Menu Plan and Shopping List 12/11/14-12/17/14

We followed this week’s menu plan surprisingly well, just swapping a couple meals from the day I’d originally planned to fix them, and swapping out veggies a couple of times. In fact, I will admit that I forgot to fix a veggie to go with our meatloaf. I’m going go with the theory that the LARGE amount of chopped onion I put in the meatloaf counts as our veggie for that meal…

The only other change is with the BBQ chicken thighs meal: First, I forgot to buy chicken when I went shopping (more like I looked at it and decided against that particular chicken at every single store I went to). Second, we ended up deciding to go out to dinner anyway, as part of our date night to go see a local theater perform The Sound of Music.

I was feeling unusually ambitious about cooking meals on Saturday, so instead of just scrounging leftovers, I made a sweet and sour pork dish. It was really good, but for once my decision to double the sauce backfired, and made the whole dish just a little too sweet (which my husband didn’t seem to mind at all…). Serving the leftovers with extra veggies and pasta helped a little.

We’re heading into the Christmas party time of year, so the next few weeks will probably involve extra social events, easy meals so I have time to focus on special Christmas activities, and a lot of last minute changes between when I plan meals and when we eat them.

We had well over a gallon of apple cider left after Thanksgiving that went fizzy and is now halfway between sweet cider and hard cider. I thought we’d just drink it anyway, but we haven’t been going through it that fast, so I found a few recipes to help me use it up this week.

Dinners:

Social Event x 2

Burritos

Leftovers/Fridge Scrounging Day

Costco Rotisserie Chicken (for church fellowship meal)

Apple Cider Glazed Hamburger Patties and Sweet Potato Fries (using this glaze recipe)

Apple Cider Brined Pork Loin with Roasted Apples and Rice

Lunches:

We should have enough leftovers for every lunch except one or two. I’ll probably cover those with grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, or possibly nachos.

Breakfasts:

Toast, fruit, zucchini bread, cheesy fried potatoes… Lots of options this week.

Baking and Extras:

So, I got almost nothing done from last week’s priority list, but I did make the homemade bread and also made zucchini bread. This week: water kefir for sure, hopefully process apples and start Christmas baking!

Shopping List:

Aldi has both avocadoes and pomegranates on sale for 50 cents each.

I’m probably not going shopping this week, as the few things I need (such as sour cream for holiday baking) I’d rather wait to buy until Kroger has them on sale for their cheapest price.

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