From Frugal to Favorites, Menu Plan Monday

I think I would score my Frugal February Finale Menu Plan about an 8 out of 10.  We didn’t follow it exactly make it to the very last day but overall we did pretty good.   I moved some meals around and we ended up eating French Toast (still out of the freezer so it counts toward our Frugal menu) in place of the stir fry.
We also had Casey’s pizza on Friday in place of the turkey and noodles I planned to make for my husband.  We had the sausage and potatoes dish on Wednesday and both liked it but thought it would have been much better without the frozen potatoes (they ended up a bit mushy).  The boys wouldn’t touch the dish, of course.
I must admit that while it was a fun challenge, I’m glad to be done and back to planning meals based on what I find at the store or what my family requests.   The freezer isn’t empty either so I can still pull a few meals out of there should the need arise.  I can just see what I have in there now.
This is going to be yet another sort of busy week for me (I’m starting to wonder if there are actually other kinds of weeks besides busy ones.) so I’m mostly sticking with old favorites that are easy to make and easy to get (most) everyone to eat without too much argument.   Here’s our menu for the week:




Pork chops, baked potatoes, and salad.

TUESDAY:   Pancakes!   There is an elementary school function for this or I may just make pancakes at home.  Just depends.  If we have them at home, we’ll have them with strawberries and blueberries.

WEDNESDAY:  Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry, Noodles and Fried Rice, Egg Rolls (sort of carry over from last week but I’m adding in a few favorites like noodles and egg rolls from the Chinese deli counter)

THURSDAY:  Copy Cat Chik-Fil-A sandwiches   & homemade potato chips (These sandwiches are great and were special request to be on our menu again.  That hardly ever happens with new recipes around here!  I’m sure they are somehow better for us than just going to Chik-Fil-A.)

FRIDAY:  Fish sticks (I checked the date on my bag of frozen fish fillets in the downstairs freezer and it expired quite a bit earlier than I remembered.  Oops!  Hate to waste food but I think we would all hate food poisoning even more.), carrots & broccoli, grapes.  I may make this asparagus and tater toss dish for my husband.

Our menu does seem a bit blah to me after four weeks of Frugal menus.  Shouldn’t it be the other way around?  Still, I’m very excited to know that everyone will pretty much eat each meal listed up there with minimal complaint as there is at least one thing on each day that each person in this house will actually consume.  If you are looking for meal planning inspiration, be sure to check out Menu Plan Monday over at I’m An Organizing Junkie.  I don’t think it is possible to not find meal planning inspiration over there.
What’s cooking at your house this week?
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6 thoughts on “From Frugal to Favorites, Menu Plan Monday

    1. Jean Post author

      Um, my recipe is pretty complicated. Go to the aisle of the grocery store that sells soy sauce and rice. Pick up a package of Sunbird Beef & Broccoli seasoning mix (it says no MSG on the package..hope it’s true). Follow the directions. I wish I did have a great recipe for you though. Sometimes I just wing it with soy sauce if I don’t have a packet. Is soy sauce considered Paleo? Sesame oil also gives stuff a good Oriental flavor as long as you remember that a little goes a long way.

    1. Jean Post author

      Don’t be scared by the pickle juice part. My husband was very skeptical on that but the sandwiches really do turn out great!

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