Can you believe lazy summer days are coming to an end? Some of the school districts in our area have already started back to school and most others are starting next week! I am so thankful we homeschool and can choose our own start date. These next two weeks are probably our favorite of the year! For the most part kids are back in school and we can take field trips without too much chaos. And for Mom of 6, that is pretty rare.
But with the end of these lazy summer days comes a welcomed routine too. Although I love being able to let my kids run and roam free with their friends during the summer, there is something so refreshing about a solid routine. Set bed times and well rested kids are good too!
And with the start of our homeschooling routine, we will be a little more rigid with our meal planning – which makes this busy momma happy! I love making meal plans and finding new and seasonal recipes for our family and sharing them with you all. They really do help make things run smoother. And the savings on my grocery bill isn’t bad either.
Since we live in a more northern state, we are on the downward spiral to cooler weather. August is typically not our hot month, though we still have hot days. However, being from Oklahoma I know all about the scorching hot August days. That’s when the air fryer might come in handy! Check out all the Air Fryer recipes I’ve shared over the last few weeks that you can make in the air fryer. You might just be surprised!
Special Meals for the Month
With school starting back for most families, I know how hard it can be to plan out your lunches. Check out these homeschool lunch ideas or these quick and easy lunch recipes to make it even simpler for you! Another favorite lunch around our house are wraps. They are so simple and easy to make, I usually have one several times a week!
Sadly August doesn’t really have any holidays, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! We have hundreds of refreshing and yummy recipes that are not only perfect for summer days, but simple too! Check them out and create your own backyard party for the end of summer!
Choose from Two Meal Plans
The regular meal plan includes slow cooker meals on Sundays and Wednesdays, for a break in the kitchen or those busy days. There are a variety of soups to get you through those chilly nights as we welcome in spring and some salads to break it up just a bit.
Or choose the Instant Pot Meal Plan. On this plan I have included some delicious winter and festive meals with a variety of meats (fish, chicken, pork, beef), plus a few salads. Also, the suggestions for breakfasts, lunches, snacks and desserts at the bottom are all Instant Pot recipes!
As always, feel free to move any of the recipes around as needed to fit your family’s schedule. However, you can combine the two for more variety. And if you’d like to switch up some of the Slow Cooker Meals to an Instant Pot recipe, check out this Instant Pot beginners post for a great link to help!
There is a variety of meats (fish, chicken, beef, pork) as well as soups and salads (on both plans) to keep the whole family happy. My hope each month is that you will find some new favorites to add to your own must have rotation.
You can download each meal plan by clicking on the corresponding images below.