Menu Plan Monday 10/31/2011

Have you ever made 125 caramel apples?  I did this weekend!  Okay, well it was about 75 caramel, 35 chocolate, and 10 plain but still.  I would like to say it was fun but I would be lying.  I was one stressed out, crabby mama.  Now let's take a moment to sympathize with Scott and the boys, they really do deserve it.

  We also did a few other things this past week.  We went to see one of my favorite bands,Gungor, play in concert.  If you don't know who they are you probably are not on my Facebook!  Go Google Gungor and Beautiful Things.  You will love them too.  :)  The concert was a great long time needed date night with Scott.  Thank you again to David and Shelby for babysitting.

Now, on to this coming weeks meals.  I'm going to start adding our breakfast and lunches as well as dinners to the list.  I'm always looking for meal ideas (especially lunches) so please comment if you have any!  Onto the main attraction.  I put the prices for these meals next to them.  Many of them I already have the stuff on hand to make from the past few weeks but still included prices.



 Breakfast: Pancakes ($1.26)

  Lunch: Grilled Chicken and Glazed Carrots ($4.95)

Dinner:  Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole ($9.65)

Total for the Day: $15.86



Breakfast: Raisin Bread ($4.55 will have leftovers)

Lunch: Omelets ($3.00, cheese leftover from Monday)

Dinner: Beef and Potato Soup, Biscuits with Butter ($11.58)

Total for the Day: $19.13



Breakfast: Green Smoothies ($0.00 have everything already in prices)

Lunch: PB&J, Apples ($1.66)

Dinner: Crockpot Chicken and Veggies ($13.71)

Total for the Day: $15.37



Breakfast: Raisin Bread from Tuesday

Lunch: Leftovers from Monday

Dinner:     Strip Steak, Veggies ($10.00)

Total for the Day: $10.00



Breakfast: Pancakes ($1.26)

Lunch: Leftovers from Tuesday

Dinner: Chicken Crepes ($1.39, use leftover chicken from Wednesday)

Total for the Day: $2.65



Brunch: GF Biscuits, Gravy, and Beef Bacon ($6.90)

Dinner: Pizza Casserole ($6.00)

Total for the Day: $12.90



Breakfast: Smoothies

Lunner (Lunch/Dinner): Crockpot Lasagna, Salad, and hopefully GF Garlic Bread so if you have a good recipe please let me know! ($15.20)

Total for the week is $121.11 with a gallon of milk and CSA.  We'll be buying more milk than that this week and buying other items in bulk but this shows you how much this menu would cost approximately.  Also note I didn't use much ground beef, which is the cheapest beef.  I ran out so I am using what meats we have in the freezer.  I won't be putting exact prices next week because it's time consuming and I don't know if  it's been helpful to you.  If you found it helpful please let me know.  You maybe able to change my mind.  :-)  Have a safe Halloween!

This is linked up with Organized Junkie


Monday Menu Plan 10/24/2011

It’s another week of gluten free traditional food meals! Here’s the breakdown for the week.

Monday- Tacos. Local grassfed ground beef $5.00, Organic Valley cheddar cheese $3.95(me may use half a bag), Organic Valley sour cream $3.25, masa from last week and produce from CSA. Total price is $12.20

Tuesday- leftovers from last week

Wednesday- Crockpot chicken salad. Local paturized whole chicken $13.21, produce from CSA.

Thursday- Beef tips with mushrooms and mashed potatoes. Local grassfed beef roast $10.00, produce from CSA.

Friday- Golosh and salad. Local grassfed ground beef $5.00, brown rice pasta $3.25, Local Folks canned tomatoes $3.35, produce from CSA. Total $11.60.

Saturday- Chicken, rice,and cheese dish (thanks for the idea, Marri!). Leftover chicken from Wednesday, leftover cheese from Monday, brown rice $1.00.

Sunday- Out. We will be with the church all day.

Total price for 6 local, natural meals (plus leftovers) is $69.01 including the $21.00 for the CSA. We also got 1.5 gallons of local raw milk $13.50, local pasture raised eggs $4.00, Udi’s gf bread $4.99, whole wheat honey bread (for Scott and Joe) $2.99. We’ll use leftovers and peanut butter for lunches.

The total for this week is $93.49.

For more meal ideas check out Organized Junkie for more ideas.

Monday Meal Plan, Back to $100.00 a Week



So, it's back to the $100.00 a week challenge.  We will be buying some slurge items every once in a while but my goal is to make it possible to eat under $100.00 a week.  I'm going to try and break it up for you all a little better this time as well at the end.

Monday – Grilled steaks, mashed potatoes, carrots

Tuesday – Cooking for City Group – GF pasta with sausage, salad

Wednesday – Hamburgers, veggie

Thursday – Chicken tacos

Friday – Chicken tenders, salad

Saturady – Chicken noodle soup

Sunday – Sloppy lentils


We buy our produce in one bulk CSA.  I'm not including spices or honey because they are staples at our house.

$24.00 (CSA veggies/fruits)

+ $8.00 Monday for steaks.

+ $9.50 Tuesday for gluten free pasta and tomatoes. Sausage was given to us free!

+ $8.99 Wednesday for burger and gluten free buns.

+ $16.21 Thursday for whole chicken, cheese, and masa.

+ $4.95 Friday for chicken tenders.

+ $3.00 Saturday for gluten free pasta. Chicken and stock is from Thursday.

+ $3.65 Sunday for lentils and tomato products, use left over cheese from Thursday.

= $78.30 for 7 dinners made with organic pasturized real food! 

We use left overs for lunches.  We also buy eggs for $4.00, 1 gallon of raw milk for $9.00.  I'll also buy a loaf of Udi's bread ($4.99) and peanut butter ($3.00) for lunches during the week.  I also bought a pack of lamb bacon to try which was $10.85.  A splurg for sure but we're excited to try it!

So the total was $110.14.  Without the splurg of the lamb bacon it would have been $99.29.  See, you can do this!



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