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next week’s menu plan #8, grocery list included!

Oh the cooking I’ve done this week.

Hang onto your hats, it’s going to be a culinarily exciting week.  And I’m pretty sure I just made up the word culinarily.  Do I get something for that?  Anyway, I’m thrilled about what’s been coming out of the kitchen lately so stay tuned!!

What’s cooking this week?

I’ve got some pasta, a heavenly sweet, salty and creamy pizza…and a soup that requires a little simmering love but is SO worth it so plan ahead!  Ok, I’m going to back off the exclamation points now.  I’m just really stoked…can you tell?  And can I still use the term stoked considering I’m a 30+ year old woman living in the year 2012?

Well happy eating!

Dinner #1:

Creamy Sausage and Tomato Pasta and a Simple Side Salad

Prep and Cooking Time:  25 minutes

Total:  $6.80 + estimated $2.00 for the salad

Dinner #2:

Potato Frittata with Rosemary and Feta and Seasonal Fruit

Prep and Cooking Time:  30 minutes

Total:  $2.55 for the frittata + estimated $2.00 for the fruit

Dinner #3:

Bacon, Pear and Mascarpone Pizza and a Simple Side Salad

Prep and Cooking Time:  25 minutes

Total:  $5.78 for the pizza + estimated $2.00 for the salad

Dinner #4: 

Italian Sausage and Peppers on Asiago Polenta with your Favorite Veggie

Prep and Cooking Time:  30 minutes

Total:  $8.17 for the sausage and peppers + estimated $2.00 for the veggie

Dinner #5:

Bandera’s Macho Salad (possibly deconstructed slightly for the kids)

Prep and Cooking Time:  20 minutes (after chicken has been cooked)

Total:  $12.25

Dinner #6:

African Chicken Peanut Soup and a Crusty Baguette

Prep and Cooking Time:  2 hours (most of that is simmering time for the soup, so plan accordingly)

Total:  $11.80 + estimated $2.00 for bread

Total for 6 nights of dinners:  $57.35!  That’s about $2.05 per serving!

Shopping List:


  • 3 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (use breasts for the soup instead of thighs)
  • 2 pounds italian chicken sausage
  • 4 strips bacon (I like turkey)


  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 onions
  • 1 russet potato
  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • veggie of choice
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 pear
  • fruit of choice (to accompany frittata)
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 heads romaine or butter lettuce
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn
  • 16 dates


  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 fresh baguette
  • 1 cup cornbread (to make croutons)
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 pizza dough
  • 1 pound spiral or bow tie pasta


  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup feta (for frittata, can sub goat or asiago cheeses instead since there are quite a few this week)
  • 1 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup cream or plain yogurt

Need more meal plans?  I’ve got plenty more to share if you need inspiration in the kitchen!

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