Menu Plan: Quick, Easy, & Cheap



It’s Fall! Well, ALMOST Fall. :)





I imagine you all know by now that I am a total stickler for the REAL season start and end dates. I’ve never been one to rush the seasons and I maybe roll my eyes a bit when people pull out boots and start gushing  about pumpkin on September 1st.


But I have to say… the fresh cool breezes that have blown in my windows the past couple of mornings? Well, they carry a brisk scent of autumn on them and I’m not hating it!


We’re back into the swing of things and every single week brings with it added activities. This week, we’re up to: intermediate orchestra, karate x 2, gymnastics, horseback riding, conditioning, fourth grade chorus, morning intramurals, and fifth grade chorus. Next week, we’ll add church school x 3, cross country, cello lessons, string bass lessons, and advanced orchestra to that list.


It’s busy around here, folks.


This week’s menu plan is chock full of recipes that come together quickly, require very little effort, and are universally well-liked, thus ensuring they get eaten without complaint or dawdling. There are really no pricey ingredients involved in this and I did all the shopping for it at ALDI.


So, here’s what we’re eating this week…

you gotta eat




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

Brunch– Cheese Omelets, Clementines, a Glazed Chocolate Lime Coffee Cafe that I made up on the fly and that was DEVOURED by my family. I’ll try to recreate and post it some time. :)

Mid-afternoon Snack– Church Picnic! Goodness, there was a ton of food there. Yum.

pony ride

Pony rides at the church picnic. Our church grounds are beautiful.


D–Macaroni & Cheese w/ Broccoli (I let them eat in the living room so they could watch the Bengals game– A. was over-the-moon excited about that!)



B–Egg, Sausage, & Cheese English Muffin Sandwiches (hold the sausage for me!), Bananas

D–Roasted Cauliflower over Ginger Soy Brown Rice



B–Bagels w/ PB, Cantaloupe, Milk

D–Chicken Sausages on Buns, White Bean Salad




B–Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins, Apples, Milk

D–Cheesy Beans & Rice




B–Orange Ginger Granola w/ Raisins, Milk

D–Chicken, Broccoli, & Cheese WW Tortilla Wraps




B–Cereal, Greek Yogurt, Bananas

D–Pizza – Large Pepperoni & Olive, Medium Mushroom & Tomato




B–Cinnamon Almond Streusel Muffins, Cheese, Grapes

D–Hot & Sour Peanut Shells w/ Chicken and Carrots (I found this whole wheat mini shell pasta at ALDI and my kids LOVE it. I have one child with an aversion to “long noodles”– don’t ask– so these are perfect! They were also marked down to 59 cents a box, so that was cool. :) )




And that should do it!  





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