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3 Are you spending too much on food, trying to figure out how much you should spend on food, or trying to calculate your family’s monthly food budget.

How to Calculate Your Family’s Monthly Food Budget

Are you spending too much on food? Or maybe, you are still trying to figure out how much you should spend on food. Or maybe, you are still trying to calculate your family’s monthly food budget.

Creating a food budget is imperative to maintaining a healthy overall budget in your household. If you want to create the ideal food budget for a family of four, check out these tips to see how you should go about it.

To start out, you need to sit down and look at your family’s monthly budget; what income you have coming in each month and what expenses you have each month. Next figure out how much you have been spending every month on groceries. Have you been spending too much? Taking your newfound budget into consideration, think about how much you can afford to spend and create your family’s new grocery budget from that.

For more specific budget standards, check out the USDA’s cost of food tables. Each month they take into consideration an updated cost of food and create standard budget guides.

For example A family of four, with two adults and two kids between 6-11 years old could estimate a budget of $180 week (average) on a “low-cost” option and $240 on a “moderate-cost” plan. That same family can get ultra-thrifty and spend an average of $140 for all meals but that would take some planning for sure. Check out our budget-friendly 6-week plan.

Now that you know the amount that you have budgeted, it is time to create a meal plan based on your family of four. It’s important to create the meal plan and even more important is that you follow that meal plan. Creating meals outside of your menu, you will often find yourself going over your budget since you have to make extra shopping trips, etc.

Related: The $50/week Dinner Meal Plan

At the point that you have figured out your food budget, you can try it out for the first month and then decide if any adjustments can be made to make your budget better. You can do this by doing a food audit of your household. This means that you ask yourself a couple of questions such as:

  • How many meals are we eating out?
  • How many of those meals can be eaten at home?
  • Do we have a lot of unused leftovers?
  • Do we have a freezer full of food that is not being eaten?
  • Is there anything that we are buying, but not using? Could we cut these out of the budget to save?

After assessing how many meals you might be eating out that could be replaced with a homemade meal, you’ll need to add some of the dining-out funds towards the grocery budget. Typically, for every $10 spent on dining out, you allocate $5 to the grocery budget and save the other $5.

It will take some trial and error, but once you get your food budget created and you follow it, you will see how much money you can save and, surprisingly, how much better you will be eating.

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

8 Healthy Fall Dinner Recipes

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

It’s officially November! Which means if you weren’t already putting pumpkin in everything and dusting off your slow cooker, it’s time to start now.

Isn’t fall great? The weather is not too hot, not too cold, the trees are all changing colors, and cool nights are spent watching a movie with the family drinking hot chocolate. It’s the perfect time of year!

The best part, though, may be the food. Cooler weather means hearty comfort food. Think soups, chilis, roasted veggies, and all the squash. That doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy! All of these healthy fall dinner recipes are delicious and nutritious. They’re great for serving for a dinner party, or just to the family on a cozy weeknight. Enjoy!

1. Pumpkin Pasta

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

2. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

3. Easy Pumpkin Chili

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

4. One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner by Cooking Classy

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

5. Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Cranberries and Kale by Well Plated by Erin

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

6. Autumn Minestrone Soup by Cooking Classy

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

7. Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad by Little Broken

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

8. Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing by The Seasoned Mom

Enjoy these comforting, delicious healthy fall dinner recipes in the cooler weather! These are perfect to feed a crowd or a weeknight dinner for the family.

These fluffy Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes are perfect topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup! They're also vegetarian/vegan & easy to make with the kids.

Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes

These fluffy Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes are perfect topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup! They’re also vegetarian/vegan & easy to make with the kids.

These fluffy Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes are perfect topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup! They're also vegetarian/vegan & easy to make with the kids.

These fluffy Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes are perfect topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup! They're also vegetarian/vegan & easy to make with the kids.

What is your kids’ favorite breakfast? Mine love scones, eggs & toast, and oatmeal, but nothing makes them happier in the mornings than a big stack of fluffy pancakes!

Usually we only get to enjoy pancakes on the weekends because they’re a bit time-consuming, but this recipe for gluten free blueberry pancakes couldn’t be simpler! They require just a handful of simple ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. Plus, they’re gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian, so the whole family can enjoy a stack!

Our favorite pancake toppings are fresh fruit, peanut butter, and (of course!) maple syrup. What does your family like on their pancakes?

I hope you enjoy this breakfast recipe. Let us know if you get to try them!

These fluffy Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes are perfect topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup! They're also vegetarian/vegan & easy to make with the kids.

Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes
 
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These fluffy Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes are perfect topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup! They're also vegetarian/vegan & easy to make with the kids.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 10-12 4" pancakes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (flax meal)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or sugar or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup milk (or non-dairy substitute)
  • ¾ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Instructions
  1. Grease a griddle, and preheat over medium heat. (Or you can use a pan on your stovetop.)
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, flax meal, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the maple syrup, vanilla, applesauce, and milk. Slowly pour the liquid into the dry ingredients, stirring continuously. Mix until you get the lumps out of the batter. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  4. On your griddle, begin to cook the pancakes, using about ¼ cup of the batter for each one.
  5. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until they start to bubble around the edges and flip. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the griddle, and serve. Top with blueberries and maple syrup.
Notes
Not all gluten-free all purpose flours are the same. You may need to add an extra tablespoon or two of flour to get the right texture.

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Who knew you could mix fruit and veggies and make it taste this good? These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps will please even the pickiest eaters.

Peanut Butter Apple Wraps

Who knew you could mix fruit and veggies and make it taste this good? These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps will please even the pickiest eaters.

Who knew you could mix fruit and veggies and make it taste this good? These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps will please even the pickiest eaters.

I understand how hard it is to pack lunch for picky eaters. There were times when I just packed a turkey sandwich every day because I was so frustrated! That’s one of the reasons I started MOMables – to help make meal time easier for you by creating recipes that kids will love! These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps are definitely one of those recipes.

The peanut butter and fruit combo is hard to beat, and it’s even better on a delicious tortilla. Of course, use gluten-free if you need to! You can also use a seed butter if your child is allergic to nuts. It’s totally customizable so everyone can enjoy these delicious wraps. Plus, they’re super easy to make with common ingredients you probably already have.

The best part? You get to sneak some veggies in! The carrots add a nice crunch and a little extra sweetness. The granola on top is the icing on the cake! My absolute favorite recipe is this grain-free vanilla granola, but you can use whatever you like. I hope your kids enjoy these delicious wraps!

Peanut Butter Apple Wraps
 
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This recipe is from Laura's cookbook The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet.
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Serves: 4-8
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (130 g) creamy peanut butter
  • 4 whole wheat or spinach tortillas
  • ¾ cup (90 g) finely chopped apple
  • ⅓ cup (37 g) shredded carrot
  • ⅓ cup (50 g ) granola (we love this grain-free recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) ground flax
Instructions
  1. Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on one side of each tortilla.
  2. Sprinkle apple, carrot, granola and flax evenly over each tortilla. Roll up tightly, cut in half, and serve.
Notes
Make these wraps gluten free by using gluten free tortillas.
 

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