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Monday, October 3, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

We have decided to revert back to grocery shopping every other week to see if that saves us any money in the grocery department. For our family of four, we have a budget of $200/month for food, toiletries, and diapers. I haven't bought any toiletries (except toilet paper) for probably almost 2 months because we have enough of a stockpile of those. I do feel like I've bought a lot of diapers lately though. So, for each 2 week meal plan, that gives me $100, taking into account that I will need to buy diapers too.

  • Turkey Sandwiches x3
  • PB&J x3
  • Egg Salad Sandwiches
  • Macaroni and Cheese x2
  • Corn Dog Muffins
  • Beans, Cheese, Tortillas
  • Leftovers x2
  • Extra Squash and Other Random Bits for Muffin Tin Lunch

Monday: Chicken Spinach Mushroom Pizza
Tuesday/Wednesday: Chicken and Bean Enchiladas
Thursday: Dollar Dinner at the Beacon
Friday: Sausage Mushroom Quiche
Saturday: Hot Dogs and Baked Beans
Sunday: Grilled Cheese and Homemade Tomato Soup

Monday: Black Bean Burgers and Squash Fries
Tuesday: Ham and Split Pea Soup
Wednesday: Veggie Pot Pie
Thursday: Dollar Dinner at the Beacon
Friday: Breakfast Burritos
Saturday: Orange Chicken
Sunday: Slow Cooker Jamaican Red Bean Stew

Altogether, I spent around $60 on groceries, leaving me some wiggle room to buy diapers, as well as take advantage of a deal on oatmeal canisters (for $1 each!) and some other baking goods, and corn for $0.39/can. It's these little things that make me happy. Were also trying to save on gas money by taking less trips into town, so hopefully this will help.


  1. Is your homemade Tomato Soup recipe creamy? I'm still on the hunt for a decent one that would loosely remind us of Campbell's but so far everything I've tried has been pretty blah.

  2. It's fairly creamy, although we keep it a bit chunky. It depends how much you blend it, I guess. I'm still playing with the seasonings, so it changes a bit every time. Always yummy though!

    - half an onion, chopped
    - 2 carrots, chopped
    - 1 cup chopped cauliflower (optional, but you really don't notice it's in there)
    - 3-5 Roma tomatoes, chopped; or one 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
    - 2 cups broth
    - 1/2 cup cream or milk
    - seasonings to taste: salt, pepper, garlic, pinch of red pepper, oregano

    Saute onion and carrots until starting to get soft. Add broth, cauliflower, tomatoes, and seasonings. Heat to boiling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until all veggies are nice and soft, usually 20-30 minutes. Add cream or milk. Remove from heat and blend using an immersion blender (or in batches in a regular blender).