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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Menu for 9/21/15-9/27/15

I decided to take the weekly menu from Wednesday-Tuesday back to a Monday-Sunday format. I kept forgetting when I was supposed to post the menu, and I was struggling to make it to the grocery store on Wednesdays. Hopefully this will get me back into the flow of the blog.

This being the first menu post in over three months I thought I should let any new readers know how it works.

So, at the beginning of each week (usually either Sunday night or Monday morning) I will post my entire menu for the week. I use sales ads and a list of available pantry items to decide what goes on the menu and then use the menu to make my grocery list. This helps keep the grocery budget low and cuts down on extra trips to the store because, since I know which recipes I'm using for every meal, I rarely have a chance to forget anything.

Though I sometimes forget, I try to add links to the recipes I'm using for the week where they're available. If something on my menu sounds tasty you can almost always find it on my blog somewhere and if not it's probably on Pinterest.

One day a week is new recipe night. It used to be Thursdays but I've changed it to Tuesdays because I cook dinner at Nana's house on Thursdays and I try to only use recipes I've already tested at least once. I choose my new recipe each week based on which proteins are on sale at the grocery store, the predicted weather (because who wants soup when it's 90 degrees outside?), and which recipe tickles my fancy on Pinterest.

Speaking of Pinterest, you can follow Working Through Naptime on Pinterest. To find me just go to the search bar and type in Working Through Naptime, click search, and then click the "pinners" button.

I've thought about including more of the budget aspects of menu planning in the future because I've really been enjoying some of the budget minded blogs I follow lately. I love Budget Bytes. It's one of my favorite blogs and there are a boatload of high protein vegetarian recipes on there that I've been wanting to incorporate into our lunch routine. Anyway, if you're interested in hearing what I'm spending on food and how I'm stretching my dollar just let me know in the comments!

And to get us started, here's this week's menu. It's a little Italian-heavy because I'm in a pasta mood this week... plus, pasta is pretty inexpensive. So here ya go guys! Enjoy!

Breakfast- scrambled eggs, sausage, and toast
Lunch- spicy sausage rice skillet
Dinner- crescent chicken, mashed potatoes, and roasted broccoli and brussels sprouts

Breakfast- scrambled eggs, sausage, and toast
Lunch- leftover crescent chicken and vegetables
Dinner- macaroni and cheese soup with chicken and bacon

Breakfast- scrambled eggs, sausage, and toast
Lunch- leftover macaroni and cheese soup
Dinner- cheeseburger macaroni and salad

Breakfast- scrambled eggs, sausage, and toast
Lunch- leftover cheeseburger macaroni and salad
Dinner- pizza lasagna roll-ups, salad, and garlic toast

Breakfast- scrambled eggs, sausage, and toast
Lunch- leftover pizza lasagna and salad
Dinner- cajun roasted chicken, lazy Alfredo pasta, and steamed broccoli

Breakfast- chicken and cheese bagels and hash browns
Lunch- leftover Alfredo pasta and chicken
Dinner- skillet baked ziti, salad, and garlic ciabatta bread

Breakfast- cranberry apple granola french toast, bacon, and scrambled eggs
Lunch- leftover baked ziti and salad
Dinner- Admiral will provide dinner

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