Menu Plan Monday: Week of 1/16

We're on week 2 of eating from the pantry!  The only items I bought at the grocery store this week were cold cuts and cheese for my husband's lunches, and milk.  The freezer is restocked from the holidays and I'mtrying to make meals based on what we already have on hand. Monday: Leftovers from yesterday's birthday party: hot dogs, hamburgers, and pasta salad Tuesday: Meatloaf and artichoke casserole Wednesday: Spanish Chicken & … [Read more...]

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Menu Plan Monday!

I've decided to do something a little different this week to see if it works a little better. Last week, due to several random things, my meal plan was completely shot -- to the point where one meal involved Wendy's drive-thru and another involved PB&J.  After that fiasco, I resolved to try to plan more for the unknown, and have a specific plan with easy substitutions I can make in case I run out of time or life gets in the way. Monday: … [Read more...]

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Menu Plan Monday: Week of 1/1/12

I don't know about anyone else, but even though I took a week off from meal planning last week (and no one went hungry!), I'm kind of happy to get back into the routine.  We don't have too much going on this week, but next week is my daughter's birthday, so I want to save money and eat from the pantry as much as possible. Here are my easy pantry meals. Monday: Dinner with Extended Family Tuesday: 3-bean chili made with my free organic … [Read more...]

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$2.67/month for Meal Planning Service from Relish

Today's Eversave deal is for Relish, a popular meal-planning service. I personally haven't used Relish, but I've heard good things about it from others who have used it. From their website: With Relish!, you'll receive a list of mouthwatering recipesevery Thursday. Simply select your five favorites to make meal-planning a cinch. They'll even provide a grocery list sorted by the ingredients you definitely need and the ones you might already have. … [Read more...]

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Menu Plan Monday – 12/12

We had a joint birthday party for my husband and grandma this weekend, and  I have a very random mishmash of leftovers to try to incorporate into this week's meals.  A half a bag of salad shrimp, some bacon, and nacho chips: what kind of meals can I make with those? Also,  I have an entire loaf's worth of bread crusts, leftover from this (seriously awesome) dish I made for the party. Here's what I came up with: Monday: BLTs with homemade … [Read more...]

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Menu Plan Monday: Week of December 5

I got totally off track last week with my menu planning. My daughter's asthma was flaring up all week and we spent many hours in the pediatrician's office, in addition to a 24 hour hospital stay.  So we're just kind of getting back to normal this week. I am choosing easy meals that won't take a lot of work to throw together. Here's what our week looks like: Monday: Pasta with Chicken & Peas Tuesday: Eating out: Using a groupon (cost: … [Read more...]

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Menu Plan Monday: 11/20

Since Thanksgiving is smack dab in the middle of the week, I'm trying to prepare more modest meals to save both money and time for the rest of our dinners. Monday: Meatloaf and Alexia Sweet Potato fries Tuesday: Beans and Rice with onions, green peppers, and corn Wednesday: Salmon, squash from the fall CSA basket, and couscous Thursday: Thanksgiving! I'm making my Green Bean Stuffing Casserole and Garlic Sauteed Green Beans Friday: … [Read more...]

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Menu Plan Monday!

This is going to be a super busy week, so I'm trying to plan easy prep go-to meals. In fact, I'll probably stick pretty close to the tried and true during the next six weeks, since there is so much other stuff going on with the holidays! Here are my ideas for this week: Monday: Applesauce Chicken with frozen vegetables and mashed potatoes Tuesday: Parmesan Pasta with Greens and Beans Wednesday: Sirloin (bought on special) and oven … [Read more...]

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Menu Plan Monday!

Last week I didn't do a fully-thought menu plan, and it really reinforced the fact that taking a few minutes at the beginning of the week to plan saves so much time later in the week, when things are busy and crazy.  Also, I wanted to stay well under our weekly food budget of $80 this week because we had some unexpected car repairs.  Nearly every item for these dinners is something I have in the pantry or the freezer, with only two exceptions: … [Read more...]

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Monday Menu Plan

Now that fall is in full swing, I'm pulling out some of winter recipes. I'm really excited to make chili this week for the first time in months!  There is more meat in this week's schedule than we normally eat, but since we've been so good with shopping with cash envelopes, I've been able to save enough to purchase more meat -- including some organic, grass-fed beef from less than 40 miles away I bought at the public market this … [Read more...]

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Menu Plan Monday

Well, today is Labor Day, which means that tomorrow my husband goes back to work (he's a teacher) and summer is officially over. We're back to easy weeknight meals, eating from the freezer, and liberal use of the crock-pot.  In short, life in my house is about to get much busier!I made this week's menu plan taking into account what we have in the pantry, what we recieve from our CSA share, and what I can either pre-make or make very … [Read more...]

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Host a Labor Day Picnic for 8 for under $30!

Photo Credit When it comes to frugal living and keeping the grocery budget down, I am always derailed by the cost of entertaining. Either I go overboard in an attempt to impress my guests (thus spending too much), or I avoid entertaining altogether in order to save money. I realized this week when I was doing my Wegmans Match-Ups that I could probably throw together a healthy, fun picnic menu for 8 lucky guests without busting my budget. … [Read more...]

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Menu Plan: Stretching the Stockpile

As a family where the primary earner is a teacher, the last weeks of August and first weeks of September are the tightest time financially for us.  On one hand, we don't need to purchase a lot of lunch items, because my husband isn't packing his lunch every day (he eats leftovers instead). The again, we haven't seen a full paycheck since the end of June.  Because I stockpiled so much meat in May, I've been able to meal plan … [Read more...]

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It’s Weekly Menu Plan Time!

In preparation for my weekly shopping trip to Wegmans,  I looked through all the cabinets refrigerator to see what I needed to use up this week.  You'll also notice that there are a couple of repeats from last week. I never made the pork ribs because I'm afraid to grill them (our grill is old and occasionally shoots fireballs out the side), and it was hot so I didn't want to bake them in the oven. Now that it's a little cooler, I'm … [Read more...]

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