Monday, October 4, 2010

Menu Plan for Monday Oct 4

My version of menu planning has been tweaked a little in the past month. I read The Tightwad Gazette books (II and III - that's all my library had) recently and had an almost epiphany about menu planning: Use what you have, only buy what's a deal.

Surprisingly, I have spent less each week on groceries, which has allowed me more freedom to buy "the deals," but the shift of thinking has really rocked my world. Consequently, I dusted off my Price Book (which is an Excel file) and spent a good hour one afternoon comparing toilet paper prices per roll vs square feet to decide if the Charmin that Publix has on sale this week is a good deal. (It's not compared to Sams)

I went two weeks without a menu plan, but now am thinking I need to get back into picking meals each night - it makes my days roll by smoother. I will just make a menu plan for what I have on hand, and avoid recipes that need recipe-specific ingredients.

Eggs & Toast
Oatmeal with Fruit & Nuts

Roast in the Crockpot with carrots, Salad, Rice or Pasta

Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks (or new drumstick recipe)

Enchiladas (in freezer), Mexican Rice, Salad

Pork & Veggie Stir Fry with White Rice

Salmon Fillets, Veggie, Rice or Pasta

I'm sharing this at I'm an Organizing Junkie: Menu Plan Monday.

Creatively Domestic

Simple Cooking | Easy Cooking

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