Easy Month of Meals: October
By Guest Blogger, Sharon Bruen
October…my favorite month! I love the cool(er) weather, nature is gorgeous, and we get to kick off the month with Oktoberfest! In this month’s menu you will see some recipes unique to Oktoberfest.
Freezer Meals is a new section you will also find in this month’s menu. I’ve flirted with the idea of adding some freezer meals, so I figured why not try it this month? October offers so many fun activities, with pumpkin patches, apple orchards, scenic drives, Halloween…with many more, I am sure. Why not free up some time in the kitchen? Please let me know in the comments if this is a section you prefer to be included.
We kick off October with Oktoberfest, and we end it with, of course, HALLOWEEN! For that reason I’ve included a handy link taking you to fun Halloween snacks, such as Pizza Mummies, Monster Mash Dip, and Goblin Grins. Check out the 15 Hauntingly Healthy Halloween Snacks, courtesy of Family Fun.
Welcome to October! I hope it’s a great month for you filled with yummy food and good times with your loved ones.
Slow-Cooked German Short Ribs (tip: serve over mashed potatoes)
Bavarian Pretzels (make ahead for an appetizer night)
Crescent Mummy Dogs (Halloween dinner fun, too!) *Lighten it up by using turkey dogs*
Emeril’s Essence Chicken (chicken & rice meal)
Roasted Chicken(whole chicken) *preparing a whole chicken may provide leftovers. Leftover chicken is great to use in casseroles!
Pork Roast with Apples and Pears(slow cooker recipe!)
Italian Sausage & Potato Roast**try with Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage. Many stores around here have had the Jennie-O brand turkey products on sale for around $2/pound, with an attached 55 cents off instant coupon.
Tortellini with Sweet Potato Sauce (sweet potatoes are in season)
Lentil and Brown Rice Casserole (the cheapest of cheap meals!)
Dessert for the month? How about Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Cheesecake!
Add to that a glass of Slow Cooker Cider, and you have delicious.
Freezer meals enable you to prep much of this over the weekends, or even on school breaks (often up to 3 months in advance!), when hopefully there is some more down time for you.
Check out the selection of freezer meals, many from the great blog 100 Make-Ahead Meals. (note: they include directions for freezing-ahead, but these meals can easily be prepared for dinner the same day)
Italian Meatballs(perfect over your favorite pasta dish, as an appetizer, or enjoy some meatball subs!)
Grocery tip: Not everyone is into clipping coupons, but for those who are, remember to check your store’s website for exclusive in-store coupons. These can usually be combined with manufacturer coupons, making everyday meals much more affordable. Also double check your store’s policy on doubling coupons (which often means a national brand could be less expensive than the store/generic brand).
Sharon Bruen is a SAHM to two active little boys, experiencing school on the “other” end (the parenting end) for the first time. She taught 1st grade in a Catholic school before my oldest was born, and since then has tutored privately & online. She enjoys blogging, exercising, menu planning, and spending time with her husband & family.