comfort foods for chilly nights

It’s hard to believe October is almost over! Where did the month go? Where has the year gone! It’s another Meal Plan Monday here at a Life on a Dime and I love this time of year. I love comfort foods for chilly nights! Here is the meal plan for the final installment of Meal Plan Monday on the blog. October is winding down and with it Blogtober.

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Comfort Foods for Chilly Nights

MondayTurkey meatloaf with roasted vegetables. I have potatoes, peppers, and squash. Meatloaf is definitely comfort food, but the ground turkey makes it a little easier on the stomach than red meat. If you have bell peppers you can also hollow them out and make stuffed peppers.

Tuesday – It’s probably no surprise by now, but it’s Taco Tuesday around here. It’s not forecast to be really cold Tuesday night, but I may make taco soup. If I opt for taco soup I will probably slow cook ground turkey in chicken broth with rotel tomatoes and chili peppers, corn, and seasoning. I may throw in a packet of ranch to keep the flavor mild.

Wednesday – We will be eating chicken and rice. There are several different ways to prepare this. I was unable to pick up a few items at Aldi Friday that were on the list, so I may have to pick up the few needed ingredients to make this soup. This is my husband’s specialty, so it will be made this week if he has time/inspiration to cook. If not I may go casserole-style with this dish.

Thursday – Mummified turkey dogs/brats. I found this adorable idea courtesy of blogtober! I can’t find where I bookmarked or pinned the blog I originally saw this on, but they’re everywhere on Google search. Basically it’s pigs (or birds) in a blanket only the wrap is spread out thinner to look like a mummy. I will probably add a salad and a veggie to the menu for mom and dad.

Friday – We’re having homemade pizza. I have turkey pepperoni and 1/4 of the pizza will be covered with vegan “cheese” for the kids. I like to mix minced garlic into the sauce.

Saturday – We will be having turkey chili. This time I’ll stick to the recipe.

Sunday – I’m pulling out the sandwich maker again and fixing hot sandwiches and homemade soup. I’m thinking of trying this roasted red pepper soup again. Last time I made it I was working with someone else’s blender and didn’t get good results, but it looked so promising.

Don’t Forget the Chilly Mornings!

As I write this I’m in a bit of a baking mood, so in addition to baking up a loaf of bread, I plan to bake up some spinach frittatas for easy breakfasts. Once I’ve played with it some more I’ll post the recipe. I may have to bite the bullet and order these silicone baking cups once and for all! I also have oatmeal on and to increase the chances of heading off to school with something more warm and filling than cereal to start the day.

And here are the printables to make life a little easier!

Happy eating! I will be back tomorrow with more new content. Only three days left of Blogtober! Be sure to subscribe if you want to continue receiving the weekly meal plan!


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what's for dinner?

Do You Know What’s for Dinner This Week?

I know what my family is having for dinner this week! Does it feel like you are flying by the seat of your pants when this whole dinner thing comes around? Does it catch you by surprise that it happens every night? It used to be a struggle for me to figure out what was for dinner after work.

Thankfully I have a husband who likes to cook and got off before me when I worked full-time. Now that I’m home full-time I like to keep a plan so I know what’s for dinner every day. It is so much easier having a meal plan. Not only do I save time in the kitchen we save money on groceries. We literally spend about $150 a month less on groceries than we did prior to meal planning! It works!

Just in case you’re running low on ideas, recipes, or time to meal plan I have you covered! It’s Meal Plan Monday and I’ve got a week’s worth of dinner ideas ready to print!

Here’s What’s on the Menu:

Monday – We’re keeping it simple this week with tomato soup and hot sandwiches. I love a good soup and sandwich combo. I need to get back in the habit of baking bread regularly and this is a tasty way to enjoy fresh- baked bread! I’ll be breaking out the old sandwich maker for tonight’s dinner. I will loosely follow this recipe for tomato soup, but largely wing it like usual.

Tuesday – It’s Taco Tuesday! I considered making taco soup, but since it’s not forecast to be that cold this week I think we’ll stick with our traditional tacos with lime oil. My six-year-old will be relieved; while she liked taco casserole for the most part last week she was not a fan of the corn and tomatoes. She also felt like we didn’t quite have taco night. Fair enough kid. I’ll give you a break. Next week though…

Wednesday – We still have some beef in the freezer that needs to be eaten, so I will be slow cooking beef and potatoes. I plan to keep this meal pretty simple.

Thursday – We’re having spaghetti night. It’s been a bit since we had spaghetti night on a regular basis and everybody eats it, so it’s back in rotation for a while! I will make homemade turkey meatballs. Hopefully, I’ll have my tweaked recipe up in time.

Friday – TGIF! Its pizza night! This has become a staple at our house.

Saturday – This is a planned leftover night. If we don’t have enough leftovers we will have breakfast for dinner. Can’t go wrong with a good brinner!

Sunday – I’m making chicken and dumplings. We had chicken noodle soup last week and we started talking about dumplings. I’m still thinking about dumplings, so it made the menu this week!

what's for dinner?

Click below to print this week’s menu with space for the shopping list.

Or, if you prefer, here is the blank meal plan.