• 2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #25

    2013 $50 Weekly Menu Plan Week #25: The farmers market was in full swing this week and they were ready to haggle! Total spent this week $28.71 and we bought . . .
    sliced cheese, bananas, grapes, celery, cottage cheese, lettuce, oatmeal, yogurt, bread, chia seeds and strawberries.

    From our small garden we harvested: Fresh radishes, tomatoes, jalapenos, Zucchini, Summer Squash, cucumbers, fresh beets, a few carrots, and green peppers.

    We picked fresh blueberries and blackberries.

    Breakfast Options
    for this week

    Best Snack of the week:

    Monday June 17th:

    • Lunch: Cottage Cheese Filled Tomatoes
    • Dinner: Red Flannel Hash (from sunday's dinner)

    Tuesday June 18th

    • Lunch: Veggie Quiche
    • Dinner:
      Grilled Terriyaki Turkey Burgers on Homemade wheat buns, salad

    Wednesday June 19th:

    • Lunch: Tuna Grape Salad Wraps
    • Dinner: Lemon Pepper Grilled Bass, Italian Marinated Summer Squash (also grilled), steamed beets

    Thursday June 20th:

    Friday June 21st:

    • Lunch: Fresh Cucumber Sandwiches or Egg Salad Wraps
    • Dinner: Fully Loaded Pizza (Homemade) (Our loaded pizza consists of onions, peppers, jalapenos and whatever meats available- pepperoni, sausage, bbq chicken, etc)

    Saturday June 22nd:

    Sunday June 23rd:

    • Lunch: 7 Layer Ramen Salad
    • Dinner: "Restaurant Night" - this isn't actually eating out, instead we use the individual portion size meals that have been vacuum sealed and frozen. See the ebook for details

    Various Snacks:

    Drinks Available: A note about our drink offerings, while we do always have coffee and tea in the house, coffee is usually with breakfast, hot tea is usually in the evening and for the most part our other drinks consist of Water. We don't "drink milk" at all, it is usually used in making homemade yogurt, or in cereals, baking, etc.
    * Iced Tea (Unsweetened or Sweet Tea)
    * Coffee
    * Hot Chocolate/Cocoa
    * Copycat Gatorade
    * CopyCat Arizona Green Tea
    * Chocolate Covered Whipped Cream Filled Strawberry Jello Shots (alcoholic)
    FYI Section:
    The bass mentioned in this weeks menu plan was caught locally. Since the boys are in & out
    so much we haven't been following through a whole lot with our lunch menus. Essentially this means we're freezing LOTS of leftovers and we may have to do a "Restaurant Night" several times in one week to free up some freezer space before canning season hits.

    The apple strudel filling mentioned in this weeks plan was actually frozen last fall as "apple pie filling". We froze several "half" batches for quick pastries/snacks- which is why you see it on the menu, but not in the groceries purchased list.

    For Further reading/help we recommend the following:

    • June Sales Trends- not sure what Should be on sale right now? Here is a list of the current Sales trends for the month of June, so you know what savings to expect

    • 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.

    • $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
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