Friday night (after eating out) it was time to go get groceries, but I had not made my monthly menu let alone a grocery list. So I did something I had never done before. Lillie and I went to the store and just bought what we buy as staples. Things like cheddar cheese, Colby jack cheese, Monterrey jack cheese, feta cheese (can you tell we love cheese?), sour cream, yogurt, tortillas, fresh fruits and veggies, some canned and frozen fruits and veggies, apple sauce (Alexander's favorite!), and butter.
With the meats we buy locally (beef and chicken) and the fish we buy each year at Publix when it is on sale, and the pork butts we have in the freezer, I figured we would have plenty to come up with some meals. So I sat down on Sunday and wrote out suppers. Breakfasts and lunches are still a make do, but the girls have been a big help with those since I am still a bit tired. I will have to make bread and buns throughout the month, but that is typical. So here is what we have planned.
- Corn and cheese chowder
- Pork sandwiches
- chicken fajitas
oven fried chicken
- pantry pasta
whole roasted chicken
- crispy southwest tostadas (I make these flat instead of as a wrap.)
- salmon patties
- shrimp quesadillas
- ribs and grits
- chicken and dumplings
Since one week has passed my menu is a lot shorter. Most meals are served with two veggies or potatoes and a veggie. If I am too tired then it's just what is listed. For example, Italian wonderpot has tomatoes and spinach so I called it good!
March seems to always catch me by surprise. We have something going on almost every single day this month which is so contrary to what I want around here. Add the beautiful spring-like weather (honestly it's been like summer!) and I am hard pressed to want to cook. But the budget calls for it, not to mention our health. Hopefully we will end up better than we started!