Menu Plan Monday – May 24th

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 23, 2010

I’m hoping to squeeze in a little batch cooking while I’m in the kitchen this week, and here’s what I need to whip up:

  • Black Beans – To Freeze and also to make Black Bean Brownies (from scratch)
  • Kidney Beans
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – For snack and freezer
  • Blackberry Muffins – For snack and freezer (Recipe coming soon)
  • Cranberry-Apple Muffins – For snack and freezer (Recipe coming soon)
  • Triple batch of pancakes for the freezer

This week, I’m also planning a Pantry Challenge and hope to spend less than $30 at the store this week.  There are lots of great sale prices on produce, so it will be tough to come in under $30, but I’m going to try!!!

If you haven’t taken a peek at the Pantry Staples List and Recipes, now would be a great time to do so…I’ll be cooking from the pantry and freezer all week, and might just sneak in one of these recipes.

I might add that summer has come early to SW Ohio. It’s supposed to be in the high 80s all week…so I’ll be turning on the oven once. To make muffins!  Rest of the meals will be from the grill or the slow cooker.

(And remember, if you don’t want your slow cooker to heat up your kitchen, put it out on the porch! Thanks to Lynn for that tip!)

Here’s what’s on the Pantry Challenge dinner menu through Memorial Day…

Monday - Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Tuesday – Grilled Chicken Fajita Pasta

Wednesday – Red Quinoa Dish

Thursday – Taco Roast Beef – Slow Cooker

Friday – Grilled Balsamic Chicken

Saturday – Burgers on the Grill

Sunday - Out with family

Monday/Memorial Day – Grill out with some great friends!

I will post the recipes each night after I make the meal. If you see a meal you are interested in, please check back for the recipe later in the week!

Current Monthly Meal Plan can be found here!

Need help with your weekly meal planning and grocery shopping…check out all the printable resources!

Thanks to Andrea at Mommy Snacks and Marcy at Stretching a Buck for posting the best deals and coupon matchups at my stores each week!

All the BEST menu plans can be found every week at OrgJunkie.com!

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Susie's Homemade May 23, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Good luck on the challenge!!

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Mary S May 24, 2010 at 7:08 am

Where can I find the recipe for the Black Bean Brownies?

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FoodontheTable May 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Shop sales, use what you have on hand, I’m sure you’ll be able to make $30.

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