One of the things I love about having a menu plan is it gives a sense of order and helps prevent that 4pm dread, aka “Ugh, what am I going to feed these people tonight?” Of course I still want options, but narrowing down the field can be a big help.
We are lucky to live in a country where we have so much to choose from, although at times it can be overwhelming. As a foodie, I want to always try new things, but as part a busy family with a budget, cooking by whim just doesn’t mesh with our available time or finances. On a somewhat related tangent, I was fascinated by this article on choice blindness.
This menu is designed to feed 4 – 6 people, as written. A single person or couple may consider omitting one meal and halving the recipes. This week’s menu saves money in two ways. The gardener’s pie utilizes beans and cheese for protein rather than beef or lamb. This week’s meals also share many of the same ingredients, reducing the chance of having perishable items go to waste.
- Meatloaf, rice and peas, steamed broccoli.
Save the leftover meatloaf for Thursday’s Soup. The meatloaf is a good recipe to double and freeze for later use.
- Gardener’s Pie ( a vegetarian shepherd’s pie), salad
- Turkey Cutlets with mushrooms and bell peppers, oven roasted potatoes
This meal is used to finish off the mushrooms and potatoes
- Must Go Soup / Salad
This week’s meals work well for this budget saver. When adding additional seasoning stick to the same ones used in the previous three meals. Use beef bouillon for liquid and crumble or dice the meatloaf. Use the leftover produce to round out the meal with a salad. Oh, a word to the wise, don’t tell your family it’s leftover soup, unless they are hovering about while you are cooking, they’ll probably never notice.
- Oven fried fish and chips, sauteed cabbage
- Pizza Night
If you aren’t into making your own pizza sauce and crust, you can always purchase them premade. Try making several smaller pizzas and experimenting with different vegetables as toppings. This meal can easily be vegetarian, if you omit pepperoni or sausage as toppings.
The shopping list is a downloadable PDF. Simple cross off items you already have and add your weekly needs for breakfast and lunch.