Menu Plan and Shopping List 5/1/14-5/7/14


Hot cocoa is an essential part of the menu planning process.

 Considering this past week has involved a couple of unplanned social events and several sick days or partial sick days, I think it’s impressive that we followed any part of last weeks menu plan. Thankfully, after some rest and lots of doses of oregano essential oil, we may be finally be done with the sick days for a while. Yay!

The chili cheese fries were not a great success, mostly because I used chili from the freezer that turned out to have been from a less than stellar batch of chili. (Yeah, I make amazing ketchup and pretty good sushi, but the ‘dump some food in a pot’ meal of chili that everyone can make–that one I’m still working on. That and warming up leftovers so they don’t get dried out or burnt.) The onion rings, however, were amazing.

The chicken thighs meal turned out great. I made some orange sauce, which was good on the chicken, and heavenly on the fried rice bites. (Fried rice bites are balls of plain sushi rice fried in butter until they’re just a little bit crispy on the outside.)


Chicken burritos

New York style pizza (I didn’t get a chance to try it last week–this week I’m going to try to go for it again.) and salad (or possibly fruit salad)

Leftovers/Fridge Scrounging

Sushi (for fellowship dinner–I didn’t get a chance to do this last week)

Taco Salad with homemade french dressing

Turkey Broccoli Rice Casserole

Chicken Strips and Roasted Carrots


As with last week, I am mostly, but not completely, sure that we’ll have enough leftovers for all our lunches, and if not I’ll fill the gap with a pasta salad or rice dish from the freezer.


You know what’s amazing? Toast. With lots and lots of butter. Yeah, I’ll be making some kefir smoothies and more overnight oatmeal also, but for no apparent reason I’m on a toast kick, so I’m just going to go with that for now.

Baking and Extras:

This week I made ketchup and kept up with my kombucha project, but not much else. I even stuck my kefir grains in the fridge so I wouldn’t have to use up all my milk making more kefir than we could drink. This coming week I need to make bread again, make more overnight oatmeal, and maybe fit in a fun baking project as well. I finally have chocolate chips in the house again, so perhaps I could spend a few weeks not making those soaked chocolate chip pancakes again….

Shopping List:


Why, yes, of course I always arrange my food ads this artistically when I browse them. *cough* Okay, just kidding, this is what they really look like…


It’s technically my ‘off’ week for shopping, but I could use a few things at Aldi, so I’ll probably make a quick trip. Besides some office snacks for my husband I’m picking up a couple avocados at 79 cents each and mangoes at 49 cents each.

Also, since I bought chicken leg quarters last week, Kroger has marked them down to 69 cents a pound this week. 😛 Kroger also has a lot of produce on sale for 99 cents a pound, such as, roma tomatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and english cucumbers. I’m also somewhat intrigued by the 4 oz bags of salad shrimp that are on sale for $1. Still more than I like to pay per pound for food in general, but not bad for shrimp, and the small bags would allow for throwing shrimp into a dish for flavoring without spending a lot on making them the highlight of the dish.

Schnucks and Shop N’ Save both have some pretty good produce sales that might be worth checking out if you’re shopping this week.

I’m hoping that I can start relying on our local farmer’s market for produce soon. I’m not sure how much is available so far this season, but I’ll try to start posting reports on Facebook as to what’s available at the farmer’s market when I get there.



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