Each week I provide Home Ec 101 with a menu and a shopping list. The menu, as written, is designed to feed 4 – 6 people. Singles and couples can pick and choose 3 – 4 of the 6 meals alternating with leftovers or previously frozen meals. In turn any leftovers should be promptly frozen to provide variety another week.
I don’t pretend to know what you will spend if you try this menu. I can confidently say that it is less than what an average American family spends per week on food. Just having a plan is usually enough for that -well unless your plan is fois gras, caviar, and lion steak-. Almost all of the recipes in the plan are based on a basic pantry that can be stocked through the purchase of loss leaders.
Always shop your pantry / freezer before heading to the store to purchase items being offered at their normal price. If you have chicken thighs in the freezer and the menu below suggests round steak -which isn’t on sale in your area- for chimichangas, go ahead and swap out the item. In that recipe, all that matters is that there is cooked and shredded meat. Simple substitutions like that will help keep your costs under control.
Home Ec 101 and SayMmm.com’s Printable Grocery List for Week #7. SayMmm.com makes customizing the list very easy. Just click the items you don’t need to take them off of the list or click the items from the pantry side to add them to the list. Once you’ve compared it to what you have on hand, click print and head out the door.
I’m starting to hit a point where I’m tired of winter vegetables, but it’s what we have. So let’s make the best of it, right? There are six meals the seventh is assumed to be leftovers. Have fun!
Tell me, Home Eccers, what’s on your menu this week?
Shared on Menu Plan Monday on OrgJunkie.com.