Monday, February 05, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

I feel like Mondays and Wednesdays are the only days I get a chance to get on here lately. Definitely need to organize my time a bit more to have more posts! So what is turning into my favorite day of the week. I put some time into it this week. I am one who will cut out coupons, but will leave for the store and forget them or really not take the time to use them the best way. This week while the baby was eating ever so slowly, I went through all the grocery ads, looked at the sale items and matched up where I had coupons. All in all I bought $130 worth of groceries and spent $72 :) I was quite excited! I will have to definitely schedule time to do that each week, it was a little thrill to see how they add up!

This week I have put the cost of each meal, and we have 5 people eat regularly so what it costs per serving. (I had a little time on my hands sitting with the baby who was a major slow poke eater this week)
Also this week I have posted a dessert for the week and will post that recipe. It is a new one, but the pic looks yummy:p I can't wait to try it.

Here's the menu:
Monday - Black bean taco salad $8.44 Total meal - $1.69 per serving (5 people)
Tuesday - Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread - $5.50 meal - $1.10 per serving
Wednesday - Pizza - $3.00 -2 12" pizzas. I got two Digorno pizza on sale w/ coupons CHEAP!
Thursday - Chicken Casserole, corn, crescent rolls - $5.62 meal - $1.37 per serving
Friday - Ham, cheesy potatoes, mixed veggies - This doesn't count really since the ham is leftover from a few weeks ago and I just spent $2.00 on the potatoes and veggies
Saturday - My birthday dinner at our aunts house! (FREE :)
Sunday - Whole Chicken, Garlic mashed potatoes, Green beans, Rolls - $6.00 meal- $1.20 per

The dessert of the week is S'mores Bars.
Here is the recipe:
8-10 whole graham crackers
1 pkg fudge brownie mix (13x 9 in pan size)
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup chopped peanuts

Arrange graham crackers in a single layer in a greased 13x9x2 in baking pan. Prepare the brownie batter according to package directions. Spread over crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 min. or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Sprinkle with marshmallows and peanuts, bake 5 min longer or until marshmallows are slightly puffed and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack before cutting. makes 2 dozen bars. $3.94 total.

Thanks for checking out my menu! I will be sure to stop by and see yours too! For more Menu planning check out Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie!


Angie said...

Love that you are putting the cost out for each of your meals. That smore dessert looks wonderful. I'm printing it out and will have to try it!

palmtreefanatic said...

sounds wonderful! you are such a good detailed manu planner to even print out the! you go girl!

Anonymous said...

That is really great that you are calculating the cost of your meals. I would be afraid to do that lately. I used to be really great at buying on sale/ with coupons, and while I still do that with many of our things, I have been buying some "luxury" health items for myself so I will stay with the healthful eating! I wish I could just stick with brown rice, chicken, and salads! Think how frugal I could be then! Hopefully in time :)

Keep up the great work w/ budgeting groceries!


Jill said...

Those S'mores bars looks so good!

Your whole menu looks great again this week. Stay warm!

Rona's Home Page said...

Pizza for dinner. Yeah! Happy Library Lover's Month.

Kim said...

Wow, what a great meal plan, and so inexpensive. I don't spend a lot on groceries, but I hadn't thought to break it down into meals. I'll have to try that some time. Have a great week!

KC said...

WOW I'm so impressed. Love your meals and love the cost. that desserts looks yummy.

Happy Homemaker said...

Thanks for breaking down the cost per meal. We'll play the guessing game some nights at the table, but I haven't tried it for planning purposes. Your menu sounds yummy!