$25 menu plan, weekly review

$25 Menu Plan–The Second Week Review

This concludes the second week of our $25 dollar grocery budget.  Honestly, this hasn’t really been that difficult, except when you consider that I went a little over budget.   No one is complaining, and no one is requesting food that we don’t have in the house.  In fact, I think that everyone has been fairly content with what we’ve been eating. 

Once again, our menu did not go as planned.  In fact, Sue Chef is now recommending that we rename the menu board.  Instead, we should call it the “suggestions board.”  She may be right.   So far, we aren’t doing very well with sticking to our menu plan.  Each week, we check off what we’ve eaten and leave the other items on the board, sometimes moving them to different days.  Eventually, we will eat them.  Hopefully, we will eat them before any fresh components of the item spoil and have to be thrown into the trash.$25 menu plan, second week in review

What did we ended up eating this week?

Zorbas–This week they were served with pita bread instead of tortillas.  It’s amazing to me how only changing the type of bread results in a very different taste experience.

Chicken Chop Suey with rice— I didn’t follow this recipe exactly, but modified it using what I had on hand.   It was made primarily from onions, celery, julienned carrots, and a drained can of baby corn.

Broccoli Beef with rice

Fried Rice with dollar store egg rolls from the freezer.

Do you notice a theme?   We were definitely eating Asian this week.  At least Sue Chef had no complaints about this.  She loves Asian food.

In addition to the above menu items, we also grabbed fast food one night.   I’ve had some ridiculously late nights at work, so no one wanted to cook.  That’s one reason why we kept having variations on the same theme.  When I prepare rice, I always make extra to keep in the fridge, so we can have fried rice.  This week, we ended up having the plain rice twice.  We had a little bit of leftovers from one night, so we added another dish to what was left to make enough to feed the whole family.    Finally, we made “Kitchen Floor Fried Rice”, as Baker’s Man calls it.  It’s where you clean out the fridge and use all of the leftover bits while making the fried rice.

Simple breakfast ideas work best on busy weekday mornings.

Breakfast was comprised of cold cereal from the pantry, oatmeal, eggs with sausage and pancakes, frozen waffles, and fruit with toast.  There were also some homemade muffins.

Tuna Stuffed Avocado SaladLunch doesn’t have to be complicated.

Our lunches consisted of leftovers, cottage cheese and tomatoes, cottage cheese and fruit,  salads in a jar, stuffed avocado salads and chicken or tuna salad sandwiches.

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have special treats.

We made cream cheese filled carrot cake muffins, chocolate chip banana muffins, and banana pudding.

All in all, it was a good week.  No one is feeling deprived, and I’m beginning to believe that we can do this.  Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Thanks for visiting with Patty Cake’s Pantry.

If you’re interested in the grocery haul and menu plan that we had for this week, check out the post about our second week’s grocery haul. 

If you want to see what happened in our third week, you might be interested in this post.  We went seriously over budget during the third week.

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