Menu Plan Money ~ Jan 30, 2012 – “Foodie Financial Challenge” Edition

by Shawanda Greene

Menu Plan Monday[Read this section first. :) Then, check out the giveaway mentioned below.]

Of all the line items in my budget, food is the one that causes me the most trouble. Lately, my home cooked meals have been pretty delicious. But that truth doesn’t erase my cravings for familiar dishes at my favorite restaurants.

To help me stay on track this week, I’m challenging myself to a fast that involves eating two types of meals: 1) Home cooked 2) Restaurant cooked and paid for by someone else. Note that discounted alcoholic beverages consumed during happy hour are not meals. Therefore, I make no commitment to sacrifice them for my weekly challenge.

Additionally, I started the challenge on Sunday. I’d like you to join me, but I wanted to let you know I’ve already gotten a head start. This was necessary. You see, I plan on watching the Super Bowl at what might be the best restaurant in all of D.C.

I’m almost too embarrassed to admit this, but there have been mumblings about an all-you-can-eat buffet at this place. And I fully intend on shutting it down. By the time Super Bowl Sunday rolls around, I’ll be ready to gorge myself. (Gorging one’s self  is culturally acceptable on holidays, and for Americans, February 5th, 2012 qualifies as one.)

Menu Plan for the Week of January 30, 2012

This week, the menu plan is simple.

Monday: White Bean Chicken Chili (leftover from last week)

Tuesday: Pork Chops, Zucchini & Squash with Yellow Rice

Wednesday/Thursday: Beef Chili (made using McCormick’s Original Chili Seasoning Mix)

Friday: Slow Cooked Ribs, Cheesy Ramen Noodles and Broccoli

Saturday: Fried Catfish and French Fries

Super Bowl Sunday: All hail the buffet!!!

Giveaway! (Super Easy to Enter)

If you haven’t already done so, please enter my $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. I don’t think I could’ve made entering the contest any easier. All you have to do is “like” the You Have More Than You Think Facebook fan page. In order for your entry to count, use the form included in the article linked to above.

Hurry!!! No entries will be accepted after Tuesday, January 31st at 11:59 PM EST.

Rookie Cook Tip – How to Bring Cold Butter to Room Temperature Quickly

You’re probably aware that certain recipes call for room temperature butter. Unfortunately, when the mood for a cooked-from-scratch sour cream pound cake strikes, you don’t want to wait an hours or so for butter to soften. Using the microwave to get the job done could lead to overheating your butter and compromising the integrity of your recipe.

The simplest way to bring cold butter to room temperature is to slice it in small squares, about a 1/4 of an inch thick or smaller.

You can also try another great method to soften butter quickly that I found over at Simply Recipes. Place the desired amount of butter between two sheets of wax paper, and flatten it with a rolling pin. That’s it! PURE genius, I tell ya!

For more menu plans, check out Menu Plan Monday at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

espnnews January 30, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Tuesday sounds mmm mmm good!


Shawanda January 31, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Yeah it does. Guess I'd better start digging thru my freezer to find those pork chops, huh?


watsoninc January 30, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Okay, I'm with you too. Food is definitely a tough one to get control of. I love food and will splurge at restaurants occasionally. We've never been the kind of people who go to restaurants all the time though, so in some ways that gives me a little bit of an advantage with respect to managing some of those cravings. Still, after reading this post, I'm hungry now :)


Shawanda January 31, 2012 at 6:37 AM

I just went back and read my post and began thinking about all the work I have cut out for me the rest of the week. The prep time on my meals aren't that long, but still, I have to do the work to cook them. It's so much easier to just eat McDonald's. But I won't.


youngandthrifty February 1, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Mmm that looks like a good menu for the week! :)

Awe man I'm too late for your giveaway- shy of 30 minutes :( Oh well, next time! :)


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