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Menu Plan Monday ~ 2/14/11

by Shawanda Greene

Beef Stew

I didn't make this, but it looks gooooood, doesn't it?

The last time I wrote a menu plan was July of last year. It’s no coincidence my food and grocery budget ballooned to over $500 per month. And Yes, that’s just for me. No kids, no dependents.

What’s the point in continuing down this ruined road? I must to get my act together and start cooking again.

Reacquainting yourself with the kitchen, after a long sabbatical, can be challenging. Meal prep takes time. On occasion, that delicious dinner you expected turns out to be a crusty, burnt up, dried up, disgusting mess. Chipotle, on the other hand, is a tasteful and consistent friend.

But I got goals – big dreams and stuff. In order to accomplish big things, you have to make “big” sacrifices (like not watching TV for hours on end). The money I save by not eating out is earmarked for investing in my life’s goals.

You’ll notice this meal plan is different from the others. There are no recipe links, because, well, there are no recipes. I don’t have time for all that fanfare. I need to get in the kitchen, cook, and get out. Besides, my auntie Rachel is the best cook I know, and she only uses recipes for baking. Surely I’ve been cooking long enough to know what tastes good without a line by line list of precisely measured ingredients.

Here we go again.

Monday - Beef Stew with Carrots, Mushrooms and Potatoes (or a fancy Valentine’s Day dinner depending on what my honey has planned)

Tuesday - Leftover Beef Stew

Wednesday/Thursday – Pork Chops Browned in Bacon Grease, Baked in the Oven with Yellow Rice and Broccoli on the Side

Friday/Saturday – Slow Cooker Chili

Sunday - Garlic Baked Chicken Wings and Collard Greens

Doesn’t that menu plan sound fantabulous? There is a twinge of excitement inside of me as I consider myself to be a decent cook.

What’s on your menu plan? Do you have anything on there of the southern persuasion? I’d love to hear about it.

Find other menu plan options on Menu Plan Monday at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Photo by Kathy Maister at StartCooking.com

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Iva February 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Crap…it just hit me that valentines day is tomorrow. I wish making your own cards (like we made in kindergarden) was still acceptable.

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