Monday, September 12, 2011

Come and Get It!

I need to work on meals.
Kids are ALWAYS complaining about being hungry.
I need to have meals ready on time so our evenings go well.
I hate to cook.
I feel stuck in a rut and get bored.
I need to see where we can cut grocery costs and I need to feed us healthier meals.
We have about 2-3 "feast" weeks and 1-2 "famine" weeks each month depending on how our budget falls and I'd like to try and even that out more.
I want to have more meatless meals for health and money savings.

How do I do this?
I'm not really sure!
But one thing I KNOW will help is to meal plan.

They are having a meal planning challenge!
It hasn't officially begun yet, but I have!

*Shopping day - planned dinner only*
Zucchini boats - turkey burger, rice & 2 large zucchini

Breakfast - Banana
*Sundays are light because everyone likes to grab the donuts at church!*
Lunch - Church event so lunch was provided there
Supper - Steak, mashed potato, corn on the cob, cottage cheese
**please note that steaks for us is really a roast that we slice into "steaks". There is no way we could actually afford steak!**

Breakfast - Grits - banana available
Snack - pb wrap - flour tortilla & pb
**pb for Sis is Sunbutter since she is allergic to peanuts**
Lunch - leftovers - zucchini boats   
Snack - Rice Krispy Treats
Supper - Veggie Stir Fry *meatless* - Rice, cabbage, various veggies from garden and purchased frozen bags

Breakfast - French toast, banana
Snack - Applesauce
Lunch - Leftovers - Beans, Zuc boats, steak/potato, or sandwich
Snack - Roll ups - lunchmeat and flour tortilla  
Supper - Salad - Using a variety of items!
(fast night since soccer practice starts and we'll be getting home later)

Breakfast - Bacon, eggs, toast & juice
Snack - Cookies
Lunch - Leftovers or sandwich
Snack - Carrots & dip
Supper - Chili & Cornbread for the kids
(easy with an evening meeting)

Breakfast - Pancakes & banana
Snack - Fruit
Lunch - Leftovers or sandwich
Snack - Frozen yogurt sandwich 
Supper - Pork steak, mac & cheese, brocolli

Breakfast - Eggs & toast
Snack - crackers
Lunch - Sandwich
Snack - popcorn
Supper - Taco's

Breakfast - Cold cereal, toast or fruit
Snack - fruit, crackers, or cereal bar
Lunch - Sandwich, chips, fruit
*Snacks and lunch will be packed since we'll be at the Civil War Muster during the day*
Snack - fruit, roll ups, or crackers
Supper - Tuna Noodle - tuna, pasta, peas/carrots, cream soup  

Fresh Fruit available this week - Bananas, apples, plums, peaches, nectarines & watermelon.
Fruit is ALWAYS available for snack.

Water is encouraged ALL DAY!
Milk can be chosen for breakfast (unless juice is listed) or supper.
I buy organic, non-homogenized whole milk (until I have access to raw!).

Come check out the challenge.



  1. Oh my goodness! I can't believe you've planned everything down to snacks. I am SO impressed!! I'm going back to working on the weekly dinner schedule for now (or should I say, again). :-) I love the accountability in this challenge. I'll be watching :-)

  2. well, I'm going to try it. When I planned before I only did suppers...last year I only did breakfast....will see how it goes! lol :)Honestly I'm just tired of hearing the constant "I'm hungry" whine. I hope this helps! Thanks for visiting. :)

  3. My mother had 8 kids to feed. So we didn,t waste food. One thing my mother would do, was put a plastic bag in the freezer. Anything leftover ( meat or veggies) no matter how little was put in the bag. When it was full ,she would make a pot pie. With the different meat and veggies it tasted great. I am now useing the plastic bag deal for my family

  4. Michelle. what a neat idea! Thank you for sharing that. :)