We've taken a big trip this month to Canada in celebration of my grandmother-in-law's 90th birthday. We had a great time and were blessed to be hosted so generously by my in-laws so I've not done much cooking of late. But we're back to reality here so I'm trying to jump back in to home life and making some decent meals for the rest of this month. I also have the opportunity to get away to a retreat so I tried to include some options which my husband can easily make since I haven't had time and wasn't organized enough to stock the freezer with meals for my absence. We'll continue with our big kids helping to prepare and clean up one dinner during the month. As I made this menu I included as much as possible from ingredients we already have on hand and that will clear out our freezers as I need to make room for 80 lbs. of chicken which will be picked up at the end of this month. Time to get eating!
1. beef burritos
2. creamy chicken wild rice soup
3. roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn
4. spaghetti & homemade sauce
5. beef stew, biscuits
6. take-and-bake pizza (thanks to a gift card)
*7. sweet & sour meatballs, rice, green beans
*8. whole wheat pancakes, bacon, fruit
*9. BBQ chicken sandwiches, carrots
10. chicken noodle soup, biscuits
*11. pizza (one cheese, one ground beef)
12. chicken pot pie
13. salad with chicken & feta
scrambled eggs, toast, fruit
egg salad sandwiches
cold cereal (thanks to Grandma)
soaked oatmeal w/berries
pumpkin whole wheat muffins
cranberry oat bars
whole wheat bread
*Kid's choice = they make or help with the meal they chose.
Our grocery budget may be a bit off this month as we've made some bulk purchases with the chicken coming and 150 lbs. of wheat purchased on our way home which together account for around $200. We'll just have to see how it all plays out.