This month, as usual, is all about making what we can at home and saving the most of our paychecks. To that end, we're going to continue taking advantage of the gifts we get from the food pantry at church (food items clients don't want or items that will go bad before the next open day for clients), make use of our CSA veggies, and our freezer stash. Our hope is to glean some apples later in the month from some friends for drying and making homemade applesauce and apple butter. We'll also continue to take advantage of shared meals with family and friends, and community meals when possible to stretch our leftovers. If I can save enough, we might use a portion of this month's budget to stock up on some wine for the year when they have the case sale at HT. Hopefully, we can continue to keep our grocery budget to $100 or less this month, especially with still getting CSA veggies and pantry items.
So, without further ado, here's the plan for this month:
Breakfasts: baked oatmeal (using the recipe from Simply in Season), bagels with cream cheese or as egg sandwiches, french toast casserole, blueberry muffins, winter squash muffins, zucchini flax muffins, zucchini and oatmeal waffles, egg and cheese sandwiches, smoothies, breakfast egg casserole with veggies
Lunches: Our lunches are mostly leftovers. Right now we're rounding out lunches with fresh tomatoes (so yummy from our CSA), salads, and seasonal fresh fruit (mostly peaches). I know that at least one lunch this month will be free for me at school, since our PTO is doing a lunch for teachers.
Dinners: beans and greens stew, pot roast in the crock pot, black bean chili with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and onions and corn bread on the side, veggie stir fry with egg rolls, homemade pizza with pesto and veggies x3, breakfast for dinner with homemade applesauce, tomato basil soup, meatball subs with roasted veggies, veggie wraps with hard boiled eggs
We've been doing pretty well with trying out new recipes, even amidst finding our new groove as a family of four with me back to work. We loved the zucchini oatmeal waffles, and are anxious to try the beans and greens stew.
What about you? I'd love to hear your menu plans, or if you've found new recipes that might be a cinch to make with two little ones in the mix!