This Week’s Menu: April 23-29, 2012

Here is my meal plan for this week: 

Monday, 4/23: White Chicken Chili

Tuesday, 4/24: Dinner: Cheesy Pasta with Kielbasa

Wednesday, 4/25: Church Dinner

Thursday, 4/26: Spaghetti Casserole and veggies (in my freezer from last week’s cooking)

Friday, 4/27: Homemade pizza and salad

Saturday, 4/28: Bowties and Broccoli – VEGETARIAN

Sunday, 4/29: Breaded Pork Chops with Asparagus

 

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This Week’s Menu: April 15-21, 2012

 

I’m posting this quite late in the week, but better late than never… I guess! 🙂

 

Here is my menu for this week:

 

Monday: Beef and Noodles

Tuesday: Breaded Pork Chops and Asparagus

Wednesday: Church Dinner

Thursday: Country Style Pork Bean Soup and veggies

Friday: Beef Roast with bread

Saturday: Visiting family for dinner

Sunday: Salad Bar with hard boiled eggs and other yummy toppings

 

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This Week’s Menu: April 9, 2012

I am so excited. My fridge is packed with left-overs from the weekend! I have chicken pot pie, minestrone soup, creamy potato soup, ham, and a large ham bone (for split pea soup!), salad, sweet potatoes, and more. My husband’s grandma sent the potato soup, minestrone soup and ham home with us on Sunday. This is going to be an easy week in the kitchen!

So, here’s my menu plan for the week:

Monday: Left-over pork and potatoes

Tuesday: Left-over chicken pot pie (I made two of them this weekend), sweet potatoes, and minestrone soup

Wednesday: Church dinner

Thursday: Split pea soup (with left-over ham) and salad

Friday: Ham sandwiches and any final left-overs

Saturday: Homemade pizza and salad

Sunday: White Chicken Chili (still haven’t made it this month!)

 

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This Week’s Menu: April 2, 2012

This is holy week, and since we work in the church, we’re going to be super busy all week. I’m going to keep this week’s menu as simple as possible. Here’s my plan:

 

Monday: $5 Dinner: Cheesy Pasta with Kielbasa (Got the turkey Kielbasa super cheap at Giant Eagle this week.) http://simplyfrugalliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/October-015.jpg?9d7bd4

Tuesday: White Chicken Chili

Wednesday: Dinner at church

Thursday: Quiche and Salad (eggs were 79¢ at Aldi last week!)

Friday: Homemade pizza and salad

Saturday: Homemade Chicken Pot Pie (left-over ingredients from last month’s menu!)

Sunday: Easter dinner at a family member’s house

 

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How about you? Any favorite, frugal menu items to share this week?

 

 
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This Month’s Menu: February 2012

f you’ve been reading my blog for very long or been to my coupon class, you know that it’s always my goal to feed my family for $200 per month with coupons. I’m determined as ever to stick to my budget this year and keep our grocery spending in check.

We cruised through the first few days of the month on food left over from January, but the fridge is finally getting a little sparse, so I’m working on a couple couponing trips for this week.

Here’s how I prepared our menu for the month:

  1. I determined which nights we’ll actually be at home for dinner this month: 20.
  2. I made a menu for 20 meals, taking into consideration the items I already have in my freezer and pantry. I didn’t assign meals to any particular day, I just made a list of all the meals I intend to make. I kept it very simple. You’ll notice several vegetarian meals on the list – these help save us money and stick to our budget, and they’re yummy, too!
  3. I listed each item I need to purchase to make the menu happen. I also thought through non-menu items I needed for the month, such as milk, eggs, yogurt, etc., and added them to my shopping list.
  4. I still have everything I need for a couple meals, so I’ll serve those first this month. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for sales and coupons on the items I still need to purchase.

 

Here are my meals for this month:

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This Month’s Menu: January 2012

Well, our family survived our crazy month of December, and the simple menu really helped me keep my sanity. This is another busy month for us with the launch of Simply Frugal Pittsburgh, several coupon classes, and more visits with family from out of town.

If you’ve been reading my blog for very long, or if you’ve been to my coupon class, you know that it’s always my goal to feed my family for $200 per month with coupons. I’m determined as ever to stick to my budget this year and keep our grocery spending in check. When we returned from our Christmas trip, I fed us for several nights with leftovers from holiday cooking in my freezer. Then we went out of town again to visit my husband’s family for a couple days. So, we’re finally settled at home for the month and I had 20 dinners to plan when I made the list.

Here’s how I prepared our menu for the month:

  1. I determined which nights we’ll actually be at home for dinner this month: 20.
  2. I made a menu for 20 meals, taking into consideration the items I already have in my freezer and pantry. I didn’t assign meals to any particular day, I just made a list of all the meals I intend to make. I kept it very simple. You’ll notice several vegetarian meals on the list – these help save us money and stick to our budget, and they’re yummy, too!
  3. I listed each item I need to purchase to make the menu happen (not a huge list thanks to my fridge and freezer!). I also thought through non-menu items I needed for the month, such as milk, eggs, yogurt, etc., and added them to my shopping list.
  4. I already have everything I need for a number of my menu items, so I’ll serve those first this month. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for sales and coupons on the items I still need to purchase.

 

Here are my meals for this month:

= 20 Dinners

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This Month’s Menu: Update

As I mentioned in my post My December Menu – Keeping it Simple!, December is an absolutely crazy month for our family. My husband, a music minister, has already had three special musical performances this month in addition to regular Sunday morning worship services. This weekend our church is presenting a Madrigal Feaste with three performances: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (BTW, tickets for Sunday are still available, if you want to come see me dressed as a nun and my husband as an abbot! Read about it here.)

So, back to the menu. We’ve been sticking to the menu I created for this month quite well, with the exception of one dinner out while my sister was here this past weekend. I had determined that I only needed 18 dinners for this month since we are having a few dinners at church this month, and we’ll be out of town some, too. Here’s where we stand:

Someone commented that they noticed a lack of fish dinner on our menu. None of us like fish…something we need to work on, I know! 🙂

 

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My December Menu – Keeping it Simple!

I can hardly believe that we’re already at December 1st. In our home, December is an absolutely CRAZY month, mainly due to the fact that my husband is a church musician, and December is the busiest time of year for him. He has 9 performances this month, not counting his normal Sunday morning responsibilities! I have got to keep it simple this month or I’ll go nuts. 🙂

If you’ve been reading my blog for very long, or if you’ve been to my coupon class, you know that it’s always my goal to feed my family for $200 per month with coupons. It would be super easy for me to overspend this month because of how busy we will be, but I’m absolutely determined to stick to my budget and keep our grocery spending in check this month. Here’s how I’ll do it:

  1. I determined which nights we’ll actually be home for dinner this month. We have several meals at our church and we’ll be visiting family at the end of the month. I found that we will be home for 18 dinners this month.
  2. I made a menu for 18 meals, taking into consideration the items I already have in my freezer and pantry. I didn’t assign meals to any particular day, I just made a list of all the meals I intend to make. I kept it very simple – remember, this is a CRAZY month in our home! Crock pot recipes are a total bonus!
  3. I listed each item I need to purchase to make the menu happen (not a huge list thanks to my fridge and freezer!). I also thought through non-menu items I needed for the month, such as milk, eggs, yogurt, etc.
  4. I made a quick run to the store yesterday to snag a few items I needed while I could catch them before the sales changed today.
  5. I already have everything I need for a number of my menu items, so I’ll serve those first this month. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for sales on the items I still need to purchase.

 

Here are my meals for this month:

= 18 Dinners!

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How about you? How do you plan to keep it simple this month?

My Menu for the Week of September 11, 2011

So, you’ve seen my last two shopping trips (here and here). This is how I’m planning to turn all those great deals into meals for my family this week:

Monday (9/12): $5 Dinner: Pasta w/ Kielbasa, Bread, and Brushetta

Tuesday (9/13): Chicken Noodle Soup w/ bread (recipe coming)

Wednesday (9/14): Cookout at church

Thursday (9/15): $5 Dinner: Homemade Sloppy Joe’s w/fries and peas

Friday (9/16): Homemade pizza and salad (It will be meatless this week with lots of veggies)

Saturday (9/20): Yummy potato soup (meatless) (recipe coming)

Sunday (9/21): Roast with veggies (recipe coming)

 

I’m kicking off our fall family programming at church this week, so my goal was to keep my recipes quick and simple.

How about you? What’s on the menu this week?

 

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