Monday, December 31, 2012

Menu Plan: Winter (Dec. 30-Jan. 5)

     We didn't get to a few meals that were planned last week, so we're having them this week instead. It actually worked out well because that reduces our shopping for this week considering that we have extras for a couple of celebrations coming up (New Years & my husband's birthday). As you can see in the photo, we've stuck to the basics with produce, dairy, meat, dry beans, grains, and flour. Beyond that, we're utilizing the items we already have stocked in our freezer and pantry. By maintaining a basic pantry (and freezer stock), we're able to keep the grocery shopping affordable while still striving for real foods (ie not packaged/processed/convenience foods). Here is our menu plan for this week:

-Oat Bran Banana Muffins (Adjusted baking time and temperature to be appropriate for muffins instead of a loaf)
-Eggs, bacon, biscuits, and fresh orange juice/oranges (Hubby's favorite breakfast meal for his b-day)
-Oatmeal cooked with apples and then topped with some toasted walnuts, cinnamon, flaxseed meal and drizzle of maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
-Quinoa cooked with cranberries & pear and then topped with some toasted pecans, cinnamon, flaxseed meal and drizzle of honey

-Split Pea and Barley Soup (leftover from Sunday)
-Pork steak, collard greens, blackeye peas, cornbread (Doing a take on the traditional New Years foods. Read more ideas on Epicurious or Readers Digest)
-Repeat Pork meal
-Sweet Potato Fritters and pinto beans  (I'll probably add some kind of a green veggie to this)

-Eating out with friends
-Spaghetti squash with sauce
-Meaty Broccoli Manicotti (I'll use whatever type of ground meat I have in the freezer)
-Repeat tacos
-Fish with yellow rice and vegetables 
-Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, zipper cream peas, biscuits (Hubby's favorite dinner meal for his birthday)
-Hubby's birthday cake
-Hummus with carrots and celery
-Chi Spice People Cookies (holiday cookies still lingering about)
-Cheese fondue and bread (Fondue is our little New Years Eve tradition)

Linked up at: A Mama's Story

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