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next week’s menu plan #9, grocery list included!

Well hello there.

Enjoying the loooooong weekend?


I’m just dying to share with you this weekend’s highlight:  my cousin’s modern and totally chic LA wedding.   Did I mention the paparazzi were flying overhead?  Yeah, no biggie…

Take a look:

I was drooling over every last detail, from the succulents in all the floral arrangements, the hand-shaken signature cocktails, the oh-so-modern, framed signage…

Take a look at those adorable straws!  And a dessert buffet (unfortunately not pictured) by my favorite dessert shop, Sweet and Saucy!  That’s me with my Gramps, who’s 91, and who this month celebrated his 1 year wedding anniversary.  Yes indeedy, you read that right.

Thanks for indulging me.


In honor of the lazy weekend I’ve put together an easy (and frugal!) weekly menu.  Can you believe this week we’ll be enjoying steak and shrimp for under $45?!


Dinner #1:

Grilled Chicken and Peach Salad with Crusty Baguette (use half baguette for dinner #1, then half for dinner #4 below)

Prep and Cooking Time:  25 minutes

Total:  $5.22 for the salad + estimated $2.00 for the bread

Dinner #2:

Lentil and Goat Cheese Tostadas with a side salad or veggie of choice

Prep and Cooking Time:  60 minutes

Total:  $6.00 for the tostadas + estimated $2.00 for the salad or veggie

Dinner #3:

Maple Oat Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs and Seasonal Fruit

Prep and Cooking Time:  15 minutes

Total:  $2.78 for the pancakes + estimated $4.00 for the eggs and fruit

Dinner #4:

Sliced Sirloin on Arugula served with toasted baguettes topped with goat cheese (using half from dinner #1)

Prep and Cooking Time:  15 minutes

Total:  $8.18 for the sirloin salad, baguette already included in dinner #1

Dinner #5: 

Summer Shrimp Saute

Prep and Cooking Time:  20 minutes

Total:  $8.42

Dinner #6:

Honey Peanut Chicken with Brown Rice

Prep and Cooking Time:  2 hours, 15 minutes (about 2 hours of that time is for marinating)

Total:  $5.39

Total for 6 nights of dinners:  $43.99!  That’s about $1.83 per serving!

Shopping List:

Meat and Seafood

  • 2.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 pound sirloin
  • 1 pound shrimp


  • 1 pound peaches
  • 14 cups arugula
  • 1 lime
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • zucchini, broccoli, or other veggies of choice for honey peanut chicken stir fry
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 shallots
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 medium or 3 small zucchini
  • 2 cups corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped roma or halved cherry tomatoes
  • basil or italian parsley (for shrimp saute)
  • 1 avocado (if desired for tostadas)
  • 1 tomato, chopped (if desired for tostadas)
  • 1 head lettuce
  • seasonal fruit


  • 1 baguette
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • brown rice
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce (in a can in the ethnic foods section)
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • maple syrup or maple/agave blend


  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 3 eggs, plus more for scrambled eggs

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Carrie #

    The “sliced sirloin on arugula” link links to “prosciutto and caramelized onion pizza.” Not that that doesn’t sound good too!

    May 27, 2012
    • Thank you for catching that! I updated it.

      May 28, 2012

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