Monday, August 1, 2011

August Food

I have been simply terrible about planning meals, making grocery lists, and saving money these past few months. There is something about summer that makes it harder for me to do all of those things--and our budget has suffered for this. Usually by the last week in the month, I'm so frustrated with myself, I just declare stubbornly that I WILL NOT RETURN TO THE GROCERY STORE so we end up eating meals that include one can of tuna, a can of corn, cheese, and green beans--or some other such randomness.
So, I am turning over a new leaf. I have an August plan and I intend to stick to it. (I'm sure the Lord is up there laughing at me this very moment. We all know how well things turn out with my plans!) But anyway, it's the thought that counts, right? Here's the plan:

  • Tonight the hubby will grill: 2 steaks, 1 pork roast, and 5 pounds of chicken. We'll have the 2 steaks with twice baked potatoes, broccoli and salads. I will also cook 5 pounds of ground beef (actually half ground turkey half ground beef) seasoning 2 lbs of it with italian seasonings and the other 3 with taco seasonings.
  • Pork roast later this week
  • Mexican six times: Baked Chimichangas twice, once with the beef mixture and once with chicken; Quesadillas twice, once with the beef mixture and once with black beans; and taco salad twice, once with black beans and once with the beef mixture
  • Lasagna twice using two pounds of ground beef/turkey seasoned with italian seasonings
  • Chinese twice using the grilled chicken for sweet and sour chicken (s&s sauce, green peppers, pineapple, and chicken over rice) and a package of chopped ham for ham fried rice (ham, cooked rice, oil, scrambled egg, frozen peas and carrots, soy sauce)
  • Cold salads six times: chicken salad using the grilled chicken x2, shrimp salad x2,  broccoli salad (throwing in some grilled chicken there as well) and tuna salad 
  • Grilling out twice more with burgers and pork chops
  • Sandwiches for weekend meals and leftovers for Saturday nights
  • Hummus, no bake energy cookies, chocolate chip cookies with whole wheat, various muffins, granola bars, raisins, fruit, nuts, etc for snacks.
  • Yogurt, cereal, smoothies, scrambled eggs, bacon and pancakes for breakfasts (maybe a few breakfasts for dinner too)
  • Frozen broccoli, frozen green beans, fresh zucchini (the oldest even suggested a whole meal focused around different zucchini dishes with zucchini bread for dessert!), and salad for our veggies.
So there you have it. It's a rough but easily carried out monthly plan. The plan is to spend $100 or less each week to make this happen. We'll see how that goes as well. 
See Menu Plan Monday, Tasty Tuesdays and all the other great blogs I'm linking up to here.


  1. Sounds like a great plan. I wished I was this organized with my meals. I would love for you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home today and link up your meals and any other projects you would like to share. Happy Monday!!

  2. This is a great plan. I feel re-inspired! If I do something like this, then I can just make a general quick weekly menu plan as I go. Thanks!

  3. WOW! You really are organized and such a wonderful example to all who want to try to be better meal planners!
    Thanks for bringing all your great ideas to ON THE MENU MONDAY... and your Godly words!
    Please stop by my blog tomorrow, my son Christopher as been a youth pastor at a church for 4 months and he gave the message to the church yesterday. Stop by to hear it!

  4. Good luck sticking to your plan! I always find I save money when I manage to stick to mine!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This amazing post added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

  6. This is great! I need to sit down and plan things out too. August is when everything falls apart around here.

  7. Wow. This is an amazingly planned out month! Sounds like you've got some easy meals ahead of you with all of the pre-cooked meat - I need to do that more often! Good thinking!

  8. wow, I wish I could plan meals like that. Less than $100 a week is impressive!


  9. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This post is added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

  10. Thanks for posting that. Although I save a lot with coupons, I can never keep myself organized enough to plan meals like that and I end up running to the store for one or two things. I'll have to try again, I guess :)

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  11. I find in this economy the only way to survive is to be frugal...
    I will be honored if you will add this project in our weekly linking party every Wednesdays at
    Have a great week,

  12. Looks like your food plan is on track! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth n Soul hop.

  13. Looks delish.

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    Simply Delish Saturday

  14. Love this... I'm dying to get back to my meal planning-shopping routine once school starts.