Well this week, I’m feeling more inspired to make a majority of our meals from scratch and continue the frugal family lifestyle we’ve been living. It’s really been fun coming up with new frugal ideas and meals. I can’t believe I didn’t start some of these ideas sooner. I have some more ideas on meals for our freezer and more side dishes that will keep in the pantry. I’ve re-stocked our freezer with Homemade Sandwich Bread and bread crumbs.
With Spring break here, I’ll have to try and get as much prepping done while the kids are sleeping and in the wee hours of the morning when the house is quite. The weather has been beautiful here and well definitely want to take advantage of it. We had our first hike of the year this past Saturday at Independence Trail. It was beautiful!
On with the meal plan. Here’s what I’m doing this week:
Homemade Mixes For The Pantry List:
- Instant Refried Beans Mix
- Parmesan Macaroni Mix
- Corn Dog Mix – great for luches while the kids are on break
- Veggie Burger Mix
- Yellow Rice Mix
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:
(served with fruit)
French toast casserole
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Scrambled, Fried, or Hard-Boiled Eggs
Mini Apple Pies or Turnovers
Sandwiches or Wraps (Tuna salad, egg salad, chicken salad, turkey salad, leftover meats, grilled cheese, blt, pb&j)
Leftovers from dinner
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~Tuna and Green Bean Casserole-made with Cream of “Something” Soup
Monday: Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Skillet Cornbread; make extra chicken for tomorrow night
Tuesday: Fried Rice with Chicken and served Homemade Sweet & Sour Sauce
Wednesday: Spaghetti with Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce, Garlic Toast
Thursday: Garden Black Bean Burgers on Homemade Buns, Baked Ranch Home Fries
Saturday: Creamy Potato Casserole, Ranch Style Green Beans, Biscuits – didn’t have last week
Dessert of the Week:
Easter is just around the corner and with only 5 ingredients, this Old Fashioned Pound Cake recipe is one of my favorites and is sure to be the talk of your brunch/dinner. Simmer some fresh fruit like kiwi or strawberries with a few teaspoons of lemon juice in a pot and drizzle it on top of the cake. Top each slice with some fresh whipped cream. Yum!) – Come back later for the recipe, I have the butter softening on the counter as I’m typing.
For more great family recipes, be sure to visit my new recipe box page.