Menu Plan 17

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It sure pays to plan your menus. Because of a good plan I was able to stay out of the drive-through and finish my 31 Days Of Frugal Cooking series.

Here’s to another successful week!

Stir fry chicken and cabbage, sesame noodles

Lentil and rice burritos

Baked chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans

White bean soup

Homemade pizza with crust made from my homemade dough.

What’s for dinner at your house next week?

You can see more great menus over at Organizing Junkie.

 

4 Week Frugal Dinner Menu

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We made it! I talked for 31 days about frugal cooking and you listened for 31 days. Thank you to all the new readers and new subscribers. It means a lot to me that what I have to say has meaning for you. I leave you with one more piece of helpful information. For a downloadable PDF copy of this plan click here.

4 Week Frugal Dinner Menu

Week 1
Day 1 Roast Chicken Roasted Potatoes Peas
Day 2 Seasoned Pinto Beans Corn bread Sauteed cabbage and onion
Day 3 Chicken soup with rice Corn bread
Day 4 Bean and rice burritos Taco chips or corn
Day 5 Hamburgers Leftover roast potatoes Homemade buns (optional)
Day 6 Lentil soup Toast with butter or leftover buns
Day 7 Leftovers
Week 2
Day 1 Roast chicken Mashed potatoes and gravy Corn
Day 2 Red beans and rice Biscuits
Day 3 Chicken noodle soup Biscuits
Day 4 Black bean burgers Leftover mashed potatoes
Day 5 Chicken and noodles Dinner rolls Glazed carrots
Day 6 Black bean soup wih optional corn Dinner rolls
Day 7 Leftovers
Week 3
Day 1 Roast pork Mashed potatoes and gravy peas
Day 2 Black beans and rice Corn bread
Day 3 Beanie Weenies Cheesy potato patties
Day 4 Pinto bean burritos Rice
Day 5 Pork fried rice Noodles
Day 6 Split pea soup Biscuits
Day 7 Leftovers
Week 4
Day 1 Roast pork Baked potatoes Green beans
Day 2 Baked beans Macaroni and cheese
Day 3 White chili with leftover pork Cornbread
Day 4 Lentil tacos Rice
Day 5 Hot dogs Fried potatoes using leftover potatoes
Day 6 Minestrone soup Biscuits
Day 7 Leftovers

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What To Do With Red Beans

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In addition to being part of 31 Days Of Frugal Cooking, this is the fifth and final post in a series titled What To Do With Beans. Click here to read the first, second, third and fourth posts.

You know the saying “Rice and beans and beans and rice”?

In 2008 the real estate market turned south and took our income with it. I was suddenly faced with the need to drastically slash my grocery budget and did not know how to do it. I would walk around saying “but I don’t know what to do with beans”. It was true. I did know how to order bean burritos from fast food restaurants and open a can of lentil soup, but did not know what people did with beans in their own kitchens.

Several years and hundreds of dinners later I finally know what to do with beans. For the next few weeks I am going to talk about different types of beans and what to do with them. Since my personal recipes are not in a publishable format I will include as many links as possible. This is the information I wish I had had in one place so long ago. Whether you are funding college, retirement or anything in between I hope you find this information useful.

Spicy Red Bean Burger

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Vegan Red Beans Chili

Minestrone Soup

What About You? Feel free to leave a favorite recipe or link in the comments section.

 

 

Frugal Snacks

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Snacks! Everyone needs them!

I discovered that a short list that everyone could chose from made life simple. Below is a list of probably everything we ever ate for snack time.

Celery and peanut butter

Fresh fruit

Dried fruit

Nuts

Cold pancakes and jam (you wouldn’t catch me eating them but my two daughters loved them)

Muffins

Baked treats such as brownies and cookies

Crackers with cheese

Popcorn.

How do you solve snack time in your home?

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The Seventh Set Of 3 Frugal Meals With Cost

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Everyone needs a few frugal meals that they can make over and over. I also think it is nice to know about how much they cost. The dollar amounts listed here approximate what these would cost to feed my family of four using today’s prices.  Here is the seventh set of 3 that I have made regularly throughout the years. Enjoy!

Part 1, part 2, part3, part 4, part 5, and part 6 can be found here.

1.Pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans.

Cost: Pork. $2.00.

Cost: Potatoes, flour for gravy and seasonings. $.60.

Cost: Green beans. $.90.

2.Black beans and rice, spicy cheesy biscuits.

Cost: Beans. cooking fat, onions, seasoning, rice. $1.35.

Cost: APF, baking powder, salt, seasonings, shredded cheese. $1.00.

3.Beanie Weenies, potato patties.

Cost: Leftover baked beans, 2 hot dogs. $1.20.

Cost: Mashed potatoes, egg, apf, cheese, seasonings.$1.00.

Please share. We would love to hear about some of your frugal meals.

This post is part of 31 Days Of Frugal Cooking.

 

 

Frugal Dinner

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Dinner time is where I put the most effort. This is where we had the most variety and I cooked from scratch the most.

Doing an internet search for beans and rice, frugal cooking and roast chicken will net  thousands of recipes.

Using a rotation seemed to keep me on track during the different seasons of the year and life. I would modify them as our activities and schedules changed.

Here are a few of the topics I used

Slow Cooker

Quick and Easy

Sandwiches (hot dog, bean burgers, sloppy Lennies)

Soup

Leftovers

Planned Overs

Beans and Rice

Roast Meat

This post is part of 31 Days Of Frugal Cooking.

What do you do to keep dinner frugal? Please share in the comments section.

Frugal Lunch

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Lunch time rolled around every day whether I was ready for it or not. Thankfully lunch was easier than breakfast or dinner.

A couple of times a week I would cobble together some leftovers from dinner. Other times we would have sandwiches with some sort side dish. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

PBJ, mac and cheese (leftover)

PBJ, chicken noodle soup (leftover)

PBJ, cheese stick (always bought in a large quantity when on sale)

Grilled cheese, baked beans (leftover or from freezer)

Egg salad sandwiches , potato chips ( a special treat)

Baked potatoes topped with chili and cheese (leftover chili or from freezer)

Quesadillas (these were always different and were based on whatever bits and pieces of beans, meat and cheese I had lying around).

Nachos (these were also different and based on whatever bits and pieces of beans, meat and cheese I had lying around.

Feel free to comment. I would love to hear how you solve your lunch time dilemma.

This post is part of 31 Days Of Frugal Cooking.

 

The Sixth Set Of Frugal Meals With Cost

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Everyone needs a few frugal meals that they can make over and over. I also think it is nice to know about how much they cost. The dollar amounts listed here approximate what these would cost to feed my family of four using today’s prices.  Here is the sixth set of 3 that I have made regularly throughout the years. Enjoy!

Part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 and part 5 can be found here.

Lentil tacos and rice.

Cost: Lentils, cooking fat, onion, tomato sauce, seasonings, tortillas and rice. $1.50.

Hot dogs on buns and fried potatoes and onions.

Cost: Hot dogs, buns and condiments. $1.50.

Cost: Potatoes, onions, cooking fat, seasonings. $1.25

Minestrone soup, biscuits and butter.

Cost: Beans (I prefer white), bouillon, fresh garlic, onion, carrot, celery, canned tomatoes. $2.00

Cost:  Flour, salt, baking powder, shortening, milk.$.75.

What kind of frugal meals are you cooking at your house?

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Menu Plan 16

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Last week I did not do a menu plan and we ate only one home cooked meal that week. Mac n cheese from a box does not really count as a home cooked meal.   Lesson learned!

Here is what we will be eating this week:

Black bean and turkey chili

Hot dogs, macaroni and cheese

Sesame tofu, steamed cabbage and rice

Beanie Weanies, cornbread

Lentil tacos, rice

Chicken and cabbage stir fry, sesame noodles

Baked chicken breasts (seasonings tbd later) mashed potatoes, green beans

What is for dinner at your house this week?

This is part of 31 Days Of Frugal Cooking.

You can see more great menus over at Organizing Junkie.

Menu Plan 15

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So this is what we eat when I do not get around to menu planning.

Pizza delivery

Spaghetti from the freezer with homemade dinner rolls

Drive through hamburgers

Take out Panda Express

Macaroni and cheese from a box

Treated to dinner by our good friends from Idaho

Leftover food from yesterday’s dinner and warm cookies from the oven.

This was not a week to be proud of.

What about you? What happens in your house when you forget to do a menu plan.

I also post these in the Menu Plan Monday section of Org Junkie, where you can find more people who believe in the value of a weekly menu plan.

This is part of 31 Days Of Frugal Cooking.