Menu Plan: Lots of Meatless Meals



Let me cut to the chase here– the grocery budget is not doing what it used to. Between rising food costs and (significantly) growing appetites, I’m finding myself scrambling by the last third of the month. Don’t get me wrong– we’re certainly not going hungry and I’m not complaining. I’m just consistently amazed by how quickly we burn through what SEEMS like a lot of food. My kids are all at stages where they consume large portions of meat, eggs, cheese, fruit, veggies, and, in two of their cases, starches. It’s madness!


While we’ve learned to allow some grace in the budget for this, I’ve also learned some tricks to keep those “end of the month” costs down. One? Is simply using what we have. I cook based on what’s in my fridge, freezer, and pantry, not based on what sounds good. That’s key. Another way I keep the extra spending down is by cooking more meatless meals. Meat– especially good meat– is expensive! Cutting it out two or three nights a week helps the bottom line.


So, here’s the meal plan for the week!


you gotta eat





B–Cereal, Apples, Milk ( before 7:30AM Mass)

Brunch-Ham, Egg, & Cheese Skillets over Fried Potatoes


D–Poor Man’s Chicken Parmesan, Buttery Tomato Penne, Green Beans




B–Toast Strips, Sliced Bananas, and Strawberry Yogurt– I let them eat this however they wanted, together, separate, dipped, whatever.

D–Mixed Veggies in a Ginger Peanut Sauce over Rice



B–Egg Wraps, Apples, Milk

D–”Short Spaghetti” (<– I broke the noodles in about fifths) with Marsala Sauce (tons of mushrooms, but no meat)




B–Cereal, Apples, Milk

D–Cheesy Beans & Rice




B–PB  Toast, Yogurt

D–Shredded Beef Burritos w/ Peppers & Onions (behold! MEAT! ;) )




B–Cereal, Apples, Milk

D–Lg. Tomato, Onion, & Mushroom Pizza, Med. Cheese Pizza




B–Scr. Eggs w/ veggies (mushrooms, onions, peppers, broccoli), English Muffins w/ PB

D–Beef Stew w/ Fluffy Dumplings




And that should do it!



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