Monday, January 22, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - January 22

Hello! Laura over at hosts Menu planning Monday and once again I will say what a difference this has made in my life! I was in a major dinner rut and it took a little time to sit down and do this, but it works and with so many perks. Laura mentioned this in her Thursday Thirteen about why she likes meal planning. It saves time, saves on my budget and the family likes knowing ahead of time what is for dinner, it's not just me springing a box meal on them at the last minute because I am crunched for time and cannot think.

I didn't get a chance to get on here last week and post, but since we are on a major budget right now, I sat down and made my meal plan. I planned out meals for the rest of the month! and believe it or not, I planned out 20 meals and with coupons and local sales and purchased all with the exception of fresh fruits and veggies, milk and I spent only $250.00!! I was soo excited so now we are sitting here with a pantry and freezer full. Less trips to the store with 3 kids in tow makes this momma a happy one!

So here is my meal plans for this week:
Monday: Mexican Monday - Chicken Quesadillas, Spanish rice
Tuesday: Meatloaf, noodles, green beans
Wednesday: Baked potato soup
Thursday: Chicken casserole, peas and carrots
Friday: Homemade pizza
Saturday: Spaghetti Pie, salad, bread sticks
Sunday: meatball sandwiches, baked french fries

The spaghetti pie is one of our favorites and a meal I make for moms a lot when they have a baby. I will post the recipe if anyone is interested. Its just a new take on regular spaghetti.

1 lb ground beef
1/2 c chopped onion
1/4 C green pepper
1 jar (15 oz) spaghetti sauce
8 oz spaghetti, cooked and drained
1/3 c grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs beaten
2 tsp butter
1 c cottage cheese
1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees, cook beef, onion and green pepper in lg skillet until meat is browned. Drain fat, stir in spaghetti sauce. In a large bowl, combine spaghetti, Parmesan cheese, eggs and butter, mix well. Place in bottom of 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Spread cottage cheese over top; cover with sauce mixture. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake until mixture is thoroughly heated and cheese is melted about 20 minutes.


KC said...

yummy I might have to try the Spaghetti Pie

Angie said...

Oh, I'll have to try that spaghetti pie. Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great week!

org junkie said...

Wow that is fantastic! I just spent $250.00 for one week...yikes. The joys of living in an isolated community.


palmtreefanatic said...

great meals ahead! I make the spaghetti pie too it is yummy i do not put the octtage cheese in it though! Thanks for the good ideas ahead!

Proverbs31 said...

Thanks for the spaghetti recipe! I'll have to ask hubby if I can try that (he gets a little weird if I make changes to 'normal' things.) ;)

I love your header pic - btw!
Have a good week!

Barb, sfo said...

Great planning! $250 for 20 dinners is fabulous!

jdoriot said...

That Spaghetti Pie sounds great...I'm going to give it a try next week! Thanks!
Jenny-up the hill