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Weekly Menu # 2

28 Sep

This is the 2nd of what I hope to be a series of weekly menus and shopping lists.  Each week I will include at least 1 or 2 “quick and easy” recipes in my menu that I can throw in the crockpot or on the stove quickly for hectic nights. This shopping list was designed to meet the following needs:

  • 6 nights of Kid friendly recipes
  • 2+ nights of quick and easy meals
  • Ingredients that can be used in more than 1 dish
  • Budget and calorie friendly (600 calories or less per dinner)


The Menu:

Bean Soup and corn bread (quick and easy) (1 ½ cups of soup and 1 jiffy cornbread muffin= 418 calories)

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders with Hungry Girl Onion rings (393 calories)

Penne Chicken Florentine and Stuffed Mushrooms (524 calories with 3 mushrooms)

Parmesan Tilapia with broccoli and Rice* (quick and easy) (340 Calories)

Unstuffed Peppers and simple salad (418 calories)

Roasted Red Pepper and Swiss stuffed chicken breast* with roasted potatoes and turnip greens (560 calories)


*I’m putting chicken bouillon cubes on your grocery list. When you cook your rice to go with your Tilapia, throw that in there. The extra calories are negligible but it enhances the flavor a ton. For the Broccoli, you’re just going to steam it and add a little spray butter and salt. I don’t have a recipe for steamed broccoli. Calories include 1 cup steamed broccoli, and 160 calories worth of Rice.

*For the Roasted Red Pepper and Swiss Stuffed chicken, You’re going to use the laughing cow garlic and herb instead of regular swiss that’s in the recipe. I’m doing this because the stuffed mushrooms also call for laughing cow, and this way you won’t have to buy 2 different types of laughing cow (it’s too expensive for all that, and combining these 2 recipes uses up a full container).


The List:


Onion 3 (at least one large onion)

Onion- Red- 1



1 lemon (or lemon juice)

12 large mushrooms


1 cucumber

1 tomato

2 bunches of turnip greens



1 country ham hock

6 oz of country ham pieces for seasoning (chunks, not slices. an 8 oz ham hock could also work)

1 lb of chicken tenderloins (or breast meat, sliced into tenders)

12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast

4 (5 oz) chicken breasts, boneless, skinless

Tilapia filets (fresh or frozen, 3-4 oz each)

1 lb lean ground beef


Center Aisles:

Olive Oil

Chicken stock (26 oz)

Chicken broth (1 can)

Minced garlic (sometimes found in produce)

Dry navy beans or great northern beans (1 lb)

Jiffy Cornbread mix – 1 box

All purpose flour, or seasoned flour if available

Panko bread crumbs

Fiber One Cereal

Ronzoni smart taste penne (1 box)

Brown Instant Rice

Diced tomatoes (1 can)

Tomato sauce (15 oz)

Worcestershire sauce

Chicken bullion cubes

Balsamic vinegar

Roasted Red Peppers

Fat free mayo





Low fat ricotta cheese (8 oz)

Grated parmesan cheese

Powdery parmesan cheese (optional)

Laughing cow cheese wedges- garlic and herb

Shredded cheddar



Frozen spinach

Mixed peppers



Bay leaves





Onion powder

Garlic powder



Crushed red pepper

Italian herbs

Weekly Menu #1

2 Sep

Hey Guys! We are going to try something new today, if that’s alright with you guys. A lot of folks ask me how I manage to organize my shopping list, get everything done, and cook for my family, with everything going on.   Well, we have a busy life, but I try my best to be super organized whenever possible. This means that on Saturday morning, I pick out all the recipes I’ll be making for dinner every day that week, and then I make a grocery list based on what I need for those recipes. I add any normal household things we need (eggs, milk, bread, laundry detergent, etc) to the list, fruit, a few snack items for the kids, and whatever my husband wants for lunch. At the end of my prep work, I head to the store. If it’s not on the list, it doesn’t go in the cart. Preparing ahead helps me avoid impulse buys on things that we don’t need, or are not healthy. It also helps me save a ton of money.

So, in the spirit of helping other busy moms I’ve put together the following menu, and shopping list. It includes dinner for 6 nights, and the shopping list for all that cooking! Just add any non-dinner items you need, and head out to the grocery store. Let me know if you guys like this, and I will see if we can make this sort of thing a regular occurrence on the blog. So, here we go. Happy shopping. Happy cooking. Happy eating.

Each week I include at least 1 or 2 “quick and easy” recipes in my menu that I can throw in the crockpot or on the stove quickly for hectic nights. This shopping list was designed to meet the following needs:

  • 6 nights of Kid friendly recipes
  • 2+ nights of quick and easy meals
  • 1-2 super low calorie dinners (in case i have a business lunch or bigger breakfast)
  • Budget and calorie friendly (600 calories or less per dinner)

So, here goes.

The Menu:

*Note: I don’t have a recipe listed for grilled cheese. I use 35 cal bread, spray butter, and 1 slice of velveeta singles= 120 calories


The List:


Onion 4 yellow or white

Onion 1 small red

Minced Garlic

Cabbage (1 head)

Carrots (2 large)

Baby Carrots (1 bag)

Corn on the Cob (1 per person)


1 large Russet potato

6 Red new Potatoes (somewhere between golf ball and plum size)

6 Red new potatoes (about tennis ball size)

Romaine lettuce

1 tomato

1 cucumber

1 head of cauliflower

1 lemon, or bottled lemon juice



Boneless, skinless chicken breast (12 oz)

Sirloin Steak (7 oz per person)

1 lb of stew meat

1 package (13 oz) turkey smoked sausage or kielbasa

4 oz fish filets (1 per person)  (fresh or frozen)


Center Aisles:

35 calorie bread

1 packet of Pioneer pepper gravy or country gravy mix

Chicken Stock (2 cans)

Veg all original mixed veggies (large can)

98% fat free cream of chicken soup (1 can)

98% fat free cream of mushroom soup (1 can)

Olive Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar

Hot Sauce

Corn Starch

1 packet McCormick beef stew seasoning

White or brown Rice, or other grain (to serve with beef stew. Optional)

Banana peppers (1 jar)

Balsamic vinegar

Flour (Seasoned flour if you can find it)

Panko bread crumbs

Fat free miracle whip

Sweet pickle relish

Dijon mustard

Horseradish (minced, this comes in a jar, sometimes in produce with garlic)



Pillsbury reduced fat crescent rolls (1 can)

Low calorie spray butter

Light butter (50 cal per tbsp.)

1% milk

Parmesan cheese

Velveeta singles



Potatoes O’brien (1 bag)



Garlic Powder


Black Pepper



Sea Salt (optional)

Bay leaves

Creole or Cajun seasoning (I use zatarains)

Italian herbs (AKA: Italian seasoning)

Cayenne pepper


Ziplock steamer bags