March 2014 Real Food Monthly Meal Plan

March Real Food Monthly Meal Plan from The More With Less Mom

Ideas and resources for menu planning in March, many seasonal winter (and a couple spring) and real food recipes. Very simple ingredients, from scratch. As always, these are all frugal recipes intended for a tight budget. Real food/from scratch/traditional diet/nutrient dense/whole food/blah blah blah. My monthly meal plans are organized into tiers based on how perishable the ingredients are, not sorted into particular days.

*Attention real food purists/whole foodies – the recipes I link/pin are all from scratch, but some of them you may have to make substitutions or modifications. For example, I link recipes that have sugar, but you can substitute whatever your favorite sweetener is.

You can save so much money by planning your meals. Even if you only plan three days at a time, you can be more thrifty by planning ahead.

The universe conspired against me for pretty much the entire month of February. I tried desperately to get the meal plan done before the 1st, which is always my goal, but this month it was not to be. The good news is the Pinterest board has over 230 pins, for your meal plan window shopping pleasure.

*A “real” meal plan with shopping list is in the works, but Feb blew that plan up. Hopefully March is kinder to me.

*Don’t forget to read about how I meal plan at Frugal, Flexible Monthly Menu Planning!*

In this post: Seasonal Produce ~ Recipes ~ Download PDF ~ Pinterest Boards ~ Other Plans

Seasonal produce for March includes:


Lettuce (leaf and head)



Epicurious Seasonal produce maps by state
CUESA Seasonal vegetables by month

Recipes from the March Meal Plan:

*What’s with these tier thingies?

Tier 1/Most Perishable (ie peppers, shrooms, broccoli)

Black Bean, Corn, and Spinach Enchiladas from We Got Real
Brown Rice-Quinoa Pilaf w/Butternut, Mushrooms & Kale from Poor Girl Eats Well
Chicken Yakisoba from Budget Bytes 30 min
Country Captain with Cauliflower and Peas from Bon Appetit
Curried Quinoa and Chicken Soup from Greens & Chocolate
Egg and Tater Breakfast Tacos from Poor Girl Eats Well
Fiesta Corn & Potato Chowder from Poor Girl Eats Well
Greek Chicken Dinner from Budget Bytes
Mexican Black Bean Lasagna from Woman’s Day 45 min
Moroccan Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew from A Couple Cooks
New Orleans-Style Chicken from Taste of Home (Mardi Gras) 50 min
Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup with Polenta Croutons from Poor Girl Eats Well
Sausage and White Bean Casserole from Family Bites
Zuppa Tuscana – Olive Garden Copy Cat from Wholesome Mommy

Tier 2/Less Perishable (ie cabbage, parsnip)

Caramelized Onion and Root Vegetable Pot Pies from Simple Bites
Cranberry-Orange Multi-Grain Snack Mix from Good Life Eats
Irish Colcannon and Thyme Leaf Soup from Cooking Light
Lentil Soup with Balsamic-Roasted Winter Vegetables from Cooking Light
New England Boiled Dinner from Simply Recipes (St Patrick’s Day with ham)
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie from Vegetarian Times

Tier 3/Pantry or Make It Whenever (ie carrot, onion)

Irish Grilled Cheese from Food Network Magazine 20 min
Jackson’s Chinese Chicken Soup from Family Bites
Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash from Simple Bites
Morning Glory Muffins from Budget Bytes
Moroccan Stir Fry from Wellness Mama 30 min
Protein Rich Soup – Carrot Ginger with Lentils from Food Babe
Slow Cooker Sprouted Lentil Soup from Nourishing Days
Slow-Cooker Coconut Ginger Chicken & Vegetables from Simple Bites
Traditional New Orleans King Cake from Taste of Home (Mardi Gras)

From Scratch Ingredients and Other Doodads

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream from Brown Eyed Baker
Irish Soda Bread from Saveur (St Patrick’s Day)

Download Free Printable PDF March Real Food Monthly Meal Plan from The More With Less Mom
Download PDF. This has the links in the order listed above. Keep in mind I don’t limit myself to particular days, so this is not in order by date. Save it to your desktop and you will always have a quick reference when you’re hunting dinner, you probably have the ingredients for Tier 3 recipes at this very moment!

March Meal Plan Pinterest Boards:

Meal Plan March (just look at all that tastiness!)

Recipes to Try Winter

Recipes to Try Spring

Other March Real Food/Whole Food Meal Plans

Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan from The Better Mom subscribe for shopping list
Crumbs (Frugal) Real Food Meal Plan from Don’t Waste the Crumbs monthly
Free Weekly Real Food Meal Plan from Growing Up Herbal
Menu Plan from Finding Joy in my Kitchen
Menu Week of March 2 from Real Food for Less Money
Real Food Meal Plan from Real Food Real Deals
Real Food Meal Plan Kit from Live Simply includes shopping list
Real Food Weekly Meal Plan from Real Food Outlaws
Whole Foods February 2014 Menu from Once A Month Meals

In this post: Seasonal Produce ~ Recipes ~ Download PDF ~ Pinterest Boards ~ Other Plans

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Free Weekly Meal Plan Printable Template from The More With Less Mom
Weekly Meal Plan Printable Template
We hope you enjoyed our March Real Food Monthly Menu Plan post

Photo credits:
Kitchen corner photo from Ian Sommerville on Flickr

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March 2014 Real Food Monthly Meal Plan — 19 Comments

  1. I found the comment box! Yea! Maybe it just took awhile to pop up. Anyway, your meal plan looks wonderful. Thank you for your visit.

  2. I like how you’re planning around what is in season. I haven’t gone to the farmer’s market since the fall. I’m hoping to start back in a few weeks.

  3. Wow! I love how you have the food items organized from most perishable to least. I do that mentally, though I think writing it down ensures that less food is wasted!

  4. What a fantastic resource this post is! So many delicious recipes and some really sound advice. I’ve pinned it to my menu planning board on Pinterest. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  5. Hi Melissa,
    I try hard to shop, cook and eat seasonally so I really enjoy your seasonal meal plans. There are so many helpful resources and links on your site. You have started a movement! Thank you so much for sharing this valuable post on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

  6. Great post with awesome menu suggestions! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Melissa, thanks for sharing your meal plan with us at Let’s Get Real Friday Link Party. I love that you’re using seasonal fruits and vegetables in your plan. Please join us again this week.

  8. Hi Melissa – Thanks so much for sharing with Let’s Get Real. We hope you’ll join us again this week. Gaye

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