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Amy B. April 22nd, 2007 01:42 PM

I'm so excited! I was able to plan 31 meals and several freezable meals after doing my big grocery shopping this weekend (see weekend plans thread). I just wanted to share what I have planned since I'm so excited. If the meal has a "x2" after it, it should last for two meals. I love planning and being in control! It should save quite a bit of money!

in no particular order...
grilled cheese and tomato soup
hamburger helper and veggie
tuna helper and veggie
cheesy chicken bake and veggie (boxed Campbell's meal)
frozen pizza
beefy baked burritos x2
chicken stir-fry and brown rice
meatloaf and potatoes x2 (plus will freeze one for after baby comes)
pizza bake and veggie
sloppy joes and fries
lettuce salad with chicken and baked potatoes
broccoli/cheese/veggie/smoked sausage soup and rolls (freeze part for later)
lasagna, veggie, and garlic toast (freeze part for later)
pork chops, rice, and veggies
chicken parm meal (boxed), potato, and veggie
Velveeta chix pasta primavera
Bisquick Italian bake and veggie
mac and cheese with tuna and peas
chicken pasta salad x2
chicken alfredo (lower fat)
smothered chicken
calzones or homemade pizza x2
fried potatoes and smoked sausage
chicken/veggie kabobs with wild rice
parm. chix chunks and fries
steaks with sides
eat out once

BTW, I use turkey smoked sausage, lower fat hamburger, and grilled chicken skinless boneless breast.
I also think I have some sort of fish in the freezer, so I may be able to use that for some meal.

Thanks for looking!

Amy B. April 22nd, 2007 01:58 PM

I just thought of at least two more meals...

instant potato/sausage casserole (if I have enough smoked sausage)
salmon fillets

These may take me up to about May 20 or so. That's my next bigger paycheck. Yeah!

hmcart April 22nd, 2007 03:27 PM

wtg! I make mac n cheese with tuna and peas also,lol.

CBMS April 22nd, 2007 04:31 PM

I just want to give you a heads up on the ground beef. I used to splurge to get the lower fat, too, until I found this FANTASTIC site!


http://www.healthy.hillbillyhousewif...groundbeef.htm


You can get the cheap, full fat ground beef and just rinse it, and it's LOWER in calories and fat than the extra lean. ;)


I also started rinsing my ground turkey. :smile:

Amy B. April 22nd, 2007 04:42 PM

Quote:

I just want to give you a heads up on the ground beef. I used to splurge to get the lower fat, too, until I found this FANTASTIC site!


http://www.healthy.hillbillyhousewif...groundbeef.htm


You can get the cheap, full fat ground beef and just rinse it, and it's LOWER in calories and fat than the extra lean. ;)


I also started rinsing my ground turkey. :smile:[/b]
Wow...thanks! I do usually drain the fat anyway, so I should just use the regular and drain it. I may buy a few of the leaner for things like meatloaf though where I don't get to drain the fat.

CBMS April 22nd, 2007 05:20 PM

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Wow...thanks! I do usually drain the fat anyway, so I should just use the regular and drain it. I may buy a few of the leaner for things like meatloaf though where I don't get to drain the fat.[/b]

It's not just the draining, but the rinsing. ;)

I would still do the low fat stuff for a meat loaf, too. ;)

make that lowER fat. ;)

MandiK April 22nd, 2007 08:42 PM

Nice job on the meal planning! Isn't it great to *know* what's on the menu instead of having to run for take out? I'm a (relatively ... say ... a few months) new convert to menu planning, and I LOVE it.

Amy B. April 23rd, 2007 04:20 AM

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Nice job on the meal planning! Isn't it great to *know* what's on the menu instead of having to run for take out? I'm a (relatively ... say ... a few months) new convert to menu planning, and I LOVE it.[/b]
I just feel like a weight is lifted off of me. I used to (being pregnant and all) get some sort of craving and have to run to the store to get more ingredients. That, of course, cost even more money. Now, I know exactly what I have and what I can make from it. It's awesome!


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