Did you ever wonder what the average weekly menu was of the Double Nickel Farm?
Well hold on to your horses, here goes:
Breakfast: arroz con leche, oatmeal, or cereal
Lunch:(always the same) ramen noodles and peanut butter and honey sandwiches
Ground beef burritos, Spanish rice, beans, salsa, cantaloupe
Breakfast for Dinner-scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, and orange juice
Spaghetti, spinach, garlic bread, carrots, applesauce
Homemade chicken pot pie, peaches,
Homemade meat pizza, Hawaiian pizza, spinach salad
Chicken Enchiladas, beans, Spanish rice, salsa, cabbage
Desserts this week: Brownies, oatmeal cookies, pudding, sugar cookies, homemade pretzels
Of course this menu lasts for 2 weeks then I switch things about. I make enough of each dinner so that I can send 1 meal with Bill to work each day. The daily drinks are water, homemade lemonade, a rare Koolaid mix, or milk.
I was pondering things that we do and wondered if others were curious to the foods eaten here. I am a pretty simple person and these menus are flexible and interchangeable. One of the first things that I do after I return from the grocery store is brown the ground beef. I pre-season it with cumin, onion salt, garlic salt, and a dash of cinnamon. Then I take each one pound of meat and put it in three freezer bags. Yes, for every recipe that requires 1 pound of meat, I use only a third. It can stretch and I do stretch it. By having precooked ground beef, I can quickly make a number of meals depending on if one of the kids or Bill is craving something else.
Did you know that you can freeze cheese? Or milk? If these go on sale I buy extra and then freeze them. Milk needs about one cup taken out, before you freeze it, and it takes around 10 hours to defrost. It goes from yellow in frozen state back to white and it tastes exactly the same.
Most of the fruit is fresh that I serve and we have become spinach salad junkies!!!In off season...I try and use frozen fruits.
Planning your monthly menu is a tremendous savings to your home. By being organized you free yourself from rushing out and buying pre-made meals that are loaded with preservatives.
Now what about you? If you write about your weekly menu and some tips let me know so I can zip over and see what you do!!