Okay, so you know how we really like chili around here? Like, really, really like it? I mean, it was hard to keep it off the menu every week this month, especially because I started October with it (come to think of it, I actually ended September with chili, so, perhaps, I’ll throw another in for good measure, yes?) Anyway, last Monday’s chili (which we made as a turkey chili) might have been some of the best chili we’ve ever made. I substituted the zucchini for a can of kidney beans (I mean, what’s chili without the beans, right? Also, I accidentally bought 3 cuke and 0 zucchini last week at the grocery store.) Still. Best chili ever.
So why am I just glowing with chili love? Well, besides that it’s such a warm, deep flavor, completely versatile to suit each family’s taste and it’s always easy to make, I also just learned about a big, do-not-miss-it opportunity for chili lovers: Riunite Wines is hosting an “Ultimate Chili Challenge,” which includes a recipe contest and cook-offs at NFL games throughout the country. The winner of the cook-offs will receive 4 tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl, as well as a “New York Experience” that includes transportation and hotel accommodations for four people. You can get all the details at the Riunite Ultimate Chili Challenge website and, if you enter, you sure better let me know about your entry and, hello!, share your recipe with me, please!!
If you’re new to meal planning, then check out my how to meal plan post which will give you the basic instructions on how to organize your week and get started. Of course, here at Julieverse, I make it easy for you. Each week, I repost the monthly plans, highlighting 5-7 well-rounded, family-friendly meals for you to fit into your plan. Once you get into the habit of planning, you’ll find yourself less stressed, spending less money and having to go to the store only once a week.
October Meal Plan
October Week 1
October Week 2
Monday: Spiced Chicken with Chickpea & Cucumber Salad
Tuesday: Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with sugar snap peas and applesauce
Wednesday: Beef/Corn Tacos
Weekend: Baked Potato Chowder, Chicken Fajita Taquitos
October Week 3
Monday: Easy Beef Lasagna with no-boil noodles and salad
Wednesday: Ginger Shrimp & Rice
Thursday: Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole and carrots
Weekend: Pizza, Chickpea, Spinach & Squash Gnocchi
October Week 4
Monday: Tilapia with Caper-Parsley sauce with Crash Hot Potatoes and Cheesy Broccoli
Tuesday: Parmesean Chicken Bake with sauteed zucchini & tomatoes
Wednesday: Spaghetti & Meatballs, Caesar Salad
Weekend: Chicken Tortilla Soup, Sweet Potato Fritters with Smokey Pinto Beans
October Week 5
Monday: Fish Tacos
Tuesday: Healthy Sloppy Joes with green beans
Wednesday: Make Your Own sandwiches or Chef Salad
Thursday: Ghoulash: Beef, Mac & Cheese (I’ll use ground buffalo meat)
Weekend: Pizza, Seafood Chowder
This monthly menu is posted again each Monday in October. I was asked to share the information about the chili challenge with my readers and was happy to share. I mean… chili, Superbowl and NY. I just want one of you all to win. Plus… chili! Chill, y’all.
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