Menu Plan Monday – June 15

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 14, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

K…couple things going on! 

First off, a big ole THANKS to Tricia from Once a Month Mom for sharing some of her freezer meals with me!  I had mentioned that I wanted to get some dinners from one of those freezer cooking stores to help me get through this month (remember, cookbook deadline is July 1!).  But who needs those stores when you have THE Once a Month Moms just up the road.  We arranged a food swap.  She couldn’t stomach the thought of eating any meat because she is in her first trimester and was wanting to clear our her freezer for their next once a month cooking day, so she gave me a bunch of freezer meals.  I shared a raspberry coffee cake with her, and threw in a few other things to make it a fair trade!  I’m hoping this will keep us from grabbing take out during these last 2 weeks.  I’m itching to spend more time in the kitchen, post deadline!

On a completely unrelated note, we found out what foods allergies our oldest is suffering.  He is allergic to pears, ham (and I assume pork), lamb, turkey, potatoes, rye, and milk.  We have done the whole Gluten Free Casien Free diet before, so I have no doubt that we can eliminate these foods from his diet.  I am very thankful that he was not allergic to wheat (despite the reaction to rye, he had no reaction to wheat).  I can bake with regular flour and will be label reading on the look out for rye.  I’m ready for this curveball and menu planning will be so helpful!

On to this week’s plan…

Monday Pioneer Woman’s Spinach Salad with Homemade Rolls (So I can’t normally get PW’s food in under $5 because well, yeah…but I got free spinach from the garden, so we’re giving it a whirl!)

Tuesday – Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza with Garden Salad (carry over from last week)

Wednesday –  Chicken Pesto Spinach Salad, from OAMM April Menu 

Thursday –  Bacon and Spinach Frittata

Friday –  Beef Fajitas, also on OAMM April Menu 

Saturday – Leftovers or Sandwiches

Sunday - Grill Burgers and Crockpot BBQ Beans

To Bake: Banana Bread and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura June 14, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Oh I’m so glad you got your new list of foods to avoid, sometimes that is half the battle isn’t it. What a blessing to be able to use regular flour, that should open up a lot of options for you.

What a great trade you made with the freezer meals…win win all around…yay!!

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susieshomemade June 15, 2009 at 6:33 am

Wow!! What a great idea!

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Kristianna June 15, 2009 at 10:34 am

I made PW’s salad last week, the day it came out (I was grocery shopping that day and had to make it), and it is to DIE for.

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Jennifer June 15, 2009 at 11:04 am

It is always hard to deal with new food allergies, but at least you have some good answers. Good luck!

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Vanderbilt Wife June 16, 2009 at 8:13 am

Isn’t she a sweet girl?

I really liked the beef fajitas from the April menu. MMM!

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Grisel Rivera June 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

It is my first time here, I’m going to try.

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Christina Baita June 29, 2009 at 10:18 am

Hello. I’m glad to hear you are feeling better.
After reading the post regarding the food allergies, I think you may be interested in reading “Healthier without wheat” by Dr Stephen Wangen. It’s really interesting and great for anyone even without a proven wheat allergy.
Thanks for giving us menu ideas and ways to save.

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Stephanie Colvin June 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Hi I have contacted you before about my sons allergies and if it is of any help with the dairy issue, we have found in the last month and half we use coconut oil and coconut flour for some meals so we have an option for backing. I use coconut oil just like butter because it takes on the flavor of the product you make for example when I make eggs I put a teaspoon or less of oil let it melt and then add the eggs and add a little seasoning and he has eggs with no dairy if you punch in Dr. Fife you can get the products on line or try to go to a health food store and see if the will order it for you. They also have books about the benefits of coconut oil and how beneficial it is over soy and it being a medium chain fatty acid its actually very good for you. If you need any help have been dealing with no dairy for almost a year now. Good Luck!

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Erin June 29, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Thanks Stephanie! I use coconut oil as well…but probably not as much as I should!!! Thanks for the tips!

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