2012 Menu Planning: 12/16 – 12/23/12

We have some scheduling issues this week, with DH’s having to work late on a project.  Some early eaters are in there, too.  That’s why I’ve scheduled dinners that can be made or partially made ahead of time and either kept warm or reheated.  I’m trying two new recipes that promise to be easy, and the others are old standbys that are Chez CT lifestyle-proven!

No more cookie-baking — we’re done!  I’ve got more than enough in the freezer to get us through the season.  I’m so very grateful that this year’s Advent is calm, flexy yet not schizo, and for me at least, relaxing.  Here’s what’s on our dinner menus this week:

Sunday:  Out to eat (gift card!) and to see drive-through Shepherd’s Lights display.

Monday:  Sloppy Joe Casserole (ground beef 1.29/#, sloppy mix ~.25, breadsticks .34, cheese .25), cole slaw (.60 total), corn (.34).

Tuesday:  Bratwurst Stew (just happen to have all the ingredients!) (bratwurst 1.99, vegs ~.75 total, broth .15), rolls (.89)

Wednesday:  Spaghetti (.88) with marinara (.45), garlic rolls (free!), broccoli (.50)

Thursday:  Pork chops (1.88/#), sauerkraut (to die for, at ~1.25 for the batch), noodles ($1), green beans (.34)

Friday:  Chicken strips ($2) Parmesan (sauce .15, cheese .50), salads (.40), broccoli (.50)

Saturday:  Beef patties in gravy ($2), cole slaw (.60), home fries (potatoes .35)

These seven menus for four will cost me about $20, including dinner out!  Awesome, I’ll take it.  I’ll continue to try to include vegs on half the plate, and limit my personal carb consumption (while having such available to the guys).

So what’s on YOUR menu?

For more inspiration and awe, visit Menu Plan Monday.

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