Monday, August 25, 2008

Frugal Table Meal Plan #1

I intended on getting this posted yesterday, but it didn't happen (amongst other things on "to do" list as well!). So, the frugal table starts TODAY! Wohoo! Check out what we are having for dinner this week and join us! (*note: I will post so that you can plan ahead to make these meals)

Monday Night: Yummy Chili Cheese Dogs
Tuesday Night: Bubble Pizza w/ Salad
Wednesday Night: Leftover Night or Pancakes, eggs and bacon
Thursday Night: Salmon Patties w/Rice Pilaf and Carrots
Friday Night: Cheesy Chicken Casserole and homeade bread
Saturday Night: Maid Rite Sandwiches and green beans
Sunday Afternoon: Layered Baked Nachos

Optional Dessert: Peanut butter chocolate eclair

Here is a grocery list for the meals this week:

Monday night: Yummy chili cheese dogs
Hot Dogs
Hot Dog Buns
Hot Dog Sauce or beanless chili
Sharp Cheddar cheese
onion (optional)

Tuesday night: Bubble pizza and salad
2 tubes of biscuits (these come in a pack of 4 biscuits- they are very cheap!)
1 jar of pizza sauce
2 cups mozzerella or pizza cheese
1 lb sausage (or meat of your choice)
Add any other veggies or meats you like on your pizza (to keep ours at a reasonable price, we only use sausage)

Wednesday night: Leftovers
Leftover night! If you don't have any leftovers, this would be a great night to have breakfast for dinner... mix up some pancakes, eggs and bacon and cinnamon rolls for dessert. Yummy!

Thursday night: Salmon Patties with Rice Pilaf and carrots
2 -6oz cans of pink salmon (make sure to get boneless and skinless)
saltine crackers
eggs
dill (we use dried)
Rice Pilaf
Baby carrots

Friday night: Cheesy Chicken Casserole and homemade bread
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 pepper
1 onion
thin spaghetti
1 lb chicken
sharp cheddar cheese
pimentos (optional)
lawry's seasoned salt
cayenne pepper

bread: bread machine bread-
white/wheat flour
fast rising yeast
vegetable oil
dry milk

Saturday night: Maid Rites and green beans
1 lb ground beef
1 medium size onion
ketchup
brown sugar
Mustard
Worshestire sauce

1 pack buns
Fresh, frozen or canned green beans

Sunday Afternoon: Layered Bake Nachos!
Nacho Chips
Black Beans
Guacomole
Pico De Gallo (buy or make your own w/ 1 tomato, 1/2 onion, cilantro, salt and lime juice)
Shredded Sharp Cheddar
Sour Cream

Optional Dessert: Peanut Butter Chocolate Eclair
1 instant vanilla pudding (box that serves 4)
1 pack of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 box of honey graham crackers
peanut butter
8 oz cool whip
butter
milk




Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Frugal Table (excuse the mess!)

AHA!

Meal planning to me used to be limited to having a box of hamburger helper in the cabinet, ground beef in the freezer and a can of sweet peas. Not that this isn't a fine meal choice, we definitely still have our hamburger helper nights, but my idea of meal planning has reached it's "aha"moment.

My "aha" moment hit when I had my 2nd child and was too overwhelmed to even think straight when dinner time came around. Admist the crying (the baby, not me... ok that has happened too), the blank stares into the freezer, fridge, cabinet- then back to the freezer again, and the intense innate need to provide a well balanced somewhat homemade meal for my family I came across the idea of meal planning.

Here is what meal planning looks like on my Fridge:





What's for Dinner?

Every Sunday I sit down at my table to create a menu based on what basics I have stocked in my cabinets, freezer and fridge. Honestly, this will take me maybe 15 minutes at the most. It really doesn't have to be an extravagant plan. Just something to stick up on the fridge to remind you and to avoid the all to common question from your family: "What's for dinner?" (Just typing that question makes me cringe!)

Off to the Grocery Store(s)

I try to make it to the grocery store once for every 2 weeks. I spend approximately $75 for two weeks worth of meals/snacks (by meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 2 adults and 1 toddler.
Of course there are occasional trips back to the store for fresh fruit, veggies and dairy products.

I use my menu plan to make my grocery store list. Reminder: most of my meal ideas come from what is on sale that week, what I have stockpiled in my cabinets and coupons I have to make the most frugal meals possible.



And now I will begin the first meal plan from the Frugal Table... Enjoy!