Here we go again. I have spent so much of my weekend "worrying" about this meal plan. You see, I am in SERIOUS save money mode. So I have challenged myself this week to eat only what we have on hand in the freezer and pantry. The only things I am going to buy at the grocery this week are orange juice and eggs. That's it. I cleaned out my pantry and fridge yesterday and realized that I have enough food to make a week's worth of meals and then some, and that includes sweet treats. My only worry is that I really don't have a lot of fruits and vegetables, but I think I have enough to manage. We shall see!
It is not lost on me that dried beans are not only healthy, but very budget friendly. After the dust settled, I realized I have pintos, black beans, great northerns, lentils, AND split peas. I think we have enough beans to conduct our own symphony ;) That being said, I soaked the pintos last night, cooked them this morning, portioned and vacuum-sealed them, and put them in the freezer. I see a lot of soup in our future. Good thing, because this winter has really gotten the best of me. Come on spring!
Monday - Pulled Turkey BBQ Sandwiches with homemade BBQ Sauce and Homemade Sweet Potato Fries
*I use this Slow Cooker Turkey Breast recipe utilizing whatever seasonings I have on hand! I pull it myself and make the sauce too (I always make that one up as I go and it's always good!)
Tuesday - Turkey Fettuccine Alfredo with Sauteed Green Beans
*I will use leftover turkey and repeat this meal from last week (minus the broccoli)
Wednesday - Pasta e Fagioli
*I will adjust this recipe slightly by using the pinto beans I cooked and I will use the mini corkscrew pasta I have on hand.
Thursday - Homemade Chicken and Dumplings and Green Beans *Mmmm....I can't wait for this one!
Friday - My first official Girls Night Out of the year!! Since it is payday and the start of a new allocated spending period, I am pretty sure Big B and Little A will enjoy a little father / daughter dinner out.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week - cheers!