Weekly Meal Plan
I've been busy this past week, hence my low postings. The annual headlong rush into the holidays is upon me this coming week. I'm going to try to keep up with at least meal plans, A Year of Savings, and Morning Coffee posts but the Home Ec series may well be put on hold until the end of the year. I've got several postings I want to make in that series and several articles to scan for even more but I'm just not sure I'm going to have time to spare.
I'm going to try hard to keep meals as economical as possible. Tis the season for spending you know and we've several things coming up in addition to the holidays. I don't mind cutting down on grocery spending this time of year when we've the pleasure of holiday meals to look forward to. I'll also be working on food inventory lists while I'm dividing myself among all the other tasks before me. I want to start the New Year with a clear idea of what we have, what we're NOT using as I thought we would. We all have those items we purchase because they seem a good buy or we think we'll save money and then we don't...I know there are a couple of such items in my freezers and perhaps on my shelves. I'm going to be diligent about figuring out how to use those items and careful to note which ones NOT to buy.
Well, let the meal planning begin! I'm leaning hard and heavy on this meal plan of late. It's saving time and money and it's awfully nice to tell John we've food ready made at home instead of having to stop for takeout or picking up quick to make items.
Oh, I did want to address two comments. Lena, you asked about the smoked turkey. This is a fully cooked item. It is a Butterball product which we bought at Aldi last year. When it's heated, a lot of liquid comes out of the bird. I usually drain my pan when I heat but the leaflet that comes with the meat plainly says you can slice and serve cold OR heat it up.
Louise, perhaps it does sound silly to you about buying pecans when I've trees here. There are many varieties of pecans and mine are sort of a 'wild' variety called seedlings. Seedlings can be difficult to shell and hard to pick meats out of, while other varieties like Stewart or Papershell are well known for large meats and thin, easy to crack shells. In my youth, you could take nuts to a pecan station and they would crack them for you, which is about half the hard work. I haven't found a place that will do that. It would take hours to shell out pecans, however, if I haven't enough to sell this year (and it's not looking like I will) I may just plan to do all that hard work after the holidays.
Sunday: A meal with family.
Monday: Bbq Turkey Sliders, Chips, Pickle Spears
This bumped from last week. We ended up having a much longer day out on Thursday than usual and we got a sandwich for our meal that day. This works well for us this week. I made a dozen of these sandwiches last week. We'll have sandwiches for several meals.
Tuesday: Chicken and Broccoli Stir fry, Rice, Oranges
I found this recipe earlier this week. I have the sauce made already and plenty of broccoli on hand.
Wednesday: Swedish Meatballs, Noodles, Beets, Green Salad
I may make up extra meatballs while I'm making this dish and freeze them for later use. I find that a plain meatball is very versatile for soups, sandwiches, pasta meals, etc.
Thursday: Cream of Broccoli Soup, Toast Rounds, Fruit Hash
I have lots of chicken broth in the freezer, and more than enough broccoli this week to make up a batch of this soup.
Friday: Pigs in Blankets, Potatoes with Onions, Broccoli and Apple Salad
I'll make my own biscuit dough to wrap the hot dogs. I'll make a full recipe of biscuits so we can have them for breakfast tomorrow morning.
Saturday: Quiche, Asparagus, 24 hour salad
I like to make this salad now and then, using whatever I have on hand rather than following the cookbook recipe. I know I have carrots, peas, lettuce and sweet peppers this week. The asparagus are canned. Mama gave them to me and I know their expiration date is nearing. I don't mind canned asparagus but have 'saved' them long enough.