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What’s Cookin’

Posted By Jessica Fisher On April 13, 2009 @ 3:17 am In Meal Planning | 4 Comments

I’m getting a little weary of the grocery store. As much as I love the challenge of the hunt for good deals [4], my grocery trips take a pretty big bite out of my week, about 2-4 hours planning, organizing coupons, and shopping. It’s totally worth it in terms of dollars and sense. But, I think I am ready for a break.

When I read about Crystal’s Eat-From-the-Pantry challenge [5], I was intrigued. Could we just make do with what we have? Probably. But, then again, I might miss out on a really good deal. It’s hard for me to pass up a sale. But, self-control is what frugal living is all about, isn’t it?

So, I decided that I’m going to take the rest of the month off from any major shopping. I scoped out the cupboards, fridge, and freezer, and planned out all the meals that I know I can make. I made a trip for some odds and ends on Saturday to round things out. I have a feeling that more meals may be possible than I think. At this point I am hoping we can make it until May Day, except for a stop or two for milk and fresh produce. We shall see….


Here’s my plan for the next 2-3 weeks of meals:

Enchiladas, rice, and beans
PB Chicken [7]
Chicken Smothered in Onions, mashed potatoes
Boules de Picolat [8], boiled potatoes, veg
Pizza [9] and Salad
Sausage and Pepper Calzones and Salad
Bean Tostadas [10]
Grilled Chicken [11] and Vegetables, Rice Pilaf, Salad
Oven Baked Ribs, Potatoes, Salad
Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Foccaccia
Beans and Rice [10]
Pasta with Red Sauce, Veg, and Rolls
Carnitas Soft Tacos, Beans and Rice
Meatloaf and Rice or Potatoes, Veg, and Baguette
Taco Salad
Paella [7], Salad, and Baguette
Lemon Noodles, Grilled Chicken, Salad, and Bread
Hamburgers, Fries
Shredded Beef Tacos
Chili Dogs, French Fries, Salad

Not sure how to meal plan? Here are some easy steps [12] to help you do that. Want more inspiration for meal planning? Visit Menu Plan Monday [13].

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[10] Bean Tostadas: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/06/bean-quartet.html

[11] Grilled Chicken: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/01/recipe-swap-healthy-new-year-edition.html

[12] Here are some easy steps: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/03/how-to-plan-meal.html

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