This 4th edition of a weekly grocery list and menu rounds out a month of meals with no main dish repeats (week one will have been edited by that time). Next week instead of posting a menu, I will consolidate the four menus into one monthly menu with a two part master shopping list. This master grocery list will include the amounts needed for each item and how much fresh produce / dairy should be purchased each week of the plan. Using the master list in coordination with grocery store circulars, a family that hasn’t utilized a strict menu plan in the past, should be able to greatly reduce their grocery budget.
All of these recipes are geared toward a novice cook, but they don’t rely on convenience items to achieve this goal. Over the course of the next few months, I plan on creating new menus that fit different lifestyles. The ultimate goal is to have several plans that meet the needs of different families. The current edition is geared to a family with no dietary restrictions.
Now onto week 4′s menu and grocery list (here’s the downloadable pdf):
- Two bean tamale pie, roasted zucchini with cumin*
*Follow the general idea of the recipe, but add a pinch of cumin
- Baked potato soup, Spinach salad with candied bacon
- Chicken, peppers, and mushrooms, steamed broccoli, rice
- Fettucini alfredo with blackened beef tips & tomatoes (grape or cherry), Caesar salad
To add the tomatoes: slice one pint of grape or cherry tomatoes in half, then briefly cook in the same pan used to cook the beef immediately after the beef has been removed. Only cook these for a minute or two, the goal isn’t to create a sauce, just to add a little bit of pop to the meal
- Tuna melts, carrot raisin salad (optional treat, potato chips)
- Sloppy joes, stove top macaroni and cheese, margarita carrot sticks (non-alcoholic)
Tell me, Home Eccers, what is on your menu this week? Before I begin planning the next monthly menus*, I would love to hear what makes your menu difficult. Does someone in your family have dietary restrictions? Do you eschew red meat?
*As a matter of transparency, I live in the South and it is already boiling hot. I may begin with a summer plan that utilizes the grill or a crockpot that can be placed outside.