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August Meal Plans?

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Has any other overexcited meal planner planned for August meals yet?

I'm excited about starting our new system, so I planned the whoooole month already. We're working on a week-to-week system with no planned actual days on which to eat the meals. Does that make sense? We also eat out twice a week when DH is gone for work (he lives away from us two weeks out of the month), so that's why there are only five meals listed some weeks. Here goes:

7/29-8/4
Grilled Portabella mushroom & cheese sandwiches, baked potato/onion bundles
Chicken spaghetti, lima beans, salad, garlic bread
Beef soft tacos, Mexican rice, refried beans
Crockpot taco soup, tortilla chips & salsa/homemade guacamole
Homemade pizza

8/5-8/11
Marlboro Man chicken bacon melts, baked potato/onion bundles
Shrimp fettucini alfredo, green beans, salad, garlic bread
Mexican lasagna, black beans, tortilla chips & salsa/guacamole
Vegetable beef soup, cornbread
Drunk chicken on the grill, mashed potatoes & gravy, purple hull peas, rolls
Homemade Canadian bacon & mushroom pizza

8/12-8/18
BLTs, chips
Stroganoff, green beans, salad, garlic bread
Chicken & veggie baked quesadillas, Mexican rice, black beans
Chili, cornbread
Shish-kabobs (steak/chicken/veggies), homemade mac & cheese, butter beans, rolls
Homemade sausage, pepperoni, green pepper & onion pizza

8/19-8/25
Egg & bacon sandwiches, fruit
Italian chicken pasta, green beans, salad, garlic bread
Crispy chicken tacos, Mexican rice, refried beans
Potato & bacon soup, rolls
Homemade Canadian bacon pizza

8/26-9/1
Homemade cheeseburgers, baked fried
Lasagna, corn, salad, garlic bread
Chicken enchiladas, Mexican rice, black beans
Grilled chicken breasts, mashed potatoes, lima beans, rolls
English muffin pepperoni pizzas

Anyone have a good recipe for vegetable beef soup, preferably with macaroni noodles and not super tomatoey?
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When I make soup it is usually just something I throw together. If I were making a veggie beef soup I would....

Saute some chopped onion, carrot, celery and garlic.
Add in whatever beef you happen to be using, steak, ground beef, chunks of roast, ect
Add beef broth in whatever amount you need
Add some herbs that you like
You could add a can of tomato paste or diced tomatoes if you wanted
Simmer that for a little while to get the main flavors blended
Add other veggies, green beans, peas, corn, carrots
Simmer some more
Cook some pasta or rice and keep on the side
Add some shredded cabbage, spinach or zucchini to the soup about 5 minutes before serving
Put pasta or rice in bowls and pour the soup over it, keeping the pasta or rice out of the soup keeps it from soaking up all the liquid and getting mushy!

Oh and you could add salsa or taco seasoning and some beans if you wanted something a little zippier. Green chilis are good too!
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This is how I used to plan out my menus

Oops somehow a new post ended up as a reply...weird
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For vegetable soup, I boil a pound of ground beef in water (or however much you need), then add a can of tomato paste, a can of tomato sauce, and really whatever vegetables I need. I like to use frozen vegetables vs. canned, but you can certainly use either. I add a bag of veg-all, a bag of peas, a bag of corn, a few chopped carrots (or you can use frozen or canned), a small can of tomato paste, a regular sized can of tomato sauce (may need two, depending on how much you want to make) and let it all simmer until done. This makes a dutch oven full, and it's enough to feed my family of 3 two meals and then I have a ton left over to freeze.

I have our meal plans done through the 31st.

20: marinated chicken leggs, fresh green beans, fresh grilled corn on the cob
21: spaghetti with garlic bread
22: leftovers
23:simple beef gravy supper, cream corn, fried green tomatoes
24: hamburgers, potato fries
25: red beans and rice, cornbread
26: grilled steak, deviled eggs, salad
27: black eyed peas and cornbread
28: pasta and peas, homemade bread
29: church, so we'll eat at my mothers
30: last day before the new pay period, so cleaning out the fridge
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