Nov 12 2007

$20.93 menu for the week of Nov. 12-16


This week’s menu has a few old standbys (tacos), some old favorites (breakfast casserole), and a brand-new item: split pea soup. Can you believe I’ve never had this soup? I have no idea how it will taste. This looks like a good recipe to try, though. I really hope we like it!

-Soft shell tacos, refried beans $4.31
-Chicken Parmesan, side salad $2.84
-Split pea soup $2.62
-Breakfast casserole, fruit salad $9.17
-Frozen pizza $1.99
Total dinners for the week: $20.93

Soft shell tacos, refried beans

  • 1 lb. ground beef $1.99
  • packet of taco seasoning $0.29
  • four tortilla shells $0.32
  • lettuce $0.20
  • shredded cheese $0.67
  • salsa $0.25
  • sour cream $0.10
  • refried beans (can) $0.49
  • Total: $4.31

Parmesan chicken with spaghetti and marinara

  • 2 (4 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves $2
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs (less than a penny)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese $0.15 ?
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (neg)
  • 1 egg $0.07
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine (neg)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (neg)
  • Half a box of spaghetti or less $0.30
  • Half a jar of marinara sauce $0.39
  • Total: $2.84

Split pea soup
Can you believe I’ve never had this soup? I have no idea how it will taste. This looks like a good recipe to try, though.

  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces $1.89 for the pack, but probably using 1/4 of that, so $0.47
  • 1 small onion, chopped $0.10
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced –don’t have it. oops
  • 1 large carrot, chopped $0.11
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced $0.15
  • 4 (10.5 ounce) cans chicken broth $1.56 (.39/can)
  • 1 1/2 cups green split peas $0.99 for the pack, which has 6.5 cups, so $0.23
  • 2 bay leaves (neg)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary-cop out on this one, I’m using dried. (neg)
  • Total: $2.62

Breakfast casserole, fruit salad
This is a family recipe that I’m going to modify. I hastyally wrote down a version, and it’s probably not the correct family one, but this is what I’m going to do. Duplicate at your own risk :)

  • Croutons (I will be toasting bread in the oven to make my own) $0.30
  • 1 pack sausage, cooked $1.49
  • 4 (or more) eggs (.89/doz. at Aldi this week! Yay!) $0.30
  • 2 1/4 cup milk $0.36
  • Cream of mushroom soup (can be cream of whatever, cuz why not?) $0.89 (cheaper if I bought it at Aldi)
  • 1 c shredded cheddar
  • 1 c shredded Monterey jack (I’m using shredded Co-Jack cheese instead of both, since that’s what I have) $2
  • Mustard (1 T? more/less if you want)
  • Optional: add diced mushrooms, peppers
  • Fruit salad: Can mandarin oranges, can pineapple, frozen berries: $3.83
  • Total: $9.17 (this entire meal will make lots of leftovers)
  1. Grease a 9″x13″ pan. Line the bottom with croutons or toasted bread pieces.
  2. Cover with crumbled cooked sausage.
  3. Whisk eggs and milk in a separate bowl. Add soup, cheese, and mustard.
  4. Pour into pan and bake, covered with aluminum foil for 50-55 minutes at 325 degrees.

Frozen pizza–yeah, I’m not making my own this week. Oh well. $1.99

Stop by Orgjunkie for more menus, and visit Clawing Our Way to Financial Health for even MORE meal plans!

For you new folks to my blog, welcome! This menu feeds myself and my husband. We eat cereal, oatmeal, fruit or waffles for breakfast. Lunches are leftovers from whenever, or a simple sandwich, applesauce, yogurt, veggies, whatever we have on hand.

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16 Responses to “$20.93 menu for the week of Nov. 12-16”

  1. Great menu and great price! I always wonder how people can afford to eat out so much :)!!

  2. impressive meal plan this week!! Wow, I love that you used a budget too!

  3. Sounds like a great week. I love split pea soup. I never get to make it though because my husband is picky and hates most veggies. :(

  4. Ooh, split pea soup is the best. I make it vegetarian, but add a little drop of soy sauce. Good stuff. :)


  5. Great food and a great price–what’s not to love? : )

  6. I love this! I really need to figure out how to make my meal budget like you do! Great post :)

  7. Great sounding menu! Have a good one!

  8. Your menu sounds great! My hubby won’t eat split pea soup, so I don’t get to make it. Sigh. Have a blessed week!

  9. Thank you so much for posting all this! I will try some of them!!

  10. Great menu!!
    Have a great week!!

  11. I’ve got to say (and some one did) that the split pea soup looks wonderful! I’ll have to borrow your recipe!


  12. Hey Kacie…Since you mentioned the breakfast is a family recipe and well, I’m family…I feel I have to let you know you are WAY off!! haha! :) Doesn’t sound like your version will be bad tho! And this way you can see I check out your blog from time to time….hope you’re doing well.

  13. lol, Hi Anon relative. Well, where’d I go wrong? Help me out!

    Hope you’re well too…(guessing you’re my fave cousin in Wisconsin).


  14. I don’t do the anon thing to hide who I am. Just too lazy to login/sign up for anything. The caserole is an overnight thing, the eggs have to sit with the crutons over night. You use the soup to mix with sourcream for the topping. There is worsh. sauce in there somewhere too. Let me know how yours turns out! Sounds much easier!! haha! :)

  15. Thanks for all the tips and inspiration!! I wrote about your site over on mine today.

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