Happy fall y’all! October has arrived and right on cue, the morning air in Virginia Beach is cool as I meal plan on my screened-in back porch…although I’m sure the reprieve from the heat is temporary. I’m a fall person, so one can hope. Anyone else?
Another sign of fall? We celebrated Oktoberfest this past weekend (most of which is technically celebrated in September, for the record) with a fun party in our backyard biergarten. This year’s party had about 45 adults and 40 kids running around! SUPER thankful the weather was perfect since my house would have been CROWDED otherwise.
It’s always a good party when you put your phone down and ignore it for hours! The down side is I was so busy and enjoying myself that I forgot to take even one photo! So, here’s the bier tent from last year…
So, I’m especially tired this Meal Planning Monday, but serving you helps motivate me–I really hope it helps you!
And of course, the seasons inspire my meal planning, too. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for all sorts of fall foods for my meal plans!
So, we’ll start the week with Oktoberfest leftovers because it’s easy, and then finish on Friday with a pumpkin soup that I have missed. All. Year. Long.
Meal Planning This Week: Fall Foods
Monday (a busy night): Leftover brats (from our Oktoberfest party this weekend), Instant Pot sweet potatoes, and a simple salad
Note: My potatoes have a diameter of about 10 inches, so I cut them in half lengthwise and place on rack with 1 cup water, HP for 18 minutes, NPR 15 min. (For more help, use this IP sweet potato cooking guide.)
Tuesday (a busy night): Slow Cooker Burrito Bowls (served over lettuce and topped with avocado)
Wednesday: Garlic Shrimp with pan-fried zucchini topped with parmesan cheese, and a simple salad
Thursday (a busy night): Leftover Slow Cooker Burrito Bowls (the family never minds these leftovers!)
Friday: Harvest Pumpkin Soup and a simple salad
Buon Appetito! What’s your favorite fall food?