Menu Planning 9/25-10/1/11

Yup, it’s fall.  The temps are steady and cool, leaves are starting to turn, and we’re getting cravings for tailgate food and apples.

Now that all the Oktoberfesting is over for us, anyway, I’m throwing some things in Crock Pots this week.  And next week I’m paring down.  The brats, kraut and pretzels have added some padding to my chicken dance, IYKWIM.  And the foods are just a part of the fun.  The dancing, the games, the chatting, etc.  It’s all such a wonderful time.  For a couple of weeks, and now it’s done.  Breathe.

I’m also going into work later, so I have time for brisk morning walks in this lovely weather.  No excuses, and none needed.  It’s refreshing.  The evenings are also delightful, but with the activities and the cookie baking (800 this year — which starts tonight), they are enjoyed mostly through open windows.  To make those evenings run more smoothly, I again turn to the trusty method of menu planning.  Here’s what’s on our dinner menus this week:

Sunday:  Leftovers, and there were lots of them.  I’m counting this a FREE day, since costs were included in other meals.  We had pizza, sandwiches, chips, and I don’t know what they drank.

Monday:  Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs (~$3: meatballs $1.98, toasted onion dip .50, cream cheese .50), wide no-yolk noodles (.89), green beans (.35). About $4.25.

Tuesday:  Bean and cheese burritos ($3), salads (.50).  About $3.50.

Wednesday:  Crock Pot Spaghetti (pasta $1, sauce .75 — with lunch leftovers), salads (.50).  About $2.25.

Thursday:  Pan-fried fish (~$3), rice (.40) pilaf (~.25), green veg tbd (~.75).  About $4.50.

Friday:  Teriyaki pork ($2), vegs on-hand (.50), rice (.40), slaw (.50).  About $3.50.

Saturday:  Chicken/apple sausages ($2), spaghetti squash ($1.50) with butter and herbs (.50).  About $4.00.

These meals for four will cost about $22.00.  I have a ton of wonderful produce in the fridge, and plan to prep and store most of it today.  Over the weekend I was slammed with migraines, and just couldn’t muster the strength to get it done.  Today they’re gone, so I’ll get more done. 

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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