Monday, June 11, 2012

Week # 3 - Money Saving Menus

Here is Week 3 of the Money Saving Menus based on my popular Money Saving post.

Rather than giving you specific meals for specific days, I am giving you 6 meals for the week and you can decide yourself which days will work best for you.  These menu plans are based on my post suggestions and will concentrate on slow cooker dishes, ethnic meals, and lots of ways to use eggs.  As with all my menu plans this gives you the leeway of one day a week that you can either go out to eat or eat from meals you already have in your freezer.

As well, I will be giving you a cook ahead plan on Tuesday that you can use in conjunction with this menu to make your weekly planning more efficient, so look for it tomorrow.

All the recipe links are included here and can also be found under the Recipes tab above.

Week # 3 - Money Saving Menus

Day 1 - Scrambled Eggs with Ham, Green Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Day 2 -  Eggplant Parmesan, Green Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Day 3 - Shrimp Stir-FryMiracle Rice or Noodles, or Cauliflower Rice

Day 4 - Pepperoni PizzaGreen Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Day 5 - Chicken CacciatorieMiracle Rice or Noodles or Creamy Mashed Cauliflower, vegetable of your choice

Day 6 - Beanless Beef ChiliGreen Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

I have given you a basic 6 day meal plan but I haven't give you amounts because it will all depend upon how many servings of each recipe you need for your family.

All the recipes for the meals in my meal plans you will find in previous posts by following the links provided. I have also noted which recipes can be frozen for later use with this symbol (will freeze). Make it your goal to cook at least two meals each week in double quantities so you can start stocking your freezer. (If you can do more so much the better. You will be ahead in no time!)

In all menu plans I have one day a week scheduled for a freezer meal, so be warned. The crockpot meal is always an easy one to double, then just choose one other one and you've met your minimum target.

You will notice that some days I ask you to supplement with a vegetable of your choice. This is because different people have different likes and dislikes. Also, I don't know what's in your fridge and what you need to use up. As a basic I always make sure I have tomatoes which can be sliced and served with most meals, and a couple of bags of frozen vegetables in the freezer.  

For more vegetable ideas check hereherehere and here.

I also don't give any desserts. Again, everyone is different and you can choose to either have or not have these depending on your particular situation. For me dark chocolate and red wine are staples. For you it might be berries and cream. 

If desserts are a normal part of your menu plans, for dessert ideas check herehereherehere and here.

If you want an easy way to start filling your freezer right now, check back tomorrow for the Cook Ahead plan that goes with this menu plan.

As I said before,nothing here is written in stone. Use my suggestions as guidelines. Use what works for you and discard the rest.

Remember,  my plan is all about doing the least amount of work for the most reward. If you follow it then yes, you will have to do some work, but very likely not nearly as much as you're doing now. You will be eating healthy delicious meals. You will be more relaxed because you will always have time to catch up, regardless of what happens. And most of all, you will have time to relax and enjoy your life. And in the end isn't that what it's all about?

 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw

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