If you haven’t already started back to school, you probably only have a few days of summer fun left. But even though summer is ending, most schedules are starting to pick up and get busy. Between schoolwork, after school activities, school projects and, well…life – it stays pretty busy around our house.
Our temperatures have started to drop a bit, which is a welcome change from the intense heat we had in August. With cooler days and nights, we are gearing up for fall. My kids still love cooking over the campfire – hot dogs, brats, burgers, and of course the all popular s’mores!
But with cooler temps at night, we are in the mood for some great chili and warm, comforting foods. Plus, football season is about to kick-off and what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than watching college football with family and friends. And of course, don’t forget the snacks. These football shaped recipes and these sliders are the perfect addition to game days!
If your family loves chili, but you’re tired of the same old recipes, then you have to try these some of these amazing chili recipes. There’s nothing better on a cool night than to curl up by the fire with a bowl of chili to warm you from the inside out!
Special Meals for the Month
Busy schedules typically mean people want food that is either grab-and-go or easy to prepare. These one pot meals don’t take much time to make and will satisfy your hungry clan too! And if your kids love macaroni and cheese as much as mine, you might grow a little tired of the same old recipe. Why not give these variations a try for a twist on the favorite classic.
Whether you’re outside by the fire or curled up inside, we’ve got you covered! Fire up the grill and cook some of these delicious chicken wing recipes to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Looking for a quick way to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out these mug cake recipes ready in minutes.
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 some seasonal salads to break it up just a bit.
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.
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. Plus, 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!
You can download each meal plan by clicking on the corresponding images below.
Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.