Sunday, February 28, 2010
Menu Plan Monday: March 1, 2010
I sometimes laugh at the fact that I like to menu plan and post my menu plans because lately my "plans" have always fallen through. It seems like if I make one or two things off a week's menu lately, I'm doing pretty well. Last week, we unexpectedly traveled with my husband for his work. He had some work to do in a city only 30 minutes away from my parents' farm, so the kids and I traveled with him Tuesday through Friday last week and stayed at my parents' home.
Last week, I only made one thing from my menu plan: Hot Beef Cheddar Subs and zesty oven-baked fries. My husband LOVES this meal and the subs are excellent left over, too. My dear, hard-working husband is traveling AGAIN this week (third week in a row!! sigh...) so the menu isn't too complicated and I'm carrying over many meals that I didn't get to make last week. The best part, though, is that the menu required no new grocery shopping as I already had all of the ingredients. Yes, I did sneak out yesterday during naptime (hubby stayed home with the kids...yeah!!) to do some basic grocery shopping (milk, eggs, bread, etc.) but it was only a small trip.
Today is March 1st and I'm challenging myself to actually keep track of exactly how much I'm spending on groceries this month. When I shop at "super" stores (mostly SuperTarget), it's easy to lose track of how much I spend on food because I also pick up toilet paper, baby wipes, etc. This month, I'm challenging myself to keep all receipts and keep track of our food costs. I know that I spend way more than I actually think I do, so this will be an eye-opener for me and an opportunity for me to really sit down and see where I can save.
Here is our meal plan for the week:
Banana Flax Muffins
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Peanut Butter Granola
Sunday: Homemade hamburger and mushroom pizza, lettuce salad, apples
Monday: Spaghetti, frozen broccoli, lettuce salad
Tuesday and Wednesday: Hubby out of town - leftovers for me and the kids
Thursday: Lentil Rice Casserole, honey mustard romaine salad, frozen mixed vegetables
Friday: Slow-cooker chicken tacos (recipe to be posted soon), leftover lentil rice casserole, tortilla chips
Saturday: Chicken taco salads (made with leftover chicken taco meat) for me and hubby, Chicken Cheese Quesadillas (with leftover meat) for the kids, tortilla chips
For more menu planning inspiration, check out I'm An Organizing Junkie.