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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!


Menu, Week of 2/12


I have had a crazy week. Much work stress, some time-consuming and expensive dental work, and generally catching up from being gone last week. It was only two days, but apparently I cram a lot of stuff into each day, because it has been hard to get back on track.

I have to be organized this week, though, because we don’t have the money to go out to eat on a busy night this week. I am planning ahead better this time!

I have included some links below, but I really noticed this week how much I change recipes when I use them. For one thing, you can take it almost as a given that I use less meat and more vegetables than a recipe calls for. I try to cram as many veggies in our days as possible, and the kids sometimes only eat veggies at dinner, so I need to make a lot. It is also a good way to bulk up a meal for less money and calories.

Sunday: Italian Sausages, creamy bibb salad, tomato soup, coconut pineapple sundaes
Quick and easy after a busy day.

Monday: Mole skillet pie with pork, salad, steamed broccoli
I am adding pork to this vegan recipe, and I will probably sub a mixture of gluten free all purpose flour and cornmeal for the whole wheat flour.

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Rosemary Chicken and White Beans, sweet potato fries, peanut butter banana mousse
The girl didn’t cook last week, because the dentist took forever, so we are trying again this week. The dessert is made with frozen bananas, peanut butter and honey–a nice healthy treat.

Thursday: Crockpot Dal, curried chickpeas and quinoa
I will be using a bean blend with beans, peas and lentils that I got from Costco for the dal.

Friday: Meatballs in Applesauce with Rice, steamed green beans
I love the way my Cooking for the Rushed book provides directions for whole meals, but I am tweaking this just a bit, because we eat a lot of broccoli and I want something slightly different.

What are you having this week?

As always, this post will be linked to orgjunkie.com’s Menu Planning Monday–lots more inspiration over there!