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Menu, Week of 6/10


This weekend, I decided I could not put off a huge trip to Costco any longer. I am much poorer in dollars now, but much richer in food! I tried to exercise some restraint, so I pretty much bought only food this time, resisting the temptation to buy all the household goods, outdoor paraphernalia and assorted deals they have throughout the warehouse. I did get bratwurst and artichokes for a good BBQ, though.

Image credit: cookingforengineers.com

It is a good thing we BBQ’d last night, too, because as I type this, it is pouring outside. Not that I am complaining–we need the rain, it has been so dry here lately. My garden and fig trees are going to be very happy with this deluge.

I have some garden using tasks I didn’t get done this weekend that I will need to do during the week. I made all those great plans for the lavender and did exactly nothing there, and it is time to take all of the garlic scapes off the garlic plants. I have been using some scapes, but I will have a lot to use at once, so I foresee a big batch of garlic scape pesto in my near future.

Sunday: Grilled bratwurst, grilled artichokes, broccoli slaw, sangria for the adults

Monday: Ground turkey with peas and potatoes–loosely based on this recipe, brown rice/quinoa, leftover broccoli slaw

Tuesday: Peanut coconut chicken curry, rice

Wednesday: Pasta with Tuna, Capers and Tomato Sauce, smoothies

Thursday: Scrambled eggs, hash browns, turkey sausages

Friday: Italian sausage and tomato risotto

Saturday: leftovers

As always, this post will be linked to Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com–lots more ideas over there!


Menu, Week of 4/22


Oh Costco, how I love and hate you! I spend so much money, but then I have food for a long time, so that is good. I get good deals, but I lay out so much money the weekend after payday that I feel broke for much of the rest of the month. I got a new shark steam cleaning mop and a bunch of food this weekend, so I am prepared to have clean floors, but terrified to spend much money at all at the grocery store!

That is what planning is for, though, right? I am going to come up with a plan this week that involves purchasing a bare minimum of extra ingredients, while still being tasty. Thank goodness this isn’t my first time to the rodeo–my menu planning habits are sure to be helpful.

Sunday: We went to a friend’s house after the earth day festival

Monday: Tomato and sausage risotto, salad

Tuesday: out to dinner with a friend (I know, that is spending money, but she is in from out of town…)

Wednesday: Rosti with Bacon and Scallions, scrambled eggs, fruit smoothies (we didn’t actually eat this last week; the combination of a field trip for my youngest and a cheerleading meeting for my oldest meant we gulped down leftovers in the 15 minutes I was home between activities)

Thursday: Curry coconut shrimp, red lentil dal, rice (we didn’t do this one last week, either–we went to my parents’ house for dinner on Friday)

Friday: Roasted Italian sausage, potatoes, bell peppers and onion

Saturday: Grilled chicken for fajitas, mushroom skewers, grilled peppers and onions, black beans, mexican rice, guacamole, mayo-less Mexican slaw (we’ll have friends over for this, I hope…)

Not bad, eh? My grocery list is nice and small, too:

Arborio rice
vanilla soy milk
bread, regular and gluten-free

Wow, that is so small, I almost think I am missing something. However, we have lunch meat and lots of fruits, veggies, and snacks to put in lunches, plus, we are starting to get stuff out of the garden, so we are in good shape. Now I can breathe a bit more easily when thinking about funds for the rest of the month. Menu-planning to the rescue!

This menu will be linked up at orgjunkie.com–head over there for lot’s more inspiration!