• 2017 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week 2

    2017 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week 2: It's Chili Cook-off Time, a highly anticipated gathering of friends, great food and amazing CHILI!!

    If you've followed previous years menu plans you know that we tend to stock up on meat (and poultry) at various times of the year when the prices drop. Traditionally speaking, poultry tends to drop in price during
    the first couple weeks of January, so rather than spending the full amount on groceries for the week, we're anticipating a decent sale price and setting the money aside. In a few weeks, the price of seafood will drop drastically and we'll stock up on shrimp and scallops. You can view anticipated sales by month here.

    This week we purchased the following: lettuce, bell peppers, tomatoes, celery, cabbage, carrots, raisins, dried cherries,
    sweet potatoes, cheddar cheese, cantaloupe, grapefruit, apples, bananas, broccoli, sour cream, cream cheese and a chocolate bar (don't judge, lol).

    Total spent this week on groceries: $38.22

    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs

    From our Windowsill/ Garden: a few fresh herbs in the windowsill- cilantro, basil, parsley, rosemary, scallions

    Breakfast Options for this week:

    • Fresh Fruit -Grapefruit, Cantaloupe
    • Leftover Slow Cooker Omelett Casserole (use homemade sausage & homemade
    • Maple Almond Scones
    • Eggs-poached, over-easy, hard boiled, scrambled with leftover sauteed veggies & a sprinkle of cheese, etc
    • Cinnamon Raisin Toast

    Lunch Options for this week:

    Sunday January 8th:

    Monday January 9th: Meatless Monday

    • Dinner: Szechuan Style Chinese Noodles (I'm not a fan of peanuts, so we'll omit those and add 1/4
      c of cashews instead)

    Tuesday January 11th:

    Wednesday January 11th:

    Thursday January 12th:

    Friday January 13th: GOOD LUCK DAY!

    • Dinner: Cabbage Veggie Stew (use a cup or so of diced leftover pork loin), Cloud Biscuits with cinnamon honey butter (Sorry- for this one I don't follow a recipe, I throw it all together in my instantpot.)

    January 14th
    : Annual Chili Cookoff Event with Friends (bringing a dessert!)

    • Dinner: Chili Cookoff - 12-20 different kinds of chili, so we're opting to bring a desert (keep an eye out on the site for the recipe!)

    Various Snacks & Desserts:

    Drinks Available:

    • Coffee
    • Hot Chocolate/Cocoa
    • Iced Tea (Unsweetened
      or Sweet Tea)

    Less Likely to be used, but still available: These are very rarely used in our house- we just prefer coffee, tea and water.

    FYI: If you're wondering why all the ingredients listed in the recipes aren't necessarily showing in the "purchased groceries" list, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions!

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