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post #21 of 32
Breakfast:
Eggs
Bagels
Cereal

Lunch:
Cous cous with corn and black beans
Leftovers
Pasta with corn

Dinner:
BBQ Ribs/steak/burgers or chicken
Veggie
Rice

Or:

Roast w/potatoes, carrots, onion, mushrooms, green beans

Or:

Beef fajitas, rice, fixings
post #22 of 32
Since DH is paid once a month, I actually plan out dinners for the whole month. I then make one big grocery store visit where I buy most of the pantry items for the month and then have a few trips the rest of the month to purchase the fresh produce, refrigerated items, and milk.

Planning by the month has really cut down on how much we spend on food. I even schedule 2-3 out to eats per month where we go out for dinner instead of me making it. Now that I have this planning worked out, I am spending about $250 per month to feed all 4 of us. This includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks as well.

Breakfast is usually waffles, pancakes, cereal, or cereal bars. Lunch we either do leftovers, sandwiches, spaghettios, chicken nuggets, or mac-n-cheese.
post #23 of 32
Breakfast is cold cereal, somtimes pancakes if I'm in the mood to cook.

Lunch is sandwiches, leftovers, or mac and cheese.

Snack is fruit usually.

Dinner is planned a week in advance (when I have it together). I will start the meal prep right after lunch and chop stuff and maybe pre-cook things. Just to get it started. The "witching hour" is from about 4PM to bedtime with the kids, and it's just easier to get most of it out of the way before that all starts.
post #24 of 32
Thread Starter 
I would love the lentil hamburger recipe.

IF I were to plan out menus for a month, how would I do it? I think I'll try this for July but really need some help.

THe sliced tofu with bbq sauce looks yummy. What sides do you serve it with. How do you make your own BBQ sauce?

Anyone make their own waffles?
post #25 of 32
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by USAmma
Breakfast is cold cereal, somtimes pancakes if I'm in the mood to cook.

Lunch is sandwiches, leftovers, or mac and cheese.

Snack is fruit usually.

Dinner is planned a week in advance (when I have it together). I will start the meal prep right after lunch and chop stuff and maybe pre-cook things. Just to get it started. The "witching hour" is from about 4PM to bedtime with the kids, and it's just easier to get most of it out of the way before that all starts.
How do you do your pancakes?
post #26 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by eloquence
I would love the lentil hamburger recipe.

IF I were to plan out menus for a month, how would I do it? I think I'll try this for July but really need some help.

THe sliced tofu with bbq sauce looks yummy. What sides do you serve it with. How do you make your own BBQ sauce?

Anyone make their own waffles?
We make our own waffles on Saturdays.
post #27 of 32
Thread Starter 
How do you make your own waffles? What type of waffle iron do you have? Do you make the mix from scratch or prebought? I have no idea how to do this. I have a great buckwheat pancake mix my kids love by Hodgesons Mill. Can I use that?

I tried the BBQ tofu recipe. YUM. We love it. Thanks.
post #28 of 32
I have a pretty good groove. I usually do one big shopping trip a week. I make the menu and shop on Monday after we get our CSA box so I know what produce I have to work with. This time of year, we are still getting mostly salad so sometimes I will even make the list on Sunday to get a jump. I have a week-long grid in which I list the dinners and lunches with page numbers and any advanced prep. Like if I need to soak and cook legumes/grains or need to start sprouts for a sih that is 4 days away I write it on the first day it needs addressing. I include when we will eat leftovers too. I almost always go off schedule but I still make it so that I can keep track of what general order the foods should go in and what advanced prep needs to move with the meal.

Breakfasts is almost always toast (homemade whole wheat sourdough) with butter and coffee (for the adults). Dh does not generally eat breakfast. Soem days dd asks for leftovers from another meal or something off the wall like ice cream so I never really know what breakfast is going to be like. At least once but often 2-3 times a week I will do something fancy like overnight waffles/pancakes, omlets, overnight oatmeal, Kashi burritos, etc..... but those days are usually like a brunch in that we only snack after that until dinner.

Examples of lunch/dinners like this week:

Chickpea-Turnip casserole with salad
Eggplant burgers with grilled asparagus and basil new potatoes
Very large salads with avocado and cheese
Red pepper quiche with brocolli
Baked bean and rice burritoes with salad and fermented veggies
Taco salad with refried beans and guac
Hearty soup with veggie sticks and ww bread
post #29 of 32
I also cook in snippets. I usually am setting up something to soak or sprout right before bed. This si also when I feed my sourdough starters and mentally plan a schedule for the next day. Again when i first get up and get dd breakfast, I will usually have something to rinse, soak, or start to cook like beans or bread. Then dinner prep starts shortly after lunch. Even if the meal is not complicated, I like to get most of the advanced prep done in early afternoon when dd is in a better mood. On supper heavy cooking days, I might spend the whole afternoon in the kitchen. This usually happens one day a week when i have bread going. since I am stuck there all afternoon anyway, I try to get some of the dirty work done like veggie fermenting, cutting up veggie sticks and salads that will last for days, any sort of treat baking like muffins, etc.....
post #30 of 32
We are also late risers. We do not generally make it out of the bedroom until 10am. So we eat very light for breakfast since lunch is usually around 1pm. Dinner can be anywhere from 5pm to 9pm depending on our schedule. I consider myself a SAHM but I do work nights as a bartender so soemtimes we are eating at odd times.

I try very hard to keep bread out of the lunch plan since we almost always eat toast for breakfast.
post #31 of 32
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post #32 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by eloquence
I would love the lentil hamburger recipe.

IF I were to plan out menus for a month, how would I do it? I think I'll try this for July but really need some help.

THe sliced tofu with bbq sauce looks yummy. What sides do you serve it with. How do you make your own BBQ sauce?

Anyone make their own waffles?
Sorry I went MIA a couple of days.

The lentil recipe (in my own words, but from Hamlyn vegitarian cookbook)

6oz lentils rinced
3/4 pint cold water
1 large onion (chopped)
4 tablespoons wholemeal flour
2 tablespoons mixed fresh herbs (I use whatever I have around)
salt / pepper to taste

boil lentils in saucepan and reduce heat and simmer. Simmer 30 - 40 minutes. Let cool.

Mix other ingrediants together and form patties. Shallow fry patties in oil.

The BBQ sause I just kind of wing. It's mostly ketchup, a splash of soy sauce, a teaspoon or so of brown sugar (sometimes honey). Onion salt, garlic powder (you are supposed to saute onion and garlic yeah right I have 3 kids we use powder / onion salt . It doesn't take exactly like the packaged stuff, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper.
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