I’m taking a bit of a break from Seven Quick Takes this week and thought that I’d hop on to the Family Food fun that TFB is running over at her place. Back in May, I decided that I would challenge myself to plan meals for the entire month and then plan shopping trips accordingly… all in an effort to save some cash. Before doing this, we were easily spending $600/ month to feed our family of four. Mostly because I didn’t have a plan and would wander around the market shopping willy-nilly. Since beginning the intense planning, I’ve cut that food expenditure to about $350/ month. (Part of the reason is that I am actually using the items in my pantry and freezer. Not just storing them.) Not bad, and I am hoping to make it better!
While it would be nice to have this all in calendar format to import, it’s 9:40p on Thursday night as I am writing this and I’d like to go to bed as my little darlings will be up very early. So I hope you don’t mind a more linear look:
July Meal Plan
Friday July 1: Vegetable Barley Soup with Garlic Bread
Saturday July 2: Grilled Salmon with Zuchinni and Salad
Sunday July 3: Subdivision party! No cooking for us!!
Monday July 4: Spending day at Festival! Picnic!
Tuesday July 5: Chicken Enchiladas with Refried Beans
Wednesday July 6: Spaghetti with Salad
Thursday July 7: Smoky three Bean Bake
Friday July 8: “Frey”-day Night Hotdish (family recipe) with Corn
Saturday July 9: Tuna Casserole with Brussels Sprouts
Sunday July 10: Smoked Kielbasa with Sauerkraut and Potatoes
Monday July 11: The Bear’s 4th Birthday!! Her dinner choice: Pancakes with Sausage
Tuesday July 12: leftovers
Wednesday July 13: Salmon Patties with Salad
Thursday July 14: Garden Salad with Grilled Chicken Strips
Friday July 15: Tacos with Beans and Guac
Saturday July 16: The Bear’s Birthday Party!! Picnic leftovers from party or takeout Pizza
Sunday July 17: BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, Coleslaw, Corn
Monday July 18: Leftovers
Tuesday July 19: Beef Ragu over Pasta
Wednesday July 20: Soup and Sandwiches
Thursday July 21: Knackwurst with Spaetzle
Friday July 22: Chicken and Zucchini Curry over Rice
Saturday July 23: Moroccan Chicken
Sunday July 24: Meatball Stroganoff over Noodles
Monday July 25: Bean, Corn and Onion Quesadillas
Tuesday July 26: Tuna alla Puttansesca with Garlic Breadsticks
Wednesday July 27: leftovers
Thursday July 28: Thai Peanut Chicken Salad
Friday July 29: Pigs in a Blanket (Hot Dogs rolled into a Croissant and baked) with Sweet Potato Fries
Saturday July 30: Homemade Pizza
Sunday July 31: Homemade Mac and Cheese with Collard Greens
So there you have it. Our plan for the month. I really try not to deviate from it much but will alter if something comes up, husband travel, etc. If you are interested in any of the recipes, send me an email at caffeinatedcatholicmama (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll be glad to share it, or just comment below! And don’t forget to pop over to The Feminist Breeder for more Family Food Friday Fun or to link up your own! And I’ll work on getting that in calendar format for August!!
Congratulations to STEPHANIE!! She won the copy of “The Invisible World” by Anthony DeStefano!! I’ll be getting that in the mail to you soon!!