Menu Planning 8/14-8/20/11

This is the craziest time of year for us.  Christmas is manageable.  February (lots of family events) is actually manageable.  BTS, though, puts us at the mercy of schools and systems that assume you know everything you don’t know you need to know — you know?

Consequently, our evenings are often last-minute rushes, and go-go-go changes of plans.  A note to schools:  Please communicate in advance; a Friday notice for a Monday evening parent meeting is not advance notice — it’s last-minute notice.  Anyway!

My dinner menus this week again take advantage of pre-grilling on Sunday, Crock Pot cooking, oven programming, and my trusty microwave.  I got this!  I’ve also done advance planning for future meals with Chicken Day on Sunday, which is mostly assembly and freezing.  This takes great advantage of recent chicken sales.  Here’s what’s on our dinner menus this week:

Sunday:  Grilled chicken breasts (.88/#) for today and Wednesday, corn from the freezer (.48), slaw (.58 with dressing).  About $3.70.

Monday:  BTS dinner for #1: brats (~$4 splurge), his homemade sauerkraut (~$2), potatoes (.50).  About $6.50 so-worth-it splurge.

Tuesday:  Spaghetti (.50) with marinara (.40), salads (.25), garlic butter (.30) for bread (.40).  About $1.85.

Wednesday:  Pre-grilled chicken (.88/#), potatoes (.50), green beans (.25), carrots (.25).  About $3.64.

Thursday:  Pork bbq from the freezer (~$3), sweet potato fries (~.75), salad (.25).  About $4.

Friday:  Hot dogs (.50), buns (.59), fries (.88), carrot sticks (.10), pickles (.25), slaw (.58 with dressing).  About 2.90.

Saturday:  Swiss chicken (~$3.75), rice (.40), green beans (.25).  About $4.40.

These menus will get my family through the week for about $27.00, or a little over $3.85 per meal.  That includes the brat dinner as splurge.  

I’m noticing my average dinner cost is rising.  It used to be around $3, but now it’s hovering near $4.  I think this is a reflection of slightly higher grocery prices (but still deal-finding!), and the increased appetites of my growing boys.

For more inspiration and awe, visit Menu Plan Monday. What’s on your menu? What deals are you putting to use?



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