Menu Planning 12/4-12/10/11

First sticking snowfall.  Christmas preparations underway.  First band concert of the season.  It all cries out for fast, familiar comfort food.  But wait, we’re trying to eat lean!  Got it covered.

I’m planning family favorites with slimmed-down sides, and salads, of course.  A no-meat meal helps, too, to round out the week.  Here’s what’s on our dinner menus:

Sunday:  Dinner at Christmas in Germany at German American Society.

Monday:  Meatloaf from the freezer ($3), dinner rolls (.25), carrots (.40), salads (.50).  About $4.10

Tuesday:  Baked chicken (2.65), boiled baby Yukon gold potatoes ($50), green beans (.45).  About $3.50.

Wednesday:  Pasta (.88) with white beans (.56) and tomatoes (.55), salads (.50).  About $3.45.

Thursday:  Pre-concert meal:  Hot dogs (.25), buns (.45), chips (.75), apple slices (.50).  About $2.00.

Friday:  Pork steaks (very lean, I’m happy to say) ($3.56), noodles (.58), sweet potatoes (.40), peas (.44).  About $5.10.

Saturday:  Lasagne with zuchinni from the freezer (~$3.75), salads (.50).  About $4.25.

These dinners for four will cost about $22.40, or about $3.73 per meal (.93/person)!  I’m hoping to find some great meat deals soon.  The no-meat meal is back mid-week, and that helps, but putting protein in the meal is still a challenge.  It’s also time for another big cooking session.  After the 800 cookies, if you please.

 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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