May 30, 2011

Menu Plan Monday: May 30, 2011

I know I haven’t done meal plans on here in a while but I need to get back on track.  I looked through the cabinets and freezer and here is a rough sketch of what we’re having. 

Sunday my aunts and cousin came for a visit so we enjoyed fresh summer foods and salads. I enjoy making salads during the summer because you can eat them for several days.

Sunday: Company is here!
lunch – tuna salad and chicken salad sandwiches, pasta salad (two different kinds), fresh mixed fruit (watermelon, strawberries, grapes, kiwi, etc), chips
supper – grilled hotdogs, grilled asparagus (YUM!), baked beans, wilted spinach with roasted peppers, leftover pasta salad, leftover mixed fruit
dessert – s’mores by the fire pit

I had the tuna and chicken in the pantry from sales with coupons. The pasta noodles were free from a sale and coupon. I purchased the chips a week or so ago during a Harris Teeter sale for buy 2 get 3 free. I got the asparagus at Sam’s. I think it was 2 lbs for around $5.50. It was enough for a few meals.  The hot dogs were buy 1 get 1 free and I had a $1 coupon.

Monday: leftovers – hotdogs, pasta salad, baked beans, chips, mixed fruit, grapes

Tuesday: pizza, sliced apples, wilted spinach
The spinach was purchased at Sam’s. They have a 1 lb container of organic spinach for less than $4. It’s a super deal!

Wednesday: breakfast for dinner- eggs, sausage, toast, fruit

Thursday: cheese and chicken quesadillas, Mexican rice

Friday: hamburgers on the grill, grilled potatoes, some sort of vegetable

Saturday: We’re probably eating out with some of my yard sale proceeds.

lunches – leftovers and sandwiches, yogurt, watermelon, strawberries

snacks – fruit, granola bars, ice cream, almonds

I have most everything that we needed for these meals. I purchased strawberries, 1 cucumber, a few Roma tomatoes, hotdog buns, a watermelon, a can of baked beans, 1 dozen eggs, milk, and the supplies for the s’mores (We used 1 bag of marshmallows, 1/3 box of graham crackers, and 1/2 pack of Hershey’s chocolate bars). I will also need to buy hamburger buns and possibly tortillas for the quesadillas.

Even though I fed extra people this week, I am still keeping my food costs low by purchasing items on sale and with coupons, using leftovers, and meal planning from what I have in my stockpile.

What’s on your menu this week?



2 Responses to “Menu Plan Monday: May 30, 2011”
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    CC says:

    We did the breakfast for dinner thing last Friday; it’s always a hit! We grilled a ton of food on Saturday, so we will be having that for dinner again today and maybe tomorrow. I will make fresh sides (fruit and pasta salads) for the next two nights. We freeze much of what we grill, so that we can get that “just-grilled” taste weeks later without the work.

    Thursday will likely have quesadillas and Friday we’ll have enchiladas. Saturday’s are always my husband’s choice, so who knows what we’ll have. He usually takes us out to eat.

    I need to print my 4-week meal plan and put it on the fridge. The kids love being able to look at it to see what’s for dinner and I don’t have to keep answering questions about what we’re having.

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    I too plan my meals for weeks at a time and it is really a load off my mind when I have all my meals written down ahead of time. I use coupons at the grocery store and only shop on double coupon days in order to save as much as I can. My biggest dilemma with saving money on groceries is that I am rather picky about what I feed my family. Since I want to avoid overly processed foods, MSG and BPA as much as possible I don’t buy hot dogs, frozen chicken nuggets, canned foods or tv dinners- amongst many other things. Many of those things are coupon faves so the savings from those coupons are off limits to me. Buying organic produce is also extremely important to me, especially when it comes to the dirty dozen– and there are rarely deals on that sort of thing. 🙁
    Eating healthy on a budget is rather difficult to do. One thing I am trying harder to do is cook more vegetarian dishes so I can cut out the high costs of meat. I am on the lookout for some tasty dishes minus the meat!

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