Our plates are looking a little different these days due to higher meat prices and a lack of sale cycles. To keep our budget in check, I’ve focused on adding to my repertoire of vegetarian recipes, trying out other proteins in place of beef, and making our pork and chicken favorites more often.
I’ve written about my method of meal planning already. I plan basically the same way. I shop for 2+ weeks at a time. I plan 10-12 meals and stretch to the next shop with leftovers, pantry staples, and sandwiches. I keep the list in my bullet journal for the week. I’ve recently been writing the menu out day by day on a display in the kitchen. It’s not really my style to be so structured that way, but I’m trying to reduce the “what are we eating?” queries. (Though, it’s mostly a practice in habit-formation now as 3 of the 4 chirping mouths belong to illiterate people!)
Chicken fajitas, charro beans
This will use a family portion of charro beans from the freezer and the end of a package of corn tortillas.
Chicken piccata, pasta, broccoli
I’m trying this recipe for chicken piccata.
I have trouble buying proportionate amounts of mozzarella and pepperoni for pizza. I use up cheese and still have pepperoni, so I buy more cheese and run out of pepperoni, so I buy more pepperoni and run out of cheese… this time, I think I’ve got just enough cheese and pepperoni for one meal of pizza. Maybe.
Egg roll bowls with ground pork, cabbage, carrot, onion, and rice
I roughly use this recipe for egg rolls, except I don’t make the rolls. Also, I leave out the OJ in the sesame sauce. (Sometimes I replace the sauce with a mix of hoisin sauce and vinegar.)
Broccoli cheese soup, salad, rolls/bread
I use this copycat Panera Bread soup recipe — its delicious. The salad will happen if we get to this meal soon enough in the week; otherwise, well, it won’t. There will be slow cooker dinner rolls or a bread machine loaf to accompany the soup.
Black bean burgers, homemade french fries
I’ve wanted to try a black bean burger for years. What better time than when ground beef is over $5 per pound! I was recommended this recipe, so its going to be my first attempt.
Smoked pork, coleslaw, potato salad, beans (maybe)
Chicken meatballs, spaghetti, veggie
Veggie taco soup, quesadillas
I had an idea to substitute a squash for the beef in my usual taco soup recipe. We need to have this soon, as I found flour tortillas in the bakery clearance basket at the store, and I’m not sure how long I’ve got on those!