I'm spending some time today getting myself organized for the next couple of weeks -- making the grocery shopping list, making a menu and I've got pizza dough mixing in the bread machine (half for tonight and some for the freezer). Planning and having a few meal items pre-made and in the freezer are 2 things which save me a lot of time and money.
I've been following the Pantry Challenge at Life as Mom (daily play-by-play available at Good (& Cheap) Eats. This month I've been trying to use up some of the stock in our freezer and pantry that have been in there a while so most of what's listed in my 2 week menu I already have.
Here's what we'll be eating for dinner the next couple of weeks. We usually have leftovers one night a week and on weekends we kind of fly by the seat of our pants as far as meals go so we can take advantage of last minute opportunities that might come up.
pork fried rice - (using pulled pork from the freezer)
homemade pizza (2x) - using Life as Mom's pizza dough recipe
ziploc omelets, toast, fruit - (omelets will include ham from the freezer)
skillet lasagna*, green beans, garlic bread (*new recipe from the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook)
breakfast sandwiches (sausage & egg on homemade biscuits), fruit - (sausage from freezer)
Kim J's famous ham sandwiches, chips, veggies & dip
chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese
bratwurst, oven fries, veggies
meatloaf, baked potatoes, salad
black bean spaghetti, garlic bread - (using black beans from the freezer I made 2 mos. ago)
Baking this week will include:
brownies (made from a mix we received as a gift)
lemon & cranberry cookies (cookie dough purchased from a school fundraiser in August)