Menu Plan and Shopping List 4/24/14-4/30/14

Oddly enough, the only meal that almost didn’t go as planned last week was the day we planned to just grab fast food for dinner. I had been at an afternoon party with finger foods and didn’t get hungry before heading off to play frisbee, and my husband had some lunch leftovers he ate for supper. ‘Fortunately’, we headed out to Culver’s to hang out with the frisbee group after the game, so our plan came back into play then. 🙂

Oh, and I forgotten to calculate into my dinner plans that my husband had Good Friday off, so instead of making pizza I saved those ingredients for Sunday afternoon and we made a quick pasta dish. (Okay, so it was a box of Hamburger Helper I got free with a coupon. It sat in my pantry for months and I finally decided I needed to use it up or throw it out.)

All the other meals went uneventfully as planned, good food, but nothing extra special. The ground beef and lentils were a freezer meal, and I also pulled out a beef and potatoes freezer meal to cover a lunch where we were short on leftovers. I’m trying to get the fridge and freezer cleaned out to the point where I’m not embarrassed to call maintenance to come find out why our fridge periodically leaks large quantities of water all across our kitchen floor.

Dinners:

Salmon Patties with homemade bread and lemon yogurt sauce

Pizza (I think now that I’m starting to get the hang of Chicago style pizza, I should start experimenting with New York style pizza) and salad

Leftovers/Fridge Scrounging

Sushi

Chicken thighs (maybe with a homemade teriyaki sauce or sweet and sour sauce), roasted carrots and fried rice bites

Chili Cheese Fries and Onion Rings (I have a small freezer meal of chili that needs to be used up, potatoes that are starting to go bad, and onions that won’t last much longer. This meal is the obvious solution to all of those problems.)

Burritos (This meal comes with a mental note to cook extra beans and rice to freeze in meal sized portions this week. Um, yeah, about that whole cleaning out the freezer thing…)

Lunches:

There are a couple of meals where it’s hard to predict whether we’ll have enough leftovers for lunch the next day or not. Realistically, this probably means covering any gaps with a tuna macaroni salad or other quick pasta dish, but I may be to able to use up a rice dish from the freezer instead,  if extra food is needed.

Breakfasts:

I probably need to continue using up kefir in smoothies, but I also finally made oatcakes, which will make quick breakfasts for a couple of mornings. (The version I made is kind of bland, but good, and is kind of like flat bread that comes pre toasted. I think a slightly sweet version might fit better into our routine, but I’m really to have tried the plain version also.) I made one batch of overnight oatmeal, and will hopefully get that rolling on a more regular basis also.

Baking and Extras:

This week, besides continuing to not kill my kefir grains (woo hoo!), and making the above mentioned oatcakes and overnight oatmeal, I also started a batch of kombucha and finally made bread again.  I almost started a late night fun baking spree, but opted for a quick raw cacoa/cream cheese/honey snack instead.

Based on that, I think it’s about time to start planning some fun baking into my week again. I really want to make this lemon poppyseed cake.

Also, on a more practical note, I need to make ketchup again. And maybe it’s about time to try homemade tortillas again too…

 

Shopping List:

I think I’m sticking with Kroger this week. There are a few good deals at Aldi and Hyvee also, but I need a few things that are best gotten at Kroger, such as canned crab for sushi. Highlights of my Kroger list are as follows:

bananas, 5lb/about$3

organic romaine lettuce, 2lb/$3.40

Vidalia onions, 2lb/$1.40 (First Vidalia onions of the season, and for under $1/lb! Not sure why I’m such a sucker for Vidalia onions…)

Pinto beans, 2lb/about $3 (I meant to order these in bulk, but discovered they’re about the same price on Azure Standard as at Aldi, so there’s no real reason to buy 25 pounds at a time.)

unbleached white flour, about $2

canned crab, about $2.80

chicken leg quarters, 5lb/about $4

Talenti gelato, 2/$7 (This is part of a ‘buy 4 get $4 off’ sale, so I’ll buy juice or something to make up the rest of the 4 items. Or just buy more gelato… It’s a splurge, but it’s the best deal I’ve ever seen on this brand, and we’ve occasionally gotten it for a movie at home type date night, so I can confirm that it really is that good.)

Also, if I can manage to ‘borrow’ someone’s Costco memebership in the next week or so, there are a few items I need there too:

butter (price fluctuates, but is often cheaper than Aldi)

mozzerella cheese, 5lb/about $14

evaporated cane juice, (can’t remember the price or bag size, but I know it’s a good deal, and somewhere around $8)

tomato paste, $6

chocolate chips (can’t remember the price on these either…)

Noticable sale items at Aldi include pork butt roast for $1.79/lb, mushrooms for .79, and cucumbers for .29.

Hyvee a 2.5 bag of boneless, skinless chicken breast on sale for $4.77 (Thursday and Friday only) and frozen veggies for .79.

Also, Shop and Save (which is by Target on War Memorial) has chicken thighs for .77/lb. (That’s pretty tempting for me this week, but since it’s the only really good sale, it’s probably not worth it for me to stop there.)

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