Free Monthly Meal Plan: October | bydawnnicole.com

Monthly Meal Plan: October

Free Monthly Meal Plan: October | bydawnnicole.comHello friends! If you didn’t catch the news on Facebook, I’m switching from publishing weekly meal plans to monthly plans to make more room for DIY posts, free Printables, recipes, Silhouette Saturdays (which start up this Saturday!) and more. So without further ado, here are 31 ideas for October’s dinners.

  1. Salt & Vinegar Wings with Celery and Carrots and Homemade Ranch Dipping Sauce and oven fries
  2. Smoked Salmon, Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Baked Sweet Potatoes
  3. Honeycrisp Apple Harvest Salad with Grilled Chicken
  4. Kale & Sausage Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust
  5. Burgers (bunless) topped with avocado and sautéed sweet peppers with Coconut Crusted Oven-Baked Onion Rings
  6. Meatless Monday Sweet Potato and Kale Pizza with Rosemary and Red Onion
  7. Taco Tuesday: Grilled Flank Steak and Chimichurri Tacos 
  8. Slow Cooker Hibachi Night Teriyaki Chicken with Steamed Veggies and Yum Yum White Sauce
  9. Brats boiled in sauerkraut and beer with roasted red cabbage and boiled fingerling potatoes
  10. Paleo Chick-Fil-A style Nuggets, Oven Fries, and Coleslaw
  11. Dinner Out at Chipotle
  12. Slow Cooker Balsamic Pork Tenderloin with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Broccolini
  13. Meatless Monday Pumpkin Gnocci with Pumpkin Pesto
  14. Taco Tuesday: Nacho Night dressed up Taco Style
  15. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken over Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  16. Mean Chef’s Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy and mixed roasted veggies
  17. Seared Scallops with White Beans and Bacon over mixed greens
  18. Salmon Cakes with Mixed Roasted Veggies
  19. Cracklin’ Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Corn on the Cob
  20. Meatless Monday: Quinoa Spaghetti tossed with butter and roasted broccoli
  21. Taco Tuesday: Crunchy Tilapia Fish Tacos on Corn Tortillas
  22. Poached Eggs over Roasted Brussel Sprout and Potato Hash. For the hash, I toss quartered brussels and ¼” potato cubes in avocado oil with fresh herbs and salt, and roast at 375 for about 20 minutes or until tender and starting to brown. I always failed a making poached eggs until I tried this Alton Brown method.
  23. Slow Cooker Chipotle Chocolate Sweet Potato Chili
  24. Rueben Sandwiches on Ezekiel Bread with Paleo Fried Pickles
  25. Slow Cooker Avocado and Carnitas Tostadas
  26. Buffalo Chicken Fries with Celery and Carrots and Homemade Ranch Dipping Sauce and oven fries
  27. Meatless Monday: Veggie and Egg Pad Thai. I just sauté onions, peppers, bamboo shoots and scrambled eggs and toss with Pad Thai Rice Noodles and toss with my Thai Drunken Noodle Sauce. Sprinkle with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.
  28. Taco Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili
  29. Oven-Baked Meatballs over Beet Mashed Potatoes
  30. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Sausage Chili
  31. Happy Halloween! It’s my birthday today so all I know is I don’t plan on cooking. :) Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Enjoy and have a great October!

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Meatless Monday: Falafel with Tzatziki and Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

I found some clean-eating frozen falafel patties to try but this recipe has excellent reviews if you want to make them from scratch. I’m trying to make my tzatziki with coconut milk yogurt this week for the first time. I usually just mix greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, cucumber (peeled, diced and liquid squeezed out with paper towels), salt and pepper to taste.

Tuesday: Buffalo Chicken Fries with Roasted Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts

Wednesday: Bunless Brats with Sauerkraut, Zoodles with Butter and a sprinkle of Parmesan and Oven-Baked Fries

Thursday: Dinner Out at Chipotle (I usually get a Whole30 style bowl: Pork Carnitas Salad Bowl with Double Guac and hot salsa sans the dressing)

Friday: Paleo Fish Tacos and Coleslaw

Saturday: Spicy Marinara Meat Sauce over Spaghetti Squash “Noodles” with roasted broccolini

For the meat sauce, I just buy a good jarred marinara, then add browned grassfed-beef, ½ tsp red pepper flakes, onions and garlic. Easy and yummy.

Sunday: Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken, Sliced Beets, Hard Boiled Eggs, Dried Cherries, Green Onions, and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Note: Above all we focus on a clean-eating, real food diet but lately we’ve been leaning pretty Paleo, with veggies as the focus and meat as the “side”. I buy organic as our budget allows (especially for the produce dirty dozen and dairy/meats). We save money by rarely eating out since it’s so expensive. I prepare the cleanest version possible of any recipes I use or link to in the meal plan. For all packaged food products, I always read labels. My general rule of thumb: I buy things that only include ingredients I can pronounce and could cook with in my own kitchen. That being said, we also believe in (almost) all things in moderation so we have “treat” meals every one in a while too!  I get up to 80% of our food through a local food co-op called Green Bean Delivery that offers (mostly) affordable local/organic options that are delivered right to our door each week. It operates in four states right now, but there are similar services in many areas now so do some “Googling” if it interests you. :)

Have a great week!

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Meal Plan Monday, No. 67

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If you missed it last week, I shared 12 of my favorite gadgets for cooking in the clean-eating kitchen. While we’re not officially doing another Whole30, we are trying to eat that way most of the time while we both try to lose a few pounds! Weightloss is a never-ending journey. :)

Meatless Monday: Roasted Brussel Sprout and Potato Hash topped with poached eggs. To make the hash, I quarter the brussel sprouts and dice the potatoes into small pieces. Then I toss in avocado oil and seasonings and bake in a glass baking dish at 375 for about 35-45 minutes or until everything is tender and starting to brown.

Tuesday: Salad: Oriental Pineapple Coleslaw with Grilled Chicken

Wednesday: Shrimp and Veggie Stir Fry. I basically just toss any veggies we need to use up and frozen wild-caught shrimp together with a few scrambled eggs and season with some coconut aminos and toasted sesame oil). Really easy and really yummy.

Thursday: Hibachi Night! Slow Cooker Paleo Teriyaki Chicken over Cauliflower Rice with Yum-Yum white sauce made using homemade mayo (since this was also in Tuesday’s meal I just make enough for both meals early in the week).

Friday: Buffalo Chicken Loaded Smashed Potatoes with a bit of organic raw jack cheddar and homemade ranch

Saturday: Dinner Out

SundaySlow-Cooker Chipotle Chocolate Sweet Potato Chili (double batch so I can freeze half for an easy meal later int he month)

Note: Above all we focus on a clean-eating, real food diet but lately we’ve been leaning pretty Paleo, with veggies as the focus and meat as the “side”. I buy organic as our budget allows (especially for the produce dirty dozen and dairy/meats). We save money by rarely eating out since it’s so expensive. I prepare the cleanest version possible of any recipes I use or link to in the meal plan. For all packaged food products, I always read labels. My general rule of thumb: I buy things that only include ingredients I can pronounce and could cook with in my own kitchen. That being said, we also believe in (almost) all things in moderation so we have “treat” meals every one in a while too!  I get up to 80% of our food through a local food co-op called Green Bean Delivery that offers (mostly) affordable local/organic options that are delivered right to our door each week. It operates in four states right now, but there are similar services in many areas now so do some “Googling” if it interests you. :)

Enjoy!

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Meatless Monday: Poached Eggs Benedict on Portobello Mushroom Caps with Paleo Coconut Oil Hollandaise and Roasted Brussel Sprout and Potato Hash

Tuesday: Chicken Toastadas. I buy the Food For Life Sprouted Grain Corn Tortillas in the frozen section. We have leftover slow-cooker shredded chipotle chicken from over the weekend so this will make for an easy weeknight meal.

Wednesday: Meatball & Marinara over zoodles with Grain-Free Rosemary Breadsticks (from the Against All Grain cookbook, pg. 240)

Thursday: Pizza Night (trying out this recipe for the crust and topping with Applegate Pepperoni, Black Olives, and Organic Valley Raw Cheddar)

Friday: Shrimp Skewers with Prosciutto Nectarines over Cauliflower Rice

Saturday: Local brats with Grilled Onions and Roasted Veggie Kebobs

Sunday: Cobb Salad with Smoked Salmon, Chopped Hard Boiled Eggs, Bacon, Avocado, Green Onions, Dried Cranberries and honey-mustard vinaigrette

Note: Above all we focus on a clean-eating, real food diet but lately we’ve been leaning pretty Paleo, with veggies as the focus and meat as the “side”. I buy organic as our budget allows (especially for the produce dirty dozen and dairy/meats). We save money by rarely eating out since it’s so expensive. I prepare the cleanest version possible of any recipes I use or link to in the meal plan. For all packaged food products, I always read labels. My general rule of thumb: I buy things that only include ingredients I can pronounce and could cook with in my own kitchen. That being said, we also believe in (almost) all things in moderation so we have “treat” meals every one in a while too!  I get up to 80% of our food through a local food co-op called Green Bean Delivery that offers (mostly) affordable local/organic options that are delivered right to our door each week. It operates in four states right now, but there are similar services in many areas now so do some “Googling” if it interests you. :)

 

Have a great week!

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Meatless Monday: Quinoa Taco Salad with Avocado Lime Vinaigrette

Tuesday: Spicy Lamb Ragu on Zoodles. I use this veggie slicer to make zoodles. For the marinara, I simply add red pepper fakes and ground lamb to a clean eating jarred marinara sauce.

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Satay with homemade Peanut Sauce (I use this recipe and add a little sriracha, a tbsp sesame oil, and 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, and sub coconut aminos for the soy sauce…it’s so good!) with sweet potato and onion packets (also done on the grill).

Thursday: Slow Cooker Avocado and Carnitas Toastadas (I buy the Food For Life Sprouted Grain Corn Tortillas in the frozen section.)

Friday: Shrimp Stir Fry. I’m starting to use this night to use up produce since this is the day we get fresh goodies delivered (see note below). I just toss a bunch of veggies in a pan, usually mushrooms, peppers and onions with a few eggs and wild-caught mini shrimp (from Costco). I toss with some coconut aminos or the leftover Peanut Sauce from Wednesday. Top with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Saturday: Grilled Wild-Caught Salmon, grilled asparagus and crash hot potatoes.

Sunday: Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Tacos (we love these and they’re budget friendly since it’s make one large steak go a long way). We use the same Food for Life Corn Tortillas from Thursdays meal.

Note: Above all we focus on a clean-eating, real food diet but lately we’ve been leaning pretty Paleo, with veggies as the focus and meat as the “side”. I buy organic as our budget allows (especially for the produce dirty dozen and dairy/meats). We save money by rarely eating out since it’s so expensive. I prepare the cleanest version possible of any recipes I use or link to in the meal plan. For all packaged food products, I always read labels. My general rule of thumb: I buy things that only include ingredients I can pronounce and could cook with in my own kitchen. That being said, we also believe in (almost) all things in moderation so we have “treat” meals every one in a while too!  I get up to 80% of our food through a local food co-op called Green Bean Delivery that offers (mostly) affordable local/organic options that are delivered right to our door each week. It operates in four states right now, but there are similar services in many areas now so do some “Googling” if it interests you. :)

Have a great week!

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