Monday, July 21, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

I am really enjoying menu planning - and so is my budget.  We were pretty successful last week - some things got out of order due to a missing ingredient: flour!  It seemed pretty challenging to make flour tortillas without flour, so we just switched things around a bit. I think I've managed to get all of my staples for this week, so I shouldn't need to get anything at the grocery store!

Cuban Black Beans with Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Cuban Black Beans with Pork Tenderloin

In addition to menu planning, I'm trying my hand at making some of our more-commonly purchased "convenience food" here at home.  Last week was tortillas and waffles (made and frozen).   This week, it will be pancake syrup (we used up what we had on waffles!) and croutons. There are other foods I'd like to make instead of buy, but I figure I'll start with a few things at a time.
Without further ado, this week's menu:

Breakfasts:  Hard-boiled eggs, steel-cut oats, lemon scones, waffles and syrup

Lunches:  Leftovers, sandwiches, soup

  Monday:  Shepherd's Pie (I add frozen corn, and pretty much make the gravy with a pinch of this, alittle of that)
  Tuesday:  Beans on Toast with Eggs
  Wednesday:  Stir-fried Chicken with Sweet Chili Sauce (I add a little ketchup, a few drops of fish sauce, and some cornstarch dissolved in cold water to thicken it), Stir-fry veggies (frozen), Rice 
  Thursday:  Lasagna, Salad (with croutons), Bread 
  Friday:  Brats, Corn, Salad
  Saturday:  Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas (just tortillas wrapped around cooked chicken cubed up and a ton of cheese, smothered in canned enchilada sauce and more cheese, then baked at 350 till bubbly), refried beans, fixings 
  Sunday:  Leftovers/catch-up day

Desserts:  Rice pudding (using leftover rice from Wednesday), Cherry Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Pound Cake (yes, it is as good-tasting and bad-for-you as it sounds)

Please visit Laura at Organizing Junkie for many more delicious menus!  


Sarah said...

I seriously should move closer to you! :) What time do you get up anyway? (Granted you are an hour ahead and have a kid...).

I will totally be checking out the sites you recommend once tests are done and the house is unpacked.

Oh, and I have been meaning to ask you, what did you plant in your kitchen garden?

Brooke said...

Mmmmmm...your menu looks so good. Make sure you post the recipes so I can steal from you.

Hadias said...

Your Cuban Black Beans with Grilled Pork Tenderloin looks delicious.

Toni said...

Wow, that black bean dish looks awesome. I never thought about serving black beans with pork, delish!