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post #161 of 192

I need to get back to this - we've been dealing with plumbing issues & so only making quick fix stuff so as to not make dishes. I'm going to try to use the crockpot more too - I am so busy lately with ebay stuff & homeschooling that I don't have as much time for meals & cooking. I have throw-away liners for the crockpot, so as long as they don't leak / break {like it did last night with the soup :( } I don't have to wash it every time.

 

Today's meal plan:

 

breakfast: Fruit & yogurt {using up items we got free with freshness policy}

Lunch: Sunbutter & apple jelly sandwich on Oatmeal bread {freshness policy item} for me, Jelly sandwich on white bread for dd

Dinner: Leftover potato soup. Might make a can of biscuits to go with.

 

Tomorrow:

 

Breakfast: Hot Cereal for dd, cornmeal mush for me

Lunch: not sure yet

Dinner: I am thinking of doing a pot roast with lots of carrots in the slow cooker, and also a yummy slow cooker pineapple upside down cake recipe I found. Will pair with steamer rice from the freezer.

post #162 of 192

Oh gosh, this is so hard.  My pantry is GF and DS is partially GF because of what I make.  I find myself at the store a couple times a week for produce type items.  I've been on a 'no spend' that is a minimal spend that is slowly creeping into a massive spend.

 

I've lost my meal planning skills and tend to grab the first things I see.   The only constants are DS dinner smoothie, every dinner (yogurt, fruit, juice). and its a jumbo one at that. and lots of coffee for me.  everything else is up for grabs.

 

We might have a dinner in a bag tonight (ds) and a side of rice (me) with veggies.   the deli meat is long gone so no more quick sandwiches.  ugh.  I dont watn to use the eggs as a meal because I need them for baking.

post #163 of 192

Zebra - I don't know if it would help, but my fave crockpot blog is GF - http://crockpot365.blogspot.com . What I did was to go all through her blog {took a couple days} and pin anything that looked interesting / good to my recipies folder in pintrest. Then I meal plan from that folder.

post #164 of 192

Improvised dinner tonight - dd asked if we could not have the potato soup tonight {we'll eat it tomorrow instead}. DD ended up having speghettio's and I improvised lemon chicken chinese. Used some chicken nuggets we got really cheap a while back {they are whole grain & honestly aren't that great}, extra lemon chicken sauce packets from the frozen lemon chicken we buy that always has too much sauce for my taste, and steamer rice from the freezer. Hoping it turns out okay - last time we had those nuggets they really needed some type of sauce to cover up the whole grain breading flavor.

post #165 of 192

i had salad, ds had planned items

cookies for snacks!

post #166 of 192

Dinner tonight is leftover potato soup, paired with bread & butter sandwiches. Trying to clean out the fridge as I know we will do a produce / freebie run probably tomorrow or Saturday at the latest.

 

The improvised Chinese last night turned out really good - I ate the rest for lunch today. The lemon sauce covered up the whole grain flavor very nicely.

 

Tomorrow I think we will be gone at least part of the day for business stuff, so thinking of putting something on in the crockpot so its ready when we get home. Not sure what yet though.

post #167 of 192

I had salad again, ds had more dinner in a bag type stuff.

tomorrow (thurs)  probably salad again and ds will have frozen chineese.

post #168 of 192

Crockpot meatballs with pasta and some cucumbers for dinner along with brownies for dessert.  Lunch was a compilation of cut veggies, leftover dinner rolls, and hardboiled eggs.  Breakfast was blueberry banana bread and apple slices.

post #169 of 192

Pot roast with potatoes & carrots for dinner tonight. Using up free baby carrots from store's freshness policy. Going to attempt bread pudding for dessert, using some old challah & a bunch of wheat dinner rolls I got free with the freshness policy. Hoping it works - last recipe for bread pudding was a flop.

 

Breakfast today is bagels with cream cheese again. Bagels free from the store policy, and I bought a bunch of pumpkin spice cream cheese on clearance a while back.

post #170 of 192

Got a loaf of sesame french bread at wal-mart yesterday on the half off rack so I fed the kids that and some cut fruit for breakfast.  They get free lunch so they'll eat at school today.  Dinner for them is turkey noodle soup with the last of the Thanksgiving turkey.  There's a tiny chunk of bread left that I'll toast up for them to go with their soup.

post #171 of 192

breakfast today is the bread pudding I made last night. It's not great, but after chilling in the fridge overnight it's better. Next time I will tweak the recipe a bit - add more egg, spice & sugar. And maybe sub cream for part of the milk. I wonder if I could use flavored coffee creamer for part of the milk - not sure how that would work with baking it though. Used 1% milk to make it - normally I buy whole but the 1% was free with the store policy so I am making do.

 

Dinner will be leftover pot roast from last night.

post #172 of 192

'dinner in a bag' thingy for DS.   I am meeting a friend and will get sometign with a coupon there.

 

Frugal mama - I make my bread pudding in the crockpot

 

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bread-pudding-in-the-slow-cooker/detail.aspx       i use up all the 'ends' of our gf bread and it bakes up yummy, i use rice milk with out a problem.

post #173 of 192

Tonight is Garlic Bread Pizzas: leftover homemade bread (two partial loaves), leftover pasta sauce from making lasagna and pizzas the other day, and the last bit of mozzarella. Spread the bread with butter, sprinkle with garlic powder, bake at 450 for about 10 minutes to crisp up the bread. Add a spoonful of pasta sauce to each piece, top with mozzarella. It's a really easy supper and the kids love it. Since we eat so much variety throughout the week, I don't worry too much about it being a basic meal.

post #174 of 192

Responding here so it'll go to my list and remind me. I really need to do this! I have a lot of things I know have been getting overlooked here so I need to clean out the pantry/fridge/freezer before starting up again. Hopefully I can do an inventory and make a meal plan before the end of the weekend.

post #175 of 192

used up frozen bread ends to make yummy bread pudding.  GF bread pudding is my downfall...  link is above but basically, bread, eggs, rice milk, sugar.  crockpot for 2-4 hrs, stir as needed.  yummmmmm   (I leave the butter out and rice milk is all i can tolerate)

post #176 of 192

spent today freebie shopping, so going the easy route for dinner tonight. Stouffers Chicken Alfredo, paired with a bag of frozen veggies & some homemade garlic bread using some of our giant pile of free bread.

 

And we got more free bread today! Thankfully I also got some free lunchmeat, and dd is tickled to have sandwiches for lunch, even if they are on thin bagels for bread. And I got hot dogs buns today too, which means I can do hot dogs for snacks for dd & the 2 neighbor girls - they always want to do picnics & I end up providing the food on account of dd's allergies plus our not eating pork.

post #177 of 192

That freshness policy sounds amazing. I need to do some looking to see if I can find something similar in my area. I'm doing mashed potatoes and sweet peas with pan-fried meat and some pears for the lunch today since I have it here. We had cereal with some almond milk for breakfast. No dinner today since dh is at work and the kids will be at the sitter's so I can work. I'll have to figure out something for me but they'll eat there since they go at 4. Not sure what I'll do for tomorrow yet but I have some veggies here and plenty of meat so we'll figure something out.

post #178 of 192
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That freshness policy sounds amazing. I need to do some looking to see if I can find something similar in my area. I'm doing mashed potatoes and sweet peas with pan-fried meat and some pears for the lunch today since I have it here. We had cereal with some almond milk for breakfast. No dinner today since dh is at work and the kids will be at the sitter's so I can work. I'll have to figure out something for me but they'll eat there since they go at 4. Not sure what I'll do for tomorrow yet but I have some veggies here and plenty of meat so we'll figure something out.

 

It really has been a huge blessing for us. We were about to have to start going to the food bank honestly - mostly for things that I am now getting free with this policy. If anyone is in TX - it's the major chain with the motto here everythings better :)

 

 

Today's meals:

 

Breakfast:

Bagels with cream cheese & OJ for dd {all freebies}

Leftovers for me

 

Lunch:

Sandwich thins with turkey lunchmeat for dd {all freebies}

Chips & cheese for me {free with coupons}

 

Dinner:

fish, mac & cheese, and veggies

post #179 of 192

Last night we ended up having pizza instead of the planned dinner - kids from next door & dd all wanted pizza so I grabbed one from the freezer.

 

Today's meals:

 

Breakfast:

Cinnamon rolls

 

Lunch:

Lunchmeat sandwiches for dd, leftover pot roast for me

 

Dinner:

Fish with mac & cheese & veggies

post #180 of 192

dinner is salad for me

ds pork chops n red potato

 

need to weekly mea; plan again

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