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Monday, October 24, 2011

Menu Monday


I love Menu Mondays....I have no idea whether you do or not but I sure do! I love to cook (when I have the time) and I really, really love to cook when it makes people happy. I've had a handful of friends tell me this week they've tried some of the recipes I've posted! That makes me so happy! Menu Monday started because I take the task of feeding my family seriously. I want healthy food that's simple and not expensive.


Our family of 7 consumes a lot of food but I can shop and feed us for $200 bucks a week! (more if you count my nonfood items)
but for the sake of food consumption calculations it looks like this:

7 people x 2 meals a day x 7 days a week=
$2.04 per person per meal

I think that's amazing!

SIDE NOTE: Me, Aaron and our teenager are the only ones who eat at home for lunch. We usually eat leftovers, PB&J or simply scrounge around for whatever.I've not figured that into my calculations, although if I did I could lower my per person number significantly.


So here's what was on my most recent menu. It was heavy on the cooking but it paid off as I had lots of leftovers to enjoy! I hope that you enjoy making food for your loved ones as well. Cooking isn't nearly as hard as some make it out to be! Relax and give a new recipe a try!

Sunday
Brunch day! The night before I made pumpkin bread & applesauce bread (it made the house smell wonderful!!) and for brunch I paired it with cheesy scrambled eggs, biscuits n gravy and potatoes! I cooked up twice as much sausage as I needed for the pasta recipe later in the week.

Monday
Tacos - my kids never ever complain about having this for dinner. I fried up extra ground beef and saved some for the cheeseburger soup recipe later.

Tuesday
Rachel Ray's Deconstructed Lasagna - truth is my kids didn't love this, although I did. I allowed them to open a jar of spaghetti sauce and add it to the concoction. Then, magically, it was delicious again! Go figure! I paired it with a loaf of french bread.

Wednesday
Knorr's Chili con carne Rice - I almost didn't make this new recipe because I hated the name. But turns out it was wonderful! My kids don't love chili so I was super hesitant about serving it to them but I pair chili with hot dogs and usually it keeps everyone happy. This rice dish was awesome with shredded cheese, ranch and tortilla chips. (note: I altered the recipe a little to match what was in my pantry: I used leftover taco meat, a can of chili beans - juice and all, and a can of Rotel instead of tomatoes)

Thursday
Cheeseburger Soup a tried and true favorite at our home! Plus it's better the next day!

Friday
Yo-Yo aka Your On Your Own to dig through leftovers!

Saturday
No dinner today. I organized a team breakfast for the soccer boys before they headed out to Sectionals. Although they didn't score a win (it was sudden death double overtime - a real nail biter!) we had a great time supporting the team.

I also made snack foods for the long drive: Scrabble, a box of brownies and Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies!





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