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8.24.2008

Menu Plan Monday - August 25th


I picked up WAY too many hours at work this week. Usually I'm scheduled for 32 hours but when there is extra time available I'm pretty quick to jump on it. Especially with recent financial challenges, saying "no" has been really difficult...but somehow I booked myself for 14 hours of overtime between Sunday and Saturday. Yeah, I'm a glutton for punishment.
I tried to plan meals that would be easy to make, I'm not going to be up for grand preparations and there are two days where I won't be home until well after supper and bedtimes. There weren't any fantastic meat sales this week so I relied heavily on what we already have on hand...thank goodness for the stockpile in my freezer downstairs!!!
I indulged hubby on one night when he's going to be responsible for dinner, he REALLY wanted a mac and cheese and franks night. He helps out so much when I work a lot, how could I say no :)
So here's where we stand for the week, costs per meal included...
Monday: Baked Ziti and garlic biscuits (originally this past Sunday's meal, but we got invited to a
BBQ!) ($5.50)
Tuesday: Beef and Broccoli with rice - I might add water chestnuts this time! ($5.70)
Wednesday: BBQ Chicken quesadillas (recipe below), corn on the cob ($5.45)
Thursday: English Muffin Pizzas, fruit salad ($4.00)
Saturday: Hubby indulgence day - Mac and Cheese with Turkey dogs, mixed veggies ($2.20)
Sunday: Thai Chicken with couscous ($4.90)


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BBQ Chicken Quesadillas
I adapted this recipe from this quesadilla recipe at Allrecipes.com based on what I had on hand and the Lloyd's BBQ chicken I had picked up last week.
Ingredients:
1 container Lloyds BBQ chicken
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, sliced into strips
2 med tomatoes, diced
6 ten inch tortillas
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream


DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large skillet, heat the onions and tomatoes in the vegetable oil (stirring constantly) until onions are translucent. Add BBQ chicken, cook until heated through.
Place the tortillas between two damp paper towels and microwave on high for 1 minute.
Fill half of 1 tortilla with the chicken mixture and cheese, then fold the tortilla over the full half. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Arrange the quesadillas on a cookie sheet.
Bake the quesadillas in the preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven until the cheese has melted. Cut the quesadillas into fours. Serve with sour cream.
Appx cost:
BBQ chicken: $2.00
Onion: $0.20
Tomatoes: $0.55
Tortillas: $0.75
Cheese: $0.95
Sour cream: $0.50
Grand Total: $4.95

5 comments:

Alaina said...

Thanks for all the breakdowns!

Sandra said...

Thanks for sharing :)

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Amy T said...

I like the cost breakdowns for each meal - I'm not quite there yet, but having a database of those would sure help with planning for leaner financial weeks. And it's nice that your hubby's indulgence is an inexpensive one!

Have a great week!

Crystal said...

Your menu looks great! I love how you add your cost in with the meal. Good idea!

$5 Dinner Mom said...

Hi! Looks like we'll be fast friends! Great meal plan inspite of your busy week! Way to know your limitations!
-Erin