• 2017 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week 6-7-8

    2017 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week 6,7,8 : This month we're sharing a one month plan, to give you an idea of how easy menu planning can be.

    At the start of the month we were desperately trying to clean out the pantry and freezer. When I attempted to walk into the pantry, it was literally overflowing with various food items that we have overstocked unnecessarily.

    Part of this comes from my need to buy things in season with the idea that we may need them because company might show up or we may go to a function or gathering... and to be completely honest, part of it is because we didn't have an overabundance of food in the cupboards when we were kids. There was always plenty to eat, mind you, but the pantry certainly wasn't exceptional by any stretch of the imagination.

    The majority of this months meals will be using items already in the pantry or freezer, with the exception of a few fresh fruits and vegetables. We almost always purchase lettuce, bell peppers, cucumbers, grapefruits and oranges this time of year.

    While perusing the contents of the freezer I discovered a bag of "fresh" cranberries that I bought on sale in early December for a whopping 25- I'll mash these and make a simple cranberry sauce which will go well with pot pie.

    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs

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

    Breakfast Options:

    Lunches will consist of leftovers from the previous days dinner or be a choice of tuna salad, egg salad, pb&j, or homemade panini's. Our Panini maker died many moons ago, so we use this fun little hack to make our own.

    Week #6
    Monday Feb 6th:

    Tuesday Feb 7th:

    Homemade Beef & Bean Burritos

    Wednesday Feb 8th:

    • Dinner: Beef-n-Bean Burrito's topped with salsa & cheese seasoned Rice on side

    Thursday Feb 9th :

    Friday Feb 10th:

    Saturday Feb 11th:

    Sunday Feb 12th:

    Week #7

    Monday Feb 13th:

    Tuesday Feb 14th:

    Wednesday Feb 15th:

    Thursday Feb 16th:

    • Dinner: Homemade Deep Dish Pizza - this is an excuse to throw on whatever is hanging out in the fridge- shrimp, ham, pepperoni, onions, peppers, sausage, literally just about anything.

    Friday Feb 17th:

    Saturday Feb 18th:

    • Dinner: Sesame Chicken, Steamed Jasmine Rice, Steamed Garlic Shredded Green Beans

    Sunday Feb 19th:

    Week #8

    Monday Feb 20th:

    How to feed a family of 4 for under 0 a month in 2017

    Tuesday Feb 21st:

    Wednesday Feb 22nd:

    Thursday Feb 23rd:

    Friday Feb 24th:

    Saturday Feb 25th:

    Sunday Feb 26th:

    Various Snacks & Desserts:

    Drinks Available:

    Less Likely to be used, but still available:

    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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