Sunday, March 6, 2011

Healthy $10 a Day Menus

I love payday--and particularly going to the store after payday! Last week, we were out of our grocery cash, and while I could have gone shopping and put the groceries on the debit card, with the cash envelope system, once the envelope is gone, you're done. So while it was a self-imposed spending fast, we stuck to it. That means I did not make it to the store to pick up the turkey breast on sale for $1.49/pound, and I did not make the turkey meals on last week's menu. We still had plenty of food to eat.

What I did not make last week carries into this week. Those items were: beef stew and tuna noodle casserole.

Here's the general idea for the week ahead.

  • Oatmeal, grapefruit
  • Chicken salad sandwiches, pears
  • Beef stew, whole wheat bread and honey
  • Strawberry shortcake

  • Middle son's 4th birthday! (He gets to pick the menu's his picks):
  • Pancakes (I grind my own whole-wheat flour)
  • Hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, some sort of vegetable
  • Chocolate cake and ice cream
  • Out to dinner with a gift card? Or...
  • Sesame chicken (cheating and splurging with a box from Sam's Club), brown rice, Asian-style vegetables, fresh pineapple
  • Egg Casserole, toast, more grapefruit if it lasts; otherwise, strawberries
  • Turkey sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, apples
  • Crockpot pork chops (on sale for $1.97/lb; adding a can of cream of mushroom soup, one can of milk, and a packet of french onion soup mix) and mashed potatoes, green beans
  • Eggs in a hole
  • Tuna noodle casserole, peas, mandarin oranges, rolls
  • Enchiladas, corn, salad
  • Whole-wheat waffles with strawberries and fresh whipped cream
  • Informal lunch (snacks/leftovers)
  • BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, mixed vegetables
  • cereal or something quick before church
  • Promised the boys I would make them cinnamon rolls (I use my wheat grinder to grind whole wheat flour, so they are somewhat healthier) :) for brunch with fruit and probably scrambled eggs
  • BBQ chicken sandwiches, pickles, seasoned potato wedges
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  1. Your menu looks great! Quick question is it easy to grind your wheat? Where do you get a grinder? Thanks! Found you from MPM. :)

  2. Hi Annett,
    Thanks for stopping by! I ordered a NutriMill from Paula's Bread. Here is the link, if you would like to read about it.

    Grinding wheat is super easy! You just pour in your wheat, turn it on, and a few minutes later, you have healthy, freshly ground whole wheat flour. I also make my own cornmeal using popcorn kernels. It tastes soooo good!

    I know of people who have a Wonder Mill ( and love theirs as well.

    Have a great day!