The bread is baking and the pie is cooling... well a girl can imagine cant she. It's too early in the morning for me to even be thinking that way, but the bread is rising, and I have visions of pie in my mind - so that counts for something right???
Monday- Curried Split Pea Soup, salad and fresh bread.
Thanks to my friend Katrina for sharing this recipe last week I managed to nab some ginger which was the only thing I didnt have - so this is a very cost effective meal already. The recipe for the soup is posted at PostPunkKitchen. I cant wait to have this for dinner tonight.
Tuesday - Tuna Croquettes, Grilled Corn on the Cob(with a spice rub), lemon and thyme jasmine rice.
My family actually loves these croquettes and they are pretty easy to make. And tuna, not as expensive as 'meat' which we are pretty much veering away from these days.
Here is the photo from the food.tv website - dont they look good - I will have to take my own photos this week. Thats the hard part about these menu's until I have made it and taken a photo I cant really post my own picture.
Wednesday - Vegetable Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread
This lasagna is a little different than your ordinary pasta dish layered thick and gooey with cheeses and red sauce. Instead of pasta, I slice zucchini, summer squash, and eggplant thinly (a mandolin would be great for this). Rub with evoo, sprinkle on s&p. Then place on a hot grill, cook evenly both sides for just a minute or two (since they are thin and will continue cooking in the oven dont over cook). Then layer eggplant, sprinkle a soft cheese on top (such as a goat cheese), zucchini and squash - then sliced tomatoes, then layer on fresh spinach, top with cheese - repeat. The tomatoes release their juices and the cheese gets all melted. Salad dressing:
Thursday - Grilled Chicken Wraps, Grilled Corn on the Cob (yes second time but they were on sale and my kids actually love them), White Bean, Tomato, and Green Bean Salad.
Marinate the Chicken in a mix of lemon juice, evoo, whole peeled garlic cloves, oregano. Grill chicken and corn on grill, make fresh tortiallas (for these tortillas I will put in some green goddess dressing base from penzy's - it just adds another level of flavors to the whole wrap. And then I make the greed goddes dressing to smear inside the tortilla before placing the chicken inside. We like to top our wraps with a nice mixed green and some sliced tomatoes. White Bean, Tomato and Green Bean Salad can be found here. Note - I use my own prepared dried white beans.
Friday - veggie pizza night. we will have left over veggies from the week and i will just use some of my bread dough for the pizza crust.
This weeks groceries cost $58.00 for a family of six. And when I use these amounts, I need to state that this is my total grocery bill for the week, including yogurt, cereals, milk, etc. So since this recipe list is just for our dinners they actually cost less than my grocery bill. And this week is really $$ friendly with the use of dried beans, rice, making my own tortillas and bread, and only buying one meat item (which always cost more buying cage free/certified organic).
Well, bon appetite & happy monday!
(I will post later with the links to start your spring cleaning. I am following along from another site and will add a whole post about it later)