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Menu Plan for the week, food & drink saving tips

January 20th, 2013 at 01:46 am

I did a REAL pantry inventory, and a freezer inventory. I planned nine meals. Then I went shopping to use some coupons and up the entree stash to twelve.
Menu Plan
Tonight: Beef Fajitas with Salad
Sunday: TriTip Roast w/Yorkshire Pudding
Monday: Vegetable Lentil Soup w/Brioche
Tuesday: Roast Beef Sandwiches or maybe Chili
Wednesday: Skillet Chicken Dijon w/Rice Salad
Thursday: Cod, Broiled with Mustard and Tomato Sauce, w/Quinoa
Friday: Japanese-Style Salmon, Spinach and Soba Noodle Soup
Saturday: Either Chicken Paprika or Chicken w/Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Saved $30, gained 30 cent cash reward, at supermarket.
Bought single portion coffee filter cone. These are harder to find, because the Keurig products are taking over so much retail space. But check this out: where a $1.50 coffee, plus 10% tax, and 17% tip, will set back someone close to $2.00 for eight ounce drip, using gourmet whole bean coffee priced at $7/pound. One pound of whole bean coffee yields 32 eight-oz kitchen cups. So $1.90 x 32 = $60.80. $60.80 - $7.00 = $53.80 savings. And $1.50 is cheap for drip where I am. So paying $2.99 for a filter cone, plus $3.99 for some filters, will help in the medium term.

Froze some fajita marinade and now am preparing strawberries for freezing, to be used in smoothies, pies or sauces over custard and ice cream, and on Pavlova. How to freeze: first wash, hull, rinse, and place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place baking sheet w/strawberries in freezer for a few hours. Then put strawberries in freezer storage bag.

Our Valentine's Day Dinner will be Potatoes Anna, Steak au Poivre (tenderloin under $14/lb, plus $5.00 discount for meat purchase over $20), and Chocolate Satin Pie. I am the only one in the house who goes gaga for Pavlova.

Eager to start fermenting, especially whey so I can use it on taro root and daikon and beets.

Chickened out of selling my mom's gold bracelet today. When I have a set date for Sacramento, or feel some financial pressure, or have a high three-digit 1040 tax return amount owed, I may sell it. I know I can get $800 for it.

5 Responses to “Menu Plan for the week, food & drink saving tips”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    You have been busy! Like your menu plans.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Sell when you are ready. You don't want to regret it. In my experience though, unless you are using something frequently, you won't regret it. Smile

  3. snafu Says:

    Great menu plan, thanks for the reminder on Yorkshire Pudding, Good on you for early Valentine menu plan which sounds delicious. Anything called Chocolate Satin must be an incredible treat

  4. PauletteGoddard Says:

    @snafu I know you will understand: I have at least eight recipes for Yorkshire Pudding and where I am, only two pubs in the city serve it. I'm starting to make it from scratch now because I can't chance finding it in "the ethnic aisle."

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I read too fast and read it as Chocolate Satan Pie, which, you know, could have technically been accurate...

    Can you post the recipe for the Skillet Chicken Dijon and the Chicken Paprika?

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