Menu Plan Monday 2-2-09

by Lora on February 1, 2009 at 11:57 pm

It has been quite a while since I posted any homemaking posts, but I am hoping to get back into the swing of things.  I have found that not having a plan has caused me to be unprepared and to spend more money than I would like.  We are tightening our belt around here, not because of financial necessity, but out of a desire to be prepared.  We are very blessed that Gene’s job is going well, and this current economic situation may not even affect our income, but we want to be prepared just in case it does. One of the ways I am trying to save money is by cutting back food expenditures.  I have tried couponing, but find I buy much of what I don’t need, and way too much junk.  I believe that I can cook just as frugally by doing more scratch cooking, and using less processed foods.

This menu has many low cost meals and I hope to be posting pictures and recipes as the week progresses.  Tomorrow I will be buying a 10lb bag of leg quarters which I will boil, and de-bone; freezing the meat in 2 cup packages.  I have found that 2 cups of chicken is plenty in most recipes for my family’s taste. I will then make a stock using the liquid from the boiled chicken, the bones and some vegetables. On Thursday I plan on cooking a couple of roasts by adapting this recipe. I normally wouldn’t buy roast on a tight budget, but I bought these a couple of months back for about what I pay a pound for ground turkey. I will make several meals out of them, which will help stretch my dollar. For other great menu ideas, be sure and drop by Laura’s blog.

Sunday: Homemade Crockpot Soup

Monday: Lentil Chili with Cornbread

Tuesday: Chicken & Dumplings with Biscuits

Wednesday: Chicken Dressing Casserole, Sweet Potatoes, & Corn

Thursday: Smoked Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Cooked Carrots,  Gravy

Friday: Open-Faced Roast Sandwiches with Homemade Fries

Saturday: Salsbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and another vegetable

2 Comments »

  1. Kim S — February 2, 2009 @ 12:25 am

    Hi: I clicked on your link at Organizing Junkie since you are directly ahead of me. Checking out the neighbors! ;) Your menu plan looks great! Are your recipes posted anywhere? I’m always on the lookout for crock pot and chicken and dumpling recipes especially.

  2. Lora — February 2, 2009 @ 1:13 am

    Kim,
    Thanks for dropping by! Sorry, I don’t have the Dumplings recipe written down, but I will try to write it down as I make it this week. The soup was really easy, but everyone loved it.

    1 lb ground turkey, browned and drained
    1 can Rotel tomatoes (I used mild)
    1 32oz. box of beef broth
    1 cup barley
    3 potatoes, diced (I was making it before church so I used 2 cans of potatoes, rinsed)
    2 cans Red Kidney beans, drained & rinsed (You can use any bean you like)
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp pepper
    Water to fill up crockpot. Mine is a 6qt.
    I cooked this all day. While I was at church I cooked it on high, and the barley was done when I returned. I left it on low for the rest of the afternoon, because we were eating it before church tonight. If you are using fresh potatoes you will most likely have to adjust the salt, adding more. Since my veggies were canned they already had a good deal of salt. I make many variations of this soup, depending on what I have on hand. You could add carrots or corn, or many other veggies;depending on what you like.

    If you look at my site that I used to use for homemaking I have other recipes, including some for crockpots. Don’t trust the categories though, I haven’t categorized all of my posts. http://keethfamily.com

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