Menu Plan Monday: The Expensive Edition

I decided, at first, to put all the calculations for our meals this week into the list. I started doing that and realized it took up a lot of space for not so much excitement, so I will just say that our food costs for each day, for two adults, are darn close to $10 this week. So $70 for the whole week, which is probably more than I think we usually budget. I’m kind of excited about a lot of the meals, though. Please ignore the numbers hiding in (), as they are calculated values for a Certain Diet Program, Not To Be Named.


  • Breakfast: Cereal (using up the remainder of the milk before we go shopping). (6)

  • Lunch: Wendy’s (technically we should pack a lunch, but I know I won’t do it). (12)

  • Dinner: Grilled flat iron steak, sauteed onions; baked potatoes with horseradish and low fat sour cream. (9)

  • Snacks: Cheese and crackers (5); sugar free pudding and fruit. (4)

  • Leftovers: Hardboil eggs; combine with leftover baked potatoes to make potato salad. Save any leftover steak to eat as a snack on Monday. Marinate and grill chicken for other dinners this week.


  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with honey; fruit. (6.5)

  • Lunch: Tuna MacCasserole (see “recipe” below); salad. (12)

  • Dinner: Grilled chicken legs with Thai dipping sauce; jasmine rice; sauteed vegetables. (9)

  • Snacks: Peanut butter and celery (4.5); sugar free pudding and fruit (4).

  • Leftovers: Save leftover rice, vegetables, and chicken for fried rice.


  • Breakfast: Yogurt; fruit; hardboiled egg.(5)

  • Lunch: DiGiorno Flatbread Melts (I don’t expect much from these, but we’re going to try them using a coupon); potato salad with egg. (12)

  • Dinner: “Thai” chicken fried rice; salad.(10)

  • Snacks: Hummus and vegetables; fruit; pudding. (7)

  • Leftovers: None, hopefully!


  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with honey; fruit.

  • Lunch: Leftover fried rice; salad.

  • Dinner: Fish tacos (using corn tortillas, not nasty flour ones); guacamole; rice.

  • Snacks: Fruit and pudding (I really like fruit and pudding); PB and celery.

  • Leftovers: Make a double batch of rice and use leftovers for “Spanish rice” tomorrow.


  • Breakfast: Yogurt and fruit.

  • Lunch:It is a mystery. Thursday is payday, so perhaps something exciting! Like… Subway. Or, crab cakes (made at home).

  • Dinner: Chili-roasted pork; guacamole; rice; corn tortillas.


  • Breakfast: Oatmeal and fruit.

  • Lunch: Chili-roasted pork burritos a la Chiptole (with rice and other accoutrements)

  • Dinner: Shrimp with angel hair pasta and garlic; salad.


  • Breakfast: Yogurt and fruit.

  • Lunch: Leftover pasta.

  • Dinner: Something outdoors on the grill, if the weather is nice enough. If not, chicken marsala with mashed potatoes and baby carrots.

The recipe below is perilously difficult and should only be attempted by experienced chefs.

Tuna MacCasserole

  • 1 box of macaroni and cheese mix (e.g. Kraft Dinner), prepared according to directions
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can of tuna packed in water
  • seasoning salt

Sautee the chopped onion in some butter. Ideally, do this while the mac and cheese is being prepared, for optimal time savings. You want it nice and caramelized and translucent. Mix the onion into the mac and cheese, then top with tuna and seasoning salt. Eat, with a spoon. Enjoy!


4 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday: The Expensive Edition

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  3. I’ve had your blog bookmarked forever, but I’ve been months behind on my blog reading, so I’ve missed a lot and haven’t commented. However, someone just introduced me to Google Reader, so I’ve started following more closely. And I just wanted to say that this meal plan is making me drool. I desperately want some homemade potato salad now, LOL.

    And I know I’ve said this at TWWS, but I’m so sorry about the fertility stuff. I just want to send you hugs and good tea. And chocolate. Definitely chocolate.


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