Menu Plan Monday – April 20th

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 19, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Italian Sausage Ziti

Tuesday -  Breakfast Tacos

Wednesday – Out to Dinner with my Aunt, Uncle and Cousin!

Thursday -  Apple Dijon Sliced Pork

Friday -  Steak Salad

Saturday -  Spaghetti

Sunday -  Tuna Quesadillas

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!

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!

Be sure to check in at Bargain Meal of the Week for more great and inexpensive meal ideas for what’s on sale at your store!!!

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

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Annette Burke April 19, 2009 at 11:29 pm

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susieshomemade April 20, 2009 at 5:53 am

I have dijon pork on my menu too:-) Looks like it is going to be a great week!

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Liz@Hoosier Homemade April 20, 2009 at 6:31 am

Looks great! Thanks for sharing!
~Liz

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Melissa April 20, 2009 at 6:41 am

My family would appreciate the variety in your menu! I’m working on reducing the number of times I hear, “Pasta AGAIN?” :)

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Christy April 20, 2009 at 6:51 am

Great menu and thrifty! Have a great week!

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Beverly April 20, 2009 at 9:35 am

All the recipes sound yummy, but that apple dijon pork sounds delish!

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Rita April 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm

The menu looks great – especially quesidillas.

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Angela April 21, 2009 at 8:38 am

Hi there! I just saw you on Rachael Ray. What an awesome idea. We have a family of 4 as well though my kids are older. My son is 14 and daughter 10. The problem I am having is my daughter and I are vegetarian. We do eat eggs and dairy. Most recipes we can substitue the meat with veggie “meat.” My husband and son will eat that as well. Some of the meat like pork, I don’t know how to substitute. Also, the veggie meat is pretty expensive, not sure if it would compare to the prices of meat. I would appreciate any ideas.

Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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Shandra April 21, 2009 at 10:54 am

I am A stay at mom of 3 and I have been spending 200 to 250 shopping every week and I heard about you this morning on the Rachael Ray show. I have been researching your site and others you have suggested. I hope and Pray I can figure all this out. Thanks for beening so inspirational!
Shandra

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momof4rugratz April 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm

wow these sound so yummy. I am always looking for new meals to cook that are in my budget thank you so mich.

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Angela April 21, 2009 at 3:00 pm

I ALSO have apple dijon pork on my menu this week :)

Just wanted to let you know that we started following your blog last week; I made up recipe cards for things we would ALL (me, hubby and 16 month old son) eat, and began matching everything up with what was on sale at the commissary and what I had coupons for (esp ones expiring soon!). I spent $120 on breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for 3 people, for TWELVE days!!! We used to spend that much each week, PLUS our weekly “dine out” night. I was simply amazed!

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Rachel April 21, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I just saw you on the Rachel Ray show and keep seeing ideas on how to save money and thought in reality no way… I don’t use coupons and don’t really cook guess why I don’t use coupons. I did want to throw something easy together tonight so I made your chicken and rice dinner. My husband is not going to be home for another hour so I thought I can throw it in the fridge and reheat and it was so easy! Maybe I will shock my husband more often by cooking vs. making him the chef!

Thanks for going on the Rachel Ray show otherwise would have never known about your site!

Sincerly
Rachel Bennett

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Laura April 21, 2009 at 4:05 pm

congrats, erin, hope you had a fabulas time in new york with my favorite gal.

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Barbara April 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Saw you on Rachel Ray show. Thought it was a great idea. I have always tried
to see what is on sale weekly in the add from the stores, Kroger and Giant Eagle, WalMart and make dinner from those items. Love your idea of 5 dollars but not
sure I can do dinner for two for $5 when meat is so expensive. You can’t even
buy hamburger for that. I am willing to try . How do you print you recipes from
this site?

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Melissa April 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm

About the vegetarians…

When planning a $5 dinner menu, the vegetarian actually has a lot more options than those who, like my husband, are married to their meat (does that make him a bigamist, or me meaty?). This is because many high-protein, meat-free options are much less expensive, such as beans, whole-wheat pastas and other whole grains, eggs (if you eat them) and even cheese. The trick is to think outside the meat paradigm–instead of thinking how to substitute for meat, try to plan a meal in which you won’t miss the meat. Tabbouleh is a good one, or lentil tacos. Mushrooms also make a hearty meal.

I am not a vegetarian but I believe in controlling the amount of red meat we eat, so I try to plan at least one vegetarian meal per week. My husband is a meatatarian and swears he doesn’t like beans, so I’m always having to pull a fast one over on him–and that is impossible to do if I try to use a meat substitute. Last week I made the Rachael Ray broken spaghetti risotto with chopped cremini mushrooms and he thought it had meat in it–and I even used vegetable stock instead of chicken.

So, if you just switch up the type of meals you’re making instead of trying to substitute for meat that isn’t there, you won’t even miss the meat.

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Shandra April 29, 2009 at 8:42 am

I’m looking for the Itailian Sausage Ziti recipe and it’s still not posted.

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