• 2015 $75 Budget Menu Plan Week 11

    2015 $75 Budget Menu Plan Week 11: Happy St Patricks Day! This is a great week to stock up on the following items...
    Corned beef, frozen foods, cabbage (which incidentally lasts quite a while in the fridge!)

    This week we purchased the following: Grapefruit, Apples, Grapes, Strawberries, Carrots, Cabbage, Corned Beef (on sale, bought several to stock the freezer), cantaloupe, hard cheese- we also picked up a few frozen food deals at Walmart (you've got to remember, they often have deals on Frozen
    foods- we were able to grab 15 bags of frozen veggies for .50 per bag, graham flour, cool whip, beets, lettuce, green peppers, cucumbers

    Total spent this week on groceries: $72.90 (Remember, the goal is to spend an average of $300 or less per MONTH!)

    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs (up to about 10 a day)

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

    Breakfast Options for this week:

    • Fresh Fruit (Grapefruit, Oranges, Grapes, Strawberries, Cantaloupe)
    • Toaster Strudels
    • Irish Scones
    • Grape Salad
    • Eggs- poached, over-easy, hard boiled, scrambled with leftover sauteed veggies
      & a sprinkle of cheese, etc
    • Strawberry Melon Salad

    Lunch Options for this week:

    For the most part when it comes to meals we try to make sure that we have a protein, veggies and a starch. I don't follow the gooberments plate/food pyramid or whatever they'd like to call it this week. I follow the old school rule, which is. . . The plate should have Real food on it, for real people who work hard for a living and need energy to keep working (apparently to pay everything they earn in taxes!!)
    Oy, can you tell I've been doing taxes this week?!

    Monday March 16th:

    • Dinner:Caribbean Dump Chicken (Crockpot), Jasmine Steamed Rice,
      Steamed Broccoli

    Tuesday March 17th: Happy St Patricks Day!

    Wednesday March 18th:

    Thursday March 19th:

    • Dinner: Cabbage Rolls (using planned leftovers from boiled dinner)

    Friday March 20th:

    Saturday March 21st:

    Sunday March 22nd

    • Dinner: Sausage Stuffed Green Peppers (It's actually just the 2 of us, the kids have plans with friends, etc). Bummer for them, because these stuffed peppers are Da' Bomb!

    Various Snacks & Desserts:

    • Fresh Fruit Choices Available- Oranges, Grapes, Strawberries
    • Homemade BBQ Potato Chips
    • Hard Boiled Eggs (Perfect munchie
      item midday, packs a great protein punch)
    • Irish Eclair Bars

    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: 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!

    • 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

    March is a wonderful month for stocking up on Corned beef, frozen veggies & fruits/berries, and more. Check out our
    March Sales Guide for more details
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