• 2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #8

    2014 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week #8: Winter has reared its ugly head far too frequently the past week and a half leaving thick ice in its wake. The only benefit to this nastiness is the sudden desire to eat more soups, stews and chili, which are not only filling, but dirt cheap as well. This weeks menu plan came to $38.64 and this is how it all comes together . . .

    We picked up 10# of Ground Turkey, fresh pineapple, gala apples, onions, broccoli, strawberries, bananas, fresh mushrooms, pepperoni, lettuce, celery, carrots, lemons, tomatoes, Milk (to make Yogurt & Cheese). We still have fresh bell peppers from last week

    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs (Getting nearly 2 dozen per day again!)

    Breakfast Options for this week: Fresh Fruit - Apples, Bananas, Fresh Berries, fresh pineapple


    As usual We'll throw together a fruit salad to snack on and eat for breakfast, along with the following choices:



    Monday February 17th:



    Tuesday Feb 18th:



    Wednesday Feb 19th:



    Thursday Feb 20th:



    Friday Feb 21st:



    Saturday Feb 22nd:

    • Lunch: Whitefish Veggie Casserole (pictured)
    • Dinner: "Restaurant Night" - this isn't actually eating out, instead we use the individual portion size meals that have been vacuum sealed and frozen


    Sunday Feb 23rd: Daytona 500!

    Lunch & Dinner: Potluck Party for the Daytona500!

    Various Snacks & Desserts:


    Drinks Available:
    * Iced Tea (Unsweetened or Sweet Tea)
    * Coffee
    * Hot Chocolate/Cocoa

    Less Likely to be used, but still available:

    * Copycat Gatorade
    * CopyCat Arizona Green Tea
    * Lemonade
    * Iced Coffee Drinks
    * Almond Milk
    FYI: We're running out of fresh ideas for eggs, we'd love to hear yours!

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      • More Questions- more in depth questions regarding dietary guidelines, dealing with picky eaters, junk food and more



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    • 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.





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    Comments 5 Comments
    1. SherriPontious's Avatar
      SherriPontious -
      Hi, I saw the comment about eggs for breakfast. Popovers are a great way to cook eggs for breakfast. Here's an easy recipe I got from Allrecipes.com, makes 6 popovers -

      2 eggs
      1 cup all-purpose flour
      1 cup milk
      1/2 teaspoonsalt
      Directions


      1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease and flour six 6-ounce custard cups.
      2. In a medium bowl beat eggs slightly, Beat in flour, milk and salt until just smooth; being careful not to overbeat. Fill custard cups 1/2 full.
      3. Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Decrease oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for 20 minutes more. Immediately remove from cups and serve piping hot.
    1. Kimcm's Avatar
      Kimcm -
      I get the freezing, canning, growing and doing what you can with what you are allowed. I rent, so hens are out for me. I live in Pacific, Mo. 63069. My problem is meat. Closest store is a Queens so until the Save-a-lot is built, I have to drive to either Washington or Eureka for meat, and those prices are not the best at Schnucks. I have a Bahrs Discount store, which is hit or miss but you can buy in bulk for bacon sometimes. I am on disability so meat and poultry is my main problem. Thanks for any help you can offer
    1. ddpan09's Avatar
      ddpan09 -
      This won't help you much but you can add it to your recipes. It's called egg in a hole. ( thank you pioneer woman)

      You will need:
      Bread Slices
      Eggs (of Course)
      butter
      cooking spray
      a biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter

      Heat Skillet on low heat. Butter both sides then use biscuit cutter to remove center of slice bread. (Don't throw away) Place the bread slice in the skillet then krack an egg and put it in the middle of the bread slice (in the hole). Place the center piece you removed also in the skillet. Wait about 1 to 2 minutes and then flip over to other side to cook. Wait about 1 to 2 minutes then place on plate with the center piece on top.

      My family goes nuts for them. I hardly get to seat down to eat mine because they are eating them as fast as I am making them.

      Hope this helps you out with your eggs.
    1. GB101's Avatar
      GB101 -
      thank you for sharing your recipes #SherriPontious & ddpan09!
    1. Melissa74's Avatar
      Melissa74 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kimcm View Post
      I get the freezing, canning, growing and doing what you can with what you are allowed. I rent, so hens are out for me. I live in Pacific, Mo. 63069. My problem is meat. Closest store is a Queens so until the Save-a-lot is built, I have to drive to either Washington or Eureka for meat, and those prices are not the best at Schnucks. I have a Bahrs Discount store, which is hit or miss but you can buy in bulk for bacon sometimes. I am on disability so meat and poultry is my main problem. Thanks for any help you can offer

      Hi Kim,

      I'm no expert by any means but I do have a few ideas. I looked up your location and noticed that you are 20 minutes or less from quite a few towns. I looked at St. Clair and pulled up a Save a lot for that town. What I would suggest you do is find 2 or 3 other ladies that would want to ride together and shop (split the gas). I would research which had the best deals and go there to stock up on meat specials for your freezer. Only buy the meat that is on sale and plan your menus around it.
      Another idea would to be to have a couple meatless dinners a week such as lentils in place of hamburger meat for tacos or sloppy Joe's. You could add frittata night to use up any leftover meat and veggies you may have.
      You could also use extenders in the recipes you already use such as rice and veggies in your meatloaf. Soups and stews are also a great option. Hope these ideas help you.
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