Weekly Menu…May 6-12, 2012

I did really well with freezer meals last week, freezing a pan of baked macaroni and cheese, two meals worth of meatballs, two meals worth of chicken taco meat, and several breakfast sausage, egg, and cheese muffins. This week I will be attempting to freeze several more meals in preparation for when baby makes his appearance in a few weeks. Here is our menu for the week:

Breakfasts
-Sausage, Egg, Cheese Muffins, Fresh Fruit
-Protein Packed Breakfast Cookies, Fresh Fruit x 2
-Bagels and Cream Cheese, Fresh Fruit x 2
-Buttermilk Pancakes, Bacon, Fresh Fruit x 2

Lunches
-Strawberry Balsamic Salad, Buttered Toast
-Leftovers x 2
-Out to Eat x 2
-Turkey Corn Dogs, Fresh Fruit
-Turkey or Ham Sandwich, Chips, Fresh Fruit

Dinners
-Grilled Jalapeno Bacon Burgers with Avocado Slaw and Feta Dressing, French Fries, Green Salad
-Beef Burritos, Slow Cooker Black Beans, Chips and homemade Guacamole
-Bacon and Spinach Omelettes, Fresh Fruit, Toast
-Grilled Cheese and Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
-Spinach and Bell Pepper Penne with toasted Pine Nuts, Green Salad, Garlic Bread
-Homemade Pizza, Green Salad
-Leftovers

One way to monitor your grocery budget is to figure out a cost per serving for your meals. Quality ground sirloin is $2.99/lb this week at our health food store, and several organic fruits and veggies are coming in very inexpensively as well. I purchased the eggs and organic spinach at Costco, spending only half what I would have for the same products at the grocery store. 

Cost per serving: 
-Beef Burritos, Slow Cooker Black Beans, Chips, homemade Guacamole: $1.75 per person
-Grilled Cheese and Roasted Tomato Basil Soup (using organic tomatoes and basil; will be cheaper once our basil plant starts producing): $1.67 per person
-Homemade Pizza, Green Salad (organic lettuce topped with homemade balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese, carrots, and candied walnuts): $1.80 per person (could be lower if you make a simple salad without the walnuts and feta)
-Bacon and Spinach Omelettes, Fresh Fruit, Buttered Toast: $1.37 per person


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