Menu Plan Monday – No Cold Cereal Challenge Week

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 12, 2010

That’s it. I’ve had it with cold cereal.

(Not really.)

It’s just time to have other things for breakfast.  I made a double batch of Blueberry Lemon Pancakes for breakfast before church yesterday, so the extras will be served on Monday or Tuesday.  Plus we have lots of bagels, pancakes and muffins in the freezer.  And, plenty of frozen fruit that we can use to make smoothies.  Toss in some farm fresh eggs, salsa and some produce I’ll get at the store this week…and I think we’re good to go with this week’s No Cold Cereal Challenge!

Ooh. ooh.

And I’ve got some leftover mushrooms from this weekend’s Everyday Chef Challenge experimenting…I’m thinking some kind of  frittata!?!

As for dinner…We’ll be loading up on pasta on Thursday and Friday.  In part because Steve is running the Air Force Marathon on Saturday. And I’m doing my first “long” (short if you ask Steve!) run for my half marathon training.  Bring on the Carbs!

Monday - Spicy Lentil Soup

Tuesday – Pork Roast in the Slow Cooker

Wednesday – Grilled Chicken…And we’ll be batch grilling because there’s a sale this week! :)

Thursday – Pasta Load

Friday – Pasta Load

Saturday -

Sunday - Grill

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…I’ll get it posted later this week or next!

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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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JodieMo September 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Good luck on the marathon! I commend your effort to fore go the cereal. I don’t think we could make it in our house without cereal or oatmeal. A couple 3 year olds might have a slight meltdown.

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Ellen September 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

My kids loved fried cornmeal mush for breakfast when they were young. Cook up the cornmeal mush the night before during dinner and set it in a loaf pan in the frig. In the morning, slice it and fry it in a bit of butter and top with maple syrup. Mmmm…. http://cheapcooking.com/Recipes/mush.htm

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Sarah September 12, 2010 at 11:20 pm

I so need to do this. We’ve been doing cold cereal a bit too much lately.

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Rebecca September 13, 2010 at 6:57 am

I love the No Cold Cereal Challange idea.
I recently tried a new breakfast casserole that was a hit with my hubby and kids. We actually had it for lunch on day, and it was very inexpensive to make—only $3.75 for a 13 x 9!
http://tinyurl.com/23td9mo

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Susie's Homemade September 13, 2010 at 7:57 am

No cold cereal is a gold that I have yet to reach:-)

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Jodi B September 13, 2010 at 10:54 am

My step-son has been eating hot foods for breakfast lately – normally toaster strudels or Hot pockets. He’s a kid! I could never eat either of those! haha. He’s been an oatmeal lover, but hasn’t touched it in awhile. I guess sometimes you want something different :)

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FoodontheTable September 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I like to eat cottage cheese and strawberries in the morning, or toast with a piece of cheese. I don’t think I’ll go back to eating cereal! Good luck with the run… I admire you!

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THERESA September 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I MAKE EXTRA WAFFLES AND FRENCH TOAST ON WEEK-ENDS AND FREEZE THEM SO DURING THE WEEK TAKE OUT WHAT IS NEEDED AND PUT IN TOASTER. MY KIDS GET BURN OUT ON COLD CEREAL REALLY QUICK.

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The Prudent Homemaker September 13, 2010 at 11:56 pm

I am never ging back to cold cereal. The children were always hungry an hour after breakfast.

When we first started living on our food storage (we had no money for food), I started by using powdered milk (reconstituted) on our cold cereal. When the cereal ran out, I started making breakfast, and I LOVE having children who are full and able to concentrate on schoolwork with a full belly!

Now, we have lots of hot breakfasts along with fruit salad (made with home-canned fruit) all the time. It’s been 4 years, and now my children LOVE oatmeal! I can get a 25 pound bag of old fashioend oats for $7.60, so it’s a very, very inexpensive breakfast.

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kelli September 14, 2010 at 11:44 am

Keep the running and training updates coming!! I love to read about your progress in addition to the wonderful meals. I start week 1 of couch-2-5k with a 2-month old and 2-yr old in the running stroller.

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Missy_in_WV September 14, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Good luck with the marathon and training! I have nerve damage in my legs so it’s good for me to walk through a store, but my son is running high school cross country right now (and playing fall baseball) and runs track in the spring…so I try to be aware and load him up, especially since he’s running 15 to 20 miles a week after school, plus a meet, and throw at least one baseball game in a week lol He seems to prefer proteins before and carbs after, but some days I feel good to just get him filled up, he’s a bottomless pit!

The biggest problem is that he has to be awake for a couple hours before he feels like eating breakfast, so hot breakfast is out before school. He’s been taking a granola bar to school and drinking milk (I splurge and buy the Nestle or other individual milks so he can take it with him to the bus). It just doesn’t feel like enough. I think that I’ll try my hand at homemade granola bars this week and see if he’ll do that. Sigh, everything is a struggle, right?

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