Let’s Get Cooking: February Family Meal Plan

With not posting meal plans each week last month, I decided to take a different approach to February and make a monthly meal plan.  I use to create a monthly meal plan and then shop twice a month, it worked!  Staying out of the stores helped me spend less and stay more focused on sticking to my family meal plan.

I always try to create the base of my meals based upon what I have in my pantry and freezer and then what is on sale that week.  I still do the same when I creating a monthly meal plan, just in a more round about way.  I stay flexible on the fruits and veggies and swamp them out based upon what is on sale while I shop.

Planning out lunches doesn’t always work for me as we usually make do with what I have on hand or leftovers.  Rarely do I cook a full meal for lunch these days with homeschooling or I would spend more time in the kitchen than I would with the kids.  They are easy to please and happy with simple lunches.  I will soon share some of our typical lunches for ideas however.

For February, these are the meals that we have planned.  I had a frozen turkey in the freezer that I will be roasting and using for 8-9 meals this month as well as a couple of pork loins that I will be cutting and using for pork chops.  My freezer is still stocked with frozen veggies and berries that I will be trying to use in the next two months so I can get ready to refill it with fresh produce and a portion of a meat share from a local pasture raised farm, Falling Sky Farms.  If you are local, they are worth checking out.

Pancakes with fresh berries

February Meal Plans

Breakfasts:

  1. Baked peanut butter oatmeal, clementines x 2
  2. Blueberry muffins, fruit
  3. Pancakes, fruit x 6
  4. Scrambled eggs and hashbrowns, fruit x 3
  5. Egg and hashbrown burritos x 3
  6. Cinnamon Streusel muffins, oranges
  7. Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, fruit
  8. Cinnamon Toast, eggs, fruit
  9. Bagels
  10. Biscuits and gravy, fruit
  11. Biscuits and jam
  12. Homemade breakfast sandwiches
  13. Banana bread
  14. Applesauce bread
  15. Oatmeal with fruit
  16. Eggs and sausage, fruit
  17. Cereal x 2
  18. French Toast, fruit
  19. Nut butter toast, sausage, fruit

Gourmet beef stew served in a cast iron skillet

Dinners:

  1. Roasted turkey, new potatoes, corn, salad
  2. Turkey and dumplings
  3. Homemade Lo Mein
  4. Venison stew, no knead herb bread
  5. Bean and rice burritos
  6. Bean burritos with homemade refried beans
  7. BBQ pizza and veggie sticks
  8. Spaghetti, spinach salad, homemade rolls x 2
  9. Pork roast, rice with gravy, green beans
  10. Slow cooker sloppy joes, sweet potato fries, veggies
  11. White bean chili with crackers
  12. Turkey enchiladas, salad, olives
  13. Black beans and rice bowls
  14. Stovetop tamale pie, veggie sticks
  15. Crockpot Sante Fe Chicken over Rice (made with turkey)
  16. Orange chicken and fried rice
  17. Navy beans and ham, biscuits and honey x 2
  18. Taco soup and tortilla chips
  19. Crockpot pork chops and brussel sprouts
  20. Baked fish, rice, salad
  21. Chicken noodle soup, garlic bread
  22. Pretzel hotdogs or homemade corndogs, veggie sticks, bean dip
  23. Calzones, salad
  24. Leftovers x 4

Whew! After taking a request from each family member for their choice of breakfast and dinner I rounded out the month with leftovers.  It usually is Sunday evening, but sometimes mid-week we will eat leftovers if it is has been a long day or we just have an abundance in the refrigerator.  I have several new recipes to try this month in addition that I hoping to add to our menu if they turn out.

Now off to finish my grocery list to fill in the blanks of what I still need.  I am excited to share with you a tool that I use to help me.  Be sure to head over and check out this post to download a free printable meal plan sheet.

Do you plan your meals weekly, bi-weekly or monthly?

Now that I have shared my meal plan, do share some of your plans for the month!  Do you have any new recipes to try this month?

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