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Menu Plan Monday

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Kevin and I did some work this weekend getting our food storage organized and inventoried. It feels so good to make progress towards this month’s goals. I get real, deep-down satisfaction from having in black and white, on paper, concrete proof that my family could be well fed for the next three or four months without any grocery shopping.

Also, next month our local store will have it’s semi-annual case-lot sale. We save up for six months and have a blow-out shopping experience twice a year. On top of good prices, our loyalty card lets us spend our points on a 25-percent-off coupon for a whole shopping trip. This is the trip.

This time, in March, we’ll be super organized. We won’t be driven only by something being on sale. On top of the things that are officially on sale during those two weeks, we can use the 25 percent off  to stock up on seasonal produce, meat, and other items that aren’t otherwise on sale but that we’ll use. (Like Bob’s Red Mill flours, which never go on sale, but will be with our coupon!)

While I was cleaning out and arranging our chest freezer, I found two big packages of bone-in chicken breasts that I don’t even remember buying. I decided to pull those out and boil them, then shred the meat to use this week. I’m also planning two vegetarian dinners.

  • Those green chili tacos, which didn’t get made last week (When I get around to making this, I’ll post the recipe. They are soooo good.)
  • Three bean chili (vegetarian and pantry eating) with cornbread
  • chicken enchilada bake
  • Homemade chicken and GF noodle soup (this is a first time thing for me, I’ll let you know how it goes)
  • Poorman’s Dinner with the rest of the polish sausages I bought last week. (If you haven’t watched Clara’s Youtube show…you must. You won’t be sorry, she’s amazing.)
  • Memphis pizza (my very very favorite, I’ll post a recipe.)
  • One more…maybe breakfast for dinner

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Menu Plan Monday

Here’s the plan for this week:

  • Tacos
  • Chicken legs, corn bread, green beans
  • Spaghetti (spaghetti squash for me)
  • Crock pot roast beef, potatoes, cabbage and carrots
  • Chilaquilles
  • Eggs, sausage, and fruit
  • Sprimp and rice with zuccini

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Menu Plan Monday

Just a quick post…I’ll have more to say later I’m sure!

Meals for this week:

  • Roasted chicken, potatoes, and dilled carrots
  • Broccoli soup and cornbread
  • Chilaquiles
  • Christmas Eve dinner with family–we’re bringing a veggie and dip tray
  • Chistmas dinner: ham, brussels sprouts with maple, mashed potatoes, cranberries, cornbread
  • Left overs the weekend

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I have an ominous sounding telephone meeting with my big boss and my immediate boss early this morning. It’s making my stomach hurt, even though I’m sure I haven’t done anything wrong. I’ll update again later.

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Menu Plan Monday

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Here’s the plan for this week:

Turkey burgers with cranberry sauce and corn

Crockpot chicken with red potatoes and green beans

One pot baked pasta (I use pasta made with corn flour…we’ll see if it works this way. I’m afraid it will turn in to mush.)

Beans, cornbread and sauteed spinach

Crockpot pork roast, carrots, potatoes, and green beans

Cabbage soup with pork left over from above

Fish tacos

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Menu Monday

First, something interesting. Last night I pulled out my calculator and crunched some numbers. I wanted to see how much we would save by just getting rid of some non-essentials. Some of them will be easier than others, for sure, but I was flabbergasted by this list.

1. Cutting back $10 a week on what we spend on soda. $520

2. Cutting back $400 a month on what we spend on food. We’ve been spending about $800 a month at the grocery store. $4800

3. Getting rid of our storage unit. $960

4. No eating out for a year. $4000 (!)

5. Giving up ‘personal’ spending money, that for Kevin is usually spent at the casino and for me on books I could just as easily get from the library. $2400

6. Giving up my annual trip to the Romance Writer’s of America Conference. $2500

The personal money and both of the food items won’t be easy. But we can do anything for a year. One year. And we’d save a whopping $15,120. That is a lot of money. A LOT. It about how much I make in a year working 20 hours a week. It’s my year’s tuition plus some. It’s all of our debt, except the car. So yeah. We’re going to give that a shot.

This week I spent $78 at the grocery store. Our goal is to spend no more than $100 a week, for a family of five. I had $100 planned, but the store was out of chicken legs and cheddar cheese they had on a good sale, so I got rain checks. We might fill them this week, or wait until next.


1. Chilaquiles the Easy Way (see the recipe a few days ago)

2. Grilled steak, baked potato, sliced tomatoes

3. Bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, OJ

4. Broccoli soup and corn bread

5. Chicken and rice, sautéed spinach

6. Pintos Gallo (beans, rice, and corn…very yummy, I’ll post a recipe when I make it.)

7. Homemade cheese and olive pizza

Breakfast is very much a get-your-own affair at our house, with cold or hot cereal or toast and eggs being the winners for the most part. I usually make once big breakfast on the weekend, and will likely go with gluten-free pancakes this week.

Lunches are bagged Monday through Thursday. I have plans to bring dinner left overs. Adrienne nearly always goes with a sandwich and fruit and chips if we have them. Kevin, Nick, and Ruby are at home during the day, and Kevin oversees lunch on those days. Week end lunches are normally leftovers, sandwiches, or soup. Nothing fancy.

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