I have missed my organized house and kitchen. We’ve been so busy focusing on our business and working with clients, I’m happy that things have finally settled down and are starting to balance out with the thrift store that I can be back in the kitchen more. I am also going to get back into couponing. Our stockpile is getting low and I need to replenish our shelves. This will be a fun way to see what meals will be on future menus, save money and get some great deals. We already get a lot of our pantry items like flour, oats and sugar in bulk and I like to make my own oat flour (simply grind oats in a food processor). I’m going to try out some new recipes using oat flour including a Oat Flour Chocolate Cake as our dessert for the week. I also added oat flour in the Flaxseed Carrot Apple Muffins I made.
I meal plan at the beginning of each week. For me, it’s Sunday mornings (yes, even on Mother’s Day) when the house is quiet and everyone’s still sleeping. Even though I meal plan every week, (for many reasons I do-here is how I keep it simple) 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!” If you are in need of more reasons to meal plan every week,check HERE. Cooking and eating together is a great satisfaction that often disappears with the busy schedules of families. Working outside of the home has always been a necessity for most adults these days and enjoying the food we create together is a way of connecting with one another. Our kids cook dinner once-a-week and do the clean-up after the meal. If you want to learn how to pull that off at your house, check HERE.If you’re looking for more meal planning ideas, check HERE. My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:
(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
Sandwiches or Wraps (Tuna salad, egg salad, chicken 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
Monday: Memorial Day Holiday~ Honey BBQ Wings, Crock Pot Pinto Bean Chili, Watermelon~Frugal and Easy!
Wednesday: Sloppy Joes and Corn Fritters– simple recipe to make; it’s affordable and a dollar stretching meal!
Thursday: Smothered Chicken and Rice, Mixed Veggies
Friday: Family Favorites Night~ Ham and Pineapple Naan Pizza, Strawberry Spinach Salad (Our daughter is making dinner tonight)
Saturday: Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas, Black Beans, Salad (Our son is making dinner tonight)
Dessert of the Week:
Oat Flour Chocolate Cake
For more great family recipes, be sure to visit my new recipe box page.