Monday, November 17, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup (with extra okra, no pasta or blackeye peas, and homemade veggie stock)

Tuesday: Leftover soup

Wed: More leftover soup!

Thursday: Pork Chops, Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Friday: Lentil Shepherd's Pie, Roasted Cauliflower

Saturday: Lunch at Olive Garden with family. Hunt and peck dinner.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Weekend Menu Plan

I am fiddling with my grocery budget again. I dropped our CSA share, as I felt we were wasting money on foods (think, lots of kohlrabi) that we couldn't even give away. I will graduate with degree #3 in a month, and my workload is much less, so I am back to being able to cook from scratch more. I have been slipping on carrying cash to the store and carefully adding my anticipated totals, so I am back to basics, and averaging about $110/week, even including organic baby formula.

The good news is that we are free from dairy allergies, as my children successfully passed their challenges. We are not drinking cow's milk still, as after 5 years dairy free, none of us can tolerate a large amount of dairy, but it has expanded our menu a bit. We still have to work around a dye and fish allergy.

Saturday: Pork and Bean Soft Tacos (the fry bread sounds great, but too many calories for me)

Sunday: leftover, hunt and peck

Monday: Pioneer Woman Refried Beans (minus the jalapenos and mega butter), Seasoned Ground Beef, over Nachos and Fixins

Tuesday: Mexican Tomato Rice and Beans with leftover Refritos

Wednesday: Hunt and Peck

Thursday: BLTs on Ezekiel Bread, Roasted Cauliflower

Friday: Homemade Pizza with Turkey Pepperoni

Also planning a big batch cooking session:
Homemade Applesauce
Purees of Squash, Carrots, and Lentils/Rice for baby
Slow Cooker Veggie Stock
Pintos from dried in the slow cooker
Freezer Bean and Cheese Burritos
Strawberry Oatmeal Bars (adjusting with less sugar and substituting applesauce for some butter)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Monday: leftover soup

Tuesday: Black Beans, Brown Rice, Cilantro, and toppings

Wednesday: Eggs, Toast, Fresh celery and carrots

Thursday: BLT on Ezekiel Bread, Roasted Sweet Potato, Salad

Friday: Homemade Pizza

Saturday: Mushroom Risotto

Sunday: Crusty French Bread from Dorothy Lane and Bacon Jam, Spanish Rice, Salad, Carrots

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Menu Plan- Week of 9/21

Sunday: Veggie Pesto Lasagna

Monday: Veggie Lasagna Leftovers, Sauteed Rainbow Chard

Tuesday: Veggie Lasagna Leftovers, fresh carrots

Wednesday: Turkey Swedish Meatballs (we eat ours plain without the sauce), Sweet Potato Chips,

Thursday: BLTs, Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Friday: Clean Out The Fridge Night

Saturday: Butternut Squash Soup

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Ratatouille with Sweet Italian Sausages, Slow Cooker Applesauce (no sugar), Pumpkin Bread

Monday: Leftover Ratatouille, Roasted Cauliflower

Tuesday: Falafel, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers

Wednesday: Pasta with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Thursday: Kids Request Night- Hot Dogs, Corn, Apples

Friday: Work Party at our house.
Meat Lasagna
Vegetable Lasagna
Homemade Brownies
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Saturday: Lots of leftovers

Sunday: Even more leftovers

Monday, August 25, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Boy's choice, requesting hot dogs, corn on the cob, oranges, and English muffins

Tuesday: Ratatouille, Italian Sausages

Wednesday: Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Corn, Watermelon

Thursday: Falafel, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Salad

Friday: Boston Baked Beans, Veg TBA from CSA box

Saturday: dinner from Perkopolis deal for Django Western Taco

Sunday: clean out the fridge

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Slow Cooker Beer Pot Roast (adding potato and carrots)

Monday: Leftover Roast and Veggies

Tuesday: Polenta with Rice and Beans from Forks Over Knives Cookbook

Wednesday: Mushroom, White Bean, and Tomato Stew over Millet

Thursday: The Quickest Black Bean Salad from Forks Over Knives Cookbook, over corn tortillas

Friday: Kids request Chicken Nuggets, Hunt and Peck for Adults, random veg from CSA box

Saturday: Trialing Vegan Veggie Lasagna for upcoming party, Rustic Peach Galette

Trying: P Chocolate Smoothie (frozen pea/chocolate)

To Do:

Soak and cook black beans in slow cooker

Monday, July 28, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Chickpea Cutlets and Mustard Caper Sauce (Veganomicon), Green Beans and Potatoes, Watermelon

Tuesday: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Feta, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies,

Wednesday: Chickpea and Feta Salad, Cucumber, Tomato with Basil

Thursday: Ratatouille, Roasted Mild Italian Sausages

Friday: BLT, Corn on the Cob, Fruit

Saturday: Sandwiches of Grilled Zucchini, Sundried Tomato Spread, Greens, and Balsamic Vinegar on Homemade Ciabatta

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Italian Sausages, Ratatouille, Corn on the Cob

Monday: Vegan Cabbage and Mushroom Stir Fry

Tuesday: Italian Vegetable Soup

Wednesday: Chickpea Cutlets with Mustard Caper Sauce from the Veganomicon, Zucchini Potato Fritters

Thursday: Sandwiches of Grilled Zucchini, Sundried Tomato Spread, Greens, and Balsamic Vinegar on Homemade Ciabatta

Friday: BLTs, fresh tomatoes with balsamic and olive oil, sliced cucumbers

Saturday: Dinner out at the Winds!

Kitchen To-do List:
Make chickpeas from dried in slow cooker
Make Vegan Strawberry-Banana Ice Cream for kids' ice cream day at camp

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Eggs and Toast, Salad

Monday: Tuscan Bread Soup made with veggie stock instead of chicken and leftover Bread Machine Focaccia

Tuesday: Vegan Leek and Potato Latkes, Roast Chickpeas and Cauliflower

Wednesday: Chickpea Cutlets with Mustard Caper Sauce from the Veganomicon, veggie depending on Wednesday CSA box

Thursday: Mujadarrah, Sliced Cucumber

Friday: BLTs, salad, fresh tomatoes

Saturday: TBD, depending on produce in farm box

Make ahead:
Homemade Freezer Bean and Cheese Burritos
Homemade Slow Cooker Veggie Stock

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Chickpea Cutlets from the Veganomicon (pictured above), with Mustard Caper Sauce from the same book, Roasted Balsamic Asparagus

Tuesday: Mushroom and Pea Risotto (subbing peas for asparagus)

Wednesday: One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Thursday: BLTs, Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Friday: Deviled Eggs, Salad, Fresh Cut Veggies

Saturday: Making Alton Brown's Mac n Cheese, Scratch Brownies, and Strawberry Spinach Salad for a friend who had surgery

Feeding my family Capanata Panzanella with Fresh Rosemary Bread

Sunday: hunt and peck

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: LOTS of Easter leftovers

Tuesday: Rustic Bread Vegan Eggplant Lasagna

Wednesday: Black Bean Sweet Potato Tortilla

Thursday: Grilling trial run: Burgers and Salads with oranges

Friday: BLTs, Cucumbers, Sunchokes

Throwing a Cookout Party for 30:
Providing Burgers and Fixings, Hot Dogs, bottled water (Sam's Club), juice boxes, beer
Homemade Dairy Free Brownies (at $0.30 per 9 x 9 pan)
Boston Baked Beans

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans, Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Tuesday: Leftover Beans, Pan Fried Sunchokes

Wednesday: Spaghetti with Shredded Zucchini (from our frozen stash)

Thursday: Lentil Shepherds Pie, Salad

Friday: BLTs, Roasted Sweet Potato Cottage Fries

Saturday: May grill burgers/hot dogs, weather-dependent, Grilled Pineapple, Corn

Sunday: Easter with Grandma- no cooking

Lunches: Making huge batch of 20 Freezer Bean and Cheese Burritos  (calculated cost of $0.60/burrito, as mine are corn and yogurt free)

Grocery Trip 4/11/14

Happy Box from Fulton Farms: 2 heads lettuce, 1 head cauliflower, 1 bag carrots, 2 tomatoes, 9-10 sunchokes, 2 sweet potatoes, 1 bunch bananas, 2 oranges, 2 apples, large bunch green garlic,

2 boxes Earth's Best organic waffles: $7
3 half gallons Kroger chocolate almond milk: $8.37
Silk Vanilla Soy Milk: $2.99
3 Soy Dream Vanilla Soy Milks: $8.07
10 Silk Soy Yogurts: $12.90
Organic Apple Juice: $3.49
Kroger Cheese: $1.99
LaRosa's Spaghetti Sauce: $2.19
Frozen Organic Blueberries: $2.99
Kroger Cheerios: $1.99
Kashi Bars: $2.99
Toasted Crackers: $3.49
Wheat Pasta: $1.39
2 Wheat Tortillas 10 ct: $4.98
Kroger Salsa: $1.79
3 lb Apples: $2.99
Ginger Snaps, organic: $3.49
Cantaloupe; $1.99
Red Grapes: $5.86
Organic Bananas: $2.69
Kroger Fruit Only Jelly: $1.59
Organic Chocolate Chip Cookies: $3.99
3 lb navy beans, dried: $2.29


Dorothy Lane:
2 loaves 10 Grain bread: $10

Amazon Subscribe and Save Formula: $22.25/week (This will be half the cost next month, as I was given $50 in gift cards, and earned a $5 Swagbucks gift card, covering most of the $89/month we spend in formula. We also opted to get part of our tax return in Amazon gift cards. You can get the gift cards in $100 increments, and will get a 10% bonus in gift cards from Amazon for whatever amount you choose in gift cards. We opted to get enough to cover our formula needs for the remainder of the year.)

Total: $148.73

Total Items: 64
Organic Items: 31
% Organic: 48%

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Birthday- ordering veggie pizza

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup

Wednesday: BLTs, Garlic Sauteed Spinach, Berries

Thursday: Mettwurst, German Potato Salad, Red Cabbage Sauerkraut

Friday: Mujadarrah

Saturday: Fried Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes), Honey Porter Glazed Chicken

Sunday: hunt and peck

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Grocery Trip 3/1/14

10 units Silk Soy Yogurt: $10.15
1.5 lbs Sweet Potatoes: $1.18
3 quarts Kroger Almond Milk: $8.37
Organic Apple Juice: $2.99
1 lb organic grass fed beef: $6.99
Organic Ezekiel Bread:$3.69
Back to Nature Organic Crackers: $1.64
Kroger Kidney Beans: $0.69
Kroger Tomato Paste: $0.79
3 lb organic bananas: $1.82
Kroger Diced Tomatoes: $0.69
2 boxed Earth's Best Waffles: $6.98
Organic Hot Dogs: $4.69
3 lbs apples: $5.32
2 cans Kroger Mixed Nuts: $6.98
1 green pepper: $0.50
1 bunch organic parsley: $1.29
1 cantaloupe: $1.99
Organic Ham: $3.50

Health Foods Unlimited:
Bowman Landes Eggs: $3.19
Bob's Red Mill Enriched Whole Wheat Farina: $3.39
Bob's Red Mill Creamy Farina $4.19
Solaray Babylife Probiotics (our pediatrician prefers the kids be on these): $12.89
2 bags Super Bulk Trail Mix: $9.14
Allergen Free Chicken Nuggets: $10.79

(food $35.29)

Dorothy Lane:
2 lb grapes: $6.64
organic blackberries $2.50
Organic Unpreserved Bacon: $5.99
Organic Valley Half and Half: $3.99

Food total:
$124.95+ $21 (1/4 of monthly Amazon Subscribe and Save formula order)= $145.95

Monday, March 3, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

 Our box from Fulton Farms starts back up on Wednesday, which means there will be a weekly surprise of veggies and fruits to plan around.

Monday: Mushroom Risotto

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chili

Wednesday: Turkey in Slow Cooker (I throw it in slow cooker, sprinkle with Lawry's, dried thyme, and pepper alone, and let it cook in its own juices), Stuffing, Corn

Thursday: BLTs, veggies from farm box, Sweet Potato Cottage Fries

Friday: Deviled Eggs, Veggies from Farm Box

Saturday: TBD

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

A bit more of the same from last week...

Monday: Hunt and Peck, lots of leftovers

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze, Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday: leftover pork, fresh red pepper and cucumber slices

Thursday: Lentil Mushroom Not-Roast with Polenta, Salad

Friday: BLTs, Salad, Corn

Saturday: dinner at Olive

Sunday: Mushroom Risotto

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Grocery Trip 2/15

Kroger (shopping for week plus birthday party). I stocked up on staples like frozen veggies, dried beans, and those expensive soy yogurts thanks to that awesome $25 off $50 ecoupon:

Huggies Boys Pull-Ups: $19.99
Ezekiel Bread: $3.69
Ritz Crackers: $1.99
King Arthur Bread Flour $2.29
4 cans Kroger Corn $2
4 cans Kroger stewed tomatoes $2
2 Earth's Best Waffles $6
Silk Almond Milk $2.99
2 Blue Diamond Almond Milks $ 4
1 2 liter Diet Coke $ 1.67
Organic Apple Juice $2.99
20 Silk Soy Yogurts $ 21.51
1 pineapple $1.99
8 bags frozen veggies (corn, broccoli, veg soup mix) $ 7.12
1 lb dry lentils $ 1.29
2 lb dry navy bean $ 2.29
4 lb dry pinto beans $ 4.37
1 lb Organic grass fed beef $ 6.99
2 lb organic cabbage $ 1.67
organic carrots $1.49
2 whole wheat tortillas $5.98
3 lb Gala apples $2.99
3 lb onions $ 1.99
organic spring mix lettuce $2.44
1 serving cup grapefruit: FREE with ecoupon
organic baby spinach $ 2.24
2 lb organic bananas $ 1.38
1 bunch organic celery $ 1.29
1 pint organic grape tomatoes $ 2
mushrooms $ 1.49
3 lb clementines $2.99

Subtract $25 off $50 Ecoupon

Food items: $81.28

Dorothy Lane:
Organic Bacon: $5.99
2 fruit party trays $18
2 bags Chips: $6

Food total:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Monday:Lentil Mushroom Not Roast over Polenta

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin, German Potato Salad, Broccoli

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Stew of Beef, Cabbage, and Stewed Tomatoes in slow cooker

Friday: Deviled Eggs, BLTs

Saturday: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos with Lime

Sunday: hunt and peck

Hundreds more menu plans at Org Junkie here!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Chicken and Noodles

Tuesday: Spring Pasta

Wednesday: Mujadarrah, Roasted Broccoli

Thursday: Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin, Kale Chips, German Potato Salad

Friday: Tuscan Bread Soup

Saturday: Birthday Party- cupcakes from Grandma, homemade Baked Beans, Fruit and veggies, Wings from BW-3

Sunday: leftovers

Also making: Homemade Chicken stock in slow cooker and slow cooker yogurt

Hundreds more menu plans here at Organizing Junkie.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

2/8 Shopping Trip

10 lb potatoes: $1.99
4 lb sugar: $2.53
2 grapefruits: $0.58
3 lb onions: $1.29
1 cantaloupe: $1.29
clementines: $3.99
grape tomatoes: $0.69




Kroger Almond milk: $2.10
Kroger Vanilla Soy Milk: $1.95
Blue Diamond Almond Milk x 3: $5.50
Kroger Pork Tenderloin 4.5 lbs: $8.25
Organic Hot Dogs: $4.69
Organic Ham: $3.50
Organic Ezekiel Bread: $3.49
Organic Apple Juice: $2.39
1 lb Wheat Pasta : $1
24 oz crushed tomatoes: $1.29
Kroger natural peanut butter: $1.88
Kroger mixed nuts: FREE with digital coupon
Kroger frozen corn: FREE with digital coupon
Silk soy yogurt x 4: $2.58
2 bunches broccoli: $1.98
Kroger sugar free strawberry jam: $1.89
1 bunch asparagus: $1.49
Kroger french bread: $1.99
Organic Earth's Best Waffles x 2: $6.98
2 lb Honey Crisp apples: $5.68
3 pints blackberries: $2.98
2 red bell peppers: $1.98
1 bunch kale: $0.99

Non-food: 1 Hallmark card: $0.99
2 100 oz Tide Free HE: $19.98

Total: $86.26

Dorothy Lane:
3.5 lbs organic bananas: $3.31
Organic Strawberries: $6.99
Organic Whole Chicken (local farm): $12.60
Dorothy Lane Uncured Bacon: $5.99
2 Dozen local Morning Sun Eggs: $7.98
Organic Valley Half and Half: $3.99


Crest BE toothpaste, used $3.50 ECB and coupon. Paid $0.80 out of pocket, got $3 ECB back

Food Total: $118.51
Non-food: $21.77

# Food Items: 42
Organic Items: 13
% Organic: 31%

Monday, February 3, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Balsamic Slow Cooker Roast Beef, Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts

Tuesday: leftover roast, peas

Wednesday: Lentil Shepherd's Pie

Thursday:Slow Cooker Herbed Pork Chops, Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Friday: hunt and peck or order in

Saturday: Alton Brown's Deviled Eggs, Sweet Potato Cottage Fries, French Onion Soup with Homemade Beef Stock

Sunday: Herbed Whole Roasted Chicken, Roast Carrots

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

 Baby girl is here as of January 17th. I am still recovering from my c-section, but am getting back into the swing of cooking. So wonderful not to constantly feel like vomiting!

Since I will be off work for 12 weeks, and short term disability covers me to week 8 only, we will be focusing on frugal easy meals, cleaning out the pantry, and lots of vegetarian cooking.

Monday: Simple spaghetti and jarred sauce

Tuesday: Lentil and Mushroom Not-Roast over Polenta

Wednesday: Corn and Potato Chowder made with Homemade Stock, Pan-Fried Brussels Sprouts

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob (from freezer)

Saturday: Lentil's Shepherd's Pie

Sunday: Leftovers

Lunches: working on the Freezer Bean Burritos I made before the baby was born