February 1, 2010

Meal Planning Monday

Based on the looks of this menu, I must be craving meat a bit more than usual.  As a general rule, we do not eat that much beef over the course of a month—seeing beef multiple times in one week’s menu is an unusual event AND a treat!

Ideas for saving on beef--Because we prefer to purchase organic or locally grown beef, eating a little less of it helps keep costs down.  I also try to catch sales when I can.  I stocked up this summer at the farmers market when I caught a good deal on some organic grass-fed ground beef.  When I see organic beef on sale at Kroger or when I have a coupon for Laura’s Lean Beef, I pick up some for the freezer.  We also eat less meat in each meal than others might.  The chili, for instance, will have only one pound of organic beef but will have many black and red beans included to help bulk up the dish.  We try to plan at least one vegetarian meal each week.  This week, we have 3 planned which will help with the budget indeed!

Breakfasts—egg dishes, pound cake, soaked oatmeal, baked oatmeal, fruit salad, cereal, yogurt, free breakfast on Thursday at Chick-fil-a

Lunches—chicken and rice, leftovers, sandwiches, soups, snack lunches


Monday—Veggie meal—black eyed peas, butternut squash with butter and maple syrup, turnip greens, and broccoli

Tuesday—Taco Night—tacos with guacamole, beans, and salad greens

Wednesday—Making supper for the children’s program—hot dogs, French fries, grapes, and carrot sticks

Thursday—Black beans and rice

Friday—Lamb burgers, home fries, salad, and home canned peaches

Saturday—Garden Vegetable soup and grilled cheese

Sunday—Chili with all of the fixings, salad

1 comment:

  1. You can sure tell that Wednesday's menu plan is for kids! Everything looks and sounds good.