Sunday, January 23, 2011

This Week's Eats

Last week I didn't even bother making a meal plan because we were out of town more than we were at home!  When we were around we were eating sandwiches or finishing up the leftovers that were in the fridge.

We're getting back on track this week using a tip I found in The $5 Dinner Mom cookbook I posted about earlier.  She suggests picking a theme for each night of the week to make planning easier; for instance, Monday is pasta or pizza, Tuesday is chicken or turkey, Wednesday is some kind of soup or stew, Thursday is beef and Friday is a mostly vegetable dish.  Saturday doesn't really have a particular theme and Sundays are leftovers or sandwiches.  These theme nights made the planning a breeze, especially with the cookbook in front of me.  I was able to get a rough plan for the next 4 weeks put together!

Monday:  Fettuccine alfredo with homemade white sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and roasted or steamed broccoli
Tuesday:  Asian chicken wraps with steamed snow peas
Wednesday:  Corn chowder (page 215 of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook)
Thursday:  Mini meatloaves (from freezer), green beans and mashed potatoes
Friday:  BBQ Lentils, (page 232 of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook) brown rice and squash Parmesan 
Saturday:  Turkey (from freezer - got super cheap before Thanksgiving), stuffing and peas
Sunday:  Leftovers, sandwiches or cereal

My grocery list is short this week because I had most of the ingredients already in the pantry/freezer.  That's good for the budget! 

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