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Meal Planning Triumph?
by Melissa (lil_irish_lass)
at November 7th, 2004 (07:13 pm)

current mood: jubilant

Thanks to all of you who replied with your helpful thoughts for the meal planning and bread issues. I just thought I'd share my very first week of meal planning! I won't include all the boring details, but I'm pretty pleased with it.

B: Toast (homemade bread, woohoo!) with peanut butter, milk, fruit
L: Leftover chicken from his parent's
D: Honey-Garlic-Ginger Ground Beef Stir Fry, rice

D: Soft tacos, spanish rice (leftover from stir fry)

B: wifeofjoshua 's granola (made on monday)
D: Sweet 'N Spicy Chili, cornbread, vegetable

D: Cornbread and Chicken Mexi-casserole

D: Chicken and Pinto Bean Soup (I made the stock and kept the meat from the chicken his parents' sent us home with. The chicken I will also use for sandwiches for my hunny's lunch...and the beans will be extra from the chili, and I'll get to use up the rest of the veggies that are needing to be used), homemade Honey-Wheat and Oat bread rolls.

D: Leftovers!!

B: Cranberry-applesauce Pancakes (I canned some cranberry-applesauce)
D: Homemade Macaroni and Cheese (made the previous day so I can just enjoy my saturday with my husband)

So far, day one was a success. =) We both really enjoyed the stir-fry, and it was so cheap!
I hope you all see your influences in here, because I took your suggestions very seriously. I appreciated your help so much. So I thought I'd share the fruit of it! :) God bless, and thank you again.


Posted by: keeperathome (keeperathome)
Posted at: November 8th, 2004 08:55 am (UTC)

Yay! :o) You should be proud of yourself. I know that efforts with meal planning pay off - both in terms of balanced, healthy diet and in terms of keeping a budget. I feel inspired to plan my menu now :o)

Posted by: Melissa (lil_irish_lass)
Posted at: November 8th, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)

Thank you! =) I'm pleased it was inspiring to you.

And I am astonished at how cheap this week will be in groceries. First of all, I have stocked my freezer and pantry with many staples, so I don't need to run out and buy this and that. Also, because I bought in bulk and on sale, the costs of the meals turn out to be so little! So I'm figuring this week I'll barely have to spend any money at all, just for milk and juice and a few other things, totalling less than $20!! That is a huge savings for us! Because on top of 'buying' things from my pantry, we spent money on eating out at least once or twice a week. I'm ashamed to admit, then because I didn't plan what I was making for dinner I'd decide on something and not have all the ingredients or not have defrosted the meat and run to the store. Or buy more ready-made things. And that stuff adds up!! So yay!

Posted by: keeperathome (keeperathome)
Posted at: November 8th, 2004 05:35 pm (UTC)

That's excellent! :o)

Posted by: Melissa (lil_irish_lass)
Posted at: November 8th, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC)

And p.s., thank you again for your suggestions, I used the soup idea to use up the leftover chicken and vegetables. =)

Posted by: Olivia (marchmouse)
Posted at: November 9th, 2004 12:22 am (UTC)

That looks wonderful! Way to go!! I would be lost without the menu mama makes and I look forward to doing my own.

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Posted by: Melissa (lil_irish_lass)
Posted at: November 9th, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC)

I can always give you the recipes ;)

Thanks, I'm pleased. So far, so good. Now I'm beginning to think about next week's

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