The weather folks were correct last week, and it was a scorcher on Thursday, with Friday close behind. And those two days were the busiest of our week, as it turned out. A last-minute job assignment kept me in a cool office, but with less (= none) evening time. Thank goodness for menu plans! A few tweaks to the menus b/c of one dietary restriction that wasn’t communicated promptly, but all in all it was a successful week.
This week brings casual eating for us. Relaxing is the operative word. Grilling on the 4th means pre-cooked stuff for the rest of the week. Plenty of lemonade and other cool drinks, and easy-peasy meals. Viola! Here’s what’s on our dinner menus this week:
Sunday: Beef taco salads without meat for one (meat 1.53 + stuff, ~$2.50 total), Fritos (FREE) for the guys. About $2.50.
Monday: Grilled chicken: whole (2.25), cut up (.50), and extra, pork & beans (.19), potatoes for the guys (.40), tomatoes, salads (.50). About $4.00. Also, apple pie with ice cream for dessert (.45/serving = 1.80).
Tuesday: Pre-grilled boneless pork ribs (2.85), noodles for the guys (.29), cooked apples (.25), peas (FREE). About $3.50. (This meal was supposed to be salmon, but got switched with last week’s Saturday pork chops.)
Wednesday: Chicken Fajitas (pre-grilled chicken .98/#, peppers .50 each), tortillas for the guys (.70), leftover rice for the guys (.30), salads (.50). About $4.00.
Thursday: Crocked Italian steaks (~$2) recipe to be “improvised,” green veg recipe ($1), leftover pasta for the guys. About $3.25.
Friday: Pan-grilled boneless pork chops ($2), carrots (.50), tomatoes (?), corn for the guys ($1). About $4.00.
Saturday: Shanghai Chicken Meatballs (doubled, ground chicken 1.59/#, other ingredients on-hand), rice for the guys (.30), vegs (green onion, celery, carrot, peas, garlic, ginger, ~.50). About $2.50.
These menus will get my family through the week for about $25.50 with holiday dessert. Boys will be improvising lunches with leftovers and sandwiches, and breakfasts will be high-protein. Ah, the Good Life.
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