Sunday, January 17, 2010

Menu Plan Monday (Jan 18-24)

Ever have "one of those weeks"?  Oh, don't lie!  We all have.  Let me say, this has definitely been one of those weeks for us.  Here's the Reader's Digest version: I found out I have to have surgery within the next couple weeks (date TBD), David got his new duty assignment orders, both boys have been signed up for baseball, I'm trying to purge everything in my house, and oh yeah, I have to find $2k floating around somewhere by April.  Oh it's gonna be fun!  And menu planning is going to be a necessity...and probably key to my sanity.

So far, the Eat from the Pantry Challenge has gone well.  Last pay period, because I stayed out of the stores, I was able to save $49 in my "jars" budget.  That's huge for me, since I only started with $250 (divided into: groceries, gas, health & hygiene, cleaning/paper products/laundry, and miscellaneous money.)  So to save 20% is pretty good in my book.  We'll see how I do for the rest of the month.  The 14 pounds of ground beef that I bought last week have turned into 9 packs of all-ready-cooked/scrambled meat, and a double batch of meatballs all to go in the freezer....and a spontaneous burger lunch for us.

Now that we're up to speed on the challenge, let's get to the menu.  Here is my menu for the month of January.  See?!  I'm marking 'em off!  That means we're doing well!  (If you want links to a lot of these, you can go here.)  We will be childless for the weekend, so it's a Date Night for us on Friday, and Saturday we'll play by ear.....probably leftovers of some kind.

1. Baked Spaghetti with Bread Machine Garlic Bread The baked spaghetti was a huge hit, but we didn't get to the bread, and I do still plan to make it - at some point!  I wonder if this would work as a freezer meal?  Any thoughts if you have made this?  I mean, you can freeze lasagna, so shouldn't this be ok?
2. Pulled Pork Sandwiches on homemade hamburger buns OH MY!!  Both of these are definite keepers =)  However, the pork took forever to cook, so the kids ended up with mac & cheese for dinner, and we ate about 9:30 and it was totally worth the wait!!  So if you want to give this one a try, plan accordingly!!
3. Turkey Bundles using homemade crescent rolls
4. Homemade Pizza
5. Pizza Loaf
6. Sunday Chicken Dinner in the slow cooker
7. Mexican Lasagne **planned for this week
8. Pumpkin Pancakes
9. Chili Mac (freezer meal) **planned for this week
10. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches (freezer meal) on Italian rolls
11. Pretzel Dogs **planned for this week
12. French Toast
13. Meat Mix
14. Split Pea Soup
15. Herbed Pork Roast
16. Creamy Pork Potpie
17. "Wacky Mac" spaghetti (this will be on the 26th as this is what Kelton has asked for for his birthday dinner. He's also asked for "strawberry cake with chocolate on the bottom and a cherry on top" for the cake, and I'm still trying to figure out how to accommodate his request!!)
18. BELTs That's a BLT with a fried Egg on it...
19. Spinach Lentil Stew **planned for this week
20. Turkey tenderloin ** planned for this week
21. Sausage Tomato Soup
22. Pork Noodle Soup
23. Italian Chicken Rice Soup (probably substituting turkey for the chicken)
24. Crock pot broccoli beef
25. Kris Kringle Pancakes

I'm kinda liking the menu being laid out for the month. So much so that I may have to try this next month too.  *Gasp* Do I see another pantry challenge in my future??  If you want more ideas, there have been around 500 people participating in Menu Plan Monday - there is bound to be a meal idea out there for you to try! =)

1 comment:

  1. I like how you have the whole month planned! Good for you!

    Thanks for stopping by....a Sloppy Josephine is basically a healthier version of a sloppy joe made with ground turkey...I put up a link to the recipe I'm trying this week.

    Have a good week! :)