The Monday Meal Plan is staying right here on Mondays. Based on your feedback, my schedule, and the following reasons, I have decided to keep the meal plan on Mondays.
Most of my meal plan comes from what I already have in my fridge, freezer and pantry. These are items that were purchased in previous weeks on sale (and often with coupons). That is one of the main techniques of this system. Buy the best deals in multiples of 2 or 3 or more so when you run out, you have enough in your overstock to hold you over until the next sale (which is often every 3-5 weeks). I usually don’t plan most of my menu based on the sales for that week primarily, so the day of the week I create it on is not influenced heavily by the sales that week. In addition, I outline the best deals on Wednesdays and emphasize what I think are the best buys. You can bet those are items I will be buying as well and you will see them on future meal plans. Finally, because of other commitments, Mondays are really the best day for me to spend time on the menu and it would be tougher to fit it in any other day of the week. Thanks to everyone for their comments and great name suggestions for a possible Thursday menu! Now…let’s eat!
Hebrew National light beef franks on the grill (BOGO at Lowes Foods through 11/2 plus I had a $1 printable coupon that is no longer available)
Hot Dog Buns ($1 at Harris Teeter through 11/2)
Pasta Salad with veggies (including tomatoes from our garden! We aren’t getting many – but they are still coming in.)
Cheese quesadillas with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa
Fat free refried beans
Orange slices (navel oranges on sale $4.99 for an 8 lb bag at Kroger through 11/6)
Creamy crockpot garlic chicken and mushrooms (chicken on sale for $1.79/lb at Lowes Foods a few weeks ago, 8 oz. mushrooms hopefully on sale for $1.99 or less starting Wednesday, cream of mushroom soup .50 on sale a couple weeks ago – also on sale at Kroger with buy 10 get $5 back promo through 11/6, garlic powder and pepper .25)
12 oz. No Yolks Egg noodles = .25 with sale and coupon a couple months ago
Green Giant frozen broccoli (on sale at Harris Teeter starting 11/3 for $1 - .60/3 coupon from a few weeks ago = .60 each)
Total cost for meal for family of four: $5.38
Salad with grilled chicken (chicken breast on sale for $1.99/lb at Kroger through 11/6, $2.35 at Lowes Foods through 11/2, BOGO at Food Lion for frozen chicken breast halves or tenders through 11/2)
Crescent rolls (bought at last Harris Teeter Super Doubles promotion)
Creamy spinach and cheese enchiladas
Fresh guacamole (avocados $1 each at Kroger through 11/6)
We are having dinner with friends at their house. Not sure yet what I am bringing….
Not sure what we are having – depends on how late the soccer tournament goes.
We may have breakfast for dinner with a breakfast casserole. Depends on what time their last games are being played.
1 box or 2 bags of croutons, seasoned (I’ll be using 2 bags of Texas Toast Garlic and Butter Croutons)
1 green, red or yellow pepper, diced
1 can mushrooms, sliced
½ onion, chopped
6 Morningstar veggie bacon strips, cooked and crumbled (6 strips cooked in microwave for 2 and ½ minutes) – of course you can also use real bacon, bacon bits, veggie sausage, real sausage, tofu or nothing, if you prefer)
6 oz. shredded cheese (cheddar, four cheese Mexican, cheddar/mozzarella all work well – I’ll be using 2% cheddar)
3 cups milk (I use skim milk)
Garlic and pepper to taste
Place croutons on bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan. Put veggies over croutons. Spread crumbled bacon over veggies. Sprinkle approx 4 oz. cheese evenly over pan. In a large bowl, mix eggs, milk and spices together well. Pour into pan. Sprinkle remaining 2 oz. cheese over top of casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.