Menu Plan Monday – Cheap Week – Frugal Novice

Menu Plan Monday – Cheap Week

We traveled this past weekend and have several other extra expenses coming up, so we kept our grocery bill low ($50! Woohoo! And that’s with medicine I had to buy for my insane allergies) this week. And we’re even having company over one night! I’m still planning on trying the fish suggestions Janalyn, Julie, and Susan recommended in the coming weeks and I’ll report back on how my experience goes – it’ll be the first time I’ve had fish in years. Anyway, on to our menu for the week:

Monday: My brother and his girlfriend are coming over for dinner and to watch Chuck. Any other Chuck fans out there? I love it but Brian doesn’t, so I’m happy to have them to enjoy the episode with me. What are we eating, you ask? Well, I never made the buffalo chicken pizza last week, so we’re having that. I’m also making a pepperoni pizza, because when company comes I want to make sure to have a “normal” option too.

Tuesday: Grilled chicken with rice and that amazing carrot recipe I’ve mentioned before. Seriously, people, try this recipe. It’s by far my favorite for carrots – it’s got just a hint of sweetness to it, but cumin and lemon juice cut the brown sugar just right.

Wednesday: Pasta with sauce and lean ground beef. I’m planning to make my own sauce (this recipe that I’ve mentioned before) but I have to admit that just in case I’m feeling lazy I bought a jar of sauce as a backup plan.

Thursday: I’m pretty excited about this one, because it’s NO cooking for me! A local women’s group sells homemade casseroles on Thursdays, and they’re supposed to be really good. It supports a great organization, and I can get one for about $5. I’ll let you know what we think of it next week!

Friday: Quesadillas. Can you tell we like these? We make them a LOT. They’re quick and easy, the boys both love them, and you can sneak things like corn, bell peppers, and other veggies.


This past Friday, I asked people for links to recipes I should share. Here are some of those:

• Heather has a BBQ meatball recipe that sounds really good! I like that it takes something you think of as traditionally Italian and gives it a different spin. Plus, I think it would be a fun meal to have with kiddos.

• Amber tried an Italian chicken recipe that she said is really simple to make – gotta love that!

Laura suggested a recipe at another blog for a 7 layer dip. I’ve never made one, but I think I’ll have to give this a try for the next party I go to.


Last but not least, be sure to check this post for my latest GIVEAWAY! I’m pretty excited about this one & think you will be too!

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  • Sherry April 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Great looking menu! I’m going to have to check out the carrots, too. :D

    Have a great Monday!
    .-= Sherry´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday – April 26 – May 2nd =-.

  • Pam April 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    We love Chuck. We dvr it and watch several episodes at a time. Great show!
    .-= Pam´s last blog ..Menu for week of April 26th =-.

  • Rebecca April 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    U rock! I’m always trying to get the grocery bill under $65.00 a week with out buying crap. I can do it if the sales work in my favor. Thank goodness I don’t have picky eaters.
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..D-Day / finding fitness =-.

  • Charla April 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Woops! I really meant to submit a recipe to you. Sounds like a good menu for the week. That’s awesome that you can get a homemade casserole for $5 on Thursday. I’m curious how good it will be.
    .-= Charla´s last blog ..Vacations & Cruises =-.

  • Jacquie April 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Hello! I stopped by your blog by way of another friends blog. I am looking for some inexpensive dinner ideas. You have some great ideas. My hubby and I also love CHUCK. Great show! I am 35 weeks pregnant and having digestive issues so I am trying to find some good recipes that won’t be an issue. Any ideas would be great! :-)

    • Christi April 27, 2010 at 7:34 pm

      Jacquie, a meal I enjoyed while pregnant was stewing some chicken in the crock pot and having it with rice and veggies – nice and mild! Is this your first pregnancy? Regardless, congratulations!! You’re so close! :)

  • Krissy @ ArtsyMom April 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Our menu plan consists of pre made pre packaged meals. I would love to actually start to cook more…hopefully I can start doing that soon :) BUt I love keeping the grocery bill low!

    Better late than never! :) Following from Friday Follow. I hope you follow us back and return the favor!! :)
    .-= Krissy @ ArtsyMom´s last blog ..Getting To Know You by! =-.

    • Christi April 27, 2010 at 9:44 pm

      Krissy, you might try doing a bulk cooking day where you cook and freeze meals for later in the month – I do that occasionally and it’s SO nice having a lasagna to pop in the oven without all the prep work! Thanks for visiting. :) I’ll be sure to check your blog out too!

  • Jacquie April 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm


    Thanks so much for the great idea. This is our first child and it has been a very rough road. I was really really sick for the first 20 weeks and then around week 24, once I was finally better my blood pressure started acting up and I have been on bed rest since then. My poor husband who hates to cook, clean or do laundry has had to pick up the slack. I am so impressed with him though. We have been doing Dream Dinners which has helped him learn to cook. He has really jumped all in. Taking care of me and the baby. I can not wait to meet our little girl and get back to being able to cook and clean, which I enjoy. :-)