I get asked a LOT why I make monthly meal plans. Here’s the short of it. Because I stock up on meats when I see them for reduced prices (who wants to pay full price for chicken breasts in between sale cycles…not me!), I find that my freezer fills up quickly. I run a quick freezer inventory at the start of each month to be sure that I have plans to use what is in there. The most expensive part of a meal is typically the protein cost (unless its a vegetarian meal of course!), so by filling my freezer with the LOWEST cost meats, I know I’ll be able to continue making meals for less than $5!
And it’s a “plan”…in that I know I had most of the main ingredient items on hand and can get them used up quickly. To be honest, I’m having a hard time planning this month, as I’m not sure what, how much and when things will be coming out of the garden. Mainly tomatoes, peppers and eggplants! But I’ll sketch out a “plan,” and we’ll see where it takes us!
I want to thank those who send me recipe ideas! I’m trying out a few this month!!! Keep ’em coming!
5- Italian Chicken and Bowtie Pasta
6- Dairy Free “Hamburger Helper”
7- Garden Marinara Pasta
8- Breakfast for Dinner
9- Grill with Grandma!
10- Grilled Mojito Chicken and Cornbread
11- Spicy Bean Cakes Thanks Julie!
13- Chicken Fajitas
14- Pork Chops with Peach Salsa Thanks Monique!
15- Out for Dinner
16- Sandwiches and Fruit
17- Black Beans with Tomatoes and Roasted Corn Thanks Kate!
18- Angel Hair with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes
19- Taco Pasta Thanks Beth!
20- Mini Meatloaves
21- Taco Salad
23- Grill Burgers
24- Apple-Cranberry French Toast Casserole Thanks Andrea!
25- Eggplant Parmesan (Using eggplants from the garden)
26- Green Chile Chicken Thanks for the inspiration Cathy!
27- Rice and Beans Casserole
30- Grill Burgers