If you are frustrated trying to decide what to have for dinner every night let me help. On Friday, a shopping list for the next weeks meals is posted. Visit http://www.CarriesCooking.com/ each day and your dinner frustrations will be over. I hope you join me for this free, time and money saving guide.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Menu and Grocery List April 20 - 26



Brown Rice

Egg Noodles
Steamed Carrots

Sour Cream

Pizza (Try frozen, order out or check out one of these recipes here.)

Mashed Potatoes

Free Day

First, I want to explain what I have called the 'free day'. I have used other meal planning services and found that there was always one day that my family would eat out. The free day is the opportunity for you to either eat out, catch up to my meals, if you are behind, or make something that you or your family loves.

Second, a great suggestion was made to have one meal a week that is freezer friendly. (Thanks Andrea, from MommySnacks) You can either make the meal and eat it, make it and freeze it, or double the recipe and do both. If you have the space, it is great having a few premade meals in the freezer. Just put the meal together, don't cook it, and freeze it. Then when it is time to eat it, defrost and follow the cooking instructions.  (I forgot to add one of these into the menu this week.  Check out next week for a freezer friendly meal.)

Grocery List

Basic Cooking Ingredients
2 teaspoons vegetable oil (Mexican Lasagna)
4 tablespoons Olive Oil (Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion Sauce)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (Ramen Stir Fry)
2 cups water (Ramen Stir Fry)
Canned Goods
1 can (15 oz) black beans rinsed (Mexican Lasagna)
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with chiles (Mexican Lasagna)
Condiments and Salad Dressings
3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion Sauce)
Dairy, Eggs, and Milk
1 1/4 cups cheddar shredded (Mexican Lasagna)
2 tablespoons butter (Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion Sauce)
Sour Cream (Suggested Topping)
Ethnic Foods
5 flour tortillas 8 inch (Mexican Lasagna)
1 can (10 oz) mild enchilada sauce (Mexican Lasagna)
1 package taco seasoning (Mexican Lasagna)
1/4 cup soy sauce (Ramen Stir Fry)
Salsa (Suggested Topping)
Frozen Foods
1 can (11 oz) corn drained, whole kernel (Mexican Lasagna)
Frozen Pizza (Pizza)
1 bag (16 oz) Stir fry vegetables defrosted if frozen (Ramen Stir Fry)
Breadsticks (Suggested Side)
Broccoli (Suggested Side)
Peas (Suggested Side)
Herbs and Spices
1 teaspoon thyme (Cranberry Thyme Chicken)
to taste pepper (Cranberry Thyme Chicken)
2 tablespoons parsley (Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion Sauce)
to taste pepper (Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion Sauce)
to taste salt (Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion Sauce)
2 teaspoons thyme (Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion Sauce)
1/2 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice (Ramen Stir Fry)
Meats, Fish, and Seafood
4 chicken breasts boneless and skinless (Cranberry Thyme Chicken)
1 1/2 pounds beef round steak cut into 1 inch pieces (Easy Beef Burgundy)
1 pound ground beef (Mexican Lasagna)
4 pork chops bone in loin (Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion Sauce)
1 pound chicken breast boneless, skinless, cut into thin strips (Ramen Stir Fry)
Pasta, Rice, and Beans
Egg Noodles (Suggested side)
Rice (Suggested Side)
1/2 cup cranberries dried (Cranberry Thyme Chicken)
1 small onion chopped (Easy Beef Burgundy)
1 can (4 ounces) mushrooms drained, sliced (Easy Beef Burgundy)
3 cloves garlic minced (Easy Beef Burgundy)
1 1/2 cups onion chopped (Mexican Lasagna)
2 cloves garlic large, chopped (Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion Sauce)
1 large onion chopped (Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion Sauce)
Green Salad (Suggested Side)
Potatoes (Suggested Side)
Carrots (Suggested Side)
1 cup chicken broth (Cranberry Thyme Chicken)
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of mushroom soup undiluted (Easy Beef Burgundy)
1 cup beef broth (Easy Beef Burgundy)
1 package (1 ounce) dry onion soup mix (Easy Beef Burgundy)
1 cup Chicken Broth (Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion Sauce)
1 package (3 oz) ramen soup any flavor (Ramen Stir Fry)

Be sure to check your refrigerator and pantry for any of these items that you already have. Also, don't forget to add items for breakfast, lunch and every day items. Going grocery shopping is much easier if you have a list of everything you need. Check out the Master Grocery List to make sure you aren't missing anything.

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