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Menu Plan Money: “Brrr!” Edition

by Shawanda Greene

Halloween night with bat and jack-o-lanternFolks, it’s officially cold. I try to be upbeat and optimistic about life, but freezing temperatures make me sad. :(

And can you believe it had the nerve to snow this weekend? Unacceptable!

Human beings, especially us black ones, weren’t designed to withstand these conditions. It ain’t natural. You know?

On the bright side, I have an excuse to make a bunch of hearty, comfort foods.

Monday: Vegetable Beef Stew

Tuesday: Country Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Slow Cooker Beef Ribs, Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli

Friday: Tilapia Parmesan, Yellow Rice and Green Beans

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Rookie Cook Tip:

Ah, cheese. Glorious, wonderful, delicious cheese. How miserable life would be without thee.

Since cheese is one of my favorite foods, it only makes sense that I use it in a lot of dishes. Although I often buy shredded cheese, I’ll occasionally buy it  in block form if it makes economic sense.

When cooking with cheese, your recipe will almost always require it be shredded. So, here’s what you do to make grating cheese a cinch. Place it in the freezer an hour before grating. The cheese will then be hard enough to shred without crumbling to pieces.

It’s that easy.

Oh yeah. I almost forgot. Happy Halloween!

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

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@thefrugaltoad November 9, 2011 at 8:35 AM

When is dinner being served? :) The tilapia sounds delicious! We have tilapia often and the price is right also

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Shawanda November 11, 2011 at 7:02 AM

I have to admit, Tilapia isn't my favorite fish but it's reasonably priced so I buy it with relative frequency.

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