I can't believe it is already 2011 and time for the first menu plan of the year! Menu planning is one of the biggest ways that I save time and money. If you haven't tried menu plan now is a great time to start.
I will also be starting an Eat from the Pantry challenge this week. For the month of January, I have reduced my weekly grocery budget from $100 a week to $20 a week. I will be planning meals based on what is in my pantry and freezer and I will spend the $20 on mostly produce & dairy. I am also going to get back in the habit of baking all of our bread from scratch to help cut our grocery budget. I will post my weekly shopping results each Saturday.
Here is my first menu plan for 2011:
Monday: Easy Crockpot Swedish Meatballs, Egg Noodles, Green Beans
Tuesday: French Dip Sandwiches, Veggies & Dip, German Potato Casserole
Wednesday: Dinner at Church
Thursday: Pesto Turkey & Pasta, Salad, Fococcia Bread
Friday: Tuna Melts, Salad, Beer Cheese Soup
Saturday: Slow Cooker Layered Enchilada Dinner, Chips & Salsa, Salad
Sunday Lunch: Breakfast Casserole, Fruit
Sunday Dinner: Frozen Pizza, Bacon Spinach Salad
Breakfast Choices for the Week:
- Cereal, Fruit
- Breakfast Cookies, Smoothies
- Breakfast in a Muffin (from the freezer), Fruit
- Pancakes (from the freezer), Sausage Links, Fruit
- Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls, Fruit
Chef Celina Tio from Food Network's The Next Iron Chef. In December, we ate at her restaurant Julian here in Kansas City (Brookside area).