A Money Saving Weekly Menu Tip
I was thinking about menu planning after Cathy’s post yesterday and just wanted to share a little tip I use. When you’re planning your menu, plan for a few different meals that will use the same fresh ingredients to prevent them from going bad.
Here’s an example of a weekly menu that would use the same ingredients a few times:
Tuesday: Chicken Salad (the garden salad plus chicken kind, not the mayo on a croissant kind)
Wednesday: Homemade Pizza
Thursday: French Bread Sandwiches
Friday: Chicken Enchiladas
For tacos, chicken salad, and french bread sandwiches, I will be using lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.
For chicken salad and chicken enchiladas, I will be using diced chicken, so I will cook enough for 2 meals at the same time so as not to have to do it twice. I will also use tortillas for both of these meals.
The pizza is in there to add some variety, but I could also use the French bread for sandwiches to make garlic bread to eat on pizza night.
One last thought: if I do have leftovers that don’t look like are going to be eaten before they go bad, I just throw them in the freezer and use them for lunch another day. You couldn’t freeze lettuce, but taco meat, cooked pizza, and diced chicken could all go in there!