A Few Grocery Buying Tips and a Weekly Meal Plan September 23-30, 2012

Hi Everyone! Hope you had a great weekend with your family! Did you do anything fun? We kicked off the weekend with a school walk-a-thon on Friday, followed by a much needed day of relaxation on Saturday. Yesterday, we enjoyed a nice Sunday Family Dinner celebrating our oldest son’s acceptance to the Music Institute in LA. He’ll be leaving tomorrow evening as school starts up next week. I’m excited to hear about which classes he chooses on Wednesday, the day of registration. We have a bright, talented star in our future!

This week, I thought I share a few grocery buying tips that I’ve added to this week’s dinner menu. There’s lots of good things in season right now to add to your weekniught meals.

Here’s what’s going on with this week’s weekly menu:

My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:

Breakfast options:

Muffins, Fresh Fruit, Homemade Greek Yogurt, cereal, toast, and eggs

Lunch options:

Egg Salad Sandwiches, Pizza bagels, leftovers, protein shakes, salad, fresh cut veggies and/or fruit

Suppers Your Family Will Love

Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu.  I enjoy menu planning because of  the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to  have more free time to focus on my family and home. For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. You’ll find the recipes on the weekly meal plan also available on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.

Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week)

Sunday:  Verde Chicken Enchiladas (I prepared in the morning so we’d have time to visit with our son), Mexican Rice, Cornbread

Monday: Zesty Turkey Burgers, Grilled Tomatoes and Roasted Potatoes

Tuesday: Tator Tot Casserole with Cornbread

Wednesday: Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, Egg Rolls and a green salad * Broccoli is in season and should be on sale at your local grocery store. It’s a perfect time to have some fresh meals to go with it.

Thursday: Bean Tostadas, Apple Fruit Salad (now’s the best time to grab some of your favorite apples. I enjoy making Homemade Apple Butter in the crock pot.)

Friday: Family Favorites Night ~Italian Family Dinner Night;  Featured Movie~Lady and the Tramp. As we gear up to our Disney Family Vacation at the end of the year, I thought it might be kind of fun to have some Disney theme Movie Dinners~ Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce makes for a great Spaghetti and Meatballs dinner after a crazy week at the office. (Don’t forget that September is the month to be stocking up on tomato products.)

Saturday: Homemade Pizza Dough with Homemade Pizza Sauce topped with leftovers from the fridge and fresh veggies

For more great family recipes, be sure to visit my recipe box

What’s cooking at your house this week?

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About Noel

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.


  1. What a great site for busy families. I wish I had found your site earlier when I was raising young kids.
    Just wanted you to know that I have found a secret for making vegetables (and just about everything else) a favorite for kids. They love the sweet/sour taste of my balsamic glaze. (And it’s good for them too.)
    What a wonderful service to all you are doing.

    Buon appetito,
    Janet Mandarano
    Mandarano Balsamic Glaze & Sauce

  2. Thanks Janet! Our family loves the wonderful flavor of balsamic vinegar and I use it in a variety of dishes.

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