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#243991 - 03/30/12 01:56 PM Meal Planning/Grocery Budgeting for 2012: Part 4
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Part 3 was already 8 pages long, and with March ending and April beginning, it is a good time to start Part 4, I thought.

As I mentioned in my last post in Part 3, DD and I went to the Asian grocery store, yesterday, and stocked up on snacks for DD to take to campus when she starts spring quarter on Monday.

Now, I have to start menu planning, so that I won't have to stand in the kitchen at night wondering what to pack for the next day's lunches! Been doing that a bit too often, lately!

I plan to do a freezer/pantry inventory this weekend and make some menu plans based on what I have on hand.

Anyone else wants to join me? Do share what you plan to make during the first week in April.
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#244006 - 03/31/12 03:30 AM Re: Meal Planning/Grocery Budgeting for 2012: Part 4 [Re: blessmymess]
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fri was beef taquitoes, mashed potatoes and corn

sat were going out to dinner so sun will be whatever is left over

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#244011 - 03/31/12 11:31 AM Re: Meal Planning/Grocery Budgeting for 2012: Part 4 [Re: mary57]
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I did my major shopping trip while down in the nearest city and shipped a lot of food back home(fresh fruit and veggies to start and then I will move to frozen). However, now I need to be creative and use lots of fresh vegetables. Need to organize with a meal plan.

Veggies:
-romaine lettuce
-mushrooms
-asparagus
-broccoli
-cauliflower
-onions
-garlic
-potatoes
-sweet potatoes
-carrots
-parsnips
-turnip

Fruit:
-apples
-oranges
-kiwi
-lemons
-limes


Edited by tinytina (04/01/12 12:37 PM)
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#244017 - 03/31/12 01:51 PM Re: Meal Planning/Grocery Budgeting for 2012: Part 4 [Re: tinytina]
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While I try to follow Bless by checking the freezer/pantry, noting loss leaders in grocery store flyers and creating a menu plan, when I get to the store I buy the fresh produce I like that looks great and wreck my plan. If DH goes to the store it's worse. He 'forgets' the list & heads for the 'International' aisle buying whatever he's never tried!

While I can't seem to shake this horrid cough, I'm finally off meds that were so powerful I couldn't function long enough to complete a task. We are talking about joining family in another city - Good Friday to Easter Monday but until the decision is made, I've planned... baked [BBQ weather permitting] chef salad, salmon fillet, roasted potatoes, asparagus & chocolate mousse.

Sun. ... baked orange chicken, 3 bean salad, rice
Mon. ... Pasta [Fettuccine], chicken/mushroom sauce, green beans
Tues. ... Vietnamese soup,[leftover pasta] fishballs, veg wraps
Wed. ... Paella [leftover rice, chicken, fishballs]
Thur ... Meatless chili, tortilla chips, spinach salad [oranges, sliced hardboiled egg]
Fri-Sat Salmon etc.
Sun. ... Tom Yum Soup, Pad Thai noodles, fruit salad
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#244032 - 04/01/12 05:38 AM Re: Meal Planning/Grocery Budgeting for 2012: Part 4 [Re: mary57]
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sat night i ate everything but the plate <lol>

today i will go grocery shopping and my new plan for dinner will be eating the last of the bbq chicken and slaw

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#244042 - 04/01/12 12:43 PM Re: Meal Planning/Grocery Budgeting for 2012: Part 4 [Re: mary57]
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Yesterday was pork chops in mushroom soup (used some leftover onions and some fresh mushrooms) served over noodles with some roasted asparagus.

I am going to have steak (marinading in the fridge) for supper. Not sure exactly what my side dishes will be yet.

I am also going to bake/grill some chicken breasts today to make chicken Cesar salad for lunch this week.
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#244044 - 04/01/12 01:27 PM Re: Meal Planning/Grocery Budgeting for 2012: Part 4 [Re: mary57]
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Mary: You must have been hungry! laugh Good that you have an alternate plan for tonight's dinner!

Tina: When you are planning your menus, keep in mind that certain veggies, like broccoli and carrots, and fruits like apples and oranges, keep fresh longer than the rest. smile

Cyd: So sorry to hear that you have been so ill with your cough. I'm still getting over my cough, too; it's been about 10 days now. I think it is easier for me to stick to the lower priced fresh produce because I have so much from which to choose.

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Did a quick freezer inventory, this morning. I have:

Chicken:
1 whole chicken
1 portion roast chicken
1 bag of giblets, etc. for soup
Beef:
3 packets beef curry (took out one to thaw, for tonight's dinner)
4 1/2 packets (approx. 1 lb./packet) cooked ground beef
Sausages:
2 lbs. Polish sausage
1 packet breakfast sausages
Bacon - 4 lbs.! Bought when they went on sale for $3/lb (reg. price is $6+ for bacon, these days; I refuse to pay that much)

Plus:
2 packets of cooked lentils
several bags of frozen vegetables (black eyed peas, corn, green peas, etc.) plus small amounts of onions & celery
4 packets of sliced peaches
1 packet grated coconut
4 3/4 lb. butter
2 lb. walnut halves
10 lb. flour (part of my emergency supplies)

In the main pantry cabinet, I have several cans of tuna & sardines, fruits (peaches, apricots, pears, pineapple, mixed fruit) & vegetables (corn, green peas, green beans, baby corn, garbanzo, breadfruit, 1 tomato sauce), 3 cans of coconut milk, 3 cans condensed milk, 2 jars peanut butter, and a few other items. Much of the canned items are part of my emergency supplies, but, I do incorporate them into my meal plans, on occasion. Another cabinet holds a supply of sugar, also part of my emergency supplies. A 3rd cabinet holds the cereals, crackers, pasta, etc.
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#244078 - 04/02/12 01:24 AM Re: Meal Planning/Grocery Budgeting for 2012: Part 4 [Re: blessmymess]
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Dinner tonight: rice, beef curry, cauliflower, tomato chutney.

Packed up the leftovers for tomorrow's lunches.

I'm planning to go grocery shopping tomorrow - need to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, coffee creamer, etc.
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#244079 - 04/02/12 01:31 AM Re: Meal Planning/Grocery Budgeting for 2012: Part 4 [Re: tinytina]
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i accidentally bought a second lb of bacon sun when i went grocery shopping. i planned to buy it b/c i didn't see it hiding in my freezer. it least it was on SALE, so i don't feel so bad. also on sale were kielbasa and pringles(and to top it oss i had a COUPON for both). i also had a coupon for coffee and lunch meat. i DIDn'T need the coffee, but it will KEEP for when i do

i also got yoghurt, carrots, a tomato, sour cream and 1/2dozen eggs for 30.30.

i ended up dropping the eggs as i locked the door to the car, but mostly they just ran into the carton that they were sitting in. are they still safe to make scrambled eggs?

i ended up eating blt's for brunch and slept thru dinner, so i'll have the bbq chicken and slaw tonight (actually about 3 am)

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#244097 - 04/02/12 11:54 AM Re: Meal Planning/Grocery Budgeting for 2012: Part 4 [Re: mary57]
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Mary, personally, I would not use the broken eggs, since the contents would have come into contact with the outside of the egg shells and the carton, itself.
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