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October Meal Plan

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If you struggle to plan dinner ideas every night like me, we have some recipe ideas for you. This October Meal Plan will help make dinner quick and easy.

collage of dinner ideas for the October Meal Plan

Guys. I’m trying something new.

I’ve talked about this many times before, but I’m terrible at meal planning. TERRIBLE.

Our days are long and hectic and I think know meal planning would alleviate some of our weekday stress.

I gathered up some of my friends and am bringing you a whole month of recipe ideas in one place.

WHY IS MEAL PLANNING IMPORTANT

Meal planning should be simple. It’s just the act of taking some time to plan out what you’re going to eat for the week. Start on Sunday, pick the meals you’re going to make for the week (family favorite, something meat free maybe, something healthy), then grocery shop for everything you’ll need. That way when you get home from a long day, you don’t have to think about what to make & if you have the ingredients to make it – it’ll already be decided and ready for you. WHY AM I NOT DOING THIS??

Below, each week has seven ideas for main dishes, three ideas for side dishes, and two dessert options. Pick and choose as you see fit.

There are some keto recipes, some paleo recipes, some Whole30 compliant recipes, some Instant Pot recipes, some full fat, comfort food recipes….you get the idea. There is a good variety in hopes that everyone can find something they like.

WEEK 1:

Main dishes

Side Dishes

Desserts

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WEEK  2 :

Main dishes

Side Dishes

Desserts

WEEK 3:

Main Dishes

Side Dishes

Desserts

WEEK 4:

Main dishes

Side Dishes

Desserts

So, let me know what you think. Good idea? Helpful? Do you already meal plan? I could use all the tips I can get.

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  1. Paula Jones says

    OMG that pizza looks amazing! Thanks for including my recipe. I’m so excited for my meals in October!

  2. Manuela says

    Oh yum! So much to choose from!!

  3. Denise Browning says

    Hi, Melissa! Love all the dinner recipes, sides and especially desserts. So glad to participate in it!

  4. Meghan Hester says

    Thank you!!! Got so many recipes to try! Excited to start meal planning!

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