Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Menu Plan...Wednesday...5/27/09

I'm late again this week! But then again, I'm doing a 2 week menu so I'm technically early for next week! :)

I've decided to try and keep doing 2 week plans and only going grocery shopping once every 2 weeks. Less impulse buying and less time spent shopping! I only spent $80 this week for 2 weeks! :)

Sunday 5/24- Chicken Taquitos, Corn

Monday 5/25- Mom’s (Hamburgers)

Tuesday 5/26- Mom’s (Ham Bean Soup)

Wednesday 5/27- Chicken Noodle Soup, Grilled Ham and Cheese

Thursday 5/28- Potato Chip Chicken Nuggets, Mac & Cheese, Carrots/Dip

Friday 5/29- Chili Dogs, Veggies/Dip

Saturday 5/30- Shrimp, Spaghetti Squash

Sunday 5/31- Turkey Mushroom Burgers, Salad

Monday 6/1- Tacos, Rice, Beans

Tuesday 6/2- Shake N Bake Chicken, Stuffing, Broccoli

Wednesday 6/3- Tortellini Soup, Rolls

Thursday 6/4- BBQ Chicken, Salad, Rolls

Friday 6/5- Fish, Rice, Veggies

Head over to OrgJunkie for more menus!


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Kitchen Inventory!

I am so glad I snagged this idea from my friend, Elizabeth! I did my kitchen inventory today and just typed it up. I think I can make a lot of meals with what we have so I can cut the grocery budget for June. I also realized we have barely any fruits and veggies in the house. How terrible! I'm not too sure how that happened...I just didn't think to buy any this week since we weren't going to be home much. Guess I'll be making another trip to the store soon! So this will be a really long post but here's my FULL kitchen inventory. Fridge, Freezer, Pantry and Spice cabinet. I'll update it as we use things or go shopping. Hopefully I can just use mostly what we already have! Oh and for the weird things in my freezer. I've decided I hate wasting the leftover tomato sauce and stuff so I've been freezing small portions. It actually works out great if I just need a tablespoon or something in a recipe.

Kitchen Inventory 5/12/09


½ Tub light sour cream
Large Tub Light Margarine
3 sticks margarine
4lbs shredded Cheddar/Mozzarella Mix
1 ¼ gallon 1% milk
5 sugar free pudding cups
1 sugar free jello cup
1 tube crescent rolls
½ 1/4 Large jar plain applesauce
2 individual serving Pedialytes
½ onion
1 pack baby carrots
1 bottle white wine (for cooking)
11 eggs
Turkey bologna
10 hotdogs
13 cheese slices
Turkey pepperoni
1/2 wheel laughing cow cheese wedges
2 1 pack deli ham
2 1 pack deli turkey
1 pack light salami
1/3 pack hot sausage
General Tso sauce
Ginger dressing
Light Mayo
Minced Ginger
Stir Fry Sauce
Pizza Sauce
Strawberry Jelly
Spray butter
Shredded Parmesan
Apple Juice
Orange Juice
Italian Dressing
Mustard (2)
Minced Garlic
A1 steak sauce
BBQ sauce
Teriyaki sauce


1- 3 meat pizza
½ Jar Enchilada sauce
½ Jar Tomato sauce
Turkey Gravy
2 cups (in ½ cup portions) Buttermilk
2 1 Sliced Banana
Graham cracker crumbs (for pie crust)
Fat Free Orange Sherbet
Pedialyte Pops
1 big stick popsicle
1 ¼ lb pack ground turkey
2 Pack Gorton’s Garlic Butter Fillet
1 Cooked chicken breast (for pot pie)
4 slices Turkey Meatloaf
3- 2packs boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ bag popcorn chicken
2 breaded tilapia fillets
½ bag broccoli cuts (for soup)


Peanut butter
2 English muffins
8 tortillas
½ loaf wheat Sandwich bread
4lb jar Spaghetti Sauce
½ box instant white rice
1 box Spanish Rice A Roni
Lasagna noodles
½ box fettuccine
Whole Wheat Spaghetti
3 boxes Macaroni and Cheese
1 box Whole Wheat Rigatoni
1 pack Chow Mein Noodles
½ container StoveTop stuffing
2- 3oz packs tuna
½ bag Whole Wheat egg noodles
1 beef Top Ramen
Quick Grits
1 can hot dog chili sauce
1 can Rotel
1 can Manwich Sauce
1 can Italian marinated olives
1 can creamed corn
1 can Mandarin oranges
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 large can veggie soup
1 family size chicken noodle soup
Potato Corn Chowder mix
Tortellini soup mix
Cheddar Potato soup mix
1 Cup O Noodles
4 Tuna lunch kits
1 container Carnation Instant Breakfast
¼ box Cheerios
Rice Krispies (almost gone)
Honey Oat cereal
6 packs oatmeal
6 100 cal pack microwave popcorn
3 packs fruit snacks


1 1/2 bag semisweet chocolate chips
Mini candy canes
Plain bread crumbs (2)
1lb Quick oats
5lbs Whole Wheat Flour
Gingerbread cookie mix
10lb White Flour
Brown Sugar
Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
Splenda (large bag)
1 bottle Karo Syrup
4lb white sugar
Peanut Butter cookie mix
1 Chocolate ready crust
1 pack instant chocolate pudding
½ pack sliced almonds
Powdered sugar
Food Coloring
Banking Soda/Powder
Quick Yeast/Active Yeast
Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa (2)

Spice Cabinet

2- ½ full bottles Syrup
½ bottle sugar free Syrup
2 ¾ “bears” of honey
¼ gallon soy sauce
1 box lipton tea bags
2 bottles Worcestershire sauce
1/3 bottle vegetable oil
½ can Kool-Aide
1/8 can Nesquik powder
4 Sugar free lemonade tubs
1 box Mocha Splenda packets
6 packs diet Swiss Miss
Mocha latte creations
White Sesame Seeds
1/3 bottle Franks Red Hot Wing Sauce
White vinegar
Flavacol (for popcorn machine)
Popcorn oil
Popcorn kernels
Lime juice
Small package ground coffee
Large bag coffee beans
1 pack Hot and Spicy Shake N Bake
1 pack Ranch Dip Mix
Pizza packets (red pepper flakes etc)
2 packs Stroganoff mix
1 pack meatloaf mix
1 pack hollandaise sauce mix
Salt and salt substitute
Season salt
Olive Oil (almost gone)
Nonstick spray (2)
Garlic Salt
Chicago steak seasoning
Garlic Powder
Ground Red Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes
Mexican seasoning
Pumpkin pie seasoning
Italian seasoning
Chili powder
Onion powder
Whole black peppercorns
Montreal Chicken seasoning
Pure Vanilla Extract
Pure Almond Extract
Ground Mustard

What's everyone think? What staples should I add (other than the obvious fruits and veggies!)?


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Menu Plan...uh Tuesday~ 5/12/09

Better late then never! This is a 2 week menu plan because Jason left this morning and is gone for 2 weeks. I took almost a week off since my mom is also out of town and I had no one to take the girls to day care. So we're having a fun girls' week! And next week we'll be staying at my mom's a few nights. I'll be so happy when Jason is back and I can plan again!

I'm also planning on trying something my friend Elizabeth just did on her blog, a kitchen inventory. I want to take a full written inventory of everything that's in the pantry, freezer and fridge. Then I'm going to try and really cut my food budget for June and use up a lot of the stock we already have! Look for my inventory post later this week!

Saturday 5/9- Red Beans and Rice, Turkey Sausage, Broccoli

Sunday 5/10- Mother's Day! DH made steak and broccoli stirfry

Monday 5/11- Swedish Meatballs and Potatoes

Tuesday 5/12- Submachine (Takeout Sandwiches)

Wednesday 5/13- Going to the Aquarium...probably grab something on the way home or make a frozen pizza.

Thursday 5/14- Pigs in a Blanket

Friday 5/15- Going to the Zoo...probably eating with my sister.

Saturday 5/16- Quesadillas/Enchiladas, Beans

Sunday 5/17- BBQ at a friend's house

Monday 5/18- Mom's (probably Kogel hotdogs and chili sauce that my aunt brought us from Michigan!)

Tuesday 5/19- Mom's

Wednesday 5/20- Eggs, Bacon, Toast

Thursday 5/21- Homemade Pizza

Friday 5/22- Clean out the Fridge

Head over to OrgJunkie for more menus!


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Menu Plan Monday~ 5/4/09

This week is pretty basic but it's my next "real" menu plan for 2 weeks! DH leaves next week for a 2 week trip. Not much a menu plan when it's just me and the girls!

Last week we found a new family favorite recipe! Check out my previous post for the Stromboli recipe. You can also check out my new list of favorite recipes on my side bar!

Saturday 5/2- Date Night! Snacks at the Movie!

Sunday 5/3- Grilled Steak, Baked Potatoes, Corn

Monday 5/4: Chicken, Rice, Broccoli

Tuesday 5/5: Happy Cinco De Mayo! Stacked Burrito Pie

Wednesday 5/6: Eggs, Bacon, Biscuits/Gravy

Thursday 5/7: Frozen Pizza, Mac and Cheese (Mommy had a Bio Test...blah!)

Friday 5/8: Making Spaghetti (I'll post this "recipe" later!) at my Mom's.

Head over to Laura's for more menus!