Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 2011, Week 2: Can I really feed a family of 5 on $450/month?...Working on the menu

Here is what was/is on the menu for last week and this week.  Saturdays are either leftover days or something cheap like a pot of beans and a side of cornbread. Sundays we often go to the in-law's for a big lunch and then in the evening I serve up things like sandwiches, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, cut up fruit/veggies....and often pop popcorn to share as we watch a show together.

Breakfasts are either cereal or bagels that we were able to get relatively cheap, or eggs....hubby and generally have oatmeal.  It's rather crazy on school mornings getting everyone ready to go out the door on time, and I am not a morning person, so I generally put a selection of stuff out on the table so I can do Ivy's curly hair w/o having to police breakfast. Breakfast isn't an everyone-at-the-table-together meal around here.

So, that leaves the weeknights.

Last Week's Menu:

~Turkey Burgers, Roasted potatoes, Sauteed green beans and Romaine Salad
~Crockpot Beans and GF Cornbread
~Sandwiches (Mine on Udi's Bread, kids on whole wheat bread) and potato chips
~Beef Stew, garlic toast (made from all the end pieces of bread that the kids turn their nose up at-I save them in a bag in the freezer for such a time as this, hehe)
~My plan for this night was to make "Big Sandwiches", using homemade/deli bread....but we ended up going camping and didn't eat this this night. However, I brought most of the ingredients for this meal on our camping trip and we ate it then. :)

This week's menu:

~Monday--got back from camping and tired and putting away and etc.--Mac 'n Cheese for the kids, Romaine Salad for hubby and I, Brats/half pack of hot dogs (still had leftovers), and a sweet potato w/butter/sour cream on the side for me.
~Crockpot Broccoli Beef over Rice
~Sandwiches--may be peanut butter, or tuna...have to see how much lunchmeat we have left
~Hamburgers or Brats, Salad, Pumpkin Pie, Ice Cream (for hubby's Birthday)
~Pizza (mine will be w/an Udi's GF crust, kids/dh will be homemade crust). Pepperoni and mushroom, banana peppers if there are any left in the garden. Maybe I will try butternut again (though hubby won't eat it...Ivy will, though!)

For the remaining 2 weeks, these are the meals that I have stuff for already...will have to go to the store again to fill it out- () is what I need to buy still...

~Crockpot Venison Roast and Veggies (Carrots, Garlic, Celery)
~MuShu Beef & Cabbage over Rice (Cabbage)
~Runzas/Runza "pie"/Runza guts over rice (can't decide/haven't figured out how to do a good GF Runza) (Cabbage)
~Brats/Hot Dogs, Mac 'n Cheese for kids, Salad, Sweet Potato with butter/sour cream for me and whoever else will eat it
~Sandwiches X 2
~Hamburgers (buns/bread) and Tailgate Salad (celery)
~Nachos/Taco Salad (Tortilla Chips, Lettuce)
~Roasted Chicken/Roasted OG Potatoes....(Salad)
~One more meal...

I need to go to the store today and pick up Milk and some produce.

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