Monday, July 4, 2011

Monday Meal Planning - Happy Independence Day!

A happy independence day to those who are celebrating in the U.S. I hope you have some fun plans for today. My goal this week is to use some of the garden produce. I've got kale and lettuce to use, some more parsley plus basil to preserve, and strawberries just about ripe. So here's my plan for this week!

Monday. Since it's July 4th, our plan is for a barbecue with marinated tri tip and italian sausages, coleslaw, and potato salad (with white and sweet potatoes). Not exactly our usual $5 dinner, but it's a holiday! We did find the best price we could for the meat, and bought in bulk, so there is some stashed in the freezer for another occasion. On top of this, we are making strawberry sorbet. Yummy!

Tuesday: Polenta with Feta and Kale. Please don't buy the premade polenta... this is not frugal, and it's so easy to make for yourself. Also, I will use a mix of mozzarella and parmesan in place of the romano.

WednesdayMake your own taco night. We'll be baking our own corn tortillas to keep the cost down.

Thursday: Black bean, Kale and Couscous casserole. I got the idea for this casserole from a vegetable side dish recipe. I want to make this a complete protein by using whole wheat couscous with black beans. I've still got lots of kale in the garden (you could also use chard or spinach), so put those all together with tomatoes (none from the garden yet!) and some spices, and I'm hoping it will turn out tasty! We'll see how the reviews come in when I make it!

Friday: Homemade pizza night!

Saturday: Leftovers

SundaySpaghetti with homemade pasta sauce.

What are you having this week? If you need some ideas, check out Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Have fun planning and cooking, and have a great week!

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