• 2018 Weekly Menu plan: February 5th-11th

    2018 $50 Budget Menu Plan Week 5 Last week was absolutely crazy for us, working weird hours and helping neighbors with frozen pipes from a nasty little cold spell. Not only did we fail to get a menu posted, we also never got around to going grocery shopping at all, so we had a "Pantry Challenge" week.

    If you're not familiar with that, it means that ALL of your meals come from what you have on hand in the pantry and freezer. It's a great way to use leftover or pre-planned OAMC meals and cut
    down on potential waste too.

    We often purchase bacon in 10 or 20# boxes at a time, then cook it and refreeze the cooked pieces. About half of it we chop fine for use in recipes (it's amazing what a tablespoon or two of bacon bits will do to an otherwise boring recipe!). So when you see bacon appear frequently in recipes, it's often just a tablespoon or two that we've cooked, chopped and frozen.

    This week we purchased the following: Cantaloupe, Strawberries, Grapes, lemon yogurt, honeydew melon, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, apples, fresh beets, scallions, celery, lettuce, carrots, bell peppers, Pineapple, Avocados, Whole Chicken, cauliflower,
    onions, cheese, spinach, half & half, loaf wheat bread

    Total spent this week on groceries: $51.89

    From our Backyard: Fresh Eggs

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

    Breakfast Options for this week:

    • Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits
    • Eggs-poached, over-easy, hard boiled, scrambled with leftover sauteed veggies & a sprinkle of cheese, etc

    Monday February 5th:

    • Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
    • Dinner: Grilled (boneless) Pork Ribs, Fresh Beet Greens (steamed)

    Tuesday February 6th:

    Wednesday February 7th:

    Thursday February 8th:

    Friday February 9th:

    • Lunch: Tuna or Egg Salad Wraps
    • Dinner: Venison Tenderloin, Hasselback Au Gratin Potatoes, apple beet salad

    Saturday February 10th: All Day (Potluck) Event with Friends, we're bringing Sweet Potato Salad with us

    Sunday February 11th:

    • Brunch: Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
    • Supper: Beer Can Chicken, grilled potatoes, Salad, Steamed Beets

    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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