Frugal Organic Meal Plan – Monday, September 23rd

I am now 39 weeks pregnant and as such, I have a new little bundle of joy due any day.  Therefore, this will be my last meal planning post for a little while until life settles into some sort of routine.    

This is not our week to pick up our CSA delivery and so this week we’re going to be working with what we have: beets, carrots, chard, cucumbers, Jester Squash (similar to acorn squash), lettuce, red bell peppers, and tomatoes. 

Spending update from last week:  I spent a total of $106.41 on groceries last week, however $22.94 of it was for snacks at my daughters’ preschool so I really only spent $83.47 feeding the family ($8.47 more than my goal).  To stay on track this week, I used my prepaid debit card from…see the end of this post for a review.

Monday – Panko Crusted Fish Sticks with Sounds Divine Sliced Potatoes, sauteed swiss chard and fruit.

Tuesday – Hoisin Pork with Rice Noodles – Oh my does this look delicious!

Wednesday – Easy Crockpot White Chicken Chili and Roasted Beet with Garlic Vinaigrette Salad.

Thursday –  We have a potluck picnic at my kids’ preschool this night.  I’m bringing Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad and Pumpkin Chocolate  Chip Cookies.

Friday – Lemon Bruschetta Pasta – this was so delicious the last time I made it I just have to try it again.

Snack Inspirations – I’m roasting and pureeing the Jester Squash for use in these yummy Autumn Squash Muffins.

For more menu planning ideas, please visit Org Junkie.  

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  • katie September 30, 2013, 9:33 am

    Thanks for including my lemon bruschetta pasta in your meal plan! It’s one of our favorites!

  • Abbe @ Abbe's Cooking Antics October 2, 2013, 1:30 pm

    I’m never savvy enough to do a menu plan, and end up *winging it* virtually every day of the week… however, many moons ago (like 20 years of them), it was the only way I could budget. I’d love to go back to it but have an epic fail when I attempt it – I envy you πŸ˜‰