Monday, January 25, 2016

This Week on the Dining Table

It's the "We Finally Got a Proper Snow" Edition--

24 hours after the storm we have bare pavement again!  Having a nice sunny day on Sunday helped with this.

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week.......

1. Sunday--Meatball Subs, Veggies
2. Monday--Turkey Sandwiches(using up leftovers)
3. Tuesday--Butternut Squash Soup, Salad
4. Wednesday--Orange Chicken, Rice, Veggies
5. Thursday--Birthday Dinner Out
6. Friday--Leftovers
7. Saturday--Pizza or Leftovers

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Meatball Subs, Brussels Sprouts
2. Monday--Turkey Sandwiches(using up leftovers)
3. Tuesday--Sesame Chicken, Rice, Stir-Fry Veggie Mix
4. Wednesday--Leftovers of Chicken Enchiladas, Corn Casserole, Brussels Sprouts
5. Thursday--Birthday Dinner Out(Steak, Salad and Grilled Veggies)
6. Friday--Stromboli(using gift card)
7. Saturday--Halushki

5 meals cooked at home(3 new meals and 2 using up leftovers) and 2 meals out/take-out.
The Turkey sandwiches used some of the Turkey Roulade and stock from the freezer.  Butternut soup didn't happen as we ate the leftover Butternut Squash. We ate all the leftovers in the house except for 2 meatballs last week.  The Sesame chicken was a frozen dinner in a bag which I added more stir-fry and roasted chicken strips to.  Hubs finished the leftovers of that meal for Lunch on Sunday. I had gotten a large head of cabbage sometime last week so Saturday with the snow storm I made a large batch of Halushki with it.  I had to cook the cabbage down in 2 batches as I didn't have a pan large enough to do it all at once. lol  Lots of cooking on the weekend as electric rates are lower then.

As for my grocery spending last week......$63.89.    I have spent $352.65 so far this month and have -$52.65 left in the January food budget. lolz
Going over budget on food for us isn't a crisis.  We have plenty more to spend on food but I do like to keep close tabs on what is actually leaving the wallet.  This helps me stay accountable with spending, using up leftovers and not wasting food.

Leftovers going into this week......Halushki and 2 meatballs.  The Halushki will be 1 leftover meal and probably a few lunches for me this coming week.  The meatballs I'll cut up and add to Hubs serving of Lasagna tonight.  8-)

I cooked off 3 lbs. of ground beef bought on discount the week before(plus made up 2 small, uncooked, meatloaves for the freezer with the other 3 lbs. of beef bought).  I used half of the cooked off beef to make the meat sauce on Sunday for the lasagna I made and the other half will be for our Taco night on Wednesday.  I have a new bag of taters and everything else on the menu is in the freezer and/or pantry.

Here is this week's "food plan"--

1. Sunday--Spinach Salad
2. Monday--Lasagna, Tossed Salad or Cooked Green Veggie
3. Tuesday--Salmon or Rock fish(freezer), Potato Salad(pantry), Green Beans(freezer)
4. Wednesday--Tacos or Taco Salad
5. Thursday--Leftovers
6. Friday--Roast Chicken(freezer), Mac and Cheese(pantry), Collards(freezer)
7. Saturday--Leftovers

This week will see 5 new meals cooked and  2 meals of leftovers(repurposed into new dishes or not).
The spinach salad was because I got a 50% bag of it last week.  I cooked off the lasagna on Sunday as electric is cheaper on weekends here and we will reheat in the toaster oven tonight.  I plan to make Chicken and Dumplings next Sunday with the leftover Roast Chicken too, again rates are cheaper on Sunday.  I may also make a pot of Broccoli Cheddar Soup next Sunday too.  It's truly soup weather lately.  ;-)

What I need to buy for this menu? Lettuce.  I might also get some more food bank items(mayo, pasta)and stock up on G2 Gatorade as I am almost out.  Last week of the January food budget and I have busted it already so why not?! ;-)
The local Shursave market in the town west of us has Eggs for .99¢ dozen on Tuesday.  I have to go there to get to CVS(and I have a $5 EB to use)plus they have a Weis Market, so I might hit all those on Tuesday if the weather cooperates.

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?



  1. The snow missed us! YAY! I'm really hoping that we have a mild rest of the winter.
    I don't think that we get a break on electric on weekends here. I'll have to look into that. But we have gotten a huge break on it just because DJ is back at school. That is a huge money saver.

  2. I'm glad you didn't get the 55 feet of snow that everyone else got over there!!!
    Good job on clearing your walks and drive so quickly!

  3. I am one of those idiots who would love to have a snow day. We get them so seldom (every 5 or so years) that it would be fun (providing we kept our power and I had everything we needed in advance)

  4. I never eat noodles any more but I bought a package and with the inexpensive Aldi's chicken breasts, I made a low fat fettucine yesteday which was good- mushrooms and onions, a little Parmesan and half and half. Today I added some frozen peas. Now I remember why I never cook peas- they have to be my least favorite vegetable! so I ate that Sunday, Monday and will have it once again for lunch. I already froze 2 containers of it.I think tomorrow i'll make brisket in the crock pot! I am not a beef eater but this is small and I can add a lot of veggies I have- no peas though!

  5. Planning went well, though we switched up a couple days. We never made homemade pizza or chicken cordon bleu, but I ended up making a potato-corn chowder because I was tired of moving frozen sweet corn around in the freezer. Good thing too as I didn't feel like much of anything else all weekend. Hubs made Fajitas on Thursday because he felt like it, and we moved pasta night to Monday. Best thing though, no take out or meals out, except for meeting friends last Sunday for lunch and football, and no meals out this weekend. Planning does help avoid waste and a cluttered fridge.


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