Sunday, September 21, 2008

Menus for week starting Sept. 22

I only cooked a few of the meals I planned for last week. My in-laws did not come to our town and Jeff wanted to smoke some meat and we certainly had plenty to eat, just did not eat what I planned.
But my menus are not written in stone, just possible plans.

I've planned this weeks menus and I think I will stick them pretty close. Our weekend plans are a little up in the air so I picked some things I might cook but they are quite likely to change.

All of this week's menus that call for ground meat will use ground turkey. I have not found any good deals on ground beef recently but did stock up on ground white turkey with specials at 2 different stores. I think we ended up with 17 pounds of ground turkey.

Mexicalli Pie
this is a simple casserole made with 1 pound of ground meat browned with 1/2 an onion and bell pepper, then mixed with 1 cup salsa, 1 1/2 cups corn, salt and pepper to taste. Put in a greased pie pan and top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese and 1 cup crushed corn chips. bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Makes 8 servings, 204 calories each.

Healthy Sloppy Joes with oven fried onion rings

Tammy's Chicken Rice Bake

Holy Smoked Bacon and Mushroom Penne

Susan's Deep Dish Pizza Casserole
servings | 6
estimated POINTS per serving | 6

1 pound ground round
1 15-oz can chunky Italian-style tomato sauce
cooking spray
1 10-oz can refrigerated pizza crust dough
6 1-oz slices part-skim mozzarella cheese - divided
You can also add any other topping that you might like on pizza

Cook meat in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until
browned, stirring until it crumbles. Drain if necessary and return
to skillet. Add tomato sauce, and heat through. While meat cooks,
coat a 13x9x2-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Unroll pizza
crust dough, and press into bottom and halfway up sides of baking
dish. Line bottom of pizza crust with 3 slices mozzarella cheese.
Top with meat mixture. Bake, uncovered at 425 for 12 minutes. Top
with remaining 3 cheese slices, and bake 5 additional minutes or
until crust is browned and cheese melts. Cool 5 minutes before

Special Notes
Nutritional analysis per serving: 277 calories; 7.7g. fat; 1.6g.
fiber; 49mg. cholesterol; 667mg. sodium

This recipe makes for big servings. I add onions, mushrooms, and
spices. It is really good!

Weekend meals
Rice and black bean pilaf
Ribs from the freezer

and in case you are wondering, we ate the last of that 20 pound bag of potatoes for lunch today. And there are NO potatoes on this week's menu


  1. Glad to have found you through MPM! I like how you're keeping track of spending and coupons! What a great way to stay accountable! I'm always looking for budget friendly ideas! LOL about the potatoes! Way to use em all up!

  2. I also love your grocery and coupon totals in the margin!! The Healthy Sloppy Joes look yummy too!!

  3. Sounds like a yummy week! I am definitely going to try those sloppy joes, and will stop back later to check out your other links. So glad it's family favorites week!

    Take care,

  4. I know what you mean about not cooking what you plan. I think I'll start showing my menus in reverse. At the end of the week I'll post what I actually did end up cooking! :o)

    Your meals for this week look really good!

    Debbie J.

  5. You left a comment on my blog asking about a recipe....not only did I forget to list the amount of flour, but also messed up on the milk! So sorry! I have corrected it now! Thanks for alerting me to my mistake :)

  6. I found your blog through MPM. I am in awe of your couponing abilities! Please tell me your secret! Any advice at all would be appreciated!

    I'm trying to keep our spending for food and toiletries at/under $100 a week as well.

    Feel free to email me at

    Thank you, and great blog!

  7. How funny, as I was scrolling through your menu, I kept thinking "Where are the potatoes?". Glad to hear you used them all up! :)

    You're right, the red will look good next to his uniform!

  8. Paris, I am working on a post for the very near future about the shopping plans that keep my spending down and my pantry stocked up.
    I hope to get it finished soon.

    Thanks for asking and I hope to have some ideas for your very soon.


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