May 2014 Real Food Monthly Meal Plan

May brings a few holidays, including May Day, Star Wars Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, National Twilight Zone Day, and Memorial Day, and the second birthday of my littlest kidlet. For us it brings a yard sale and my first craft fair ever (as a crafter). Also guitar lessons once a week shorten my prep time. Apparently when I was pinning I wanted Mexican and Greek. And I’m ready for zucchini and spinach this month. I didn’t actually plan 30 days of meals this month, with the farmer’s markets opening I’m excited to cook what looks good.

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

Ideas and resources for menu planning in May, many seasonal 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 use an alternative meal planning method, recipes 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.

*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 May includes:


Spring Onions
Spring Peas



Epicurious Seasonal produce maps by state
CUESA Seasonal vegetables by month

Recipes from the May Meal Plan

Tier 1/Most Perishable (ie avocado, mushroom, spinach)

Black Bean Flautas with Avocado Dipping Sauce from Oh My Veggies
Brunch Tart With Spinach, Olives and Leeks from Ted Allen on Food Network
Chicken & Spinach Stromboli with Alfredo Dipping Sauce from Real Fit, Real Food Mom
Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas from In Sock Monkey Slippers
Green Enchiladas from Life Currents
Green Pizza with a Cauliflower Base from Green Kitchen Stories
Grilled Cheese Crepes with Chard and Dill from A Couple Cooks
Italian Wedding Soup from Rachel Schultz
Rosemary Chicken Chowder with White Beans from Good Life Eats
Spinach, Feta, and Tarragon Frittata from Food & Wine
Spinach-and-Green-Pea Empanadas from Food & Wine
Tortilla Flat Stacks with Avocado & Lime Black Beans from Clean Eating
Tuna Veggie Melt from Clean Eating
Ultimate Grilled Cheese and Ham Panini with Parsnip Fries from Midwest Living
Vegetarian Salisbury Steak from Oh My Veggies

Tier 2/Less Perishable (ie cauliflower, peppers, zucchini)

Crustless Italian Quiche from Clean Eating
Curried Chicken, Chickpea, and Rice Soup from Good Life Eats
Pasta with Zucchini, Tomatoes and Creamy Lemon-Yogurt Sauce from Ezra Pound Cake
Veggie Tacos with Queso Fresco from In Sock Monkey Slippers
White Velvet Soup à la My New Roots from Green Kitchen Stories
Zucchini Carrot Soup from Family Fresh Cooking

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

Chickpea and Potato Mulligatawny Soup from In Praise of Leftovers
Clean Eating Slow Cooker Tortilla Chicken Stew from The Gracious Pantry
Knoephla (Potato Dumpling Soup) from Midwest Living
Lentil, Barley, and Coconut Soup from In Praise of Leftovers

Download Free Printable PDF May 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!

May Meal Plan Pinterest Boards:

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

Recipes to Try Spring

Other May Real Food/Whole Food Meal Plans

Bi-Weekly Meal Plan for April 27–May 10 from The Better Mom & Nourishing Home
Frugal Real Food Meal Plan: May 2014 from Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Liz’s Weekly Real Food Meal Plan #5 from Real Food Liz
May Real Food Frugal Meal Plan
Real Food Meal Plan Kit: April 21-May 4 from Live Simply
Real Food Weekly Meal Plan
Whole Foods May 2014 Menu from Once a Month Meals

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

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*Also see our
Frugal, Flexible Monthly Menu Planning OR Free Weekly Meal Plan Printable Template from The More With Less Mom
Frugal, Flexible Monthly Menu Planning OR Weekly Meal Plan Printable Template
We hope you enjoyed our May Real Food Monthly Menu Plan post

Photo credits:
Old stove photo from Evan Kirkland on Flickr

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May 2014 Real Food Monthly Meal Plan — 17 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for including my Green Enchiladas in your meal plan. I can’t wait to check out all the other items on your menu. Thanks also for pinning all these yummies & putting them in one easy place. You went to so much work for this! Just great! Thanks again & have a lovely week!

  2. Hi Melissa,
    I always love your healthy, creative, seasonal and frugal Real Food Monthly Meal Plans. I am so glad you shared this amazingly-helpful resource at the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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