Last week I spent a lot of time in the kitchen making recipes that included pumpkin in them. Can you believe that after having pumpkin caramel cake, pumpkin cranberry muffins, savory and spicy pumpkin soup and pumpkin fudge I am still not sick of pumpkin? I just love pumpkin. I often wonder why I don’t eat it in the summer.
On October 1st of this year, I decided to sign up with Ruth at Living Well, Spending Less for her 31 Days of No Spending. So far, it has not been too bad. On the 2nd day of the challenge we took an inventory of our pantry and our freezer. Then we sat down and made a menu for the month.
There are a few things I am already loving about this challenge. One of the things is that I know I will be saving some money. No more trips to the grocery store to pick up one item and coming home with 10 and having spent $50 instead of $2.50. The other thing, and probably the most important is that Big and I are sitting down and working through this together. This is a new thing for us. I have always handled the budget and now it will be us handling the budget. I am sure we will “fuss”, but that is ok. We are working on it together.
I hope you will take the time to follow me on this path and see my triumph and struggles. Perhaps you would like to join me?
Here is my Menu Plan Monday #57 (based on what I have in the freezer and pantry)
Monday: Quiche Lorraine (meatless monday)
Tuesday: Baked Cod, snow peas, baked rice with mushrooms (recipe will be on blog soon)
Wednesday: Chili with turkey and 2 beans (will make enough to freeze for later), cornbread
Thursday: Garlicky beef Stir Fry, rice
Friday: Oven Baked Chicken Strips, Oven fries, green beans
Saturday: Fish Sticks, sweet potato fries
Sunday: Pot Roast with mushroom gravy, egg noodles, spinach salad
Now that you have seen my menu for the week, I would love to hear about what is on your menu for the week. Leave me a comment below and I will respond.
Do you menu plan? I have for so many years and I find that it really saves me time and money. Here are a couple of posts that will help you figure out how to menu plan.
If you don’t have the time or the inclination to plan your meals, I suggest using eMeals. This is a great meal planning subscription service that can be adjusted to your families likes. Paleo, Low Fat, Vegetarian, gluten free plans are available. You can try eMeals for Free.
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