but I wanted to share our menu plan for February with you.
Last month, I talked about how I plan out the menu and make my grocery list so if you're curious how I do that, go here to find out. :)
We almost never eat out because the best way to save money on food is to grocery shop and eat at home! It also helps control what you are eating because you know exactly what goes into the food. We try to eat mostly unprocessed food- ie: food not from a box, but whole grains, fruits and veggies. I make our bread, granola and any sweets that we decide to indulge in. If you have to bake the treats first, it cuts down on the amount you eat! ;)
We buy free range eggs, organic grass fed beef, organic milk and as many organic fruits and veggies as we can afford and we're hoping to grow some food this year as well. Eventually we'd like to get chickens so we can have fresh eggs and pastured poultry for meat, but that may be a few years down the line.
Back to the menu. I got off an a side trail! :)
This month, we are having a lot of soups since it's been cold. I love soup! It stretches forever, feeds lots of people, makes great leftovers/second meals and freezes well.
We also have a few "portable" meals to go in the car with us when we're on the way to the chiropractor. (Our whole family gets adjusted twice a week.)
I'm going to post dinner recipes only, because otherwise this would be a really long post!
Without further ado,
February Menu for the Swans:
~Crockpot French Dip & Swiss Sandwiches with AuJus
This is from Maggie of Smashed Peas and Carrots and it is delicious!
~Roast with Root Veggies, Gravy and Crusty French Bread Rolls
~Chicken Enchiladas, Rice and Beans
~Minestrone Soup and Green Salad
~Jamaican Black Bean Pot
~Ranch Chicken Chili
~Turkey Stew (using turkey frozen from Thanksgiving)
~Grilled Moroccan Chicken and Rice & Moroccan Carrot Soup
~Cow Meat Chili (actually with venison instead of beef, because Costco was out of organic beef when we went.)
~Chicken Salad Rolls with fruit or veggies
~Cuban Black Beans and Rice
~Tacos, Chips and Salsa
~Breakfast for Dinner
~Chili, Bean and Rice Stuffed Peppers
~Mashed Potato Soup
For lunch the kids and I usually eat leftovers or fruit and sandwiches, or hot dogs and fruit. Tim eats pizza or a sandwich at work.
For snacks we munch on popcorn made on the stove top (I'll post a quick how-to tomorrow),apples and peanut butter, chips and salsa, fruit, carrot sticks and ranch and whatever else needs to be eaten up.
For breakfast we almost always have either steel cut oats with raisins, frozen organic blueberries, cinnamon and milk or homemade granola. Occasionally we also eat bacon along with that. (Bacon is one of Eliana's favorite foods, she always gets so excited when we eat it for breakfast! It's also one of my favorites.)
That's our menu for this month!
I usually end up making quite a few extra meals out of leftovers and sometimes we just feel like eating granola for dinner instead of cooking. (like tonight.)
I said we hardly ever eat out and that's mostly true, with a few exceptions. ;)
We had Papa John's pizza for dinner a couple of nights ago because we won a free pizza from "the big game" coin toss. (Score!)
And since it's Valentines day, today hubby and I went out to lunch at a local Mexican restaurant after dropping the kids off at a friend's. (Thanks, Heather!) The restaurant was SO. GOOD.
We also fed the kids lunch at Sonic. (so we don't ALWAYS eat healthily.. just mostly.)
Lastly, since tomorrow hubby has the day off, we're taking the kids to the children's museum and then to Chick-Fil-A for lunch.
So that's more than we usually eat out.
We aren't perfect, for sure.
Our thinking is, if we eat pretty healthily at home 95% of the time, it's okay to indulge every once in a while and eat food that isn't as good for us.
Do you plan your our your meals? Are there any tips you'd like to share? I'm always up for learning better methods! :)
Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day!