Is anyone out there? My apologies for once again falling off the blogging wagon, and only posting meal plans these last few weeks. I am still feeling awful and so very tired from growing this baby, so coming up with creative new posts just isn’t at the top of my list! But meal plans are always done each week, so those are easy to share with you!
Here is what we are eating this week:
Monday – baked chicken drum sticks with mashed potatoes and salad
Tuesday – It’s Pancake Tuesday so we’re having whole wheat pancakes, bacon, and fruit smoothies for dinner
Wednesday – spinach ravioli and tomato sauce with garden salad (Ash Wednesday means a lighter meat free meal)
Thursday – cheesy macaroni with beef and garden salad
Friday – baked fish and rice with roasted carrots and peppers
I hope you managed to get your meals all planned out! As always, I am linking up with Org Junkie.
If you follow me on twitter, you may have heard about my low iron. Last week I got the results from some blood work at my midwife appointment, and my iron supple is very very low. I have never had iron issues in previous pregnancies, so this came as a bit of a shock! So now I am on iron supplements and increasing my iron in my diet as well, since natural sources or iron are more easily absorbed. We do eat a pretty healthy diet in our family, fairly well balanced too, but for those first two months of my pregnancy, all I ate were plain bland carbs, and that clearly has had an impact. They say that your baby will almost always be fine, as it will just take what it needs from you, but that will than leave you with a depleted supply….and for me, it’s in the iron department. And thankfully, the baby is fine! We heard the nice strong heart beat at that appointment as well!
So over the weekend I did some food prep and shopping for iron rich foods. I cashed in some of our PC points, and managed to pick up $50 worth of groceries for less than $2! Now that’s eating frugal! I made kale chips (super yummy, but I burned them so they were a little bitter), Chex Mix with added Cheerios, almonds and pumpkin seeds (cereals are all fortified with iron, but you have to eat them dry since milk can prevent your body from absorbing the iron, so instead of eating handfuls of dry cereal, I made Chex Mix!). I also bought a bag of dried black beans and cooked them up. It was easy, a super frugal option, and saves my baby from being exposed to the BPA in the canned beans. I also have plans for some spicy chick peas, and oatmeal cookies too. This is all of course in addition to increasing the amount of meat I eat on a daily basis as well.
So here is our dinner menu for the week:
Monday – mince and totties (didn’t end up eating this last week)
Tuesday – Spaghetti
Thursday – pizza and salad
Friday – black bean and monterey jack quesadillas (followed by my hubby and I heading into the city for the Lady Antebellum concert!)
As always, I am linking up over at Org Junkie, stop by for a great selection of recipes and organizing tips!
Well, since yesterday was a Holiday here in Ontario (Family Day!) I didn’t post our meal plan for the week. So here is what we are eating this week:
Tuesday – hot dogs and garden salad
Wednesday – chicken and dumplings over mashed potatoes
Thursday – mince and totties (minced beef in gravy, with mashed potatoes and peas; it’s a Scottish dish from my childhood)
Friday – lemon baked sole with rice and turnip
If you follow me on twitter, you may have heard about my cravings for mashed potatoes…twice in one week should help!
As always, I’m linking up over at Org Junkie.
Even though my hubby and I don’t celebrate this day, I thought I would still share some great ideas for keeping the cost down on a day when the markup can be so high.
This year I am excited to do up Valentine’s for my son to take so school. I have been pinning ideas like crazy, and debating between cards, cards with treats, or cards with snacks…I finally decided on super hero lollipops that read “You’re a SUPER friend” on the little paper cape with him writing his name on them too.
And I think that’s the trick to saving the most money; a little DIY action!
Make dinner – spend a little more on a better cut of meat, or a make a fancier dessert than normal. Making it yourself is a sure way to save money, especially when Valentines Day menus in restaurants tend to be expensive, and reservations are hard to get.
Make the gift – write a poem, make a card, show off your craft skills. Even if you still want to purchase something, you could wrap it up really nicely, or add a hand made element to make it more thoughtful and personal.
Skip the flowers – I love flowers as much as the next girl, actually, possibly even more, but not this time of year. Skip the roses, or really flowers of any kind. It blows my mind that they triple the price for one day, when the next day they will be back to their usual $10 bouquet prices.
Postpone – if you insist on getting or receiving those long stem red roses, that fancy box of chocolates, and the best table at the best restaurant, why not celebrate Valentine’s Day on a different day. Some people do this all the time, just out of scheduling conflicts with work, so why not do it to save some money.
Skip it all together – I get it, I really do, and I’m not trying to down play all the love birds out there that insist on celebrating this day. But I don’t need this day to tell my husband how much I love him, I do that every single day. Six years in, and I still feel like the luckiest woman in the world, and as if we are still in that newly wed love bird phase. I keep hearing about couples who don’t buy Christmas presents, anniversary presents, or birthday presents for each other, well we go big on those days, and skip this Hallmark one. And as a Catholic, since it was removed from the Roman calendar of official worldwide Catholic feasts, due to it’s lack of a clear historical record, I can just say an extra prayer that day for my marriage and love for others around the world, and save some money.
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Just popping in real quick with our meal plan for the week!
Here is what we are eating this week:
Monday – steak stir fry with zucchini and red peppers
Tuesday – beef tacos and salad
Wednesday – Island pork tenderloin with rice and asparagus
Thursday – meatballs, mashed potatoes and broccoli
Friday – baked fish Greek salad and rice
As always, I am joining the link-up over at Org Junkie, so stop by for great menu ideas!