Menu plan and every-other-week shopping
I haven't posted my menu plan for a long time, so here's a sampling of what we'll be eating for the next two weeks. I'm trying to keep it simple, since the temperature is rising and I don't feel much like cooking.
I'm saving a lot by shopping every other week, by the way. We usually run out of convenience foods and snacks by the end of the second week, but it helps us be more creative, like eating peanut butter toast instead of yogurt, or crackers and cheese instead of chips.
I was worried at first that I wouldn't be able to go two weeks without buying fresh fruits and vegetables, but most things keep well in the refrigerator. I try to fill up the fruit bowl every few days instead of all at once so the fruit stays in the fridge longer. I make sure to buy some longer-lasting varieties, such as apples and oranges. As for vegetables, I try to schedule meals with more perishable items for the first week so they don't go bad before I have a chance to use them.
Monday: Campfire meal: hot dogs, s’mores, Jiffy Pop, vegetables
Tuesday: Balsamic chicken
Wednesday: French dip sandwiches
Thursday: Baked beans and hot dogs (doubled to freeze)
Friday: Caesar chicken pasta salad
Saturday: Baked potatoes
Monday: Lentil tacos
Tuesday: Chicken adobo
Thursday: Cordon bleu casserole (doubled to freeze)
Friday: Fiesta chicken pasta
Saturday: Kielbasa skillet
Sunday: Chili spaghetti