August 17, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

So, Big Daddy and I are trying something “new” in regards to the budget.  Basically, we’d like to save more money and that starts with cutting down our grocery bill.  It’s become absolutely stratospheric over the past few months and we had to cut it down.  I struggle with trying to cook healthy foods with cutting down our grocery bills.  While foodies disagree, they just seem to be competeing factions.  However, one thing I know that does work is OAMC (Once a Month Cooking) or freezer cooking.  You can google it and come up with tons of ideas but the basic idea is you stock up your freezer and eat from that.  Why is it cheap?  Well, the bulk buying factor.

I’m coupling OAMC with my local grocery stores “loss leaders” and using that to create our menu.

In two weeks, we’ll repeat this menu there by getting two weeks of dinners out of one week’s budget (well, actually, I’m able to come up with 14 dinners from our budget this week, but you get half a week so there!)

Monday  Baked Stuffed Bell Peppers Peppers are hella cheap right now in our location.  I’ll be replacing the ground beef with ground turkey

Tuesday Chicken fried rice with egg rolls and sugar snap peas.  The Princess is out of town, but I’m hoping this is good.  Due to her peanut allergy, Chinese food is basically taboo, but she loves chicken fried rice SO much.  Hopefully, this will be a good alternative for her.

Wednesday Chicken Bruschetta Casserole with veggies

Thursday Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas with corn

Friday Dinner Out

Saturday Cold sandwiches.  We’re picking up the Princess this day and will have lunch with my family and then eat a quick, light dinner at home

Sunday Grilled chicken and veggies.

Now, the best part?  Monday through Thursday’s meals will be doubled and frozen and in two weeks I’ll have a whole week where I don’t actually have to cook.  How great is that?

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