Weekly Menu:April 11-16, 2011

I haven’t done a lot of grocery shopping this month because I’ve been able to shop from my pantry and cook from my freezer. It saves a lot of time and money being able to do this, which is absolutely great on the family budget! By Saturday, it was definitely time to do the grocery shopping. While gas prices are at a high rate, I pondered on the idea of stocking up and doing my major grocery shopping at either Sam’s Club or Costco which is a hour and a half drive from us. I’ve never entered Sam Club, but I have had a previous Costco membership.

Thus, my decision was made and we renewed our Costco membership and entered the land of grocery chaos.  Thank goodness I went in there with the frame of mind that I only wanted to purchase items that we absolutely needed. But then again, doesn’t everyone?  I was very good in sticking with my plan and stayed away from the middle aisles which can lure shoppers into buying much more than they absolutely need. I stocked up on meat and poultry, school lunch items and the pantry staples I needed. The checker even made a comment about how well I packed our shopping cart with as many items as I had. If I calculated right, the only thing I’ll need to go to the grocery store for later in the month is more milk and a few produce items.

Here’s this week’s menu plan:

Breakfast:

Waffles
Smoothies
Banana Muffins
Omelet with sour cream, cheese and salsa
Make-Ahead French Toast
Granola with Blueberries
Lunches:

Meat Pies
Chicken Quesadillas-using leftover roasted chicken
Macaroni and Cheese
Roast Beef Sandwiches
Hard Boiled Eggs, Carrots, Cheese and fresh fruit

Dinner:

Roast Chicken, oven-fried potatoes and green beans Chicken Tortilla Soup
Fish Tacos, Bean and Rice Salad
Chimichangas
Grilled Chicken and Mango Spring Mix Salad
Slow Cooked Roast Beef, Salad, Corn and Cranberry Sauce
Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Applesauce
Slow-Cooked Meatloaf, Spring Mix Salad, Peaches and Cottage Cheese

**Snacks and Desserts: Popcorn; Fresh Veggies with Yogurt Dip; Cheese, Crackers and Fresh Fruit

Extras: Fresh Homemade Baked Rolls or Bagels

What’s On Your Menu This Week?

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Noel is a CEO and Mother of 4 who can be found blogging from her home office, who's passionate about family, nutrition, fitness and supporting others reach their health & fitness goals. Noel uses her blog to share about simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, walking, workouts and a little sprinkle of life! She created Noel's Kitchen Tips teaching families how to make budget friendly meal and healthy recipes. She's blessed to have the opportunity to be able to teach busy moms and families how to use food and cooking as a means of bringing family mealtimes back to the table and stay healthy.

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