Menu Monday 3/24

Heather says:

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Easter weekend.  I have been craving red meat and it has been a long while since we splurged on good steaks.  I will be visiting the  local butcher’s on Wednesday or Thursday.  If any steaks are priced within reason they will be Sunday’s dinner; if not, I’ll pull the roast from the freezer.  Additional recipes will be added throughout the week.

  • Monday – Mushroom quiche, steamed broccoli, tossed salad
  • Tuesday – Beef stir fry (a variation of jap chae)
  • Wednesday – Chicken and dumplings, biscuits
  • Thursday – C.O.R.N.*
  • Friday – Dilled salmon, butter beans, steamed vegetables, and cornbread
  • Saturday – Pizza night (crust, sauce)**
  • Sunday – Steaks, baked sweet potatoes, grilled vegetables

*Clean Out Refrigerator Night

** Pizza night has become somewhat of a tradition in our family, the kids love it as they top their own pizzas.   I have found that I can freeze both the sauce and the dough with fantastic results.  We turn on music and eat informally as each pizza comes out of the oven.  The dinner process is the entertainment, frugal and fun.


  1. Asher Milgrom on May 2, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    home made pancake mix. havent tried that yet…anyone has a good recipe to impress my wife??

  2. Heather on March 25, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Amy, I do double and triple the sauce, as soon as I get around to buying that pressure canner I’ll be canning sauce. This summer when the tomatoes are very cheap, I plan on putting up a lot.
    Hugh, when freezing for yourself or a family, it’s important to figure out your portions. We use about a quart of sauce each week.
    PlanningQueen, I wish I could take credit for it. I used to be active on the AOL board Kitchen Frugality and that is where I first saw it used.

  3. PlanningQueen on March 25, 2008 at 1:21 am

    I love the acronym C.O.R.N! A well planned menu for the week.

  4. Hugh Harris on March 24, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Im going to have pizza night at my home everyother friday from now on..freezing the dough and sauce its another great idea..thanks a lot for all this great information,

  5. Margaret on March 24, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I agree – I love to see what others are eating (and this week I’m fresh out of ideas, so I’m using some of yours!).
    I like idea of pizza night on Friday night – might have to start doing that. We do pancakes every Saturday morning – I make a homemade pancake mix that whips up as fast as commercial ones, but is healthier and much much cheaper.

  6. Amy on March 24, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    We do pizza night in our house on Fridays too. One day I looked at my husband and asked him if he was tired of this. We have done pizza every Friday for years now. He told me he looked forward to it as much as the kids…. so the tradition presses on 🙂

    We streamline the process a lot with buying stuff in bulk, packaging meal kits ahead of time, and making a big batch of sauce to freeze. I am starting to really get it down in record time now 🙂

    Thanks for always sharing those planners- I love to see what people are eating 🙂

  7. Frugal Dad on March 24, 2008 at 9:55 am

    We had an Easter ham at my parent’s house Saturday night, so for Easter day we put a huge Boston Butt in the crockpot and cooked it overnight – man, was it delicious! I’ll be bringing BBQ sandwiches for lunch all week, and then some.

  8. Heather on March 24, 2008 at 9:49 am

    It takes 4 10 “- 12” pizzas to feed everyone with some leftovers for breakfast/lunch.
    We are big eaters though, so use your discretion.

  9. Bramble on March 24, 2008 at 9:45 am

    How many pizzas does it take to feed your brood? Of late we’ve been going through about one and a half larges and that’s only if we make a salad with it too! By the time the baby’s big enough to eat it, barring any allergies, it may be two full larges? How many do you make for make your own night?