Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Frugal Table Meal Plan

It's Meal Planning Day!

If you remember, last time I posted a meal plan I was just on the verge of switching to eating more whole foods. This menu plan is no exception! A lot of people have asked me... what is Whole Foods? How is that different than Organic Food?

Wikipedia's definition of Whole Foods is this:

"Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible before being consumed. Whole foods typically do not contain added ingredients, such as sugar, salt, or fat. ..."

Many of you probably already cook using the Whole Foods method! When you start to cook using mainly whole foods, you will begin to notice that you shop 99% of the time around the perimeter of your grocery store. It is very true! You will also notice that your grocery trip will be a lot quicker because you are not stopping at every aisle picking up things that you don't need!

So what about Organic Foods?

Wikipedia's definition of Organic Foods is quite long- let me paraphrase it for you:

Organic Foods are vegetables, fruits, meat, dairy etc. that: 1.Have not been Genetically modified, 2. Grown without pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, 3. No antibiotics or growth hormones used, 4. Animals fed and well taken care of.

I have chosen to go the "Whole Foods & Organic (fruits/veggies/meat...sometimes eggs) Route" as often as I can. I say... if the strawberries are $.50 more and they taste better and are better for you- It's a win, win! You can also catch lots of great mark-downs on Organic Items by browsing often! More on whole foods later (including whole foods "snacks")....

Without further "a-doo"....

Here is our Meal Plan for the week!

Monday: Breakfast Hash with Homemade Bread and Fresh Fruit

Tuesday: Southwestern Pasta Salad with Mandarin Oranges

Wednesday: Homemade Margarita Pizza and Side Salad

Thursday: Baked Potato Bar with Cranberry & Feta Salad

Friday: Grilled Chicken Penne Pesto Pasta with Bell Peppers & Homemade Bread

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