What’s for Dinner? Week of October 27, 2013


Has anyone started a one day weekend project that has turned into a two week extravaganza?  That is what happened this week.  We decided we wanted to stain our deck with this great product called ReStore.  My husband took the white vinyl railings down so they would not get in the way, and what do you know, we like the deck better without the railing.  So instead of simply painting the deck so there would be no more splinters, my husband has built two steps down 3/4 of the way around the deck into our pool area.  Don’t get me wrong, it looks fabulous, but obviously it involves way more time and money than we were originally budgeting.  So this week for dinner, I tried to plan a menu around meals that would not be terribly expensive and also that could be reused in other dinners.

Hence, the menu for the week.  We start off with some Philadelphia-style roast pork sandwiches which is then reused in a pasta dish later in the week.   The beef tips is a cozy comfort meal that also had plenty of leftovers to be used for leftover night of even lunch the following days.  The baked chicken has only 3 main ingredients besides the chicken (2 of which I already had in the pantry) served with a pasta/vegetable side dish combination that is easy and budget friendly.   I had tortellini in the freezer and used it up with some of the leftover roast pork from the sandwiches earlier in the week.  So, as you can see, planning a delicious menu that is budget friendly is totally doable.

I think one of the hardest things about planning a weekly dinner menu is coming up with ideas.  Sometimes you just feel like you have had everything and can’t think of anything new or sometimes you just can’t think of anything.  Planning around a grocery store circular can be of assistance.  Not only will you be planning a menu based on sale items and marked down groceries to save you money, but seeing the foods will give ideas on things you can make.  Also, whenever I think of something that I am craving or might want one night, I write it down.  Even if it is just a text message to myself or added to a list in my Notes app.  This way, when it comes time to plan my menu at the beginning of the week, I have a stash of ideas to turn to.  Hopefully this blog is helping you, at the very least, come up with ideas on what to make for dinner so you don’t have to deal with that dreaded question from kids and spouses night after night.


MondayRoast Pork and Broccoli Rabe Sandwiches

TuesdayBeef Tips with Mashed Potatoes | Roasted Asparagus

WednesdayParmesan Italian Baked Chicken | Broccoli Cheddar Orzo

ThursdayTortellini with Roast Pork and Spinach Pesto



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