2012 Menu Planning: 4/15 – 4/21/12

This week brought storms and the grillage didn’t happen.  No worries: instead we had some of those oops brats and #1 made his famous sauerkraut.  I had an extra crescent rolls tube, so viola!  The importance of well-stocked pantries.  The grillage will have to wait for another time.

This is a birthday week for us, combined with some unusual scheduling events, so again the Menu Plan will be my life saver!  Here’s what’s on our dinner menus this week:

Sunday:  Chili (total ingredients: 2.50), cheese topper (.34), tortilla chips (.99).  About $4.00.

Monday:  Chicken (leftover ~.50) soft tacos (tortillas .79, cheese .34, misc leftover fillings and toppings ~.25), salads (.30).  About $2.50.

Tuesday:  Bowtie pasta (.91) with peas (.43) and tuna (.50).  About $2.00.

Wednesday:  Crock Pot creamy chicken (recipe tbd; using new lemon herb Cooking Creme) (chicken .88/#), rice (.30), carrots (.25).  About $3.50, est.

Thursday:  Salisbury steaks (1.75), potatoes (.30), green beans (.34).  About $2.50, with leftovers.

Friday:  Penne (.91) with Alfredo (.65) and chicken (leftover ~.50).  About $2.25.

Saturday Birthday Dinner for 3:  Pizza burgers (beef .99, sausage ~1.25, cheese .30, sauce leftover), fries (.50), salads (.30).  About $3.50.

These dinners for the four of us will cost about $20.45, and again that’s total for the four of us.  While these are just our dinners, they do make up the bulk of our food budget.  This is even lower than last week, and I’m Thrilled!  We’re eating a little more simply, but the meals are still packed with nutrition and variety, which is important at Chez CT.

For more inspiration and awe, visit Menu Plan Monday.

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