Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Menu Plan January 23 - 27
Okay, so it's not Monday at all. I'm still trying to figure out how to keep to my schedule of writing, and although I have been working on it, it's still not as regular as I had wished. Baby steps! My challenge this week in menu planning was very little money to work with. In fact, because of a few different factors, our budget for food this week was as close to nil as possible. I did an inventory of the freezer (and cleaned out the REALLY old pork chops and semi old pureed veggies) and came up with some meals.
Monday: Pizza, because we didn't get to it on Friday.
Tuesday: Pork chops (no, not the really old ones!) baked with mushrooms and cream, basmati rice and corn.
Wednesday: Spaghetti (using sauce frozen from a previous batch)
Thursday: Turkey Stroganoff
Friday: Chicken nachos to celebrate a frugal week!
Almost every item will be from food we already had, either in the fridge, or frozen. (Except for the egg noodles and yogurt in the Stroganoff, but I might just use whole wheat fettuccine. Oh, and the nacho chips for the chicken nachos.) Other than that, we stocked up on milk, potatoes, and eggs on the weekend and we have pulled out the breadmaker again! I made a whole wheat loaf today. It's incredible what you can avoid buying when you just are not able to! (In saying that, I don't disregard how difficult it is either, and we are blessed with a freezer and pantry full of food.)
I WISH I had taken a picture of this cake for the blog! I took the cupcake recipe, doubled it for a Bundt cake and it was so yummy. Yes, I used real, unsalted butter. And yes, Joy the Baker is amazing. (Oh, and yes it was for a dessert night out, with friends... a special occasion!)
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