Menu Plan and Shopping List 7/30/14-8/6/14

I think if I ever have a week where I follow my menu plan perfectly, I’m going to throw a party to celebrate it. Except then, I’d have to change up my menu plan to allow for feeding all those extra people…

Though, in all seriousness, I’m not sure it would really be a great accomplishment to strictly follow my menu plan no matter what happened. Some people find that their lives and budgets work better with a strict menu plan, but my plans are generally meant to be adaptable to life as it happens, because my life rarely sticks to the first plan for even a whole day, and never for an entire week.

Last week, we ended up going out to Flattop Grill with my husband’s family for his birthday lunch, and I still haven’t made him his birthday dinner because we just ate our leftovers for supper.

We had plenty of leftover BBQ spiced chicken thighs, and since they were so yummy, we didn’t mind eating them for several lunches, and even a few snacks. That back up ‘tuna salad for lunches’ plan did come in pretty handy though when I burned the bacon that we were going to use for BLTs. (I was being so organized and cooking the bacon ahead so that I could be sure we didn’t run late eating supper and getting out of the house that evening, and then I got distracted…)

The chicken fried hamburgers were a success (the spices need a little tweaking, but the overall idea worked well), but apparently it was my week for burning things, because I also burned the garlic green beans. (Not the point were they were inedible, but I did end up throwing out the leftover green beans because they weren’t worth reheating. Sigh.)

Oh, and I’m replacing the Mexican food scheduled for tonight with the results of a ‘cooking for complete beginners’ video series I’m starting to film today. I even have a genuine complete beginner cook to guest star on these episodes, so be sure to keep an eye out for those on my youtube channel in the next few weeks…

This week’s menu turned into a bit of a game of ‘what are are we NOT out of’. While I am going shopping this week, there aren’t spectacular sales on some of the items I like to stay stocked up on, so I went for a ‘clean out the freezer’ type week in my menu plan.

Dinners:

Salmon Patties on 40 minute rolls with tomato, sauteed onions and lemon yogurt sauce

Chicken Thighs, rolls and butter, green salad (This is specifically a ‘cook the chicken in the crockpot and throw everything on the table in 5 minutes when you get home at suppertime’ meal.)

Beef Enchiladas

Ground Beef and Veggies (for church fellowship meal)

Chicken Thighs with broccoli and seasoned rice

Taco Salad

Indian Spiced Lentils with Roasted Carrots

Lunches:

As with the last couple of weeks, I think we’ll have enough leftovers for our lunches, and if not, tuna salad to the rescue.

Breakfasts:

So, basically, the way my schedule looks for the next week or so, I’m just not going to get any special baking done. I think my husband is going to be eating even more eggs (with or without toasted 30 minute rolls) and I’ll be eating even more toast and oatmeal. Maybe I’ll throw a few smoothies into the mix.
Baking And Extras:

I only got half my projects done last week, though half isn’t bad for the list I had going (and it included some pretty good homemade ginger ale). Of what’s left, I need to make sauerkraut and zucchini candy before my ingredients start to go bad. I’d also like to start another batch of homemade soda. We’ll see…

Shopping List:

Not much in the ads this week, though there’s an interesting potential deal at Kroger, if the coupon lines up right. Kraft cheese (select varieties) is included in the ‘buy 5, get $5 off’ sale, making it $2 per package if you buy 5. My list of digital coupons available from Kroger includes this coupon:

Save $1.50 when you buy any ONE (1) KRAFT Natural Shredded (7-8 oz) or Block Cheese (5-8 oz). You may use this coupon up to 5 times in a single transaction.

As far as I can tell, the coupon should stack with the sale, making for some very cheap cheese, but it’s always a little unpredictable whether they’ll have hidden requirements or not. Could be worth trying though!

Kroger also has eggs for $1.25, pork spare ribs for $1.77/lb, grapes for $1/lb and ground chuck for $3/lb.

Aldi has a few produce sales, but nothing that seemed especially spectacular.

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