I know, I know. I failed you last week and didn’t post a menu plan. I’m so sorry about that. I won’t make excuses but I will make it up to you. This week I’m giving you my meal plan for this week and a bonus plan that you can use anytime you’d like!
Deals I’m taking advantage of:
FreshCo: (Note: Since this is kind of a weird week what with Lunar New Year, Pancake Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and Valentine’s Day some of these items are being purchased now while on sale but won’t be used until next week).
- Omega 3 eggs – $2.97 a dozen
- Whole chicken – $1.77 lb.
- Sour cream – $1,49 for 500 ml
- Cheese – 400 g for $4.99 ($1 off coupon to bring it down to $3.99)
- Lean Ground beef – 800 g for $10
- Tortilla chips – 320 g bag for $1.97
Price Matching from other stores:
- From Food Basics: head of cauliflower for $1.88, stewing beef for $6.99 lb., Delissio pizzas in the party size pack of 2 for $5.98, tuna 88 cents a can
- From Loblaw: Pork loin roast for $1.99 lb. extra lean ground chicken for $2.88 lb.
MONDAY: It’s Lunar New Year! So, this is takeout night for us. We’re ordering Chinese food tonight. Another option would be to make your own – One of my favourite food sites Damn Delicious has quite a few really delicious sounding and easy to make Asian inspired recipes you could try. Or check out your local grocery store flyers because I know a lot of them around here have specials going on for frozen Chinese food.
TUESDAY: Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras) – so of course we’re having pancakes tonight! Check out this roundup of pancake recipes. We’re going to really splurge and have Red Velvet pancakes with candied bacon and scrambled eggs.
WEDNESDAY: Ash Wednesday – in my faith, this is a day of fasting. I can’t fast completely because of health reasons but I will be having a very light dinner of soup and bread.
THURSDAY: Phew. It’s been quite the week so far – not a lot of cooking and several special days to take into account! Back to regularly scheduled cooking today. Roast beercan chicken (I’m making two whole chickens at one time so I have some to put away in the freezer for future meals; I also make use of the bones to make batches of broth to put in the freezer), mashed potatoes, peas
FRIDAY: MEAT FREE FRIDAY: It’s the first Friday of Lent so in my home, we have meatless meals. I actually like to have at least one or two meat-free meals every week anyway so we do Meat-Free Fridays all year long. This keeps the meal planning much easier. Today’s meal is: Cream of cauliflower soup with rolls and tossed salad.
SATURDAY: SUPER SIMPLE SATURDAY: I’m always exhausted on Saturdays so I try to plan super simple light meals. Today’s meal: Chicken salad (from leftover chicken with mayo, a bit of mustard, pecans, chopped apple, dried cranberries, chopped radishes – sometimes I like to add some onion or green onion, a dab of yogurt or sour cream to replace some of the mayo, a little sprinkle of soy sauce, and some paprika but you can make it whatever way you like) in a tortilla, fruit salad. .
SUNDAY: SABBATH SUNDAY and VALENTINE’S DAY: When my daughter was little, we “kept Sabbath” beginning Saturday evenings and through Sunday evening. It was a lovely way to get a break from the hustle and bustle of the rest of our week and to reconnect as a family. I’ve decided to institute this again. I am prone to working 7 days a week and this just isn’t good for anyone so I’m trying to be more purposeful about taking a break from that. So, Sunday meals from now on will be something fairly low-key and easy to prepare. This might be taking advantage of a freezer meal (Lasagna with a salad and garlic toast), a slow cooker meal (one that’s as easy as dropping the ingredients in and letting it do all the work for me or one that I can prep earlier in the week) or even something that seems complex like a roast.
This week’s plan is Pork Loin Roast (I’m going to cook both of the ones I bought at the same time, seasoned with a spice rub) and I’m going to roast some mini potatoes (no cutting up needed!) and carrots (prepped earlier in the week – I keep some carrot sticks on hand for snacking) with them for an easy one pan meal.
SECOND WEEK OF MEALS
MONDAY – Meatless Monday: Spinach Potato Frittata, tossed salad
TUESDAY – Pot roast with potatoes, carrots, dinner rolls
WEDNESDAY – Chicken Parmesan meatballs and spaghetti, Caesar salad, garlic toast
THURSDAY – Use leftover beef from Thursday to make Pot Roast Hash topped with eggs
FRIDAY – Meat Free Friday: Macaroni and cheese, green beans, fruit salad
SATURDAY – Super Simple Saturday: Broiled chicken (sprinkle on some spices and pour on some vinegar – no really! It makes it moist and delicious and doesn’t taste “pickled” or anything), couscous (bring 1 1/2 cups water or broth to a boil, stir in 1 cup couscous, put the lid on and remove from heat. Let sit a few minutes and then fluff!), steamed broccoli (rinse in a colander, put in a microwave safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap with a small vent opening on one side and microwave on high for 5-7 minutes).
SUNDAY – Sabbath Sunday: Slow Cooker Korean Beef (I mix it up ahead of time and store the freezer bag in the fridge or freezer) in lettuce wraps with pickled radishes, Ramen noodles
For more meal plans, you can click on the photos above to be taken to my previous ones or head on over to Orgjunkie.com to see what others are sharing for Menu Plan Monday.