Monday, March 02, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Last week's menu went as pretty much as planned except for Tuesday night's pinto beans and cornbread. That ended up being the menu for Monday night's meeting! Even though pinto beans and cornbread is one of our favorites, I decided to just skip it until this next week. I had tuna melts on the menu for Monday lunch but we had plenty of leftovers, so I moved the tuna melts to Tuesday night. I served the melts with a salad, cooked veggie and apple slices for a complete and filling meal.

Gail asked a great question in response to last week's menu plan:
I notice you have a couple meals where you aren't serving meat. How does your hubby handle this? I would like to do this but need some ideas how to get my meat and potato husband on board. Any ideas?

I answered Gail's question by email, but thought I'd answer it here too, if anyone else is wondering about this. Especially since this week's menu only has 2 nights with meat(which I totally did not think about when planning the menu)!

My husband doesn't complain about meatless meals as long as we eat some meat each week and as long as he gets enough to eat at each meal. I have always cooked this way and he really doesn't seem to mind it. Eggs and cheese are also a good source of protein and we eat plenty of those.

Eating less meat is a great way to cut down on grocery costs. Some ways to do this would be with soups, casseroles, pasta dishes, stir fries and "breakfast for dinner". Not all husbands go for this, though, so you need to keep your own husband's preferences in mind. My next suggestion is to look for other areas to save money so that you can serve a bit more meat.

Does anyone have other suggestions for Gail? Please share!

Here's what we'll be eating this week.

B-pancakes, apple slices
L-taking crockpot lasagna to our fellowship
D-popcorn, cheese, apples

To do: make yogurt, soak beans
B-oatmeal, grapefruit
L-mini pizzas(crusts in freezer), salad
D-eat at church meeting

To do:make chicken broth, make salad dressing
B-apple-carrot muffins, strawberry smoothies
L-peanut butter and honey sandwiches, cottage cheese, salad
D-pinto beans, cornbread, salad

B-eggs, toast, grapes
D-grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade tomato soup

To do: next week's menu plan
L-turkey, bacon, guacamole sandwiches, tortilla chips
D-salmon patties, homemade bread, green beans

B-apple-carrot muffins, strawberry smoothies
D-chicken piccata(new recipe), salad, breadsticks

To do: prepare food for Sunday
B-cold cereal, milk, fruit
D-omelets, toast, fruit

For more menu-planning fun, don't forget to visit Organizing Junkie to read lots and lots of menu plans!

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