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next week’s menu plan #5, shopping list included!

Let me paint you a picture of what’s happening in this exact moment:

Down for the count with a fever, Emma’s watching The Backyardigans, this really clever cartoon about these, well, animals I guess (I have no idea what in the world they are, creatures?) having pretend adventures and singing really clever songs about them.  Don’t tell anyone but Andrew listens to The Backyardigans station he created on Pandora even when the kids are nowhere to be seen.

Meanwhile, I’m attempting to get sick Luke to eat dinner.  So far he’s not going for any of it, turning down this killer bacon, corn and basil pasta I made yesterday and even the spoonfuls of peanut butter I use as a last resort whenever he goes on one of his eating strikes.  There’s drool coming out of his mouth and snot coming out of his nose.  We’re quite a sight for sore eyes.  Having sick kids is the pits.

Wah wah…I feel like Debbie Downer. 

So enjoy this week’s meal plan!  We’ve got creamy chicken enchiladas, pork medallions in a cherry zinfandel sauce, brinner, and more!  Enjoy your week!

Dinner #1:

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas and a Simple Side Salad

Prep and Cooking Time:  1 hour 15 minutes

Total:  $8.12 for the enchiladas + estimated $2.00 for the salad

Dinner #2:

Pork Medallions with Cherry Zinfandel Sauce and Mashed Butternut Squash

Prep and Cooking Time:  40 minutes

Total:  $4.99 for the pork + $3.75 for the squash


Dinner #3:

Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Lemon Pasta and a Simple Side Salad

Prep and Cooking Time:  15 minutes

Total:  $7.62 for the pasta + estimated $2.00 for the side salad


Dinner #4: 

Grilled Chicken with Chipotle Cilantro Carrots and Feta and Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Prep and Cooking Time:  1 hour

Total:  $7.22 for the chicken + $1.96 for the rice


Dinner #5 – Brinner!!:

Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese and Cinnamony Baked Oatmeal

Prep and Cooking Time:  45 minutes

Total:  $3.00 for the eggs + $3.83 for the oatmeal


Dinner #6:

Pan Roasted Orange Balsamic Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Feta

Prep and Cooking Time:  20 minutes

Total:  $6.22 for the chicken + estimated $4.25 for the orzo


Total for 6 nights of dinners:  $54.96!

Shopping List (items you likely don’t already have in your pantry):

Meat

  • 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin (I look for pork on sale for $1.99/lb)
  • 5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast (stock up at $1.99/lb)

Produce/Herbs

  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint or basil (for orzo)
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 onion
  • 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon (fresh is best, dried works too)
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 pounds carrots
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 sprigs rosemary (I snag some from our community garden…it grows like rosemary so I hate paying for it)
  • 4 cups arugula
  • lettuce
  • 1 bunch asparagus

Pantry

  • 1/2 pound orzo pasta
  • 1 cup dried brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (for oatmeal)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 16-ounce jar green salsa
  • 8 corn or flour tortillas (for enchiladas)
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon raspberry or blackberry jam
  • 1 pound spiral pasta

Dairy/Eggs

  • 1 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded jack cheese
  • 10 eggs
  • 8 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt

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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. I always admire your dedication to frugality. Good to see some recycling of ingredients throughout the week etc. Unfortunately, I don’t do the weekly shopping – back home for a few months – so I can’t dictate to that extent.

    April 15, 2012
  2. We leave thursday to go out of town, but I am so going to use your list for next week’s shopping so I don’t have to think about it when we get back!

    April 15, 2012
  3. Jen #

    You are a lifesaver. Thank you.

    April 16, 2012
    • Are you kidding me? It’s totally self-serving 😉

      April 17, 2012
  4. pretty sure I just spent hours on your blog, 🙂

    Jason calling from the tv room, “Kimi, what are you doing?”

    “Oh, just meal planning.”

    He’s like, “Ok.”

    I’m excited to try this whole meal plan and shop for it all!

    Thanks for doing this site!!

    ps: Is there a print button I’m missing somewhere for the grocery list or recipes?

    April 18, 2012
    • Oh my gosh I LOVE this. I’m sure there’s some really easy way to create a print button and make it super simple for everyone but I’m totally lame and haven’t figured it out yet. I’m so glad you’re trying it! And hope it works for you even with your allergies!

      April 18, 2012
  5. love the menu / round-up! and i agree, sick kids = the pits! i have no shame saying that!

    April 20, 2012
  6. I’m glad to see I have company in the financial-food industry 🙂 My favourite tactic is to ransack the discounted fruits/vegetables that are sold dirt-cheap and then use what I’ve got in roasted vegetable dishes and soups and in cakes, etc., depending on their state of degradation.

    April 21, 2012
  7. I hope your family are alright by now. Serve some chicken soup and it will surely give some energy and resistance to sickness.

    April 27, 2012

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