Sunday, March 30, 2008

Menu Planning Monday: Another $60 week

This is the second week I have come in under budget. I had $30 left over so I stocked up on a few great deals they had out there. I should be able to work those into next week's menu. The one thing I was able to get with my extra money this week was a flat of strawberries. I am buying another one when I get my money this week so I am hoping to make some nice desserts and can a few jars of preserves!

Monday: Waffles and fruit
Tuesday: Baked Oatmeal
Wednesday: Eggs Florentine and fruit
Thursday: Muffins and Sausage
Friday: French Toast sticks
Saturday: Eggs, biscuits, and a meat
Sunday: Country ham and gravy over biscuits

Monday: Sandwiches and a side veggie--->either raw or cooked
Tuesday: A meat, mac & cheese, and a veggie
Wednesday: Chicken Salad
Thursday: Grilled cheese sandwiches and fruit
Friday: Leftovers or quesidillas if we have no leftovers
Sat and Sun: We either eat leftovers, or a salad, or sandwiches

Monday: Carrots and ranch dressing
Tuesday: Fruit
Wednesday: Banana Bread or homemade bread drizzled with butter and honey
Thursday: Baked pepperoni(we do this every so often since I don't buy chips, they crisp real well)--->The children want this again
Friday: Tortilla wraps---> I usually fill them with pizza sauce and cheese, which the kids call "mini pizzas", or peanut butter, banana, and honey

Green beans
Pumpkin rolls

Zesty chicken

Mexican night

Black bean soup

Pizza night

Cheeseburger pie
Buttered peas

BBQ pork pull-apart sandwiches
Potatoes cooked in butter, onions and bell peppers
Green beans

Zesty Chicken:
4 chicken breasts
2 cans italian diced tomatoes
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 T butter
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp basil
salt and pepper to taste
Pasta--->I use vermicelli, but you can use whatever you like!

First, put on water to boil for noodles. I like to use a bay leaf in my water but you don't have to. Put butter in pan to melt. Dice chicken breasts and brown in melted butter. Add garlic to chicken breasts. Next, add the italian diced tomatoes and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Measure out heavy whipping cream andpour into pot. Add basil, salt and pepper at this time. Cook on medium for 12 minutes. After done, season with more salt and basil if desired. It will thicken a bit after it sits, but this is not a super thick sauce. Serve over pasta.

Baked Pepperoni Chips:
6 ounces pepperoni, thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lay the pepperoni slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and soak up the excess grease by pressing paper towels against the pepperoni chips. Return the pan to the oven and bake an additional 2 to 4 minutes, until the pepperoni slices are very crispy, unless they already are crispy.

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Carlie Faulk said...

Yum....pumpkin rolls. I need a calorie count on those things. I completly blew my diet today - lol! but they were so good, thanks!

Anonymous said...

it's wonderful to see how well you feed your family on 60 dollars! That is very inspirational!

Have a blessed week,


Jenean said...

You HAVE to share the recipe for the pumpkin rolls. I love anything pumpkin :)

annie said...

What a yummy menu!
Happy Monday!
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Candi said...

Sounds like a very tasty week!! Those pumpkin rolls look so good!!

Teresa @ A Life At Home said...

Ok, I have to admit, the pumpkin rolls are really good. Fresh out the oven with a pat of butter on them. Yum!

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

Great menu. I'm just in awe that you have it planned down to breakfasts and snacks. Wow.

Lisa said...

Great menu. Very inspirational.

Isn't Tammy's Recipes such a wonderful blessing? I really enjoy here recipes, because they are tried and true. Everything she shares is really good! I also have pumpkin rolls on my to try list.

Nancy (aka Blonde 1) said...

Thanks for sharing. Your weeks looks good. I'm going to try the cheese bread; sounds delicious.

Sandra said...

Yum, everything looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

Mine is up too


Anonymous said...

would you mind sharing how you bake the pepperonis? That sounds like a good alternative to chips.

Teresa @ A Life At Home said...

Melissa, I am posting the recipe since i've had a few people ask.

Kate said...

Another delicious sounding week at your home Teresa! If we're ever in your area, I think we might have to invite ourselves over for dinner! :-)

Teresa @ A Life At Home said...

Kate, we'd love to have you! ;-)

Jennifer said...

I was wondering about your recipe for lasagna? Generally its very expensive to make with the ricotta and everything. Thanks!

Teresa @ A Life At Home said...

Hey Jennifer, that's a great question! Lasagna is not my cheapest meal I make, but it does stretch far for us. We eat it for two meals. The average family could probably eat it for 3!

The recipe I use calls for sour cream instead of ricotta. I like ricotta, but the texture of the sour cream is easier for me.

I would be happy to post the recipe, probably tomorrow though as I am getting off of the computer for the night.