these items to go along with freshly made juices.

Nicoise Salad

Make lunches simple.

Thanks to homeschooling, we have access to a full kitchen every day at lunchtime. But, that doesn’t mean I should cook every day at lunchtime. If I plan simple lunches the kids can fix, our lunchbreak can be quick and easy.

This means keeping things stocked for sandwiches and snacky lunches for the kids, and salads for me as well as a round of fresh fruit and veggie dippers to keep things varied and fresh.

Plan a month of easy dinners.

Yes, the whole month! I know that the next four weeks will be busy ones.

While there are seasons for creativity at dinnertime, this is not one of them. I’ve got a full plate in April, so dinners need to be easy. I’m drawing from what’s in the freezer and what I know I can pull together quickly or better yet, delegate to my people.

Salads, steamed vegetables, and lots of fruit should be in the produce box, so I’ll supplement with those items to mix things up. This month won’t be boring or repetitive because different side dishes always jazz things up.

Tortellini Pasta Salad

Here’s the month’s dinner plan:

  1. Taco Soup, Cornbread, Veggie Dippers
  2. Chinese Chicken Salad, rolls
  3. Quesadillas, Salad
  4. Crockpot Enchiladas, Beans and Rice, Salad
  5. Pizza Night, Veggie Dippers
  6. take-out – BIG hockey night
  7. Grilled Chicken, Couscous, Salad, Homemade Pita Breads
  8. Manicotti, Green Salad, Bread
  9. Chicken Gumbo, Rolls or Cornbread
  10. Burritos, Fruit Salad
  11. Beans and Rice
  12. Pizza Night, Veggie Dippers
  13. Breakfast for Supper
  14. Grilled Steak Salad with CouscousHomemade Pita Breads
  15. Lawnmower Taco, Green Salad
  16. Tortellini Soup, Bread
  17. Quesadillas, Salad
  18. Pasta with Red Sauce, Veg, Bread
  19. Pizza Night, Veggie Dippers
  20. take-out
  21. Breakfast for Supper
  22. The Quickest Chili in the West
  23. Creamy Pasta with Shrimp, Veg, Rolls
  24. Burritos, Fruit
  25. Jambalaya, Veg, Cornbread
  26. Pizza Night, Veggie Dippers
  27. Tortellini Pasta Salad, Veg, Bread
  28. Sandwich Night, Fruit
  29. DIY Nachos
  30. take-out

That’s my month.

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Comments

  1. I used to do a monthly meal plan, but I’ve found that if I only do 2 weeks at a time I seem to stick to the plan better and waste less. But it looks like you have it down. And with lots of variety.

  2. I’ve discovered I’m over ambitious and have been over buying ( hubs has been wanting to eat out more lately cause he doesn’t feel like cleaning up). I’ve got to get back to my low carb way of eating cause my pants are getting too tight!

    Laurie

  3. I made your DIY nachos for opening night of baseball this week, now my son has been asking everyday when we can have them again! :-)

  4. I love your blog! I’m just getting back to reading my fave blogs after a busy season in my life. I have been menu planning for ages, but this is the first month that I’ve done a menu for the month at one time. I think it’s going to work well! I did a lot of stuff ahead of time last week and tonight’s dinner of kabobs, brown rice and baked beans was a breeze. I like looking at your menu plan because we seem to have similar taste, apart from the shellfish that I am allergic to, but we often do Tilapia or Salmon. Thank you!! Will this be a regular post?

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