Rainy and wet, with a chance of snow. Ah, Spring! The weather’s just one reason I’ve been chasing my tail with meal planning. Sure, it all looks good on paper, but family plans do change, and things aren’t thawed (oops), so I scramble. And I don’t mean eggs.
Last week was one such week. I rearranged menu plans, and tossed out the quiche idea for the third week in a row, due to cook time. This week I should be fine with time, energy and scheduling. Here’s what’s on our dinner menus this week.
Sunday: Roast chicken ($3 on sale w/coupons @ Target), boiled potatoes (.50), green beans (.34). About $4.00. I don’t normally do a big dinner on Sundays (opting instead for a Sabbath of sorts), but this was a “toss it in the oven and run an errand” kind of meal.
Monday: Pumpkin ($2) soup (sausage .40 — 1/5 of 1.99 on sale — onion .10, broth free homemade), beer bread (~1.50 homemade w/Foster’s). About $4.00, with enough to feed a guest and have leftovers. Late guest, so this will simmer till she arrives, and the beer bread will be more than enough to go around.
Tuesday: Chicken (leftover from Sunday) tacos (tortillas 1.89 on sale @ Target), brown rice (.40 on sale @ Target) with black beans (.25 cooked from dry 1/4 pkg on sale @ BnS). About $3.00. Don’t you love using planned-overs?
Wednesday: Pork chops for the guys ($2, 1.88/# and FoodSavered), chicken for me ($1 markdown @ Baker’s, FoodSavered), potatoes (.50), green beans (.34), salads (.40). About $4.50. Both meats cook at about the same time.
Thursday: Spaghetti ($1 Dreamfields on sale w/double coupons) with marinara (.58 sale, in my pantry), broccoli (.75 on sale @ Baker’s), salads (.40). About $3.00. Meatless!
Friday: Beantastic (ground beef 1.50 — 1/2# of 95% lean on sale at BnS — beans .50 sale, in my pantry) casserole with cornbread topping (.20 homemade), salads (.40). About $2.75. Fast and easy with the cornbread — so much cheaper to make it with cornmeal and whole wheat flour instead of buying packages. I make my own packages and reuse baggies these days unless they’re just dirt cheap.
Saturday: Homemade pizza (crust ~$1 homemade, pepperoni ~$2 unless I find the sale package I tried to hide which would be $1.50, cheese $1 sale, leftover marinara from Thursday), salads (.40). About $4.50. Guy comfort food to end what promises to be an “interesting” day.
These seven dinners for us will cost about $26.00. And no, we don’t get tired of eating salads. I’ve trained my guys to eat what’s presented, and dark green leafy greens are a) inexpensive right now, and b) very nutritious. Since I got good deals on red and green peppers (.88 and .58 each), and green onions (.50), I’ll toss some of those in, too. I strive for balance — don’t always achieve it, but I strive.
On the subject of green onions, have you seen THIS?! I am definitely going to do this, since I love to use green onions, but they’re not always reasonable. So thankful for the re-re-re-re-posts of this tip recently.
So what’s on YOUR menu?
For more inspiration and awe, visit Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.com.