Menu Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday… on Tuesday!

Monday – Grilled Vegetable Salad with Mixed Greens and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
Tuesday – Crock Pot Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken*
Wednesday – Italian Sausages with Bell Peppers and Artichokes
Thursday –  Lentil Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles and Marinara Sauce
Friday – Steaks with Balsamic Onions, Gingered Carrots and Side Salad
Saturday – Breakfast for Dinner: Almond Flour Pancakes, Egg & Veggie Frittata
Sunday – Gazpacho
 

Menu Plan Monday

Monday – Grilled Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
Tuesday – Grilled Buttermilk Chicken
Wednesday – Gazpacho and Grilled Cauliflower
Thursday – Lentil Meatballs, Zucchini Noodles, & Marinara Sauce
Friday – Cheddar & Onion Burgers, Summer Squash and Side Salad
Saturday – Breakfast for Dinner: Almond Flour Pancakes, Egg & Veggie Frittata
Sunday – Chicken Thighs, Gingered Carrots, Side Salad
 

Menu Plan Monday

Now that I am only posting our dinner menu, there is no need for a spreadsheet. Maybe in the future I will post desserts I am trying out and any new snacks and lunches we are having…. but in the meantime, here’s to simplifying!

 

Monday – Sausages, Pickles, & Cheese
Tuesday – Gazpacho
Wednesday – Grilled Veggies with Mixed Greens and Blue Cheese Dressing* 
Thursday – Lentil Meatballs*, Zucchini Noodles, & Marinara Sauce
Friday – {open night}
Saturday – Breakfast for Dinner: Almond Flour Pancakes, Egg & Veggie Frittata
Sunday – Filet Mignon (the last steaks from the 1/4 cow we bought!), Side Veggie, Side Salad
 

Tuesday Tip: Buy a Whole Chicken

 

Look at the price of conventional chicken at the grocery store and compare it to free-range, organic chicken and of course you will have a hard time buying it. It is difficult to spend $4.99/lb. when you could spend $1.99/lb. I used to just suck it up and spend it, telling myself over and over, “Pay for it now or pay for it later in health care because all the hormones and antibiotics are going to make you sick.” But I am now broker than broke, so as much as I love to justify my organic grocery shopping, I had to drastically reduce my expenditures.

There is a way to buy organic chicken and not spend any more (or much more at least): Buy a whole one.

I get mine for around $1.99/lb. This ends up being about $10-14, depending on the size. I take it home, butcher it up, divide it up into freezer bags that I can pull out for the weeks meals.

I get 3-4 meals out of these chickens (depending on how much chicken is in the meal) plus chicken stock, which basically can pay for the chicken itself and as far as taste and health benefit goes, priceless.

Here is step-by-step how to on cutting up a whole chicken.

I use the carcass and neck and any organs in the stock. After the chicken stock is made, I pick the meat from the bones and save it for a future use (soup, buffalo chicken dip, chicken salad, etc…)

Lower your grocery bill and increase the quality of food you eat, all with little effort if you are willing to coat your hands in chicken fat for a few minutes.