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Monday meal plan: Renovation edition!

Posted May 14, 2012


For another week, our meals will be easy to prepare, not terribly creative and definitely not messy! We are on day 6 of having no kitchen sink or dishwasher and ½ our countertops have been removed. They are scheduled to install the new countertops this Friday and then hook up the plumbing a week from today (Monday). This means I am not making meals that result in a lot of dirty dishes. But it will be well worth the slight inconvenience, so I am perfectly fine with the short-term lack of a full kitchen. Please keep all of that in mind as you read this meal plan and wonder if I gave up cooking for the summer!

What’s on your meal plan this week? I need to live vicariously through you so please post your menu!


Turkey sandwiches

Sweet potato fries (Ore-Ida on sale at Food Lion for $2 through 5/15 - $1 coupon from Penguin coupon display a couple months ago = $1 per 19 oz. bag)

Strawberries (on sale for $1.66 at Food Lion through 5/15)



Spinach and cheese quesadillas


Apple slices


Grilled hot dogs (Oscar Mayer turkey franks BOGO at HT through 4/15)

Steamfresh red potatoes and green beans

Carrot sticks with light ranch dressing


Grilled chicken (marinated in Italian dressing)

Whole grain pasta

Sugar snap peas


Pizza Night!

Palermos pizza from BOGO deal with $1 coupon



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  • vlynn May 15, 2012

    Jennifer, you have the same problem I had with my remodeling plan: big ideas, but not enough cash! I tried to do the same thing, saving money on fixtures and items by buying them myself, but lots of contractors will not guarantee anything if they did not purchase the items. Most of them told me that they would not offer a waranty on anything I purchased. It was very difficult to find anyone willing to work on just a labor basis. I guess they make too much money on the materials to want to leave them out.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 15, 2012

    Jennifer, I am going to give this a thread so others who don't read the meal plan section will see it and can offer suggestions. Hopefully that will help. I'm not sure if the $6000 will be enough based on the scope of the work and the outside assistance needed, but maybe others can offer some knowledge.

  • jenniferlrouse May 15, 2012

    Faye I actually live in Sanford but I've not had much luck with the local contractors as of yet. I need a general contractor for structural repairs (subfloor) and prep work for a plumber and tile installer. Seems like once they find out I'm on a limited budget they lose interest. We are repurposing the tub, toilet, and cabinets to save money. I have offered to do some of the work (demo mostly) to keep cost down and set $5000 aside to get the rest done by a professional. The anticipated material cost is around $2000 leaving what I thought would be enough for labor. I have even invested $1000 already in faucets, light fixtures, and accesories. Am I foolish to think I can get this done for $6000 total investment? Maybe I just need to take classes at lowes until I am able to tackle this job myself too. Bloggers if you can suggest a solution I would love to hear it. Thanks for any input you have to offer. This is my first attempt at a "professional re-model".

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 14, 2012

    Thanks Nakabi! You are too sweet!

    pirategirl - those scallops sound fabulous! I guess you have to post here each week so you'll stick to it! I do agree though. There is something about putting the meal plan on paper that keeps me from straying too far.

    We ended up grilling the turkey and swiss sandwiches on the skillet and they were delicious with very little clean up!

  • pirategirl12 May 14, 2012

    Sunday - Sounds like a great day to use a GROUPON at Backyard Bistro!!

  • pirategirl12 May 14, 2012

    Monday - Homemade "Hambone Veggie Soup", blueberries/strawberries Tuesday - Corned Beef Brisket, carrots, potatoes, cabbage (St. patty's Day again - will be making corned beef hash for breakfast Saturday) Wednesday - Leftover soup and our fave grilled ham n' cheese topped with a thin slice of tomato (produce box) and fresh basil leaves (YUMMM) Thursday - Cheese enchiladas (with homemade sauce put up last year), corn on the cob, salad (weekly produce box) Friday - my version of Sesame Chicken, broccoli (weekly produce box), roasted new potatoes (produce box) Saturday - HUGE Sea Scallops (Trader Joe's has the BEST), garden peas (produce box), new potatoes (box) and strawberries/blueberries (also from box) Wow...didn't think I had it in me! Sounds like a yummy week...if I follow through! I must say, when I post my menu here, I seem more likely to follow it! Thanks!

  • nakabi May 14, 2012

    theCouponDiva: yes, I make the pho myself. My parents live in Viet Nam and that's where I learned to make it. It is a bit time consuming (mostly to make the broth) so I don't make it often.

    Faye: supper is around are welkom anytime!!!!!

  • vlynn May 14, 2012

    jenniferlrouse-bathroom remodel
    Have you tried Schwartz Plumbing? I haven't used them yet, but they were at the top of my list a few years ago when I was planning a remodel. A change of plans caused me to put off the remodel. I was impressed with them after meeting the owner and getting a quote.

  • jdouglas13 May 14, 2012

    Sorry to say not a bit of a menu here this week. I'm lucky I know what I'm making tonight... no inspiration or energy! I have some leftover homemade spaghetti sauce with a little sausage in it and a little leftover grilled chicken, and it's going to get thrown all together over pasta. But I have to say for having no kitchen, your menu is very impressive! If it ever stops raining, one night we may have grilled chicken over salad with corn, tomatoes, avocado, black beans... something like that ;)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 14, 2012

    j3434 - now I wonder what could take up all our time this coming weekend that's outside? I'm sure we will think of something - oh that's right - you already thought of it for me! See you Saturday....and Sunday....all day...

    Jennifer - we have only worked with the folks who handle countertops at Majestic, but as I said, so far so good. The counters aren't in yet, but based on their work and professionalism thus far, I anticipate they will look great!

    What general area of the Triangle do you live in? Maybe someone here on the blog has a recommendation.