Weekly Meal Plan May 5-11,2013

With as busy as we’ve been for the past two weeks, getting our online and local thrift & consignment business  running it’s so helpful to have meal plans that are flexible and easy. This week,  I’ll be roasting another chicken in the crock pot for a couple meals this week and soaking another batch of pinto beans overnight to cook and include in my meal plan.

It started raining today so it’s a perfect day for me to restock and get some pre-packaged mixes made for the pantry.

Here’s our meal plan for the week:

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Meal Plan

I meal plan at the beginning of each week. For me, it’s Sunday mornings when the house is quite and everyone’s still sleeping. I try and manage a decent frugal grocery budget and not go to the grocery store on a weekly basis unless we need dairy products like milk. Weekly meal planning saves our family money, reduces food waste, and keeps us from the urge to say, “Let’s eat out!”

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

Breakfast options:

(served with fruit)

French toast casserole
Pancakes
Waffles
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Cereal
Scrambled, Fried, or Hard-Boiled Eggs
Breakfast Burritos
Quiche
English Muffins
Homemade Bread
Biscuits
Muffins
Breakfast Cookies
Breakfast Potatoes
Mini Apple Pies or Turnovers

 Lunch options:

Sandwiches or Wraps (Tuna salad, egg saladchicken salad, turkey salad, leftover meats, grilled cheese, blt, pb&j)
Quesadillas
Smoothies
Leftovers from dinner
Salad
Baked Potato
Homemade Pizza Pockets

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, given time to cook and photograph :) )

Note: an asterisk* means it’s from the freezer

Sunday:  Sunday Supper~Spaghetti (yes, not your typical Cinco de Mayo meal )

Monday: Crock Pot Turkey, Rice and White Bean Soup*(freezer meal)~Frugal and Easy!

Tuesday:  Make-Ahead Casserole-French Toast; serve with cottage cheese and fruit

Wednesday: Baked Chicken Chimichangas– simple recipe to make; it’s affordable and a dollar stretching meal!

Thursday: Goulash; Serve with homemade rolls.)

Friday: Family Favorites Night~ Homemade Pizza-serve with veggie platter

Saturday: Chicken Pot Pie -serve with cornbread.

Dessert of the Week:

 Vanilla Ice Cream with Homemade Caramel Sauce

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

What’s cooking at your house this week?

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