These days, I never know where I’m going to be, or what the evening will bring. Seriously. It’s the nature of the biz, and the nature of having a teen on the cusp of driving alone. When he has license in hand, out evenings will relax a little.
But for now, I’m all about the easy, and the plan-ahead. Tripling up on the grilling. Digging the Crock Pot. Freezing a few leftovers-into-meals. I’ve got menus planned for two weeks, plus most of the Wednesdays (because that’s an every-week dash) for a month or so.
So here’s what’s on our menus this week. We grilled on Sunday instead of Labor Day Monday, because the boys wanted to see a movie on Monday — a rare treat.
Sunday: Grilled burgers (1.88/#), hot dogs (FREE), leftover chips and whatnots (B1G1F). About $3.50 with buns.
Monday: Pre-grilled split chicken breasts (1.50), broccoli (.90), potatoes (.50). About $3.
Tuesday: Ravioli lasagne (~$3), salads (.50). About $4 with dressings and croutons.
Wednesday: Crock Pot reheated pork bbq (.99/#), corn (.59), fries (~$1). About $4.50.
Thursday: #1’s sauerkraut (tres expensiv!) and Stoysich brats ($2 per!) to celebrate his big birthday. Nothing Bundt Cake (FREE). A splurge to remember, probably ~$15.
Friday: Fish sticks (2.99), fries ($1), carrots (.50). About 4.50.
Saturday: Chicken chili (ground chicken $1, tomatoes w/chiles .59 x 2, salsa 1.29, beans 3 x .59, assorted seasonings ~ .50), salads (.50). Chili = ~$6, but will make 3 meals plus a couple lunches, so this meal will be about $3.
These meals, not including the birthday splurge, will cost me about $22.50. The birthday dinner is far, far less than going out to eat — plus, we’ll have leftovers. I’m seeing that groceries are costing more and more. I used to do these menus for $15-20. True, I’m not snagging the kind of deals I was last year, because I’m working more. I guess that’s a tradeoff.
For more inspiration and awe, visit Menu Plan Monday. What’s on your menu? What deals are you putting to use?