Sunday, April 18, 2010
menu plan | the cheating version
I did it. I cheated by taking the checkbook to the grocery store today rather than my cash. First time since December 28th. Not part of the plan but it was easier this week than waiting to go to the bank tomorrow. Busy week coming up so I decided it was more important to take care today of what I could, rather than put off til tomorrow or Tuesday. I still gave myself the same limit of $225. When it was all said and done, I had $6 to spare.
Here's the basic outline for the dinner menu for the next 2 weeks. Keep in mind that I only plan the entree. I always have salad, fruit, veggies and breads on hand to fill in for sides. And yes, I know I will have to feed my family 14 dinner meals in the next 2 weeks and I only have 11 listed below. I try to leave a bit of wiggle room so as to actually use everything I buy which allows for 1 or 2 nights of leftovers or a change of plans.
Lentil Tacos on whole wheat tortillas w/lettuce, tomato, cheese
Easy Tuscan Pasta - new recipe
Turkey Divan (from this cookbook)
Burrito Bowls -- rice, pinto beans, leftover taco meat from freezer, shredded cheese, salsa
Bean & Cheese Burritos
Parmesan Chicken Tenders on spaghetti
Peppery Chicken Wraps on pita bread - new recipe
Bacon & Egg Salad Sandwiches
For me, the change of seasons also brings a change in menu. With warmer temps on the way, I've been giving thought to meals that won't require me to heat up the kitchen (read no oven required). I've been perusing my cookbooks for tasty sandwich ideas, cold salads, and grilling options. What are your favorite warm weather meals?