Weekly Menu-September 18-24, 2011

I didn’t do a great job planning this week’s menu (the days just slipped away!), but I have plenty in the pantry and freezer, that all I should need to pick up are some fresh fruits and veggies, and some odds and ends. Since I won’t need much, I’m dropping my budget to $50 this week.

Sunday, September 18
BBQ

Monday, September 19
Tomato Soup
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Tuesday, September 20
Grilled Salmon
Cilantro Lime Rice
Steamed Veggies

Wednesday, September 21
Meatball Sandwiches
Chips
Fruit Salad

Thursday, September 22
Homemade Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Steamed Veggies

Friday, September 23
Black Bean and Chicken Tortilla Bake
Steamed Veggies

Saturday, September 24
Leftovers

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Albertson’s “Double the Value” Coupons…Super Cheap Items

Albertson’s released another “Double the Value” coupon book last week. In last week’s ad/coupon match-ups, I didn’t see anything worthwhile. But, this week was a totally different story. Check out all these great deals! The Double the Value coupons will double the value of a manufacturer’s coupon, up to $1 on each coupon. Prices valid 9/14-9/20.

  • Spaghetti-Os…$0.67 each. Use coupon (9/11) $0.40/2. Use “Double the Value” coupon.
    • Final Price: $0.27 each when buy 2.
  • Emerald Nuts Breakfast on the Go Packs…$2.50 each. Use coupon (9/11) $1/1. Use “Double the Value” coupon.
    • Final Price: $0.50 each.
  •  Prego Pasta Sauce…$1.50 each. Use coupon (9/11) $0.75/2. Use “Double the Value” coupon.
    • Final Price: $0.75 each when you buy 2
  • Kellogg’s Fruit Snacks…$1.66 each. Use coupon $1/2, Use “Double the Value” coupon.
    • Final Price: $0.67 each when you buy 2.
  • Pace Salsa…$2.00 each. Use coupon $0.75/2. Use “Double the Value” coupon.
    • Final Price: $1.25 each when you buy 2.
  • Colgate Optic White Toothpaste…$3.50 each. Use coupon $1.50/1. Use “Double the Value” coupon.
    • Final Price: $0.50 each.
  • Keebler Cookies…$1.99 each. Use coupon $1/2. Use “Double the Value” coupon. 
    • Final Price: $0.99 each when you buy 2.
  • Nature Made Vitamins…Buy 1, Get 1 Free. Use $1/1 coupon. Use “Double the Value” coupon. 
    • Final Price: Buy 1, Get 1 Free plus $2 off.
  • Barilla Pasta Sauce…$3 each. Use coupon $1/1. Use “Double the Value” coupon. 
    • Final Price: $1.00 each.
  • Oral-B Satin Floss…$2.50 each. Use coupon $0.75/1. Use “Double the Value” coupon.
    • Final Price: $1.00 each.
  • Tide Powder 31-40 loads…$5.99 each. Use $2/1 coupon (9/11). Use “Double the Value” coupon. 
    • Final Price: $2.99 each.
  • Kikkoman Soy or Teriyaki Sauce…$1.79 each. Use $1/2 coupon. Use “Double the Value” coupon.
    • Final Price: $0.79 each when you buy 2.
  • Crest Toothpaste…$2.50 each. Use coupons $1/1. Use “Double the Value” coupon. 
    • Final Price: $0.50 each. 
  • DiGiorno Pizza…$5.50. Use coupon $1/1 (9/11). Use “Double the Value” coupon.
    • Final Price: $3.50 each.  
  • Pop-Tarts…$1.66 each. Use coupon $1/3. Use “Double the Value” coupon.. 
    • Final Price: $0.99 each when you buy 3.   

Weekly Menu-September 11-17, 2011

Homemade Honey Greek Yogurt with Fresh Peaches

I have a $55 budget again this week, since I was able to maintain last week’s $55 budget.
Breakfasts
Homemade Honey Greek Yogurt
Cinnamon Rolls and Fresh Fruit
Waffles and Fresh Fruit (x3)
Pancakes and Fresh Fruit
Bagels and Fruit

Lunches
Leftovers x 3
Out to Eat x 2
Mac and Cheese and Fruit 
Chicken Nuggets and Fruit

Dinners
Sunday 9/11
Carne Asada Nachos
Chips and Salsa
Steamed Artichokes

Monday 9/12
Pineapple Grilled Pork Chops
Rice Pilaf
Steamed Broccoli

Tuesday 9/13
Lasagna
Garlic Bread
Broccoli and Pine Nuts

Wednesday 9/14
Grilled Fish
Cilantro Lime Rice
Roasted Veggies

Thursday 9/15
Pepperoni Calzones
Green Salad

Friday 9/16
Black Bean Enchiladas
Green Salad

Saturday 9/17
Leftovers

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This Week’s Menu Plan…August 28-September 3, 2011

I can’t believe it’s already September! While this has been one of the hottest weeks of the summer around here, I can already smell the essence of apples and cinnamon that signal the arrival of Fall. This week, I’m tapping into some “Fall Favorites”, despite probably needing to crank up the AC to help the ambiance.

I have set aside $65 for this week’s grocery budget. I spent $45 today getting all the main necessities for our meals, which leaves me $20 for later in the week, when we need to restock the fresh fruit and veggies, and get fresh bread for our meals. 

I’m saving money this week by making several inexpensive, fresh meals. The salad costs very little, because I only need to purchase the lettuce and strawberries. Everything else I have in the pantry, and the chicken is leftover from the night before. The Minestrone Soup is also inexpensive, since it uses lots of in-season vegetables, and makes a big batch. (It is a wonderful freezer-friendly recipe as well.) I am also cooking extra meatballs to store in the freezer for a future meal.


Sunday, August 28
Peach Whiskey BBQ Chicken 
Smashed Potatoes
Steamed Carrots

Monday, August 29
Minestrone Soup
Italian Bread

Tuesday, August 30
Greek Chicken Gyros
Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
Greek Salad

Wednesday, August 31
Strawberry Balsamic Salad with Chicken
French Bread

Thursday, September 1
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Green Salad
French Bread

Friday, September 2
Beef Tacos
Spanish Rice
Carrot Sticks

Saturday, September 3
Leftovers

Breakfasts
Cinnamon Rolls and Fruit
Toast, Peanut Butter, and Fruit (x2)
Bagels and Fruit
Waffles and Fruit (x2)
Pancakes and Fruit

Lunches
Leftovers x 5
Out to Lunch x 2

How to Plan A Menu–Making Meal Categories

There are literally millions of recipes out there. No wonder planning a menu can be stressful. Where do you even start?! Well, when it comes to recipes, a little organization goes a long way. By making one meal from a different food genre every day, you’ll avoid repeat meals, and narrow down your choices, making the menu planning process go much faster.

Decide What Food Categories Your Family Likes.
Here are some ideas.

  • Mexican
  • Italian
  • Asian/Stir Fry
  • BBQ/Grilled
  • Casseroles
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches
  • Soups
  • Main Dish Salads
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Vegetarian
  • 30 Minute Meals
  • Slow Cooker

When I sit down to plan my menu on Saturdays, I choose 6 categories for the week. Meal 7 is leftovers for us. You choose as many categories as you plan to cook at home that week. Once I have narrowed down my categories, I look through my recipes, and find recipes that fit the categories I’ve chosen.

Many recipes fit into several different categories, but the more broad the category, the longer it will take you to search for recipes. (A Google search for “chicken recipes” brought up 22 million results.)

I learn best with examples, so here’s the idea when you’re planning…
Meal 1-Mexican (Chicken Quesadillas with Black Beans and Green Salad)
Meal 2-Casserole (Chicken and Rice Casserole with Green Beans)
Meals 3&4-30 Minute Meals (BLTs with chips and fruit; Veggie Stir Fry over Noodles)
Meal 5-Fish (Broiled Fish over Rice with Steamed Veggies)
Meal 6-BBQ (Grilled Burgers with Chips and Coleslaw)

I look through my recipe binder for recipes that fit these categories. You can check out my Recipe Page for our Family Favorite recipes. I have also found the Allrecipes Ingredient Search to be helpful when searching for a particular ingredient. Once you’ve learned to plan a menu using categories, instead of spending hours poring through every cookbook you own searching for inspiration, you menu planning experience will go quicker and smoother.