Menu Monday and Cheap Cooking

I am really trying to tighten my budget when it comes to grocery shoping. So going to try and cook on the cheap, the real cheap. Why? I want to save money for our first family vacation in 10 years.

So here is the menu for this week….

Monday-Kraft dinner and hotdogs, broccoli ($2)

Tuesday-Sweet and Sour Tofu, rice,red peppers($3)

Wednesday-Meatloaf, mashed potatoes,corn($5)

Thursday-Leftovers($0)

Friday-Cheese Pizza, and salad($5)

Saturday-Kid Pleasing Spaghetti, and Salad($4)

Sunday-BBQ Chicken Pieces, rice, carrots($3)

Now I am off to Laura’s to see what is cooking for everyone else.

A New to Canada Snack: Oreo Cakesters

oreo Today I received my campaign box from BzzAgent. In it was a box of Cakesters, as they were released on the Canadian market last month.   When I opened the box Roo said “I was waiting for someone to invent these”. You see both of us love Oreos and chocolate! I was certainly a happy camper when I got to test drive this new to us snack. Roo had a friend over so they were my testers. They got a great review from the kiddos. Now we all know that Oreo is known for a rich chocolate taste I find these lighter but better then another certain chocolate snack cake that has been a staple in this house. We are always looking for good snacks. Now they come wrapped with 2 in a pack. Because of how big they are I recommend eat one and share with a friend. Now they do have an allergy alert on the package so this is a NO go for school here which is unfortunate but none of the ingredients are nut related so I am going to say must be made in a factory where there is a chance of trace from machinery etc. Over all we will buy the product again. If you have tried these let me know what you think.

Menu Monday

This week I found a new website for Menu Monday. It is Wovenfare. It is free to join to get their free plan.

A few days this week are from there. 

1. Monday-Honey Pecan Chicken (recipe available on the download from Wovenfare), snow peas, and brown rice.

2. Tuesday-Our breakfast at night–Cheese Omelet, and tomato slices

3.Wednesday- Fresh Thai Rolls, salad and roasted potatoes (the rolls again are from Wovenfare

4.Thursday-Spaghetti and Meatballs, salad

5. Friday- Cheese Pizza, and carrot sticks and broccoli and dip

6.Saturday- leftovers

7. Out with friends- bringing dessert

Well off to check out what else is on the menu plan this Monday over at Laura’s.

Menu Monday- Cleaning Out What I Have

Okay sometimes you need to get rid of the food you have in your house before you spend another dollar- that is where I am at right now! So with that said for the rest of the month I will only be buying eggs, milk and fresh fruit and veggies. I am cleaning out my freezer and pantry so I can clean them in time for spring.

So with that in mind here is my menu

Monday- spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, dessert- lemon cake with vanilla icing ( had company in)

Tuesday-eggs, bagels and tomato slices

Wednesday-bbq chicken breast, rice, carrots

Thursday- Veggie Soup and Grilled Cheese

Friday- Hotdogs and french fries, mixed frozen veggies

Saturday-cheese pizza, salad

Sunday- Shepard’s pie or leftovers

Now off to Laura’s  to see what is on the menu everywhere else.

Menu Monday- What’s Cooking?

Sorry this is so late in the day but it has been rather busy here. I have been doing alot of volunteer work lately and it sure is keeping me busy…but we cant forget to plan can we!

Monday- chicken nuggets, rice, corn    dessert for the evening as we are having company chocolate mousse cake

 Tuesday- turkey( Yes I typed turkey–got on sale for $5), so we are having turkey, mashed potatoes, carrots and gravy

Wednesday-Turkey soup, and rolls

Thursday-Breakfast for dinner-pancakes and syrup, bacon

Friday-Hot Turkey Sandwich’s, potatoes, salad

Saturday-pizza( have a $20 gift certificate to use)

Sunday-pork roast, potatoes, corn   fruit salad( having company) 

Well time to go and explore and see what everyone else has on the menu this week! So if you like to plan so you can save visit at Laura’s for lots of ideas.

What Works for Me Wednesday: The Good Food Box

Here it is another windy winter day and this mom is trying to keep our house as healthy as can be. One of the ways I am able to do this here in Toronto is by getting a Good Food Box. It works for me. What is a good food box? It is a communal way of getting healthily locally grown mostly veggies and fruit at a great price. Food comes direct from farmers and the Ontario Food Terminal.

In more and more communities you can find ways to be both cheap and healthy. Look for our own local community foodshare programs they are wonderful at least the one here is.

Here is  a sample of what I get in a $17 box: 5 pounds of potatoes, a green cabbage, a bag of bean sprouts, a head of lettuce, a bag of spinach, a bunch of green onions, a green pepper, a pound of tomatoes, 2 sweet potatoes, 2 pomegranates, a bunch of bananas, a bag of oranges, and a bag of apples…

First I drop off payment and pickup my box at a local spot, I do this twice a month. It really helps me to eat healthy and it is cheap too! Here is a link to our local program and if you are here in Canada and looking for a local network you can find that on the site as well..

Now I am off too see what is working this Wednesday for others today here.

Menu Monday- The Easy Week

This week with the holidays fast approaching it will be a very busy week. There is the school Christmas Concert and  2 holiday parties! This is the week that we are out of the house the most before Christmas so I wanted to keep this week’s menu easy and quick!

Monday-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with Veggies and rolls( this is already in the crock pot)

Tuesday- Breakfast for dinner- eggs, toast, bacon, mango slices

Wednesday- chicken nuggets and french fries, corn

Thursday- Cowboy Pasta( made with TVP and hamburger) and salad

COWBOY PASTA
1 1b. ground beef (or like me half meat and half TVP)
1 onion, chopped
1 can ( 14.5 oz) Italian-style stewed tomatoes
1 cup Salsa

Dried Basil
Worcestershire sauce to taste
1 pkg wagon wheel pasta

1/2 cup of grated cheese

1.Brown meat and combine TVP and onions and basil and sauce

2. Cook pasta to directions

3.Combine in oven safe pan, top with the grated cheese, cover pan

4. Cook for 30 minutes, uncover for the last 10 minutes for a crispy cheese top
 

Friday-eating out -Party #1- I am bringing veggies and dip

Saturday-eating out-Party#2-I am making Shortbread Meltaways

Shortbread Meltaways

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup corn starch
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup Skor(or other chocolate bar) bits

Beat butter, icing sugar and vanilla. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Stir half of dry ingredients into butter mixture. Stir in Skor bits and add remaining dry ingredients.

Roll into small balls. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes on pan. Dust with more icing sugar (if desired).

Sunday-roast( bought on sale for $5.49), carrots, potatoes, onions( all done in one pan and cooked on low while at church)

Now you can all head over to my friend the Organizing Junkie  to see what is on everyone’s menu this week!

Menu Monday-Cooking with TVP

Well it is that time again, time to plan the menu and last week I picked up some TVP! What is TVP? Well we use it as a meat extender in this house but it is a soybean product that can boost protein eating in many dishes. So how will I use it, you will have to see my menu over the next couple of months to see( yes I have that much).

Monday- Tacos( we love Tacos and by using a mix of TVP and hamburger we can really stretch this).

Tuesday-Veggie Spaghetti  (slow cooker recipe) and Salad

Wednesday-Breakfast for Dinner-Cheese Omelet and Tomato Slices

Thursday-Hotdogs and French-fries and corn

Friday-we have been invited out

Saturday-cheese pizza(bought on sale for $3.99) and salad

Sunday-Roast Chicken, potatoes, carrots, corn( whole chickens are 2 for $10 at Food Basics).One of the ways I make this really flavorful is to add some sweet onion dressing to the chicken. Makes for a very yummy bird.

Christmas Tip–Have you started your Christmas baking yet? If not this is the week to get it out of the way..This week Roo and I will make sugar cookies  for her classes. The recipe we use is on the Kraft Website and we love it…

Now go to the Organizing Junkie to see all the other menu plans every one is cooking up this week.