Home Ec 101 Weekly Menu with Shopping List #6

Heather says:

We all hear that menu planning is the key to getting control of your food budget. However, creating a menu plan can be intimidating and often overwhelming. What if someone did all the work for you? What if a grocery list was just a few clicks away?

Well I have teamed up with SayMmm.com to provide Home Ec 101 readers with just that service. Here is an easily edited printable shopping list for the menu below. All of the recipes and tutorials are linked in the menu, so you should have no problems preparing each meal.

The menu is geared to a family of 4 -6, but smaller families will still find it useful. Freeze leftovers and include an extra leftover night. The menu includes one night to cook leftovers with any other leftovers being consumed as lunch.

  1. Chili Honey Chicken Thighs, Wilted Spinach, Scalloped Turnips and Rutabaga
  2. Meatloaf, Sauteed Cabbage, Baked Potatoes
  3. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Spinach Feta Salad, a crusty loaf of bread
  4. Clean Out Refrigerator Night
  5. Sausage, Peppers, and Onions, Roasted Potatoes
  6. Cheeseburger Macaroni, Roasted broccoli
  7. Chicken Peppers and Mushrooms, Collard Greens and Northern Beans, Cornbread

While I try to eat seasonally, I’m aware that bell peppers are not in season. There are still a good portion of the vegetables in this menu that take advantage of seasonal availability.

If you’re trying to get started with menu planning I highly suggest you scroll to the bottom of the page and select the How to Menu Plan option.

What are you having for dinner this week?


  1. Pamela on January 18, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Thank you for all your hard work!!

    • HeatherSolos on January 19, 2011 at 7:44 am

      You are quite welcome, thank you for commenting 🙂

  2. Andrew@BloggingGuide on January 18, 2011 at 6:30 am

    These are all good recipes! And I will be checking out that menu planning. I also want to congratulate you for being included in Problogger's list. Happy 2011!
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  3. Amy at CreativeSpace on January 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Your menu planning posts have made me look closer at my grocery bill, and I've been thinking of ways to cut back. I don't want to scrimp on my fresh veggies, but I should be buying fewer ready-made entrees from the deli. It beats fast food, but they add up after awhile. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

    On my menu this week is: Mon. – roasted chicken with carrots and potatoes, Tues – crepes with spinach, shallots, and leftover roasted chicken, Wed – cream of broccoli soup and Parker House rolls, Thurs – leftovers, Fri – homemade pizza with sauteed spinach and garlic, Sat – chicken curry over rice, Sun – Husband's choice (which probably means we'll be eating out somewhere)
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    • HeatherSolos on January 19, 2011 at 7:43 am

      Amy, personally I don't believe you should be cutting your grocery bill in the vegetable department, at all. If you are focusing on local and in season when possible and then adding other vegetables as needed to ensure they are a significant portion of your diet, your priorities are in order.
      Yes, perhaps you can cut down on the convenience items, but maybe your budget isn't that far out of line. Maybe once you cut back the deli purchases you have reached your balance of nutrition, time, and budget.

  4. Mindy on January 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I've been using saymmm for a few weeks now and am saving about $25 per week. It's not much but it's something, right? I'll be sure to add these recipes to mine too!

    • HeatherSolos on January 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      That's right around a hundred bucks a month. That's definitely an improvement, good job.

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