Even though I only actually cooked twice last week, I feel accomplished. Accomplished in the fact that we didn't throw a lot of money away in the form of wasted food.
I had another accomplishment last week. I was able to host a last minute and frugal lunch without having to go grocery shopping. My aunt and Gram wanted to come and visit me (actually the baby) and I wanted to be able to prepare lunch. I also invited my parents over for lunch too. I had a lot of leftover Cowboy Stew and some Beef Barley Soup in the freezer. My aunt brought some hoagies and my parents brought a pie. And I sent my aunt and gram each home with a quart of soup!
This week will be another creative week of trying to form a menu plan using items we have in our freezer or pantry. I'm trying to avoid a large shopping order since we are still experiencing some unexpected expenses. But we're far from deprived.
Here's this week's menu plan:
- Monday: Chick-fil-a (using coupons*).
- Tuesday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, Texas Toast.
- Wednesday: Cheese Steak wraps, waffle fries.
- Thursday: Ham Steak, Baked Beans, Pierogies.
- Friday: Salmon, garlic mashes potatoes, peas..
- Saturday: Leftover night.
- Sunday: Pork Tenderloin, Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole.
*A while ago, I registered on Chick-fil-a during a promotion they were having. Just this weekend, I received two coupons for FREE chicken sandwiches. Mondays tend to be our errand day, so if we're out and about we'll pop into Chick-Fil-A for an early dinner. If not, then I'll do some adjusting to the menu plan.
For more menu planning inspiration, be sure to read Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.
I'm also linking this to Make-Do Mondays since I think we did a really great job at making do with the leftovers! Again!