Sunday, June 22, 2008

Menu Plan Monday


I'm participating in I'm an Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday. This is my first week posting my menus, but I always plan my menus for the week. I'm very organized in my food life! Don't ask me about the rest of my life.

This week is "eat out of the pantry/freezer week." I'm trying to keep the budget low this week and eat some room into my freezer! So here is what we are eating:

Breakfasts:

  • Baked oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Homemade bread toasted with homemade jam
  • Bagels

Lunches:

  • One-eyed Egyptians (butter a slice of bread, cut a hole and put it in a pan butter side down. Crack an egg in the hole and salt and pepper it. Fry/cook until egg is set, flipping once. Don't forget to cook the piece you cut out, my kids call that the "cookie" and it is their favorite part!)
  • Wagon-wheel chili (boil wagon wheel pasta, drain and set aside. Heat one can of your favorite chili, add one small can tomato sauce and some garlic powder. Stir in pasta and heat til warm. A great way to stretch a can of cheap vegetarian chili to feed my four kids and me.)
  • Easy Bean and Cheese rounds (new recipe for me, I'll tell you how it went and post the recipe later this week)
  • Ramen with egg (Just ramen noodles with beaten egg stirred in at the end. My kids love ramen and with the egg it begins to approach healthy. Ok not really, but with the egg I don't feel so guilty!)
  • Leftovers

Dinners:

  • Lime chicken, homemade rice-a-roni, salad
  • Lentil soup, homemade bread, steamed veggies
  • Red Beans and Rice (using dry beans which I will soak and cook), tortillas, jello salad
  • Chicken Crock Pot thing (boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cream of broccoli soup and some milk, cook all day, stir in some cooked broccoli and cheese at the end, serve over rice), veggies with ranch dip
  • Meatloaf (freezer meal), baked potatoes, salad
  • Friday we are hosting a party for several couples from church - we are all bringing a main-dish salad and a dessert, and I'm making several kinds of homemade bread (foccacia, pan rolls and maybe french bread?) I'm bringing chinese chicken salad to this also.

Snacks:

  • leftover bread toasted
  • granola with yogurt
  • Caramel Frosted Brown Sugar Drops (cookies, the recipe will be posted tomorrow)
  • fruit
  • veggies with ranch
  • applesauce with graham crackers

With this menu, I will only have to go to the store to get some fresh fruits, veggies, salad stuff, and milk. That should really keep the budget low! And, all the meals I know my family will eat and enjoy. Cheap, good, and a happy family - can't get much better than that!

Jill

7 comments:

Org Junkie said...

Sounds like a great menu, welcome to MPM!

And thanks for the birthday wishes too :)

Laura

Lynn said...

What is your recipe for homemade rice a roni? Or what recipe do you use? I am staying away from the package rice and pasta things so I am looking for good quick side dishes. I would be curious to see the recipe you like.

Lora said...

You do look very organized! I should start planning my breakfasts and lunches as well as my dinners. Hope your week goes great!

Lisa said...

Your menu sounds great so planned out with breakfast & lunchs also. I struggle planning those in advance, unless you count setting out the cereal boxes the night before :O) Have a great week!!

Shultzybabe said...

What a great looking menu! Thanks for sharing. I was in need of some ideas. Welcome to MPM!

Jennifer said...

Your menu is making me hungry! Sounds delicious!
Have a blessed week! ♥

PinkDaisyGirl said...

I'm definitely going to try your bread recipe. I, too, love the way it makes a home smell when it's baking.

~ Kayren