Week 67 Menu and New Year Resolutions... a little late

This week I've been thinking of a New Year's Resolutions that will make life in the kitchen easier at my house. It's still January, so I guess it's not too late to post resolutions. Here they are:

1. Make very realistic menus for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. I teach piano until dinnertime two of these days and the kids have gymnastics until dinnertime the other night. So, if you look at my menus hopefully these days will have quick and easy dinners or dinner that I can prep while the kids are still at school and throw in the crockpot or bake right before dinner.

2. Make bread at least twice a week. I've realized that my bread doesn't stay soft for days and days, but I'm tired of buying bread and having it be dried out. Making bread isn't that hard and it doesn't take that long if I plan ahead a little bit.

3. Stick to my food budget. I've never been very good at sticking to a set budget for food, but I'm going to do better.

4. Since my baby is entering the baby food stage of his life, I'm going to try to make more of my own baby food instead of shelling out $.50 for each little jar.

Basically, I want to eat healthy, cheap, easy to prepare, home-made food, so hopefully now that I've written my goals down, I'll do better at doing them.

So, here's my menu for this week:

Monday: Swedish meatballs, steamed potatoes, IKEA gravy

Tuesday: breakfast burritos

Wednesday: crockpot taco soup or chili w/cornbread muffins

Thursday: chicken spaghetti

Friday: honey-lime chicken enchiladas

Saturday: steaks, Maggie's quinoa salad

Sunday: chicken salad sandwiches in either bread or soft-wrap bread

Thanks to Maggie, Meagan, Laura, and my sis, Lis, for posting their menus last week. What's on your menu this week?


  1. Monday: Baked Tuna Cheesy Wheels, Salad
    Tuesday: Leftovers, easy
    Wednesday: Sloppy Joes, Potato Wedges, Corn, Salad
    Thursday: Keilbasa & Sauerkraut
    Friday: Ranch Pork Chops, roasted veggies
    Saturday: Ramen Chicken Stir-fry
    Sunday: Egg bake, French Toast
    **Careful with the quinoa salad. I wasn't a huge fan.

  2. Monday: crockpot ranch pork chops with mashed sweet potatos
    Tues: French Lentil Rice Soup (crockpot)
    Wed: ravioli with spinach and parm (Jessica)
    Thurs: Easy Corn Chowder (crockpot)
    Friday: Taco Soup (crockpot)
    Saturday:we'll be in Boston, so I'm totally NOT cooking
    Sunday: Going to have to post this one later...

  3. Here's a little suggestion on keeping to a food budget: use CASH instead of a debit/credit card. Since I've been married, I have had a pretty strict budget. But the area I struggled in is keeping to my food budget. I always seemed to spend more on food than I budgeted for.

    In July I started paying cash for all my groceries and in 7 months I have only gone over budget 2, maybe 3, times. When you use cash, you spend, on average, 40% less than if you shop with a card. I was a little skeptical in the beginning, but it totally works!

    If you want to keep to your food budget, buy your groceries with cash.
    I have noticed Chicken Spaghetti from the Pioneer Woman is a frequent recipe on your menus. I am definitely going to have to give it a try.


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