Frugal Organic Meal Plan – Monday, September 9th

BirthdayThis is a big week for celebrations around here.  My two daughters are starting their new preschool this week so we’re going to be adjusting to some new schedules and trying to make the transition as smooth and stress-free for the girls as possible.  Also, it was my sister and mother’s birthdays this weekend (happy birthday both) and today is my 8th wedding anniversary (not to mention we have a new little baby girl due in about 3 weeks).  Unfortunately, my husband has to work late for our anniversary, but we’ll make it up with a much needed date night next week! 

I was really hoping to make this week a $50 Meal Plan Week, however, after perusing my fridge and freezer I didn’t find much that I could use to make a week’s worth of meals for practically nothing.  However, I still want to try and feed my family on a tighter than usual budget this week, so I’m going to try a new method for controlling my spending and that is by loading a pre-paid debit card that I got from Card.com with $75 for the week.  This card works like one of those pre-paid visa gift cards that I’ve seen at the grocery store, you load it with any amount you want and then you can use it like a credit card.  I was compensated by the folks at card.com to try out their product so this week I’ll be using this card instead of the cash in an envelope system…should be much more convenient while still limiting my spending.

This is not our week for picking up CSA, but we have the following items leftover from last week: butternut squash, chard, red beets, dill, dino kale, oranges, apples, parsley, onions, spring mix and tomatoes. 

Budget Meal Plan

Monday – Greek Salad Chicken Wraps – I’ll probably add a roasted beet too.

Tuesday – Breakfast for dinner with my awesome Butternut Squash Waffles, fruit salad, eggs, hash browns and maybe even a little uncured bacon.

Wednesday – Chicken Enchiladas – I made a double batch of these a couple of weeks ago and froze half.  Now it’s time to eat them.

Thursday –  Panko Crusted Tilapia with grilled potatoes and salad.

Friday – We’re taking the kids to see the Disney Junior Live On Tour with Jake and the Neverland Pirates – I really hope our 2 year old isn’t too scared!  We’ll take them out to dinner on the way home (I still have a gift card to Souplantation so hopefully this will cover us).  

Snacks – Now that I’m on maternity leave and the baby hasn’t made her appearance, I’m going to try and get a little more creative with snacks.  I found this recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars that I’ve been dying to try and I think this is the week.  I’m still addicted to these Tropical Kale Smoothies although I’m running out of kale.  Trying out Ants on a Log per a suggestion on Facebook as well as some homemade fruit leather (I’ll also post this one if it works out).

For more menu planning ideas, please visit Org Junkie.  

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  • Deanna September 9, 2013, 7:21 am

    One of my favorite meals is Greek Salad or Wraps! I checked out that granola bar recipe and it sounds yummy and I could probably cut back on the sugar too. Let us know how you like them. :-)

  • Cinnamon Vogue September 10, 2013, 10:49 am

    Suzanne, do not eat anything with Cinnamon when you are pregnant since it will induce uterine contractions. Just saying because you were thinking of eating that Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar which has 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon in it. :-) In such small quantities it probably won’t much difference. Still better safe than sorry especially if you are tempted to add more Cinnamon than usual. Of course when it is time, lots of people drink some Cinnamon tea to induce labor.

    All the best on the arrival of the new baby. Hope it’s another girl. We need more cute girls like the mama. :-)

    • Suzanne September 10, 2013, 1:21 pm

      Thanks for the advice Cinnamon! I’m actually 37 weeks along so at this point I’m not that worried…in fact, I’m so uncomfortable this week your advice makes me want to start putting cinnamon on all my food in hopes of inducing labor. :)

      • Cinnamon Vogue September 10, 2013, 2:17 pm

        Suzanne I see you still have a sense of humor despite all the labor pains. :-) Just email me your address and I will send you the World’s Best Cinnamon Tea with our compliments to herald the new arrival.

  • Kelly September 10, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Having Breakfast for supper tonight and the Greek Salad Chicken wraps on Thursday….thanks for the ideas – YUMMY!
    WRT cinnamon inducing contractions…I tried EVERYTHING with my first to get her to come. Alas, she was two weeks late and even then I still had to be induced. I think those babies just come when they are good and ready.