April Month-Long Menu Plan

We are a full week into April and now I have an entire month of meals ready for you  to grab some inspiration and ideas from:

april menu

Seriously.  Do you see how I make crazy on this “plan” of mine?!  With my arrows and cross outs, and three different pens and some in type?! Half the time, after the plan is finished, I still move dinner around depending on sales at the stores, but at least I have a “rough draft” of sorts to work with.   I have really been liking how it has made my week’s planning a little easier for sure.

Since I am posting this a week into the month, I am starting with April 5th, not April 1-4th. Breaking the month down for you, by week, and linking to some great recipes too:

April 5- 11

  • Crockpot Whole Chicken, pasta w/butter, veg.  Recipe follows here:

Crockpot Roasted Chicken

Ingredients

  • Whole roasting chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • savory seasonings
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 whole celery stalks
  • 2 peeled and cut carrots
  • 1 onion

Instructions

Rinse chicken, remove innards and pat dry with paper towels

Spray a crockpot large enough to hold the size of your chicken

• Season the chicken inside (& outside!) with kosher salt and pepper

• Place 2 Garlic Cloves inside chicken,with the onion cut in halves

• On bottom of pot put celery stalks whole, and cut-up carrots

• Place chicken on top

• Sprinkle 2 TBSP any savory seasoning over the top: (oregano, basil, thyme)

• Pour ½ cup water to the outside on bottom of crockpot

• Cook on HIGH for 4-6 hours, or low for 8, until fully cooked

• It will be falling right off the bone- the advantage being that you now have a huge pot of ATLEAST 6 cups of homemade chicken broth and an entire chicken of meat for up to 3 meals!

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April 12- 18

french toast sticks

  • Pineapple Pork Chops (via SkinnyMom blog), veg, rice
  • Order out-pizza
  • London Broil, baked potatoes, veg

April 19- 25

  • Chicken Parmesan (freezer), salad
  • Crockpot Chuck Roast
  • Pancakes, Homemade turkey sausages (via Good Cheap Eats blog)
  • Chuck Roast pulled beef sliders, potato fries
  • Tacos
  • Fish on the grill, veggies, rice
  • Steak Tips, veg. kabobs

April 26- May 2

Baked Chicken nuggets

  • Baked Pork Chops, baked potatoes, roasted veg.
  • Teriaki Chicken and rice, veg.
  • Crockpot Pulled Pork, coleslaw, beans (This is my race day!)

I am working on two Sundays this month, in addition to my regular schedule, which sort of throws us off a bit, and we are (like many of you) ramping into a Spring filled with activities 7-Days of the week.  Yes. Seven. Ohmmgee, my friends. I may go straight-out crazy trying to keep track…or I will just be late or not RSVP correctly, or forget to call when I said I would…You  know how this goes. Very busy.

Since the kids have so much going on, dinner at these crazy times can turn into peanut butter sandwiches in the car on the way to practice….At least if I plan for dinner, I can maybe invest in some to-go containers, and they can bring the meals in the car or on the go; And then not need those tired-out peanut butter sandwiches, of which I find the crusts in my backseat weeks later….hmmm.

I hope this plan can give your menu some great new ideas, and I linked up to some recipes that I have found from a few good blogs.  I am also linking up toMommy Run Fast and Fitness, Health and Happiness, and OrgJunkie.com

5 thoughts on “April Month-Long Menu Plan

    1. hardlyagoddess@gmail.com Post author

      I cannot wait to try it- it has been on my pin board forever!- It looks perfect for a weeknight. Clearly you are not hopeless, as I am totally inspired by your recipe! Thanks for visiting~

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