2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #48: Happy Thanksgiving! This weeks menu plan focuses on celebrating the holiday within a reasonable budget. . .
From the Farmers Market & Store: Artisan Lettuce, apples, cream cheese, celery, bell peppers, fresh cranberries, cabbage, bananas, Turkeys, walnuts
Total spent $43.56
Our garden has come to and end for the season as I forgot to cover the tender plants and the frost took them overnight. I cannot complain, we harvested literally hundreds of peppers and tomatoes this year.
From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs- even the eggs are becoming scarce as many of our chickens are molting and others seem to have taken an extreme disliking to the colder weather that is settling in for winter.
The least expensive way to have a great Thanksgiving bash is, of course, to hold a potluck style dinner. If you happen to be hosting the dinner, prepare the turkey and have your guests bring a favorite side dish. Or, consider having a dinner just for the immediate family, then hold a “dessert” party later in the evening. (Where each guest brings a favorite dessert to share).
Breakfast Options for this week: Fresh Bananas, apples
- Land o’ Nod Cinnamon Rolls
- Toasted Biscuits with Cranberry Butter
- Cinnamon Apple Pecan Oatmeal
- Eggs- Scrambled, poached, over easy, fried, or Omelets with toast
- Cranberry Walnut Bread
- English Muffins with Homemade Jam & Coffee
- Fruit & Cream Oatmeal
- Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole
We’re really not all that elaborate on breakfast. Most of the household prefers coffee & toast, even our teens, who frequently just grab a piece of fresh fruit to eat mid-morning.
For More Thanksgiving Recipes, Check out this Thanksgiving Page
Monday November 25th:
- Lunch: Leftover Corn Chowder
- Dinner: Grilled Pork Chops, Garlic Romano Sweet Potato Fries, Salad
Tuesday November 26th:
- Lunch: Spaghetti Squash with Basil Pesto
- Dinner: Cowboy Casserole
Wednesday November 27th:
- Lunch: Winter Fruit Salad w/ Homemade Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
- Dinner: Campfire Pig Greens, Roasted Red Potatoes
Thursday November 28th:
- Midday:Thanksgiving Dinner- Fried Turkey, riced Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing, Scallop Corn Casserole, cranberry sauce, Cranberry Spritzers, cream pie bites, apple Pie
Friday November 29th:
- Lunch: Open Faced Turkey Sandwiches
- Dinner: Turkey Pot Pie (using leftover Turkey), Pumpkin Nutmeg Dinner Rolls
Saturday November 30th:
- Midday: As if one thanksgiving wasn’t enough, we’re having another get together, but this time it’s an Oyster feed! If you happen to live on the coast, this is a GREAT time of year to harvest your own Fresh Oysters!
Sunday December 1st:
- Lunch: Leftovers
- Dinner: Bacon Veggie Quiche (great way to use up leftover veggies & keep them from getting tossed out!)
Various Snacks & Desserts:
- Fresh Fruit Choices Available– Apples, Bananas, Home Canned Peaches
- Apple Slices with Cinnamon Apple Cheeseball
- Microwave Popcorn
- Pumpkin & Cream Cheese Whoopie Pies
- Pear Butter
For Further reading/help we recommend the following:
- $50 Dollar Menu Frequently Asked Questions– There are certain questions that seem to pop up again and again, so rather than be redundant and repeat answers, we’ve put them all in one convenient place for you!
- Basic Questions–Why we don’t provide a shopping list, Random ingredients that aren’t in the shopping list, are groceries cheaper , etc
- More Questions– more in depth questions regarding dietary guidelines, dealing with picky eaters, junk food and more
- It Doesn’t Add up– Learn why some items in the Menu plan aren’t listed in this weeks grocery purchase list & how it all comes together
- November Sales Trends–not sure what Should be on sale right now? Here is a list of the current Sales trends throughout the month of November so you know what savings to expect and look forward to.
- The 2012 Family Guide to Groceries under $250 a Month– a guide of how and where to cut grocery expenses to get spending under control while providing an eye-opening view of the dirty manipulation tactics retailers use to keep you spending.
- $50 Weekly Menu Plan Help across the USA–Do you find yourself struggling to reduce your grocery bill each month? Check out our Menu plan help across the USA to see if your area has been featured for more 1-on-1 help, if not, feel free to add your request to have your city/state featured.
- Making Fruits & Veggies Last: At the beginning of each week we prepare the vegetables and fruits to make meal preparation easier during the week and to save money by preventing waste. You can read more about that here.
- How Spending $25 Now can save you Hundreds Later – if you gain nothing else from this site, don’t overlook this tip. It has been an EXTREME money-saver for our family.
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