Monday, January 11, 2010

Menu Plan | Jan 10-23

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)

6 comments:

Jenni said...

Black bean spaghetti? That doesn't sound so good, but if you recommend it, I'm sure it is. Jo leaves tomorrow or Wednesday, so I'm letting her choose the menu some before she goes back to eating most of her meals at Call Hall. I did find a turkey in the deep freeze and that sucker has got to be at least two years old. I'm a little afraid of it.

dmoms said...

look at you. you are getting organized. you won't regret it!

Michelle said...

This is so great...and so inspiring. I really need to start doing this. I do it...sort of...in my head for a wfew days at a time. And I have done this in the past...and I loved it. And so did the kids! They'd look on the fridge and see what was on the menu...it was cute. So I'm thinking with starting school again (real soon!!) I could really benefit from a weekly (or bi weekly!) menu. I also need to find some new no fail crock pot recipes. I made pinto beans and ham in my crock pot last week and they didn't thicken like they do on the stove. Hmmm....

Anyway...good for you!! This is great...and sounds delicious. And gives me a few new recipes for MY planning!!

O.M.G. said...

black bean spaghetti?? even allrecipes.com doesn't know what that is. those are 2 of my husband's favorite foods so please share!

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Minnie said...

Please post the black bean spaghetti