Sunday, August 12, 2012

Menu Plan: Summer (August 12-18)

        This week is full of new recipes. I found this cookbook today and after browsing for a bit I was eager to take it home and try out the recipes. The subtitle of the book is "403 budget-friendly family recipes," yet it isn't heavily based on packaged foods or one-dish meals. I also really enjoy that it has a section of planned leftovers, which suggests a recipe for a central ingredient and then offers two additional recipes which would use the leftovers. For instance, this week we purchased a pork roast and will be using it in three meals. We paid $8.40 for meat for three meals! The book also contains a section on freezer meals in the form of creating double portions to use one now and one later. I foresee this section coming in handy soon. There are so many other sections that I could rave about in this book. I'm that impressed with it so far. It's a collection of recipes from Taste of Home, which is a source I use often. For this week's menu share, I've tried to include as many of the recipes I'm using from the book that are also available online. I would highly recommend purchasing a copy of the cookbook if you're looking for real food in a cost effective manner. We planned for 13 different meals and 6 different snacks this week, and yet our grocery shopping total was only $43! That involved only meat, vegetables, dairy and 1 packaged food item(Croutons due to lack of time to make some) and no coupons or sale shopping. All recipes are cut down to 2 servings and we try to homemade and reuse ingredients as much as possible. My goal is to grow in providing real food on a real budget. Mission accomplished! :)

-parfaits (yogurt, walnuts, strawberries, granola)
-omelet (eggs,diced bell peppers, diced onions, diced mushrooms), toast, fresh smoothie/juice
-granola cereal with dried berries, banana 
-oatmeal, strawberries, walnuts
-egg sandwich (egg, cheese, sausage, biscuit)

-Caesar Salad
-Sausage with Apple Sauerkraut
-Pork Fried Rice
-Veggie Pizza
-Italian Pork Hoagies, Freezer Slaw (homemade hoagie buns)

-Lasagna (leftovers)
-Savory Pork Roast, corn on the cob, baked sweet potatoes
-Fettuccine with black bean sauce, green salad
-Veggie Pizza (leftovers)
-Soft Fish Tacos (omitting the slaw made with tartar sauce and using the freezer slaw instead)
-Breakfast for dinner (probably something like whole wheat blueberry pancakes)

-Homemade Pretzels (cutting them into bite-size pieces instead of sticks)
-Plum & Almonds or other nuts/seeds
-Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread
-Fresh juice (carrot & celery)
-Yogurt with fruit
-Fresh fruit (honeydew melon, bananas, apples)

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