Monday, January 30, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

Mexican pizza, yum!

After doing these meal plans for a month, I have noticed two things.  One, we rarely have the breakfast or lunch I have planned, and two, we came in a whopping $100 below our food budget!  Granted, $50 of that was due to a gift card the husband won at his office Christmas party, but still that is fantastic.  Additionally we had zero nights of me calling Ken to please bring home pickup and only one unplanned trip out to a restaurant.  And I did such a good shopping trip midweek that I don't have to go shopping at all.  And our overall spending for the month was also under budget.  Hurray, it's working!

I'm going to continue listing breakfasts and lunches for another month.  We'll see how it goes.

Monday
Breakfast: Veg juice, waffles for boys, cereal and milk for me.
Lunch: Leftover egg & cheese muffin, carrots
Dinner: Fish filet/popcorn shrimp, slaw, roasted potatoes

Tuesday
Breakfast: Cereal and milk, fruit
Lunch: Salad with turkey
Dinner: Chicken quesadillas

Wednesday
Breakfast: Oatmeal, fruit
Lunch: Salad with turkey
Dinner: Beef roast w/ broccoli and smashed potatoes w/ cauliflower

Thursday
Breakfast: Egg and Toast
Lunch: Tuna salad sandwich
Dinner: Turkey burgers, oven sweet potato wedges, spinach

Friday
Breakfast: Cereal and milk or waffles
Lunch: Tuna salad sandwich
Dinner: Smoked sausage w/ rice and veggies

Saturday
Breakfast: cereal, waffles, etc.
Lunch: Simple salad
Dinner: out to German place with my girlfriends!
Daddy's choice for boys

Sunday:
???

A note on "Mexican pizza." There are a million recipes out there, but something we've found is that we are very satisfied using two corn tortillas as the crust, fat free refried beans as the base, a minimal amount of seasoned meat or no meat at all, canned or fresh tomatoes, lowfat cheese, and a sprinkle of shredded spinach.  We estimated it to be under 400 calories, and it was filling and delicious.  Season with the salsa or hot sauce of your choice!

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