Oh menu planning, why are you so hard? All I’m asking for is perfection- tasty, healthy and cheap. Oh and easy would be good too.  With those entirely reasonable parameters in mind, here is this week’s effort:

Fall Menu Week 1  B-fast Lunch Dinner
Monday Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Vegetarian Ruebens Vegetarian Chili & cornbread
Tuesday pumpkin muffins Greek Salad Taco night!
Wednesday Pumpkin Pie Smoothies Chef Salad Oven Baked Chicken fingers
Thursday fake bacon & mini bagel taco salad Spaghetti
Friday cereal with fruit &  milk Chicken Gyro Pizza leftovers
Saturday bagel pizza Lentil Soup Beer Can chicken
Sunday Mexican Eggs Benedict Pb& J North African Meatballs

 

Fall Menu Week 1 price where it is
Apple Juice 6 sparkpeople
quinoa 4.5
onion 2.99 300 calorie meals
rye bread 2.99 p.165
bell pepper strips 1
sauerkraut 0.79
swiss cheese 2.39
veggie chili 2.39
apples 6 $5 -Breakfast
sugar 4 p.289
milk 6
canned pumpkin 1.5
chocolate chips 3
2 cans white beans 1.6 300 calorie meals
9 oz tuna 2 p.175
feta cheese 4
spinach or greens 6
olives 1.5
taco kit 3
refried beans 0.89
ground meat 5.99
bananas 1.5 $5-Breakfast
vanilla 1.5 p.276
plain yogurt 0.79
cheap milk 3.5
1/4 c dry peanuts 3 400 cal.fix
1 lb. chicken 6 p.286
sweet potatoes 2.83
shredded cheddar 2
jalapenos 1.23
mini bagels 2.5
tomatoes 3
turkey 2.89
spaghetti 2
marinara 1.25
1 lb. chicken 6 300 calorie meals
olives 1.5 p.183
mozzerella 2.39
cucumber 0.59
whole chicken 4.59
lentils 0.89
boullion 1.59
avocado 1.29 400 calorie cookbook
cilantro 0.89 p.38
light english muffins 2.5
peanut butter 4
bread 2.5
1 lb ground meat 5.39 400 calorie fix
garlic 0.49 p.305
28 oz crushed tomatoes 1.4
brown rice 0.89
chocolate milk 12
soda 3
wine 11
beer 8
toilet paper 7
paper towels 2

So those of you keeping score can see that this weeks menu is not cheap, at least I don’t think $189 is cheap. Plus, we tax food. So, $200. EEK!  I’ll have to do better next week.