Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What's Cooking in January?

We seem to have food in abundance around this place, a freezer, pantry and fridge filled to the brim. I'm not sure how it happened, but I think bargain shopping and then being away for Christmas are to blame. So, as we start the year fresh, I'm hoping we can use up what we have so much of and take it easy on the grocery budget this month. My goal is to spend only $100 for the month, but we'll see how that works out. Here is the menu I made using what we already have in the house. I anticipate a milk and produce run or two, but otherwise I think we are set. This menu has been printed up and posted on the fridge for easy reference. I don't assign days to each meal since this gives more flexibility to cook to suit the weather, what needs to be used the quickest and what we are in the mood to eat. As we eat a meal, I cross it off the menu to keep from getting confused.

January Menu
Goal – use what we have on hand, mostly only dairy & produce purchases

navy bean & ham soup, focacia bread
vegetable beef stew, cheddar biscuits
spinach tortilla (homemade) quesadillas, fruit salad
beef & yellow split pea soup, crackers, jello
black beans & rice, queso or cheese, apple slices
homemade pizza, fruit
turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies
sloppy joe casserole w/ biscuit topping, mixed vegetables
turkey soup w/homemade noodles, fresh bread
turkey pot pie
broccoli cheese soup(w/ frozen grated squash), fresh bread
shepherd's pie
frozen pizza, steamed veggies
spaghetti & meat sauce
chili, cornbread
free meal with receipt at Chick-Fil-A
meal at Red Robin with remaining gift card and coupon
carmelized onion pork chops, mashed sweet potatoes, green vegetable
meatloaf, mashed potatoes, carrots

Lunches – served w/ fruit or vegetable
fried egg & cheese sandwiches
snack lunch: meat, cheese, crackers
macaroni & cheese

Breakfast Items
grapefruit, bananas, oranges, apples
cold cereal & milk
millet porridge
ham/turkey/cheese egg cups
oat waffles
apple carrot WW muffins
blueberry scones
scrambled eggs
sausage links
turkey bacon

Snacks & Baking
homemade WW bread for meals
brown sugar shortbread
apple crisp
caramel dutch apple pie
rice krispie squares
pumpkin bars
lemon poppyseed muffins
potato chips & dip
crackers & herb cheese
rice cakes
string cheese
homemade bread & jam


Lynn Marie said...

Rachel, you are amazing!!!

You were an inspiration to me to start my own blog for my family back east and my friends to see. Check it out at chuckolynn.blogspot.com

Karen said...

You inspire me that you have all this planned out! Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement! Blessings to you!