Menu Plan Monday

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Before I go into a long tirade, here is our menu plan for this week.


Monday: Baked Ziti (double and split among three pans–one for us, two for meals for couples who have just had babies)

Tuesday: Zatarain’s jambalaya with smoked sausage, cornbread

Wednesday: dinner at church–ranch chicken

Thursday: leftover ziti

Friday: Crab Cakes, sweet potato fries, salad

Saturday: pork tenderloin with shallot-cider sauce, broccoli, brown rice

Sunday: leftovers

Lunches: sandwiches, soup, leftovers, oranges, Chex Mix

I feel a little like I have failed the Internets. I spent over $60 this week. But, the cupboards were bare. We did a little stocking up (Pop-tarts were a great deal and my hubby eats on every day, we bought the $4 bag with 14 oranges instead of 3 oranges for $1.50). I bought pork tenderloin, which is still a little pricey for me, even on sale. But, you know, I didn’t do a big shopping trip last week. I did spend about $25 on some frozen veggies, laundry detergent, and stuff for supper club. But when I started this $40 thing, I did not intend for it to include household items or supper club stuff. So, really, let’s just justify by saying I spent some of our grocery money from last week. Even Money Saving Mom lets herself do that!

Before tax, I spent $38.16 at Kroger. There is a mysterious thing labelled “cantaloupe” on my receipt which I am super confused about, as we neither wanted cantaloupe nor brought any home. Can’t figure out if it’s something else or if we accidentally paid for the person behind us? Anyway, here’s what we got at Kroger:
Big bag of Chex Mix ($1 coupon + .60 cellfire coupon)
brown sugar
crab cakes (1/2 off)
whole grain bread (.55 coupon)
sweet potato fries (1.00 on manager’s special)
1/2 gallon milk
cheese slices
Hormel natural ham (manufacturer’s coupon + Kroger’s coupon)
2 boxes Kroger pop-tarts
pork tenderloin
Kroger coleslaw (manager’s special, .50)
navel oranges
2 15-oz. cans tomato sauce
mysterious cantaloupe
frozen apple juice

(We also got 8 rolls of Cottonelle for .50 with manufacturer’s coupon, doubled by Kroger, plus Cellfire coupon)

I spent 16.89 at Publix and got:

3 heads broccoli
1.5 lbs. Italian sausage
2 boxes Ronzoni ziti
Crystal Light
Progresso beef broth
28-oz. can Progresso diced tomatoes
2 cans Progresso soup (all Progresso was on sale, plus Publix coupon for $1/4)
Sargento shredded mozzarella
Sargento shredded Parmesean (Sargento on sale 2/$4, plus .75 peelie coupon, plus .40 coupon doubled)
Zatarain’s jambalaya mix
Publix tortilla chips (penny item! yum!)

So that’s really just $55.05 before tax if I don’t count our household goods and the aluminum pans I bought to take food to friends. Not too bad considering I didn’t shop last week!

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3 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday

  1. How do you make your sweet potato fries? I tried for the first time last night and burned one tray completely and the other tray was a bit too soggy for me. I baked them in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 min. then 425 for 15 minutes with a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, brown sugar and chili powder. I wasn’t that impressed. Help!

  2. It really depends on the size of your cuts how long you cook. We really like to season ours with taco seasoning or a chili powder/cumin mix. It sounds weird, but is SO good. I bake them on a cookie sheet on about 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, then flip them and cook another 10-15 minutes or until crunchy. I have burnt them to a crisp before, though. You really have to watch them, especially if you have thin or smaller cuts. Done right, they are one of my favorite things!

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