Monday, March 29, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

This is the first time I've even considered planning out my whole week in food. Our budget is still a mess, my husband is on month five of being unemployed. We refuse to give up our whole/organic foods lifestyle, even with the crunch in our budget.

As of this week, I'll also be posting the amount of money we spend on food. It is my belief that we can sustain a healthy lifestyle of eating, on a strict budget. This weekend we bought what we needed to eat for the week, and spent a total $137.88. This is how we'll use it:

Monday: Vegetarian Day
  • Breakfast: Organic Oatmeal, flavored with Maple Syrup and sugar, and a banana.
  • Mid-morning snack: Grapes
  • Lunch: Organic Peanut Butter and Homemade Jelly on 12 grain bread. Raw organic baby carrots and organic applesauce as a side.
  • Dinner: Spring Mix Salad, Spaghetti, and homemade garlic bread.

  • Breakfast: Egg sandwiches (egg whites for me!), and organic sliced apples.
  • Mid-morning Snack:
  • Lunch: Homemade Tomato Soup and crackers
  • Dinner: Chicken and Rice

    Wednesday: Vegetarian Day
  • Breakfast: Eggs, toast and grapes
  • Mid-morning Snack: Dry cheerios
  • Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Yesterday's leftovers, apple slices
  • Dinner: Spring Mix Salad, Baked Mac and Cheese

  • Breakfast: Pancakes and sliced apples
  • Mid-morning Snack: Sliced Organic Cheddar Cheese
  • Lunch: Leftovers
  • Dinner: Chicken Drumsticks, Broccoli and Cheese

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with Maple Syrup, fresh grapes
  • Mid-morning Snack: Apple slices and peanut butter
  • Lunch: Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich/Leftovers
  • Dinner: Leftovers

  • Breakfast: Eggs with fried potatoes, toast, and bananas
  • Mid-morning Snack: Sliced Cheese
  • Lunch: Leftover Chicken/Veggies -- Chicken salad Sandwiches
  • Dinner: Beef Stroganoff

  • Breakfast: Cold cereal with banana slices.
  • Mid-morning Snack: ----
  • Lunch: Easter lunch with Parents/Grandmother
  • Dinner: Leftovers from Easter


    1. I like to plan out the week as well. It is a great way to save time and money because you will know exactly what you need at the store. Once you get going for a couple of weeks, it will take you 5 mins. I suggest writing them down on paper (or using pc) and keeping all of weekly menus. Then you can get a few going in a cycle and just changing a meal here and there. I even made a shopping list so all I had to do was go down the list and check off what I needed.

      Just yesterday, I was researching new meals to make that are healthy and low-fat to add in our rotation so I can lose this damn weight. :P

    2. I'm hoping this will only take me five minutes, because this took me quite some time at first. We're in crunch mode, and I'm sure there will be some adjusting too, giving room for leftovers, etc. Can't wait till Friday!! :D



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