Sunday, May 20

Weekly Menu Part 1

Organizing your weekly grocery shopping and planning a menu will help your week run considerably smoother. Knowing exactly what is needed also causes you to spend less at the grocers.

First, take inventory of your pantry. Whether it is limited to one shelf, or an entire room, see what you have at hand. Do you have all the basic spices on hand? A few weeks ago I ran out of garlic powder. While the real stuff works great, it is nice to have the powder on hand, so I'll be buying some this week. Some of the canned basics for our family that I always like to have available in the pantry include diced tomatoes, canned corn and green beans, black beans, pinto beans, chick peas, peaches, pineapple, chipotle in adobo sauce, peanut butter and jam. I buy organic whenever possible. It is worth the extra dollar.

We have a local food coop that we buy our spices from at a great price. The basics that I keep close by are: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, garlic, onion, black peppercorns, salt, coriander, and chili pwdr. The ones that aren't used as often are stored in a cool dark place.

Making breakfast saves our family a lot of money. Our children like to eat a big breakfast. While I'm not a big fan of cold cereal, it is kept around for in a pinch. I keep all the necessities on hand for muffins, pancakes, cream of wheat, and oatmeal. Eggs can also be prepared many ways. I cannot wait until our chickens begin laying and I no longer need to buy eggs!

Our freezer is kept full of meat, frozen veggies, fruit and currently lots of Hagan Daz.

As for dry ingredients, I keep stocked whole wheat flour, cream of wheat, unbleached white flour, sugar, oats, cornmeal, brown rice flour, buckwheat, brown sugar, baking soda and baking powder, brown rice, raisins, dried cranberries, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and most importantly good quality chocolate chips.

Stock up slowly, buying a few extra cans or packages when you find a really good sale or have a chance to double your coupons. Have a favorite brand? Check the companies website. Most offer free coupons or will send some if you email and request some.

1 comment:

Aubreygirl said...

I look forward to part 2! I have a question while I wait...Do you make your own bread? I would love to have some recipes too. :-) Thanks for all of your information!

Aubrey Franzone