Monday, March 18, 2013

Menu Plan: Spring (Mar. 17-23)

Strategies used this week:

  • We've based the menu off of a lot of items we already have on hand. I've mentioned before that we will frequently purchase items in larger quantities and then store them in the freezer. These items typically offer a better unit price, and decrease our weekly purchases. 
  • I also tend to overplan meals. Sometimes we'll use all the meals planned, and sometimes we won't. I decided it's better to plan extras than to plan too little and have nothing to eat by the weekend. For instance, we didn't quite get to the barley casserole last week so we'll be having it this week. It works out in the end because we already have those ingredients on hand from purchasing them last week and so that's less to purchase this week. It's also really nice to know you have meals on hand just in case the planned meal doesn't work out. 

- Egg Sandwich (scrambled eggs &  cheddar cheese on toast), orange
- Winter Oatmeal (oats, diced apple, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, chopped walnuts, drizzle honey)
- Egg & Veggie Omelet (eggs, swiss cheese, diced tomato, sliced mushrooms, diced bell pepper, S &P to taste), toast, orange
- Toast with peanut butter and diced apples 

-repeat chowder
- repeat chicken, potatoes, green beans meal
- repeat barley casserole
- Veggie sandwiches on homemade focaccia bread
- open (perhaps leftovers or a breakfast for lunch theme)

- Roast chicken, potatoes, green beans
- Barley casserole (we didn't get to this one last week)
- Spaghetti squash spaghetti with homemade pasta sauce (you could do just the spaghetti squash as "noodles," but I really prefer adding some whole wheat noodles to it. For presentation, serve it in the squash halves.)
- Chicken pot pie using a whole wheat pie crust
- Mediterranean fish packets, greens
- Ribs, freezer slaw, baked sweet potatoes

-celery with peanut butter
-fruit: oranges, pear, apples
-cheese slices
-homemade crackers

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