Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January Challenge ~ first two week menu plan

I said that I would post the menu for our first two weeks into our January Challenge.  So here it is:
Jan 1st ~ Meatloaf, Peas, Homemade bread, fresh applesauce
Jan 2nd ~ Roast Beef with red potatoes and carrots, Triple Berry Yogurt parfait with granola (the granola was a gift from my S-I-L.  Yup, she's amazing!)
Jan 3rd ~ Honey & Spice Pork Chops, Garlic Red-Skin Mashed Potatoes, Home For Christmas Fruit Bake
Jan 4th ~ Chicken Fajitas w/ green pepper and onion, salsa and cheese, Homemade applesauce
Jan 5th ~Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Botan Rice, Pineapple
Jan 6th ~ Hopeful Date Night!
Jan 7th ~ BLT sandwiches, Tomato Basil Soup, Mama's fruit salad
Jan 8th ~ Company coming over!  BBQ ribs, Broccoli Raisin Salad, Homemade Bread, Gluten-Free Bread, Macaroni Salad (some GF mac), Strawberry Shortcake, Gluten-Free Brownie Torte
Jan 9th ~ Pinto beans, Corn Bread, Spinach salad, Pistachio Fruit Salad
Jan 10th ~ Lemon Pepper Steak, Cheesy Broccoli Bake, Festive Fruit Salad
Jan 11th ~ Apple Orchard Pork Roast, Spinach salad, Homemade applesauce
Jan 12th ~ Calico Bean Soup and Sweet Corn Bread (compliments of my fabulous niece who gave us the mixes for Christmas!) and Ambrosia Fruit Salad.
Jan 13th ~ Flank Steak, Honey Roasted Red Potatoes, Strawberry/Banana Fruit salad
Jan 14th ~ Wedding!  No meal prep for me!

Now you may note that there is no mention of lunch or breakfast.  For lunch we always have leftovers from the night before or earlier in the week.  So simple and the food doesn't turn to science experiments in the back of your fridge.  No waste!  For breakfast we usually just have cereal or oatmeal and fruit, or something of the sort.  My husband doesn't have a lot of time when he comes home for breakfast.  It has to be something super quick.  We will have cinnamon rolls throughout the month this month, too!
That is the plan for now, anyway.  It is definitely open to change!  I was able to do my grocery shopping for $32 for the first week.  Keep in mind though, that the only meat I had to purchase was some ham for the Calico Bean Soup on the 13th.  I still do need to get some broccoli and cucumber, too.  What they had there at ALDI was not looking too good.  I was able to get some snacks that I will work on serving for prayer meeting.  It took me back though, going to ALDI with my cash in hand carefully adding up what each thing costs, knowing that I had no room for error or any extras.
The Walmart part of the challenge is already challenging me.  There are things on my list (that I couldn't get at ALDI) that I need to get, but I am forcing myself to wait till later in the week when I will be in town and can hit up the Dollar General.
All in all, though, it's so far so good!


  1. Wow, yummy in the tummy yes ...

  2. Wow,tr! This looks like a great menu! And I love your blog. :) I am your newest follower and would love for you to stop by and "visit" me sometime. :)
    Many blessings,

  3. Nice post thanks for sharing! blessings