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Archive for November, 2012

Monday

  • blueberry crisp (use apple crisp topping) and bake pumpkin custard for Tues; broth
  • chili
  • turkey, turnip, sweet onion, broccoli, and butternut hash

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • leftover pumpkin custard and cream; broth
  • hurry curry
  • brown bag – turkey sandwiches with arugula; apples

Thursday

Friday

  • apple crisp and cream; broth
  • leftover tuna quiche and muffins
  • stir-fry with leftover roast and broccoli

Saturday

  • leftover apple crisp and cream; broth
  • leftover stir-fry?
  • slow-cooked cube steaks with mushrooms and onions; cauliflower and parsnip sauté

Sunday

I’m late getting this up but I had an unexpected Christmas Tree Emergency last night and ended up crying my eyes out instead of posting my menu.  Sorry.

In other news, a case of broccoli is a LOT of broccoli!  My parents are taking 3 bunches to help me out so I’ll only have…11 left.  We’ll be eating a lot of broccoli in the near future.  And cauliflower.  And apples.  But boy, does it feel good to have food on hand and not to have to risk impulse shopping at the store!

I don’t have time to work budget numbers right now, but with the much lower cost of veggies this week we should be back at or slightly under budget.  Good feeling, that.

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Monday

  • leftover pumpkin custard with yogurt; broth
  • taco salad – ground beef, garden tomatoes & peppers, lettuce from Mom & Dad, shredded cheese
  • leftover wings etc

Tuesday

  • eggs and toast or french toast for kids
  • turnip hash with turkey, sweet onions, and butternut squash
  • leftover something? (just me)

Wednesday

  • pumpkin custard
  • tuna quiche and banana cupcakes
  • beef roast, potatoes, carrots

Thursday

  • blueberry crisp?
  • Thanksgiving meal at Mom & Dad’s
  • dinner at Mom & Dad’s?

Friday

  • leftover tuna quiche; water kefir
  • leftover roast and rainbow chard; white rice on side
  • turkey something – maybe arugula salad with cheese and apples? toast on the side?

Saturday

  • eggs
  • Thanksgiving leftovers
  • chili??

Sunday

  • leftover pumpkin custard
  • leftovers
  • ?

Snacks will probably be bananas, pineapple, and milk.  We’ll see if I get much else made this week.

I’ll have the kids for most of this weekend due to the Thanksgiving holiday, so I won’t be able to just scrounge up a few leftovers for myself.  As of right now I’m not sure what I’ll have to work with so things are subject to change.  I think I’ll have enough tomatoes & peppers left from the garden to manage the chili but we are seriously getting low on fresh veggies.  I cannot WAIT for our Azure order to come in!!  I was feelin’ the hurt when I walked down the produce aisle today and had to pick up organic broccoli at 3.69/lb – which turned out to be more than $5 for the bunch!  I just ordered a case of organic broccoli (14 bunches!) for $22.50 from Azure so the price difference was astounding.  It also made it hard to actually buy anything today – hence the sparse veggies on the menu.  We have food…I’ll just have to be creative to stretch the fresh stuff.  :)  You can only eat so much arugula, you know…

I’ve been up too late recently and up again too early so I’m really too tired to work budget stuff this week.  Turkey costs for the Thanksgiving feast will almost certainly push us out of budget.  That’s okay…we are often a little under budget so it will balance out in the end.

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It’s birthday week!  I don’t have my son handy to nail down birthday meals so I’ve left some things to be planned later.

Monday

  • eggs & toast; broth
  • taco stuff – ground beef, garden tomatoes, fresh cilantro, avocado, lettuce & arugula from garden, cheese
  • turkey*!!, sweet potatoes, broccoli

Tuesday

  • pumpkin custard; broth
  • hurry curry
  • beef roast, carrots, potatoes

Wednesday

  • leftover pumpkin custard; broth
  • stirfry (leftover roast, onions, zucchini, bok choy, green peppers from garden + rice for my son)
  • brown bag – turkey sandwiches with arugula; bananas

Thursday

  • eggs, sausage and toast; broth
  • ? frozen lasagna?
  • wings, broccoli, butternut squash? vanilla cream pie for dessert (non-GAPS)

Friday

  • leftover pumpkin custard or eggs & toast; broth
  • leftover wings etc
  • ? guest? turkey casserole – reduce broth to make gravy; add frozen peas and pasta for kids or maybe white rice

Saturday

  • ? guest? sausage and eggs; toast; milk?
  • ? guest? pb & honey sandwiches?
  • hmm.  leftover something probably

Sunday

  • aack!!  think, J!  think!!
  • burgers and…something
  • turkey hash with turnips & squash

So.  During my grocery run today, I found turkeys for $15 off.  A $33 free range turkey with $15 off – this is affordable.  The cost ended up being around $1.75/lb, and with ground turkey of comparable quality at $4/lb on sale, this was a steal!  I bought two and then realized I don’t have a lot of freezer space yet.  Hence, the pre-Thanksgiving turkey on the menu.  :)  I’m hoping to snag a few more Wednesday night when we’re in town but I’ve GOT to make room in the freezer first.  I think I have some rice in there that I can take out but I’ll have to do some digging.

I bought fruit at Walmart this week.  Price-matching yielded 2 pomegranates for $0.49 each, bananas for $0.29/lb, and a pineapple for $1.29.  I may go back tomorrow for more bananas and another pineapple.  In some not-so-upbeat news, I paid over $4 each for a bunch of broccoli, a bunch of bok choy, 2 zucchini, and some Japanese turnips.  Ouch!!  And that will only get us through one week!  I am definitely going to buy a case of cauliflower and broccoli from Azure Standard this month.

Budget-wise, the cost of the meals above plus snacks will be around $85-90.  This includes extra birthday stuff (my son wanted some Breyer’s ice cream along with his pie, etc) and a turkey that will likely have plenty of leftovers for next week.  But really, those high-priced veggies are killing the budget!  Unfortunately, we are predicted to have several nights in a row with temps dipping into the 20’s, so I think that’s it for the garden this year.  :(  I brought in the pot of dill and a pot with a tomato plant and cut some arugula and all remaining cayenne peppers this afternoon, but all of those things must be eaten in moderation.  :)

Out-of-pocket expenses for this week were about $150 so far.  I don’t think we’ll get milk but we will need eggs, so that will probably add another $10 or so.  Then I’ll probably get more fruit while it is still cheap.  Azure Standard order deadline is Friday, and I plan to make a pretty big order so that will add a considerable amount as well.  After that we should be set for a while and I may not need more than milk & eggs to hold us through the end of November.

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Monday

  • leftover pumpkin custard with yogurt; hard-boiled eggs
  • taco salad – ground beef, garden tomatoes & peppers, avocado, lettuce from Mom & Dad, shredded cheese
  • lentil soup

Tuesday

  • eggs and toast
  • turnip hash with leftover roast beef, sweet onions, and butternut squash
  • leftover soup (just me)

Wednesday

  • ?
  • leftover lentil soup
  • brown bag – turkey sandwiches; hardboiled eggs; apples

Thursday

Friday

Saturday & Sunday

  • ? leftovers (just me)

We’ll need groceries at the end of this week.  I’ll be getting eggs & milk but don’t plan to pick up any fruits or veggies until after the weekend, so out-of-pocket expenses should be less than $25.  We have puh-lenty of arugula in the garden and more than enough cayenne peppers hanging by the window; other than that, not a lot of produce here.  I’m thinking of ordering a case of cauliflower and broccoli from Azure Standard this month and posting on our local group to see if anyone is interested in a split.  I’m reeeeeeally not looking forward to higher winter prices on veggies and my goal is not to pass out when I walk the produce aisle at the co-op next week.

Budget-wise, it looks like the items on this menu plus snacks will come in under $65.  Yay for being under budget!  I think I did better at having snacks ready to eat this week and I don’t think I’ve lost any more weight.  So double yay.

In other news, I’m crazy busy and only post menus because I can’t survive without them.  I’ve got several other posts and reviews I’d love to do but they are on the back burner until I’ve got my Etsy shop stocked again.  Birthday and holiday season is coming up and I’ll probably be clawing my way through them…so for now I’ll be content to post my menu plans and hope for time to do longer posts later on.

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