November Meal Plan

Happy November!!! This is the start of the most wonderful time of the year. There is so much gratitude and good will (not to mention my birthday ūüėČ ) – ¬†I love it!¬†¬†I have so much to be grateful for! You guys! Thanks for following my blog. I hope it has helped you! Another thing I am thankful for is that the A/C in my car held on until the weather finally cooled down for good (fingers crossed!) ‚Ķ and then it died. But hey! It made it through the ridiculously hot summer. Thank you car!! ¬†And of course, my incredible husband and my two sons. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have these 3 boys in my life. And I‚Äôm grateful for my Heavenly Father who has blessed me with it all.

Ok now! Back to meal planning! This month I‚Äôve incorporated a few meatless meals and several new slow cooker recipes. (Slow cooker recipes have a “SC” next to it.) I didn‚Äôt include Thanksgiving in the meal plan but in case you need some amazing recipes for Thanksgiving dinner, I‚Äôll post those separately.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

PS if you have tried a recipe that you really like, please come back and ‚Äúlike‚ÄĚ the post and share it with friends! They‚Äôll like you for it too ūüôā

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
          1
Chili
2
Left Overs
3
Family Dinner
4 Lasagna 
Soup – SC
5 Italiano 
Chicken Breasts
6
Left Overs
7 Creamy Green 
Chile Enchiladas
8 Chicken 
Lo Mein
9
Left Overs
10
Family Dinner
11
Cheeseburger 
Soup
12 Black Bean 
Sweet Potato 
Burritos
13
Left Overs
14 Sour Cream 
Chicken and
Potatoes
15
Left Overs
16 Chicken Parmesan 
Meatball Subs
17
Family Dinner
18 Gnocci 
Soup
19 Crispy 
Coconut Chicken
20
Left Overs
21 Black Bean 
Salsa Chicken- SC
22 Cheese Steak
Sandwiches
23
Left Overs
24
Family Dinner
25 Lemon 
Pepper Chicken
– SC
26
Left Overs
27 Super 
Veggie Tacos
28
Thanksgiving
29
Left Overs
30 Sweet and 
Sour Chicken

Click here for the November Shopping List.

Remember you can download this blank calendar to print and customize your meal plan!
November Meal Plan

November Shopping List

  • A-1 steak sauce 2 T
  • BBQ Sauce 1 bottle
  • Beef bouillon granules 1 TBS (about 4 cubes)
  • beef broth 3 cups
  • black beans 5 cans
  • Bread – 4 (6-inch) sub rolls (or 8 slices of bread)
  • Bread – 5¬†hoagie buns¬†(or 10 slices of bread!)
  • Bread – Rolls or Bread
  • brown lentils, 1 cup
  • chicken broth¬†6 cans
  • coconut flakes 1 c
  • dry italian dressing/seasoning mix
  • frozen corn 1 c
  • gnocchi 1 (16-oz) package ready-to-use or make your own
  • green chile enchilada sauce 1 can (7 ounce)
  • green chiles 2 (4 oz.) cans
  • kidney beans 2 cans
  • panko bread crumbs 1 ¬Ĺ c
  • Pasta – 12oz whole wheat linguini or fettuccini,
  • Pasta – 2 cups uncooked shell pasta
  • Pasta – Angel hair pasta
  • quinoa 1/2 cup
  • salsa 1 c
  • soy sauce ¬Ĺ c
  • spaghetti sauce 2 jars
  • sun-dried tomatoes 1/4 cup
  • Taco Shells
  • Tomato paste 1, 6oz can + 1 TBS
  • Tomato Sauce ‚Äď 8 oz
  • Tomatoes – 16 oz can
  • Tomatoes – 28 oz can of diced
  • Tortilla chips
  • Tortillas – 8 medium (soft taco size) flour
  • Tortillas 6-8 burrito-size
  • V8 (or any vegetable drink) 1 cup
  • Vegetable broth 2 cups

Dairy

  • Butter – 2sticks
  • Cheese – 8 ounces (about 2 cups) Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • Cheese – cheddar cheese 16 oz
  • Cheese – mozzarella 6 ounces¬†shredded
  • Cheese ‚ÄďParmesan 3/4 cup¬† + 1/3
  • Cream cheese 8 oz
  • Milk 4 ¬ĺ c
  • Sour cream¬† 24 oz

Deli

  • 1 pound deli roast beef
  • 8 slices provolone cheese

Meat

  • Ground beef 3 lb (very lean)
  • Boston butt or pork shoulder roast (3-4 lbs)
  • Optional: 4 slices Bacon
  • Chicken breasts 21
    • ***cook 3 large breasts and cube them

Produce

  • Carrot 10
  • celery 5 ribs
  • cilantro small bunch
  • Garlic 3 bulbs
  • Green bell pepper 2
  • green onions 1 bunch
  • Lemon juice 1/2 cup fresh
  • Lime 2
  • onion 4
  • Potatoes 5
  • Red onion 2
  • Red pepper 2
  • spinach 2 cup fresh leaves
  • sweet potatoes 2
  • yellow onion, 1 medium diced
  • zucchini ( 1 small)

Spices

  • bay leaf 2
  • cayenne
  • chili powder 3 TBS
  • cumin 1 TBS
  • curry powder3/4 tsp
  • dried minced onion 2 T
  • dried oregano
  • dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon
  • dried¬†basil
  • dried¬†parsley
  • garlic powder
  • garlic salt
  • onion powder
  • oregano
  • pepper
  • salt
  • smoked paprika 1/2 tsp
  • taco seasoning¬†2 Tbsp

Common Pantry Items

  • apple cider vinegar 1 c
  • canola oil
  • Cornstarch 1+ cup
  • Dijon mustard 2 T
  • Eggs 6
  • Flour
  • ketchup ¬Ĺ c +
  • Oats 1 c
  • olive oil 4 TBS
  • rice 2 c uncooked
  • Sugar

 

Lasagna Soup – Slow Cooker

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb very lean ground beef
  • 3 cups of beef broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 TB dried¬†parsley
  • 1 TB¬†dried¬†basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1, 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1, 6oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 cup V8 (or any vegetable drink)
  • 2 cups uncooked shell pasta
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Mozzarella cheese

Directions

1. Mix together the can of tomatoes, and tomato paste in slow cooker.

2. Next add broth, beef, garlic, parsley, basil, onion, V8 and salt/pepper.

3. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.

4. When 30 minutes are left of cook time, add in the 1 cup of water and noodles. Stir to combine. Put lid back on and continue cooking for 30 minutes. Serve into bowls and top with mozzarella cheese.

Click here for the original recipe and a vegetarian option!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Recipe Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe original recipe Seriously guys follow her blog. She is one of my food blogger heroes. Mel, if you read this, can I come spend a day cooking with you?? That would be amazing!

Here’s a note from her: if you like extra sauce, double the sauce ingredients ‚Äď pour half over the chicken and follow the recipe instructions; pour the other half in a small saucepan and cook the sauce on the stovetop at a simmer for 8-10 minutes until it reduces and thickens. Serve it on the side of the chicken.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

INGREDIENTS

Chicken:

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Cooked Rice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  3. While the oil is heating, cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the cornstarch in a gallon-sized ziploc bag. Put the chicken into the bag with the cornstarch and seal, tossing to coat the chicken.
  5. Whisk the eggs together in a shallow pie plate.
  6. Dip the cornstarch-coated chicken pieces in the egg and place them carefully in a single layer in the hot skillet.
  7. Cook for 1-2 minutes in skillet and then flip each piece over to cook on the other side until nicely golden but not all the way cooked through. Place in a single layer in a baking dish and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.
  8. Mix the sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl and pour over the chicken in the baking dish. Bake for one hour, turning the chicken once or twice while cooking to coat evenly with sauce.
  9. Serve over hot rice.

 

Super Veggie Lentil Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced or ¬Ĺ tsp onion powder
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large bell pepper, chopped (any color)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 2 ribs of celery, sliced
  • 1-1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • dash cayenne
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Taco Shells
  • Topping Ideas: shredded cheese, sour cream, diced tomatoes, cilantro, etc

Directions:

  1. Heat 1/4 cup water in a large skillet. Saute onion for 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, bell pepper, and mushrooms and cook for another 3 minutes. If the pan starts to dry up and the contents start sticking, add a tablespoon or two more of water.
  3. Add in the lentils, carrots, celery, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, bay leaf, and cayenne, and saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium low and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the mixture starts drying out, add 1/4 cup water or broth.
  5. Remove from heat and carefully drain off any extra liquid (a little bit of liquid is ok). Remove bay leaf and stir in tomato paste and lime juice. Transfer to food processor or blender and pulse a few times, until a crumbly texture is achieved–don’t puree!
  6. Makes 12 Tacos

Original recipe found here.

Sour Cream Chicken and Potatoes

Serves: 4-6 Prep: 25 minutes Cook: 45 minutes Ready in 1 hr 10 min

Ingredients

  • 2 large¬†potatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup¬†freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 cup¬†sour cream, divided
  • 1/4 cup¬†sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons¬†butter
  • 1 cup¬†fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 clove¬†garlic
  • 2 tablespoons¬†olive oil, or as needed
  • 1¬†red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 large¬†green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 large¬†chicken breasts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium casserole dish.
  2. Peal and quarter potatoes and place in a microwave safe bowl.
  3. Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes or until you can mash them easily. Cool, and partially mash together with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup sour cream. Set aside.
  4. Place sun-dried tomatoes, butter, spinach, garlic, and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese in a blender or food processor, and blend until almost smooth.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the onion and green bell pepper until tender. Reserve remaining oil in skillet, and spread onion and pepper over the bottom of the casserole dish. Top with the potato mixture.
  6. Mix the sun-dried tomato mixture into the skillet with the remaining oil. Place chicken in skillet, and cook 4 minutes on each side over medium heat, until browned and juices run clear. Arrange chicken and sun-dried tomato mixture over the potato mixture in the casserole dish, and top with remaining 1/2 cup sour cream.
  7. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned.

Serving Suggestions: Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread

 

Recipe Adapted from this recipe here

Black Bean Salsa Chicken – Slow Cooker

Makes 4 servings
Cooking time:  6-8 hours
Ingredients

  • 2 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup salsa sauce
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Tortilla Chips

Topping Ideas: cheddar cheese, avocado slices, diced tomatoes, lime, etc.

Directions
1.  Throw the frozen chicken in the slow cooker.  Cover it with the salsa, corn, beans, taco seasoning.
2.  Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
3.  Remove the chicken and place on a cutting board.  Either shred it by using this quick tip or cut it up into bite size pieces.
4.  In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream and flour.  Then stir the mixture into the slow cooker. Salt and pepper to taste.
5.  Turn slow cooker to HIGH and let cook for about 15 minutes without the lid, so it can thicken a little.
6.  Make a bed of tortilla chips, top with a scoop of rice and a spoonful of chicken and sauce. Then top with desired toppings.

Slightly adapted from this recipe here