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Menu Plan Monday: Chronicles of a Scavenger Edition

by Shawanda Greene

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Photo by Arrr!

So, uh, I cooked like twice last week.

No biggie.

I still managed to get through the entire week without spending any money on food.

How’d I do it, you ask? I was basically a scavenger.

It’s weird. Food just came to me. For instance, last Thursday night, I drove to my boyfriend’s house and he so happened to be frying catfish. It was a glorious surprise made even more glorious by the fact that the dish was on my menu plan and I didn’t have any catfish on hand.

Midday on Friday, I heated up a tiny amount of beef stew for lunch that I’d frozen a couple weeks earlier. I used sliced bread from my company’s kitchen to stretch the meal. Around that time, one of my coworkers asked me if I wanted to walk with him to Chipotle. I declined, but I was more than prepared to let him pay for a burrito bowl and get a free one using a Chipotle coupon I’d gotten from Facebook.

Near the close of business on Friday, I stumbled upon some leftover grilled chicken wraps from a company meeting that was held earlier in the day. I jumped on them. They held me over until I could get home.

On Saturday, my boyfriend and I had dinner reservations. Then, his friend invited us over. Dinner Reservations = Cancelled. Succulent lamb, homemade mashed potatoes, and cabbage, here I come.

My guy tells me he cooked chicken sausage, onions, and peppers yesterday morning. I’m going to throw on a pot of rice and have that with my lunch tomorrow.

Oh, what a wonderful country of delicious abundance we live in.

I won’t anticipate this week being as fortunate as the last. Assuming I actually have to feed myself this week, I’ve made arrangements.

Monday - Baked Pork Chops, Mixed Vegetables, and Spicy Yellow Rice

Tuesday - Fried Shrimp, Broccoli, and Homemade French Fries

Wednesday/Thursday – Meatloaf, Green Beans & Potatoes

Friday - Food prepared by the hands that aren’t mine as someone had better take me to dinner

Saturday/Sunday – Modified version of Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta with Spinach

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

 

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