Menu Plan Monday

mpm-1This week will be pretty basic stuff.  We are trying to spend as little as possible at the grocery store so we can donate most of our grocery budget to the GRACE Hunger Walk.  Are you interested in chipping in? Even a few dollars is welcome.  You can read more about it here, or just head directly to my donation site here.  A couple of people have asked me how to donate with ‘real’ money (not online).  I’m so grateful for any donation, made by any method.  You can email me at bigbinderblog (at) gmail (dot) com and I will get my contact information to you.

So what are we having? Here it is:


Huevos Rancheros.  I have tortillas, cheese, dried black beans and eggs, and some fresh tomatoes but I’ll have to get some onion, jalapeno and cilantro.  That should be pretty cheap.


Lasagne.  I have to make the spaghetti sauce and it will be a little thin on the meat because I don’t have very much, but that’s OK.  Lasagne isn’t about the meat, it’s about the cheese which fortunately, I have plenty of.


Dirty Rice.  I actually have hot chicken sausage (it’s better than it sounds) and I think we’ll go ahead and skip the chicken livers this week.


Tuna-n00dle Casserole.  Because I haven’t had it since Lent and maybe my family won’t make ‘that face’ this time.


Pizza – I’ll make bread dough for the crust, and whatever is hanging around in the kitchen is fair game.  I do think I saw some pepperoni hanging around, and I know I have sauce so we’ll just throw some olives on there and call it good.


  • Home-made Clif Bars roughly using this recipe.  I am using molasses instead of the brown rice syrup because that’s what I have, and whatever nuts are lying around will just have to do.
  • Popcorn
  • Blueberry/peach smoothies – I have to kick this stuff out of my freezer so I can defrost it.  We’re going to have blueberry/strawberry/peach EVERYTHING for a few weeks.

I can make bread, and I have buttermilk so I can make pancakes if we run out of cereal before shopping again.  I’m going to be hustling a little more in the kitchen this week, but who cares? It’s for a good cause.

Now I have to make up my short grocery list.  I shop at Meijer and Family Fare, so I’ll use these wonderful matchups when I go.

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3 responses to “Menu Plan Monday

  1. You know, I used to do meal plans, and I tried to get back into the habit recently, but then I got to the store and they had a totally different kind of meat on sale and I just went with frugality and threw everything else out the window.
    Monday is our grocery shopping day, so I’m glad that I read this before going because I think I’m going to do a little lasagne myself this week. 🙂
    You’re the best!

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  3. I just clicked on the cliff bar recipe – those look great!! Thanks for the link!

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